Empress of all Seasons
In a deadly tournament to become empress, any may enter but only one will survive, and one competitor doesn't just plan to win, she's going to steal the Emperor's fortune. . .
In each generation, a competition is held to find the next empress of Honoku. The rules are simple. Survive the palace's enchanted seasonal rooms. Conquer Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall, and you c...more
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“Do not cling to the hand that holds you down”
Empress of All Seasons is an ownvoices Japanese fantasy that was a complete delight to read. I was completely immersed from the very first page, and the last page left me wanting the next book immediately. But this is a tale of family (both found and blood), and honor (both given and earned), and love (unconditionally and conditionally).
The emperor is a human who rules ...more
THINGS TO EXPECT
➸ Mari being epic with her naginata sword and sighi ...more
“But not every happily-ever-after includes a man.”
Empress of All Seasons is set in a Japanese-inspired world where every time the prince is in need of a wife, competitions to the death are held for all women—except yōkai.
Mari, a yōkai, has trained all her life to enter this competition, and refuses to back down until she becomes empress. Taro, the prince, has no plans whatsoever of becoming emperor. And Akira, half-yōkai, half ...more
“Not everyone is all good or all bad.”
I’m going to use this quote as a starting point, and say: not every book is all good or all bad. Because it perfectly encompasses how torn I feel about Empress of All Seasons.
I think that ultimately, and sadly, I fell in love with the idea of this book based on its synopsis more than I did with the actual book itself.
I loved the idea of Mari setting out to win a competition based on wit, cunning, strength, daring, and confidence, defying expectations place ...more
Mari is a girl who's secretly a monster and doesn't believe a guy will ever love her. Her controlling mother has directed her to steal Taro's fortune by training to enter a competition where hundreds of girls try to survive the seasonal room ...more
Mari is a Yokai, she looks human but has the ability to transform into a monster. Yokai are feared Honoku so Mari hides who she is along with her small village of wo ...more
I wish I could have loved this book as much as I wanted to.
In the beginning, I thought it was going to be a fun if a bit cliché read with great worldbuil ...more
Content Warning: Graphic Violence, Slavery, Death
This action packed fantasy helped me crawl from the depths of an awful reading slump. Mari is a bad ass protagonist who is a skilled fighter, a yōkai and a caring friend. She sets out to compete to become Empress by facing seasonal rooms meant to break her in mind and body. Mari has to hide her identity from prince Taro and everyone in the competition because all yōkai in the city are forced into slavery. Akira is an outcast who is Mari's best ...more
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Each generation, a competition is held to find the next empress of Honoku. The rules are simple. Survive the palace’s enchanted seasonal rooms. All are eligible to compete—all except yōkai, supernatural monsters and spirits whom the human emperor is determined to enslave and destroy. Mari has spent a lifetime training to become empress. Winning should be easy. And it would be, if she weren’t hiding a dangerous secret, she’s a yōkai! As she strug ...more
#AsianYA is absolutely slaying November and 2018 in general. Because Empress of All Seasons completely blew me away with its lush world and relatable characters and amazing plot.
I thought the world was wonderful--it was lush and well-developed and rich with culture, which I definitely enjoyed. Plus, there were all sorts of magical beings--Mari being one of them--and it really spiced up the plot!
The enslavement of magical beings was handled really well, and it wasn't too dark or gory that ...more
This book is absolutely wonderful. I've read a spate of Asian-inspired YA fantasies at the moment and this is my favourite. I loved the rich world that the author built, a Japanese-inspired world where yokai are treated as second class citizens by a hateful human Emperor.
Mari is our protagonist, a yokai Animal Wife, who comes from an all-woman clan where they trick human men into marrying them and make off with their treasure. Mari has ...more
”The rules were simple: Survive the rooms. Conquer the seasons. Win the prince.”
