Colors Like Memories
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 used to enjoy, until the accident that claimed her partner's life—an accident she knows was her fault. If li ...more
That line alone made me want to read more and I'm so glad I did. Colors like Memories was one of those guilty pleasures--the kind of book you can't put down until you read that last word. You let the kids watch television all day so you can read, you don't do chores and you order take-out for dinner--just so you can keep reading. Yeah, it was THAT good. So stop reading my review and start reading Colors like Memories! You'll be gla ...more
Julia is on edge, though. She’s haunted by memories of her first and only love, a Sary named Derek, and she feels respons ...more
Colors Like Memories alternates between the love that might destroy Julia and the love that might save her, building to a satisfying, yet unpredicable, ending.
I look forward to reading Meradeth Houston's next book.
A Sary is a being that has never taken a breath of life and is put on Earth to protect those who want to take their own lives. They have magnificent wings and must keep their Sary identity completely secret. Julia has seen a lot in the hundreds of ...more
Julia is a Sary, and such she has a purpose in this world.In the present, her charge is Marcy, a teenage girl dealing with a drunk father, and ridden with guilt. Feels responsible for her mom's death. Her father doesn't help much in regards to easing that guilty.
Julia on the other side is dealing with her own loss, a companion she lost years ago and since then has never felt whole again.
Enter Edison, a ...more
After reading synopsis I was eager to know what happened that Julia lost her boyfriend, what‘s going to happen for her now, how she would deal with her assignment. Also I wondered who the Sary are.
Main character Julia is the one to help others, but she has wounds herself. Story tells more of her life as it is now and as it was before these wounds wer ...more
Meradeth Houston spins a wonderful tale about Sari (children who died before taking their first breath) and their role as guardian angels (of sorts) working to keep people from committing suicide.
Julia, an experienced Sari, is having trouble completing her assignment. Not only is she having problems reaching Marcy, but Julia's own past is haunting her. Things go from bad to worse when Edison arrives, remind ...more
One sitting. Entire book. Consumed.
I loved the story world and can't wait to see where Meradeth Houston takes us next.
I enjoyed this book and the new take on guardian angels. The author writes in such style that you feel every emotion the character feels. The storyline is well developed and has a natural flow. I would recommend this to readers of the YA genre. Look forward to more from this author.
This book tells Julia's story (switching back and forth between her past and the present) - as it says in the synopsis, Julia is a Sary, the soul of a child who died before she was born. One of a Sary's jobs is to help people who are considering suicide - to help them realize that life is worth living. Julia has been assigned to a teenage girl named Marcy who has been teetering on the edge of suicide since her mothe ...more
Wow, this was one of the most interesting reads I have read in awhile. From the moment I fell in love with the beautiful cover, until I started the first page. I was captivated right from the start.
I never read a book quite like this one either. I never heard of the Sary, they are like guardian Angels I guess, but mostly their assignments are to ...more
I received this e-copy direct from the author, in exchange for my honest review and opinion.
I like the cover, the floating feather and how the scene is in a red hue does make the book cover look appealing. Does the cover go with the story? That's where the lone feather is relevant and after reading the book I imagine the scene being of Paradise Island.
The plot is quite different in that the "beings" are called The Sary. A Sary is the soul of a child that never took his or her first brea ...more
The beginning of the book explains the world of the Sary which is made up of souls of a lost child who died before taking his or her first breath. It is a Sary's job to help humans who are hovering on the ...more
*I received this book from the author via Lovers of Paranormal on Goodreads*
This story centers around Julia, a Sary, and her current live, as well as the life she once had before she was cruelly forced to face the world all alone.
Julia's assignment is to keep an eye on Marcy, which proves to be a lot tougher than she'd thought it would be. With her own thoughts constantly on her lost companion, Julia stumbles more than once in her job.
I found this story endearing. I don't quite understand th
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 t ...more
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Colors Like Memories is the debut novel by Meradeth Houston. I didn't really know what to expect from this book, but I was pleasantly surprised by it. The book never mentions angels, but the Sary seem like a type of Guardian Angel. They become a part of the human's life, so they can better protect them. The story presents you with segments from Julia's past and her life with Derek to segments from the present and a possible new love interest, who I'm very curi ...more
"I greeted his tombstone the way I always did—with a swift kick."
Who wouldn't want to read more after that opening sentence?
I loved the writing in this book. The descriptions popped out at me, the dialogue was natural and engaging, and it easily sucked me into the world and the characters. Meradeth Houston has created such a unique world that feels so real, from the ...more
Meradeth creates an excellent fantasy world with the right balance between the elements of the "real" world and the fantastic. Julie has abilities (and wings, I love wings) but she also has to eat and sleep--and has other human failings that are more important, ...more
I don't usually read fantasies, but I found this story to b ...more
"I greeted his tombstone the way I always did— with ...more
This was a very dark area that deal with the pain of loss.
Julia's job as Sary was to help other like Marcy handle bad times after a death to keep from killing herself.
The only problem with this is Julia is so deep in depression from the death of Derek that it's a struggle to keep going from day to day...
This whole time I was reading this story I was in tears.
This is a real problem with teen and I am glad that the author put it into words!!!