Wednesday 3 April 2024

Book Review: You Can't See the Snow by Rokudo Ningen (YA Fantasy)

You Can't See the Snow
Rokudo Ningen
Yen On
16 April 2024
eBook - PDF
YA Fantasy
ARC via Edelweiss

College freshman Natsuki and sophomore Yuki meet and fall in love one summer night--the first of many they spend together. But as autumn approaches, Yuki suddenly tells Natsuki she wants him to be happy and find a cute girlfriend, then disappears from campus. Hoping to see Yuki one final time, Natsuki visits her home and learns she suffers from an unknown illness that forces her to sleep through the winter. This modern-day version of Sleeping Beauty explores the miracle of love.


You Can't See the Snow was a novella with an interesting premise that caught my attention right from the first chapter. Both Natsuki and Yuki were engaging characters whose stories I was keen to follow from start to finish. Although short, the story explored a number of themes within its modern-fairytale setting. Even the character names contributed to the storytelling for those who know a little Japanese. The pacing through most of the book was good, but I found the ending a little rushed and perhaps a tad unsatisfying in the context of the story as a whole. Nonetheless, it was still an enjoyable, quick read and I would recommend it to readers who enjoy Japanese fiction with a hint of magical realism. I am giving it 3.5 stars that I would round up to a four if pushed.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.



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