Every Other Day Jennifer Lynn Barnes Book Review

Every Other Day, Kali is human, until dawn hits, then she turns into something OTHER — a hunter with enhanced senses and strengths. You see, the world in Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ Every Other Day is built on an intriguing premise. Instead of discovering giant turtles, Darwin discovers preternatural creatures. The stupid government decides to protect the monsters – zombies, hellhounds, and the like. This leaves Kali to act like a vigilante every other night.

Every Other Day, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Book Cover, hourglass, blood

Every Other Day

Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes begins with Kali, who was home schooled all her life, making a friend at her new school, Skylar, who has been branded the school slut, but shrugs the label off. Right, so while in class, Kali notices that the head bitch in charge, Bethany Davis the cheer captain, has an ouroboro tattooed on her lower back. Basically, this means that Bethany has been infected by a chupacabra which is a paranormal parasite and has a very short time to live. Kali, having a human day gets the chupacabra to infect her instead, which leads to an entanglement between Kali, Skylar, and Bethany as they uncover a grand conspiracy.

Yo, I am definitely going to check out Raised By Wolves and Trial By Fire by Jennifer Lynn Barnes after reading Every Other Day because I really liked Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ writing style. It does feel very much like Buffy The Vampire Slayer I can picture Kali with a dry sense of humor and she does whip out some awesome lines as she is taking on the bad guys. Further, Every Other Day is not dull. It’s not ever bogged down in long descriptions of clothes or hot guys. I love that Every Other Day adds a different and interesting take on the young adult paranormal genre.

My only complaint about Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes is that Kali did grate on my nerves from time to time with the whole ‘I have a secret, I’m all alone, do I tell or don’t I. I have no friends. Whine, whine.’ I mean, she does that a lot throughout the book, and well, my tolerance level is kind of low for that.

I did LOVE the different take on evolution and seeing Kali take down the bad guys in Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, where the stakes are high and legitimate. Yo, if you are into paranormal, Buffy and can put up with run of the mill teen angst, Every Other Day is totally the book for you.

Disclosure: Received for review via Netgalley.

Other Reviews of Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes:

The Book Smugglers
Forever Young Adult
Bibliophilic Monologues
The Serpentine Library

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. The “romance” was interesting in this, huh? I don’t know if you can even call it romance. I expected more of a closure considering it’s a (tentative) standalone, though that could all change (I guess) if the book is well received.

    • I felt like the romance was such a small element of the story, I was more focused on the conspiracy and on Kali kicking ass and taking names.

      But yeah, I didn’t get any sort of an OMG PANTS MELT from Zev.

  2. I cannot wait to read this book! I’ve added it on my to-read list! thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. Hmm, this sounds interesting, though my tolerance for the “I’m so alone with my secret” stuff is pretty much zilch these days. I much prefer when protagonists share the burden with a well-written friend or group of friends. I think this shall go on my “interested but wary” list. 😉

  4. I read this one via NetGalley too and ended up really liking it! It wasn’t really the romantic aspect that drew me in (in fact, I’m sort of glad it wasn’t), but the friendship and Kali kicking butt. Great review!

  5. Yay yay yay!!! I was so excited this morning when I saw you reviewed this. I haven’t read it yet, but I plan to. I have become a huge Jennifer Lynn Barnes fan after reading Raised by Wolves, and Trial by Fire. Hands down, it’s by favorite Werewolf series. I love her originality. I even bought them as a christmas gift for a blogger friend, because I want her to read them soo bad! 🙂 I’m constantly trying to push these books on people. lol.

    So glad to see you liked this one. I can’t wait till you read the RBW ones. They are fanstastic!

    • I am so so psyched to read Raised By Wolves and Trial By Fire. I have both books at home, and while I am not exactly HUGE on werewolves, I have an open mind. And if they are push worthy, then they have to be really good. 😀

  6. I started out my JLB reading with her Raised By Wolves series and so was a little disappointed by this one, which was good but didn’t draw me in as well much as the other. Still, an incredibly intriguing world and, despite Kali’s poor-pitiful-me whining, I liked the characters (great bad chick!).

    • You know, I like reading books that aren’t the author’s best, or I mean, starting out with books that aren’t there best because I know that it can only get better and improve from where I began. SO I am wicked excited for RBW.


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