Authors Showcase: Colors Like Memories by Meradeth Houston
March 24, 2015
The Book: Colors Like Memories
The Author: Meradeth Houston
The Story: 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 used to enjoy, 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’s not exactly the best role model for.
If she can’t figure out a way to help her, Julia’s going to lose her position in the Sary, something she swore to her boyfriend would never happen.
About Meradeth Houston:
Meradeth’s never been a big fan of talking about herself, but if you really want to know, here are some random tidbits about her:
* She’s a Northern California girl. This generally means she talks too fast and use “like” a lot.
* When she’s not writing, she’s sequencing dead people’s DNA. For fun!
* She’s been writing since she was eleven years old. It’s her hobby, her passion, and she’s so happy to get to share her work!
* If she could have a super-power, it would totally be flying. Which is a little strange, because she’s terrified of heights.
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 was 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. She left some chapters with cliffhangers, which I love, but even the ones that weren’t felt intense. Every single chapter ended beautifully, but every one felt like a building block, a step up to the next chapter, and I wanted to keep reading.
Review by Nikki Anders:
Colors like Memories was a fast-paced, easy read that had me hooked from the very beginning. I really enjoyed the dual timelines, featuring Julia present day and then Julia during the American Revolution. The author breathed life into her characters through their pain and I felt for them. I wanted to hug them when they were dealing with their problems, and I wanted to help pick them off the floor when they were at their breaking points.
I recommend this read for anyone who loves paranormal stories about love, loss, and friendship, regardless of their age, because the main character, who pretends to be a high school student, has a lifetime of experience that pours through her narrative. I look forward to read more from this author.