Colors Like Memories

Colors Like Memories

by Meradeth Houston

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Colors Like Memories by Meradeth Houston

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.

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ISBN-13: 9781771273718
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
Publication date: 09/16/2013
Pages: 178
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.41(d)

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Colors Like Memories 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Skaiste More than 1 year ago
I like emotional books. I like it when they touch your heart. And this one was one of these. It was full of various emotions and made me feel a lot. 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 were made. And on the way there‘s a whole lot of various emotions – sadness, love, joy, guilt, longing, sorrow and many more. This story had bittersweet memories, sad and sweet parts. I enjoyed every part of it. I‘ve easily grewn fond of Julia and have found other main characters likable too. I like it that there were some serious and complex themes covered in this book such as suicide, love, friendship, loss, grief and trying to live on. I loved to read how the characters go through them. Also there‘s this interesting new idea about the Sary. Well, at least I haven‘t heard about them before. I liked to get to know more about them and their world. Now I‘m curiuos what‘s next in the companion book The Chemistry of Fate. I wonder whether there will be more story of Julia or not. I was given this book in exchange for an honest review (Lovers of Paranormal).
Cuanam More than 1 year ago
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 the Sary yet, but I’m sure what I question will be answered in The Chemistry of Fate. I liked how the concept of “guardian angels” was changed from what most people know of them. I did find exactly two errors in the entire book but neither were major, and neither will slow the reader down. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes their YA with a twist of paranormal and a splash of romance. I give this book 5 of 5 paws
Mary_Waibel More than 1 year ago
Why did I wait so long to read this? Seriously, I can't believe I didn't read this sooner. 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, reminding her too much of the love she lost 150 years ago. You will ride an emotional roller coaster as you travel from present to past and back again with Julia as she learns how to help Marcy and herself in the process.
FaithSullivan More than 1 year ago
The subject of teenage suicide is difficult to address. Adults feel uncomfortable talking about it. Many try to turn a blind eye and pretend it doesn't exist. They can't quite comprehend that a young person might take such a drastic step. Needless to say, they're shocked when it actually happens. It seems like a rude awakening when usually the warning signs are already there, but the dots aren't connected in time. And that's why novels like COLORS LIKE MEMORIES are so important. They're able to reach the kids who need them the most. They are a source of hope and understanding when the adults in their lives can't fully grasp the severity of what they are going through. They offer a lifeline when constant bullying, an abusive relationship or a troubled home environment get to be too much. They bring teens back from the brink and show them that someone realizes the pain they're in and wants to help. That's why placing such a crucial topic in the hands of a capable author like Meradeth Houston is a godsend. She approaches her audience with sensitivity and compassion. Yes, she's telling a fictional story about angel-like beings and a mysterious Island, but she grounds her novel in reality by focusing on the character of Marcy. She's a young girl on the brink. Her mother died in a car accident. Her father is comatose drunk. Her ex-boyfriend harasses her. And saddest of all, she has a razor blade named Fred. The one she uses to try to kill herself on multiple occasions. And that's where Houston's ability to connect with potential victims shines through. She shows them that no matter how bleak things may be, they are not alone. In the case of the novel, Julia literally serves as Marcy's guardian angel. She watches over her and intervenes when she tries to harm herself. Julia offers some semblance of support and stability in Marcy's fractured life, and she illustrates to teens that it's okay to confide in someone they trust. They don't have to bear their burdens alone. They don't have to give up. Help is out there, all they have to do is look for it.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
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 curious about. These two perspectives fit together to tell two stories within Julia's life that weave perfectly together into one. This book grabbed my attention from the very beginning and never let it go. Colors Like Memories by Meradeth Houston was provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.
ConciseReviewsByMichelleL More than 1 year ago
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 prevent troubled people from committing suicide. I do not want to give too much away, so will keep this spoiler free as I can. I was really able to connect with the characters. I felt what they felt. Especially Julia, her pain and the emotions she brought were felt by me, and think they will for anyone reading this book. Even though lots of time has passed, she is still not able to let go of her guilt at the death of her companion (the man she loves) She still blames herself for his release from the Sary, and then his death (once released from the Sary, he was a normal human, in the middle of a war zone.) Her pain is so crushing, you feel it with her. The author does an amazing job with all of the emotions and turmoil. We jump back and forth in Julia’s long life, to when she was with her companion Derek and the present time and her current assignment. But this is done very well; I did not feel lost at all. It’s like Julia thinking back to that time, a recollection. And I enjoyed being able to learn about her and Derek. In the modern time, we have a new possible love interest, one who could help her move on (it’s been 150 years, its time she moves on) and I really like him. I won’t say much about him, as I want you to learn about him yourself. I at first did not feel connected to Julia’s assignment Marcy, to me she was weak, with all the attempted suicides, and being walked all over. But i was glad Julia was there for her. I was also happy to see her stand up for herself later in the book, so that was good. There is a bit of suspense too, I was anxious on what would happen in a crucial part of this, a consequence to some actions, I don’t want to say, for it would be a spoiler, but it was suspenseful for sure. There is only one little tiny thing I didn’t like, and this is a totally personal preference to me. The descriptions of the characters are pretty vague, like I never did get a clear idea on what Juila looked like, or Marcy. But the guys were described, but I was not impressed with the descriptions, she goes on to describe the most gorgeous brown eyes, Brown eyes? Well, nothing great about that, it’s the most common color, so to me it didn’t scream supernatural great looks, etc as it should of. But that’s my personal taste of course. As we are talking about a type of angel, just expected something a little more unique and stand out. Overall, I loved this book a lot. I really hope there will be more in this line of a story. The whole Sary types are different for me, and would like to read more. 5 out of 5 stars for me. I received a complimentary copy of this book for book tour and my honest review.
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