Since Earth Day is approaching (April 22nd), I figured it would only be appropriate to recycle books for my First Ever Contest. I am re-gifting two gorgeous, pristine hardback books I recently won, in celebration of Earth Day and also of that unearthly, awesome young adult genre that falls somewhere between light sci-fi and fantasy… a.k.a. sci-fi/fantasy! The two prizes are that type of book: EVERY OTHER DAY and NOBODY (Egmont USA) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, two highly entertaining, exciting reads.
Some of you might also know that I recently received a two-book deal from Flux Books for my own sci-fi/fantasy, WORDLESS, so this contest is also in celebration of that. You can read more about WORDLESS here, and find it on Goodreads here.
Now, onto the goodies! Here’s a quick synopsis and a mini-review of each book:
Every other day, Kali D’Angelo is a normal sixteen-year-old girl. She goes to public high school. She argues with her father. 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.
My mini-review: This fast-paced book never had a dull moment. Kali was a kick-butt heroine, reminiscent of Buffy, and yet realistically vulnerable. There’s lots of action and gore, and also some fun “science” behind all the monsters. The love interest, Zev, was also highly intriguing, especially since we’re introduced to him as a strange, surly voice in Kali’s head after he possesses her. Even better, Kali doesn’t just throw herself at him, and maintains a strong sense of self throughout. All around: very entertaining stuff.
There are people in this world who are Nobody. No one sees them. No one notices them. They live their lives under the radar, forgotten as soon as you turn away.
That’s why they make the perfect assassins.
The Institute finds these people when they’re young and takes them away for training. But an untrained Nobody is a threat to their organization. And threats must be eliminated.
Sixteen-year-old Claire has been invisible her whole life, missed by the Institute’s monitoring. But now they’ve ID’ed her and send seventeen-year-old Nix to remove her. Yet the moment he lays eyes on her, he can’t make the hit. It’s as if Claire and Nix are the only people in the world for each other. And they are—because no one else ever notices them.
My mini-review: The concepts in this book were simply awesome. I loved the idea of people’s energy existing on different levels, how there were Nobodies, Normals and Nulls, ranging from people who nearly go unnoticed by everyone around them, to sociopathic people-magnets. The strong love story skirted “Bella and Edward” territory, in that Claire feels complete only when she meets Nix, but the fact that Nix feels the same way about her helps alleviate this. I also loved that half the book is from Nix’s perspective. (Yay for male protagonists in YA lit—a rarity!)
To enter the contest, complete one (or all!) of the simple steps below in the Rafflecopter widget to help spread the word about WORDLESS (har har) and the giveaway. One winner will be selected randomly, and will receive hardback copies of EVERY OTHER DAY and NOBODY in the mail shortly! (My apologies—the giveaway is only open to those in the U.S.) The contest runs from Monday, April 15th, to Sunday, April 21st. The winner will be announced on the 22nd—Earth Day!