Colors like Memories by Meradeth Houston is about Julia, a child who died before her first breath and that became a Sary, sent to keep an eye on Marcy a suicidal girl dealing with the loss of her mother and her alcoholic father. Julia is distraught by the loss of her boyfriend/companion Derek, and believes that he died at her hand and can not stop thinking about him.
Julia believes she is making progress with Marcy – she got her to dump her abusive boyfriend John, but now John believes Julia is out to get in between him and Marcy and swears he will get his revenge on her.
Meanwhile Julia meets Edison and finds out that he is also a Sary that she met once years before – and that he knew Derek and had a message from him for her.
She gets distracted with the job at hand (keep Marcy safe) due to her own inner dealings with thoughts about Derek and now Edison. Marcy finds an old picture from years past and swears that it is Julia in the photo. They have the same name, the same necklace (given to her by Derek) and even the same mole on her hand. Marcy is not convinced that she is delusional and wants answers. If Julia being a Sary comes out, Julia will lose her assignment and lose her ability to be a Sary, or so she thinks. She told Derek she would never lose her position in the Sary and so she isn’t sure what to do. Edison tries to guide her in the right direction but Julia has an idea of her own about what she should do.
While Julia is off telling everyone that she has been found out – Marcy is once again attempting to take her life. Will Julia be removed from the Sary? Will she be able to complete her assignment and rescue Marcy? Will John get his revenge on Julia like he says he will? Why did Edison appear?
All this and more – explained in Colors Like Memories!
While the idea of this book is far fetched (or is it? hmm) I really enjoyed the books and the characters. I was convinced for a while that Edison saying he used to know Julia meant that he was actually Derek back in another person’s body but I guess that was a bit too far fetched even for this story 😉 While Julia had her own struggles to work through and didn’t think that she would be a good role model for Marcy – I think the two of them dealing with their grief helped each other more than they actually realized. They both had to stay strong for each other.
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About The Book
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.