But is Snow City as real as she thinks? And if it is, is it as perfect as she imagined? For as she attempts to pursue her quiet, musician's life, she is suddenly beset with what appear to be strange incursions from her dysfunctional past. A girl, Charity, returned in body from beyond death, wanders alone and friendless through the nighttime streets until at last a bewildered Echo takes her in. A gangster appears, burdened with grief and secrets, and his quiet demeanor hides not only a propensity to violence but an affinity for Bach's "Chaconne in D Minor" and a desire to assist Echo and her ghostly ward in any way he can.
And his assistance proves indispensable when Charity is kidnapped by her parents, who intend to put her back in her grave...by whatever means necessary.
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About the Author
A skilled player of the ancient Irish wire-strung harp, she has worked as a professional musician and has written two popular instructional books for the instrument.
She lives with her spouse in the American Southwest.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The start to the story is very interesting as Echo as shes renamed herself is adamantly reminding herself that her life in Snow City is real and all the evil of her past world is gone. As I continued to read I pondered is Snow City a real place or is this a dream that Echo is living? There are obscure moments early on and it appears as though the dangers of her past life are coming into her allusion. This wonder of real or imagined makes for an interesting read as your own imagination is playing through the plot. Then the paranormal makes and appearance so adds to the confusion. I loved all of the music references and as Echo mentioned each musician Id look up the music and listen while reading. This matching of creative outlets was a unique experience and feel like Ive expanded my horizons a bit and found pure enjoyment. I believe there are truly deep meanings held within this book if you want to let your mind explore the possibilities. Having elements of the supernatural and crazy cults were interesting twists within the book. While I enjoyed not knowing the true location of the city and if it was a dream or real towards the end it got a bit old and I never truly felt like I got an answer and maybe that is exactly what the author wanted. However, I would have preferred closer in that area. Id give this book a 3 out of 5.
Rain, Rain, Go Away! I went on a journey into the world that is Snow City as I read this contemporary fantasy by G. A. Kathryns. This fictional story is about a fantasy world come to life. The main character Echo Japonica created snow City as a place that she would go to escape reality. A great deal of time is dedicated to her love of music and rescuing the young girl that she has written into her world. Thanks to well-written descriptors the author created a colorful world filled with ghosts come back from the dead to live but not live, tough guys that have morals, religious extremist, and many different character dynamics. The action really begins when this idealized place begins to crumble. I enjoyed escaping for a few afternoons with this happily ever after tale. Did you know that ghosts can't get wet? I found the storyline as intriguing as this book's beautiful cover art.
Reviewed by Ankita Shukla for Readers' Favorite In the very unusual yet enticing story entitled Snow City, G.A. Kathryns has managed to trigger those stirrings of my imagination that I didn't even know existed. The protagonist, Echo Japonica, has been in Snow City for as long as she can remember, which is actually just a few months. She is not aware of her life before her arrival in Snow City. Her life, as much as she can remember, has been filled with an illusion of perfect people and living conditions. She plays guitar five days a week in a local coffee shop and is devoted to her music. One day, however, she notices a girl sitting alone in the rain, without an umbrella and yet unaffected by the raindrops, and her world changes for good. No matter how hard she tries, she cannot get that girl, Charity, out of her mind. Little does she know that once she merges her path with Charity, her life will never be the same. Charity is not what she seems to be, and is rather a lot more than what meets the eye. The Jane Austen-like language of Echo was extremely soothing to me. Being a fan of Jane Austen's work, I instantly felt a natural affinity toward Echo. As the narrator of the plot is the protagonist herself, I enjoyed several moments of the rhythmic language. The author has done complete justice with this style of English. It's not just Echo's language that has been executed to perfection, in fact, the author has been authentic while writing each of her characters' dialogues. The characters are portrayed with the ease of an artist that the author has proven herself to be. Echo's knowledge of music reflects either the author's innate understanding of the subject or hours of research. The author has ensured that the plot remains gripping until the last page. This is a story that will keep your mind engaged in wondering will happen next. I must confess, though, that the author has really tested the limits of her reader's imagination. I found it difficult to always make sense out of the normalcy with which Charity existed amongst others. However, these moments of doubt were very short lived because the story is presented in the most appealing manner. This book challenges and highlights the eccentricities that are present in our "religious" society. There are people who would shun their own family members to avoid going to hell after death. They all want heaven and, to ensure a place there, they are willing to push aside humanity and be blind followers of anyone with an incredible talent for manipulation. Needless to say, I loved Snow City by G.A. Kathryns wholeheartedly. I would recommend it to readers who can stretch their imaginations with no judgment at all, and who are open to being rewarded with a lot of food for thought.