Thursday, June 7, 2012

Colors Like Memories Review & a Giveaway!

UPDATE 6/12/12:  Because of the contest, I won't be posting a Characters, A-Z post today; I'll post it Friday, when the contest ends.  I hope everyone has a great week!  
-Daisy


Boy, do I have exciting news!  But you're going to have to read on to hear it!  And you want to read on - trust me!


   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.
     I am doubly excited to review COLORS LIKE MEMORIES today.  Not only was this the VERY FIRST book I've ever read digitally, it's also the very first book I've read written by someone I knew before the book came out!  I've met authors after reading their books, but never have I made friends with another writer and then had the pleasure of seeing their book hit shelves!  
     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 were 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.


NOW, on to the big news!  

On Friday, June 29th, my fabulous agent Tricia Lawrence will be here at Fresh As A Daisy for a first page contest!  If you want to get your work in front of Tricia (she doesn't accept unsolicited queries), this is a great way to do it!  I'll have all the deets for ya over the next couple of weeks.  

But for now, I need your help to spread the word!  What? You want free stuff?

Oh.  Okay.

In honor of the upcoming contest, I'm giving away 3 prizes to 3 lucky participants!  To enter, just use the cool widget thingy below!  The prizes:
  • One person will win a Kindle Edition of COLORS LIKE MEMORIES
  • One person will win a $10 Barnes and Noble gift card
  • One person will win a query AND first page critique by moi, awarded before the contest!  Hopefully, it will give you a leg up!
That's it!  Won't you help me spread the word for a chance at one of these fabu prizes?  The contest will close next Friday, June 15th.  Winners will be announced Tuesday, June 19th!

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     Will you be adding COLORS LIKE MEMORIES to your TBR?  Will you help me spread the word?  

Until next time, keep it Fresh As A...

35 comments:

  1. This has to be like the sweetest blog post ever! Thank you so much! Also, totally looking forward to the contest here :) Off to spread the word!

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  2. Yay! I tweeted about the contest, Daisy - it sounds fab. Colors of Memories has such an intriguing summary and I love the colors on the cover (ha!). Hope to check it out soon, thanks for recommending and writing this thorough review!

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  3. Colors LIKE Memories, obviously. *brain fart*

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  4. I would have tweeted about this anyway (and entered if Tricia didn't already have my ms!), but I'd love to win a critique by you! Thanks for the opportunity and the review. I read about this novel somewhere else and it sounds intriguing :)

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  5. What a great way to get people interested inthe contest. And who doesn't want an agent to look at their first page!?!

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  6. It sounds like an interesting book--I've seen the cover for it around the blogosphere, but had never actually come across the blurb. Thanks for the review!

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  7. Sounds like an awesome book! Awesome contest, too!

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  8. Oh, I've been wanting to read this! I'm so glad to hear good things. :)

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    1. I'm doing a give away on my blog, too. And I mentioned yours with a link here. :)
      http://rachelmarybean-writingonthewall.blogspot.com/2012/06/contest.html

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  9. Sounds like a fantastic writer; great quotes! I will post about this on my Wednesday post next week.

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  10. Thanks for having Meradeth over on your blog... she rocks, and so do you :)

    Just sayin'

    So there.

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  11. Great metaphors! Thanks for stopping by my blog for IWSG.

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  12. This looks like a great book and thanks for the contest. Your review is awesome. I added Colors Like Memories to my Goodreads TBR.

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  13. I love when there are fabulous chapter endings! And such an awesome contest, too!

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  14. Hey, new follower here! I'll have to check out Colors Like Memories--and I wrote about your contest on Facebook! :)

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  15. Amazing opportunity and awesome contest Daisy! You rock! And you also might have just won the Vlog giveaway as well!

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  16. Wow! Sounds great, very original. Definitely putting it in my tbr pile! Thanks! And thanks for the awesome contest!

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  17. How exciting! I love a good contest...especially when the things to win are all so wonderful! Thanks so much :)

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  18. The excerpts had me wanting to read this! Time to hit the library after I finish the two I have going now =). And I'm new to these contests, so I'm happy to enter as many as I can find!

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  19. I would LOVE to read this book!!!

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  20. This book sounds outstanding. Definitely just added it to my TBR list! :)

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  21. Sounds like a fascinating book! Can't wait to read it! Thanks!

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  22. Damn it. I have 30 books out from the library, a TBR list a mile long, and now you've added another. So... thanks? haha

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  23. This sounds like a good one!

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  24. What a fresh concept for a book! Colors Like Memories sounds like NOTHING I've read before, which is always a plus :) And thanks for the upcoming contest with Tricia Lawrence!!!

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  25. Sweet deal! Kudos to @ChristinaFerko who tweeted this [just so I could see it...] Once again, the authorial grapevine helps spread the love.

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  26. So cool! Blogged about it. Thanks, Amber Clites, for recommending this!

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  27. That's very cool news about your agent, and the book you reviewed is also quite intriguing. I'm glad I stopped by :)

    ~ Rhonda Parrish

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  28. I followed the Colors Like Memories blog tour that Meradeth so beautifully orchestrated. I'm one book away from jumping into it on my TBR list. Super contest. Wow.

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  29. Great contest! I'm tweeting it now! :)

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