Review - Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Title: Every Other Day
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Publisher: Egmont USA
Publish Date: Dec 26, 2011
Hardcover, 336 pages

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Let's start with the obvious - the cover is SPECTACULAR!! Without knowing what the book is about, the cover itself makes me want to buy it!

This book was so weird it was awesome. Kali, the main character is a demon hunter one day and a normal human girl the next. It is continuous torture. She feels the need to hunt and kill one day and go to school and be normal the next. She can feel the minutes and hours counting down as if the clock was in her bones. She doesn't really know her background of where she came from just that her dad has a don't ask, don't tell policy that makes Kali feel alone.

When she notices a tattoo mark on a popular girl's back that signifies she will die soon, she makes a hasty decision to help her by putting her own life at risk. And the fun begins. She is thrown into the mix with new people, those who want to help and those who don't. She finally gets some insider information about her own history too.

I seriously LOVED this book!! Finally a book I was really looking forward to that did not let me down!!

Summary -
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.

Review - The Statistical Probability of Love at First Flight by Jennifer E Smith

Title: The Statistical Probability of L0ve at First Flight
Author: Jennifer E Smith
Publisher: Poppy
Publish Date: Jan 2, 2012
Hardcover, 236 pages

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The romantic in me just cried out for this book. I wanted so badly for Hadley and Oliver to end up together.

Okay, yes it does seem a bit far fetched that two random strangers meet on a plane, talk forever and feel that kinship that grows to be love in less than 14 hours. BUT my non-rational heart in me screams, "It is possible!" There are many moments in this book that I caught myself denying the parts actually could happen, but that was immediately covered up by love itself does find it's way.

Hadley is going to London to see her father who is getting remarried to a woman Hadley has never deigned to meet. Quite frankly she wouldn't even have been on the way to this wedding had her mother not insisted she go. Her father left them after being in London for half a year and falling in love with this other woman. He broke up their family and broke Hadley's heart. She doesn't want to see him.

Oliver is going to London to return to his family. His story is a bit of a mystery until the end so I am not going to give away any of it.

Hadley and Oliver are cute together. They kind of fit. There strangeness in family matters and their vulnerability catches my heart. I really liked that Jennifer Smith did a great job never letting on whether or not they would actually end up in the end. So read it and find out.

Summary -
Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. She's stuck at JFK, late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon to be step-mother that Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's in seat 18C. Hadley's in 18A.

Twists of fate and quirks of timing play out in this thoughtful novel about family connections, second chances and first loves. Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.

Review - Vampire Academy by Rachelle Mead

Title: Vampire Academy
Vampire Academy #1
Author: Rachelle Mead
Publish Date:

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I was completely confused for most of the book. What is a dhampire? Did she just misspell Vampire? What is a Moroi? If any book needs a companion it is this series. Rachelle Mead took no time in building the plot she jumped right in to the story. We, as readers are meant to just catch up.

Regardless of being a bit in the dark, I still really enjoyed the first book and will continue to read the next ones.

Rose is a body guard for Lissa. Lissa drinks blood and when they fled the school for protection from an unknown thread, Rose allowed Lissa to drink from her blood. When dragged back to school, Rose was in grave trouble. She ended up being in the spotlight among her peers. She chooses to take the brunt to protect Lissa. The have a bond where Rose can see within Lissa's mind and can feel her emotions. This comes in handy when protecting Lissa, but can be a burden when Lissa wants to keep secrets. Rose and Lissa have many secrets.

Rose has a very handsome, big shouldered instructor for training skills. They mostly run, but there is hope of one day learning all his protection skills. She spars with her peers in class and mostly just tries to survive after years on the lamb with Lissa.

There is so much packed in to this first book it will be interesting to see where this goes. As with the fact, this book seems to have so many followers, it's fun to be in the know.

Summary -
Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. . . .
Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever...