Anterograde by Kallysten

22616617Synopsis: 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.


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5 Stars

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley to review.  This is my very first book I received from them and I am so excited because it was so smashing.  This book is amazing!  The flow, the transitions and the dialogue were all spot on. Just breathtaking the way they were all combined perfectly to create a symphony of feelings in me.  The timeline was not written in chronological order but has the option to read it that way at the end of each chapter. I chose to read it as the author wrote it and I am glad I did.  It had romance without having too much sex in it.  It was full of intimacy and hope.  I love when the theme is hope.  The dialogue, my goodness, this dialogue!  I may compare all other books to this one from now on.

It had some background tones of dystopian in it which helped to make his doctor status more believable.  The memory process of Calden was highly detailed and gave insight into his brilliance as a doctor.  Eli’s compassion and patience was a treat for me to read.  Its easy to think of how difficult it would be if you were the one with the anterograde amnesia, but my mind drifted to Eli’s more often than not.  I kept thinking how easy it would be for him to just walk away and not have to deal with all the same conversations repeated but he surprised me with his steadfastness.  What a great love story!  I may cry.

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Escape from Witchwood Hollow by Jordan Elizabeth

Escape from Witchwood HollowSynopsis: Everyone in Arnn – a small farming town with more legends than residents – knows the story of Witchwood Hollow: if you venture into the whispering forest, the witch will trap your soul among the shadowed trees.
After losing her parents in a horrific terrorist attack on the Twin Towers, fifteen-year-old Honoria and her older brother escape New York City to Arnn. In the lure of that perpetual darkness, Honoria finds hope, when she should be afraid.
Perhaps the witch can reunite her with her lost parents. Awakening the witch, however, brings more than salvation from mourning, for Honoria discovers a past of missing children and broken promises.
To save the citizens of Arnn from becoming the witch’s next victims, she must find the truth behind the woman’s madness.
How deep into Witchwood Hollow does Honoria dare venture?

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3 Stars

I received this eBook in exchange for an honest review through GR. And while I don’t generally accept these from poeple I don’t know, I really wanted to read this book, so yeah. It’s YA Paranormal short story running about 178 pages, but can also be classified as historical as well since it has three different time periods in it. The cover didn’t wow me but the title was intriguing. This book is readable for ages 14+ due to some deaths in the book.

I liked this book. It threw me a curveball because I found myself way more interested in the witch than in Honoria, the main MC. This story spans hundreds of years and involves a curse with a touch romance. The love story between the teenagers was cutesy puppy love I thought. The love story between the witch and her husband didn’t have a lot of depth to it, more like glossed over.

It had a pretty cool witch in it that trapped people in her own little hollow and kept them the same age they were when they wondered in. And she kept the season perpetually Autumn. All she wanted was to find a family who accepted her for her and didn’t try to persecute her. I identify with the witch in this book for some reason. And while I don’t condone the murder she committed in the first place to get her where she was, I still think she was misunderstood. I didn’t care for the ending because I didn’t understand why the author chose to have those events take place. I can’t really go in to it without spoiling it for you. It seemed that excess things happen that didn’t need to. It was more extreme of an ending than needed to be if that makes sense.

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