Review: Anterograde by Kallysten

July 22, 2014 Review 2

Review: Anterograde by Kallysten

When Calden wakes up – every time he wakes up – the last thing he can recall is a debilitating headache that even his medical background failed to identify as anything more serious than a regular headache. He also remembers his decision to ignore the fact that his best friend Eli is married and to tell him about his long-standing feelings for him. He remembers June second.

But it is not June second anymore. The tattoos on his arm and chest prove it. They also tell him why he doesn’t remember anything past June second… and why Eli sleeps in his bed now.

When Calden wakes up – every time he wakes up – he gets to discover Eli is in love with him for the first time all over again.

Title: Anterograde
Author: Kallysten
Series: The Demons Age #10
Published by Self
Source: Author
Published: June 28, 2014
Genres: Male Male Romance
Pages: 202
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Stars: five-stars
Flames: three-flames

Oh Wow! Anterograde simple blew me away. I was initially drawn in by the blurb not realizing I should have paid more attention to the title. All the clue are right there…I just wasn’t paying attention. Once I started reading the book I knew, I understood, and I had to grab a dictionary to see what I missed:

Anterograde amnesia is a loss of the ability to create new memories after the event that caused the amnesia, leading to a partial or complete inability to recall the recent past, while long-term memories from before the event remain intact.

YOWZA! It’s 50 First Dates in book format without the comedy. let me start with the characters. Calden is a arrogant butthead. Of course he is a brilliant surgeon which explains his arrogance. Nevertheless, to see such a proud, powerful character stumble along struggling in his new life is jaw dropping. I kept trying to put myself in his shoes and I just couldn’t. As for Eli. That man is practically a SAINT! There were moments when I wondered WHY Eli would put up with Calden’s shenanigans. But then it hit me…what a person will do for the one he loves. I think what makes this story so powerful and moving is how the book is presented with two different timelines. One for Calden which runs in reverse, one for Eli which runs forward. The author does provide the ability to read the book in a more chronological order however reading the book the way Kallysten has much more of a impact. The disorientation of reading this book as is gives much more meaning to what the characters had to go through in their day to day living. Finding out the best way for this to work watching both the forward as well as the reverse progression of how they learn to copy was very powerful to me to observe. There’s so much more I would love to bring up but then it would spoil the story for others. So I will end my review here.

Kallysten is one of those author names I have seen out there but hadn’t read yet. Oh boy was I glad I gave her a shot. Anterograde was simply amazing and little did I know it was part of The Demons Age series. That is probably the one thing that confused me thorough the whole book. No back story to the demon attacks. Now that I know this is a stand-alone that is part of a series I need to go back and start from the beginning. I’m hoping the rest of the series is just as good as Anterograde. By reading the blurbs to the other books They don’t seems to have that special twist that this books has but how could they when this is such a unique circumstance! If nothing else, Anterograde is definitely a book I would recommend.


2 Responses to “Review: Anterograde by Kallysten”

  1. Sharon Stogner

    I just finished this book (still need to write my review) and feel the same way as you. Eli was an amazing character.

  2. Pansy Petal

    Oh my! Like I have time to read anything more right now. But this sounds so good I need to add to my tbr list. Wonderful review.