Dec 26, 2011

Every Other Day

Publisher: Egmont USA
Publish Date: December 27, 2011
Version: NetGalley e-book
Series: unknown

Every other day, Kali D'Angelo is a normal sixteen-year-old girl. She goes to public high school. She attends pep rallies. She's human.

And then every day in between . . .She's something else entirely.

Though she still looks like herself, every twenty-four hours predatory instincts take over and Kali becomes a feared demon-hunter with the undeniable urge to hunt, trap, and kill zombies, hellhounds, and other supernatural creatures. Kali has no idea why she is the way she is, but she gives in to instinct anyway. Even though the government considers it environmental terrorism.

When Kali notices a mark on the lower back of a popular girl at school, she knows instantly that the girl is marked for death by one of these creatures. Kali has twenty-four hours to save her and, unfortunately, she'll have to do it as a human. With the help of a few new friends, Kali takes a risk that her human body might not survive. . .and learns the secrets of her mysterious condition in the process.

Kali D’Angelo isn’t a normal girl.  Every other day, she is something other.  She doesn’t know what she is, but she feels the need to hunt preternatural beings.  She is drawn to them.  Her blood is poison to them.  This is her normal.  What is not normal is attending high school.  She attended Heritage High for three weeks before she made a friend in Skylar Hayden.  She meets Skylar in a pep rally and they instantly hit it off.  Even though Skylar warns her that her reputation will suffer if she is seen hanging out with her, Kali does it anyway. 

At lunch, she is introduced to Darryl, John Michael and Genevieve, who also become her friends and will help her out later in the book.  They help her figure out how to pass her history test that she has coming up.  This is when she meets one of Skylar’s brothers, Elliot and his girlfriend, Bethany Davis.  The thing that catches Kali’s eye is not the popular couple, but the ouroboros tattoo on Bethany’s back, which is a death sentence and means she was bitten by a chupacabra.  Bethany is the daughter of Kali’s father’s boss and Kali was sent to Heritage High to get in good with her.  She never expected anything like this.

When Kali goes to her next class, all she can concentrate on is the ouroboros that is on Bethany’s back.  Finally she gets out of class, gets Bethany out of her class and asks her if she has a tattoo.  Surprisingly, Bethany knows about the ouroboros and what it signifies.  Kali manages to lure the chupacabra to her and by doing so, saves Bethany’s life.  Kali is presently human and having the chupacabra in her presents a whole slew of problems.  First and foremost, is surviving until the next day, when she will not be human anymore and the chupacabra will die.   As soon as the chupacabra enters Kali and before she passes out, she meets Zev.  When I say meets, he talks to her in her mind.

There is this agency, Chimera, out to get Kali because she has the chupacabra.  During finding out all about Chimera and the roles that her father and Bethany’s father plays in it, she finds out more about Zev and plans to rescue him.  Now, Skylar, Bethany and Kali (with the help of Skylar’s brothers) must figure out how to do that and stay out of Chimera’s way.

This book was an interesting read.  It was different than the normal I’m a demon, vampire, werewolf, whatever books that I have read in the past.  The fact that she only had “super-powers” every other day and had to absolve herself that she was human the other days, really upped the excitement in the book. 
  • Kali.  She goes out and hunts preternatural beings not only because she has this overwhelming desire to do so, but she also is helping mankind in the process.  When she makes a friend in Skylar, she is still skeptical.  Not because she wonders if Skylar is a true friend, but because she doesn’t want to put her at risk.  

  • Skylar.  Skylar introduces herself to Kali in a pep rally in the gym.  She first introduces herself as the “school slut.”  She elaborates on this in detail telling Kali how she got this title.  Kali is intrigued by her right away.  Skylar has five brothers and they have taught her a little about nearly everything.  Whenever she needs something, a brother is there.

  • Skylar’s brothers: Elliot, Reid, Nathan, Vaughn.  There is another brother, but he is not mentioned in the book.  The thing that strikes me is that her brothers are so vast.  Elliot is still in high school.  Reid works for the FBI.  Nathan is a lawyer and Vaughn is a Veterinarian.  The other thing that is awesome is how protective of Skylar they are and how they react to Kali, a new friend.

  • Zev. He is the voice in Kali’s head.  She soon learns that he is like her.  He talks to Kali (through her mind) and keeps her sane.  He is there for her through tough times.  

  • The science in the book.  It is very believable.  I’m not sure if it is 100% real, but it is believable nonetheless.  I like that scientific classifications are used in the book when appropriate.

  • Bethany Davis.  She is a cheerleader, who is the girlfriend of Skylar’s brother Elliot.  She is also the one that Kali first notices the ouroboros tattoo and exchanges the chupacabra with her.  Even though Kali gives her many opportunities to back out and leave Kali to her mess, Bethany helps her through all of this.

  • Professor Armand D’Angelo.  He is Kali’s father.  He has no idea what his daughter goes through every other day, but he is one of those single dads who is trying to raise a teenage daughter and is doing the best that he can.  Kali describes him as not very outgoing, yet you can tell throughout the book, that he really cares.

  • Paul Davis.  He is Bethany’s father.  This was another case where I wasn’t sure which side to put him on.  He seems like an overall good guy, but he has a few issues.  He is also one of the main people that work for Chimera.
  • Chimera.  This is the agency that is first introduced to the book when they come to the school to get Kali and Bethany after the exchanging of the chupacabra/passing out incident.  They are the ones who are experimenting on preternatural beings.

  • Preternatural beings.  Okay, I know that this one is a given, but I really didn’t like the chupacabra and the other beings that they came in contact with throughout this book. Some were expected and some were not.  This list excludes the Alan.   There isn’t much mention of them in the book, but what it does say describes them as being gentle creatures.

The cover has an hour glass with a red liquid in it.  This cover is simple, vibrant and I like it.  It goes well with the book as every 24 hours, Kali’s blood (and body) changes from human to nonhuman and vice versa.

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