Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
Publish Date: May 11, 2012
Origins: From Author for Review
Order From: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
Synopsis: 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.
Review: Julia had chosen to be a Sary many centuries ago. Sary are the souls of stillborn children who have chosen to help keep those close to suicide from going over the edge. Julia lost her companion Sary, Derek, during the Civil War and the pain is still fresh. It’s getting hard to keep her grief from interfering with her Sary duties which would ultimately lead to her being stripped of her Sary powers and thrust into a human existence. This is something she promised Derek she’d never let happen to her as it did to him. Julia’s charge, Marcy, is teetering on the edge and Julia can’t afford to let her own pain cloud her judgment. Enter Edison, a new boy at school who reminds her of Derek, yet she can’t figure out why at first. As the truth is revealed, Julia travels home to find the rules have changed and things could have been different. Can she make the right choices to save not only Marcy, but herself?
Ms. Houston has written a unique and touching novel of grief and the potential to overcome any obstacle in ‘Colors Like Memories’. The characters, from Julia and Marcy to even Marcy’s psycho ex and her drunken father, are given true depth and emotion. Ms. Houston’s beautiful and detailed descriptions have created a complex world within the everyday world we know. The flow of the plot and the underlying emotions giving it dimension will have readers turning pages with anticipation. I am highly impressed with ‘Colors Like Memories’ and the level of emotion Ms. Houston was able to infuse within its pages.