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.
I saw some early reviews of this book that weren’t too impressed with the story. I was kind of bummed going into this book because I had hoped to like it better than everyone did and I’m glad that I went ahead and read this book because I enjoyed it more than everyone who reviewed this did.
This book follows Kali D’Angelo as she tries to piece the puzzle of the weird stuff going on around her. Kali’s life is one whirlwind of activity. Every other day, she morphs into a demon-hunter. She hunts and kills zombies, demons and other demonic creatures that go bump in the night. On the days that she’s not a demon-hunter, she’s a regular teenager. It’s a weird life to live, that’s for sure but Kali has learned to live the life she’s been given and she’s pretty good and making it work.
She’s a loner by nature and so when her Dad puts her into a new school, she doesn’t have any plans to make any friends but that all goes down the drain when she meets Skylar. Her plans to keep a low profile so that she can get through her human days and then attack the demons of the night on her demon-hunter days goes straight to crap when she sees one of the popular girls (and resident mean girls) with a tattoo on her back that means she’s been bitten by one of those demons that she hunts so before Kali knows what’s what, she’s found herself involved in something that should have been easy to clean up but is anything but easy. She also has two partners that want to help her and dare she think it…friends. She has friends, or a friend in Skylar who wants to help her any way that she can.
Watching Kali stumble through making friends and trying to keep everyone safe made for an interesting read. I enjoyed getting to know Kali and I enjoyed getting to know Skylar and even Bethany. The three of them weren’t looking for a friends pact between the three (well maybe Skylar was with Kali but definitely not with her brother’s girlfriend, Bethany.) but I thought their friendship came together nicely. I was glad to see that Bethany’s background turned her into the person she is today and even though I didn’t understand why Bethany’s past didn’t shape her into a better person, I understood enough that I didn’t hate Bethany too much. I just couldn’t.
There’s a lot going on this book, the things that were inside Bethany that are now inside of Kali. The mystery surrounding what Bethany’s father does for a living, finding out who those people that came to the school were, where in the world Zev was and I thought Barnes did a great job of threading each thing together to keep me invested in where the story was going and what Kali was getting herself into. It’s not one of those books that is easy to read because it’s pretty gory but it was an enjoyable read and I’m glad that I picked it up for review.
I would definitely recommend this book to lovers of paranormal YA fiction and fans of Barnes work. It’s a story that will keep you turning the pages and have you all excited for more.
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