Colors Like Memories by Meradeth Houston
Julia’s journey is heartbreaking and also full of hope. Take the journey with her, it will resound deeply within your heart.
Julia has a secret: she killed the guy she loved. It was an accident – sort of.
Julia is a Sary, the soul of a child who died before taking her first breath. Without this ‘breath of life,’ she and others like her must help those on the verge of suicide. It’s a job Julia enjoyed, until the accident that claimed her boyfriend’s life – an accident she knows was her fault.
If living with the guilt weren’t enough, she’s now assigned to help a girl dealing with the loss of her mother, something Julia is not exactly the best role model for. If she can’t figure out a way to help her, Julia will lose her position in the Sary, something she swore to her boyfriend would never happen.
Review by Sharolyn Buck:
To me Colors Like Memories is a moving story of Life, the importance of living that life, and how we are connected with others. As a Navy Wife (Hubby retired now since 2006) I feel that I have a unique perspective about this story and it is especially touching.
Overcoming tremendous loss, dealing with duty and responsibility despite that loss, and realizing that …”Purpose is Everything”. I hope that reading this story will touch your life as it has touched mine.
Looking forward to reading whatever Meradeth is inspired to write next!
Review by Wendy L. Hines:
Julia is a Sary and has been for a very long time. Even though her boyfriend Derek died over a century ago, it’s still fresh for Julia. Now, she has a new charge, a young girl who just lost her mother. She also meets a new boy, Edison, and they connect on a different level.
Told in two different time lines, present and the time from before, leading the reader to Derek’s death, is captivating. The reader is drawn to Julia and her feelings for Derek and for Edison, which shows how she grows over time. A very unique world, the Sary is unexplored territory and one that I found captivating and would love to know more about.
Julia’s journey is heartbreaking and also full of hope. Take the journey with her, it will resound deeply within your heart. I totally loved it!!
Review by Daisy Carter:
COLORS LIKE MEMORIES has such a unique premise – I’d never read anything about the Sary. In fact, I didn’t even know what Sary were before COLORS. The hook alone was enough to make me want to read this book cover to cover (or whatever the e-reader equivalent is) the moment it came out. The beautiful lines were the reason I did just that. I read COLORS in one delicious sitting.
It’s hard for me to review COLORS without giving too many plot twists away – but I’ll try! Julia is a complex character whose grief feels so real it’s chilling. Her first love has been gone for over a century, but to Julia, the wound is still brand new. Houston does an excellent job of making this grief feel fresh despite the time that’s passed by weaving the present day with the days leading up to the death of Julia’s love.
Enter Edison, a handsome new boy who looks too much like Julia’s lost love for comfort. Add a suicidal best friend/assignment, an abusive psychopath ex, and we’ve got one exciting cast.
I think the element of COLORS I loved best was the constant stream of beautiful lines Houston wrote. I cannot count how many times I re-read a line just to admire it. I’m not talking purple prose. I’m talking hard-working lines that made me sit up and take notice.
Want an example?
Thought so! I’ll try to find one or two that don’t give anything away, plot-wise. 🙂
I greeted his tombstone the way I always did– with a swift kick.
Guilt over leaving her alone last night worked its way under my skin, like a cactus spine working its way deeper once it pricked.
Can’t you feel it? So great!
Something else that I REALLY appreciated was the way Houston amped up the tension at the end of every chapter.