I had never read a book involving the Sary, so I really did not know what to expect from Colors Like Memories. What I found was a delightful story with characters I cared about. There was suspense, romance, and drama. Lots to keep me turning the pages!
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 years that she has been a Sary. The French Revolution, Civil War, and other important events she knows about firsthand. Of course, posing as an eighteen year old she knows way more than any history book will ever provide and she can’t get over how much the books get wrong. But, she isn’t here to focus on mistakes in history books; she is here to protect Marcy from committing suicide. Considering the depression Marcy has been in since her mother died, her father became an alcoholic, and her break up with her psychopathic ex-boyfriend- it isn’t an easy job. Julia has a hard time with this job because she has been dealing with the death of her one and only love for a long time and she can’t get passed it because she knows his death is her fault. When another Sary turns up and seems to know Julia she is definitely curious to find out how he knows her and why he is there. What she finds out has her emotions flip flopping and things go from bad to worse when Marcy’s history project prompts her to ask Julia some questions that can cause her to lose her wings. Will Julia be able to save Marcy? Why has the new Sary shown up in Julia’s life? Has Julia broken a rule that will take away her wings? You don’t want to miss this magical tale and the answers it holds!
I really enjoyed getting to know Julia and I like that she is stronger than she knows. Even though she can fly and has powers that help her to heal she still has fears and emotions that make her very easy to relate to for us mortals. I was rooting for Marcy right from the start and kept hoping she would see the value of her life and stop taking steps to try to end it. The writing was fast paced and there were lots of times I laughed out loud. It was fascinating to see the way things with the new Sary unfolded. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy magic, romance, and stories about friendship. Watching the characters grow was rewarding and the events kept me on the edge of my seat. I also enjoyed when Julia’s mind would travel back in time and we could find out more about the love she lost. As soon as I finished Colors Like Memories I just had to start the next book in the Sary Society Series.
Tom is intrigued by a journal he found that belonged to his grandfather. The journal is in his grandfather’s handwriting, but seems to contain the most bizarre story Tom has ever read. He isn’t sure if his grandfather was crazy, but he definitely refers to himself as a Sary and describes events Tom can’t believe he actually lived through. He can’t stop thinking about what his grandfather said about the Sary, “They are everywhere, can be anyone, and are always the last person you'd expect.” Considering that he is in over his head in his chemistry class he can’t afford to have his mind other places, especially since he needs to keep his scholarship. When a girl in class, Ari, asks him if he wants to study together he decides to give it a try because he needs to understand the material. Ari is just happy that her plan to get close to Tom to find out if he does know something about the Sary is working. She isn’t prepared for the feelings that he stirs up in her and the attraction that she feels. Luckily, he doesn’t seem interested and doesn’t seem to know anything about the Sary. But, she needs to stick around and make sure because if he does know something, then the Sary will have to take care of Tom and she is quite enjoying getting to know this focused, hardworking guy, who doesn’t seem to have a clue how hot he is. What will happen between Tom and Ari? Just how dangerous is the information that Tom has in his grandfather’s journal? How is this relationship going to change Ari and Tom’s life? You don’t want to miss this captivating tale!
The Chemistry of Fate is a companion novel to Colors Like Memories, but it can stand on its own and can be read first or second. I enjoyed both books, but felt that The Chemistry of Fate was even faster paced and I truly loved the characters. I liked how the point of view alternated from chapter to chapter and the insight that we had from both characters’ perspectives had my heart tugging and pulling in different directions. Ari and Tom are both characters that I liked and cared about. I wanted both of them to get what they wanted, but I also wanted to protect both of them from danger. The writing is polished and accessible and I read the whole book in one sitting. I have still been thinking about Tom and Ari since I turned the last page and I hope there will be more books in the Sary Society Series because I haven’t had enough. If you like a good love story with lots of tension and danger around every corner, then pick this one up and you will be taken on a journey you won’t forget. You may also start looking at those around you to see if there really are Sary among us.
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Has anyone else read The Chemistry of Fate or Colors Like Memories by Meradeth Houston? What did you think?