What a disappointment. Flat (and not very likeable) characters, way too slow moving plot, basic writing style. I don’t have enough strength (or time to waste) to keep reading, so bye book 👋🏼
Here’s another one for fans of Asian-inspired fantasy: Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean is set in a world reminiscent of feudal Japan with historical and supernatural elements. It is also a world where humans and yōkai live side by side—but not as equals. Whether you are a kappa demon or a near human-looking harionago or “hook girl”, all yōkai in Honoku are required to be registered and fitted with an unbreakable iron ...more
🍂 Rep: #Ownvoices Japanese cast.
🌻 Trigger warnings for body shaming, slavery, systematic oppression, rape, child abuse, parental abandonment, self-injury, childbirth, forced adoption, death, murder, exile, death by starvation, cyclones, poisoning, explosions, fire, animal attack, animal cruelty, animal death, and bullying.
I do have to apologize though.. Because this is a ridiculously short review due to one thing and one thing alone: I procrastinated on writing it and.. well.. apparently I suck at writing reviews weeks after reading the book. Lesson learned, I swear.
Apart from the own voice-aspect, I absolutely loved the themes Emiko Jean incorporated in this ...more
Each generation, a competition is held to find the next empress of Honoku. The rules are simple. Survive the palace’s enchanted seasonal rooms. Conquer Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. Marry the prince. All are eligible to compete—all except yōkai, supernatural monsters and spirits whom the human emperor is determined to enslave and destroy. Mari has spent a lifetime training to become empress. Winning should be easy. And it woul ...more
3.5 stars rounded up
Do you like the anime films of Studio Ghibli? Do you have an appreciation for the aesthetic of Miyazaki? If so you’re going to love the world building in this book. There were times when the descriptions of the places and creatures of this book evoked the visuals of that anime in a visceral way.
The plot follows Mari, a yokai girl (one of the Animal Wives), who has never quite fitted in amongst her people because she ...more
This one is again a young adult fantasy–adventure, set in a world inhabited by humans and by yōkai (beasts, some of whom are part human, or have the ability to transform), the latter being subjugated by humans, kept in collars with all kinds of restrictions. Our heroine Mari, belongs to one group of yōkai, the Animal Wives, who are exceptionally beautiful and have a human form (with the ability to change into beast ...more
Mari hates to kill. She has an ambivalent relationship with h ...more
Ok but...can someone explain to me what just happened???
Ok no I actually know what happened, IT WAS PRETTY DAMN CLEAR. AND IT WAS AMAZING.
Not gonna lie, this book and i were off to a rocky start. As much as I loved the setting and worldbuilding some minor things (that i'll detail in my full review) kind of made me go :// at the book. But
THOSE LAST 100ish PAGES. THOSE WERE FUCKING AMAZING. MADE ME CLUTCH MY PEARL ...more
Uhhh okay I’m really NOT sure what happened here - I was so so incredibly excited for this one, but it just went in a direction I did not expect at the end and pulled down a solid middle and okay-ish beginning. My mind for the last 75% of the book was just ???? filled with question marks.
Honestly I’m really surprised this novel wasn’t a duology because reading the ending really makes me think it should have been. I would’ve been so happy to read a second book, as I loved the world ...more
I decided to pick this up as it was the group book for the Winter Biannual Bibliothon of 2019. Prior to reading this, I had seen it talked about online with fairly good reviews.
I did really enjoy the plot of this novel and although it did somewhat remind me of "The Hunger Games" in some ways (the competition while in the Season rooms), it was exclusively its own in other ways.
I also found the involvement of Japanese mythology extremely interesting. As I have no pre-existing knowledge i ...more
The world set up of this novel is fascinating. Mari is a Yokai who comes from a village of gorgeous women, whose culture is to use their charms to woe men, steal their fortune and then return to their village to share the riches. Love is frowned upon, and any boys born are floated away on the village river. Mari is not beautiful, so her mother has trained her for another destiny, to tak ...more
Empress of All Seasons is an #OwnVoices Japanese fantasy novel, written by Emiko Jean. It has amazed me in many ways from the premise to the last bit of the ending, especially that ending. It is a story that tackles love, friends and family, honor, duty, and morals.
“The rules were simple: Survive the Rooms. Conquer the Seasons. Win the prince.”
A book that had blown me away, right off the bat. The premise alone, who doesn’t wa ...more
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