Empress of All Seasons

Empress of All Seasons

In a palace of illusions, nothing is what it seems. 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 y?kai, supernatural monsters and spirits whom the human emperor is determined to In a palace of illusions, nothing is what it seems. Each generation, a competition is held to find the next em...

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Title:Empress of All Seasons
Author:Emiko Jean
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:0544530942
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:384 pages pages

Empress of All Seasons Reviews

  • Sherwood Smith
    Apr 28, 2018
    Mari is a yokai, a supernatural being. Her clan is the Animal Wives, who are a very cunning, beautiful, and cold type of yokai. They enchant human men, marry them and rob them and return to their village with their husbands' riches. Mari is that rarity, a homely Animal Wife, which earn...
  • Daphne (Illumicrate)
    Jun 11, 2018
    Men are conditioned to take. Women are conditioned to give. 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 ...
  • Melanie
    Apr 16, 2018
    ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. ?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, an...
  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    Mar 10, 2018
    Hmm...cover's not bad. Definitely getting on Asian vibe so that's good at least lol --- A YA fantasy, steeped in Japanese folklore, that sounds like it was made to be an anime? Why have I not heard of this until now!? ...
  • Alienne
    Dec 07, 2018
    Harsh and absurdly long review ahead! If you enjoyed this book that's awesome. I did not. So, I'm going to try something different and focus on the positives first for once. I liked the concept of the book. I liked that it was a Japanese-inspired fantasy, I liked the worldbuilding a...
  • ♠️ TABI ♠️
    May 28, 2019
    "You should want to be better for yourself, not for someone else." All right, after chewing on my thoughts and feelings about this for a while . . . I think I've finally narrowed down the reasons for my annoyance with this 'could-have-been-brilliant' story: It shouldn't have b...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    Nov 01, 2018
    3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/11/04/... 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 ...
  • Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore
    Oct 09, 2018
    My thanks to NetGalley and Orion Publishing Group for a review copy of this book. This one is again a young adult fantasy?adventure, set in a world inhabited by humans and by y?kai (beasts, some of whom are part human, or have the ability to transform), the latter being subjugat...
  • Lauren Stoolfire
    Oct 28, 2018
    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 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 el...
  • Dani - Perspective of a Writer
    Oct 27, 2018
    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... 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 y?kai, supernatural monsters and spirit...
  • Lily ☁️
    Oct 13, 2018
    ?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 t...
  • Tori (InToriLex)
    Nov 26, 2018
    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 y?kaiand a caring friend. She sets out to compete to become Empress by facing sea...
  • C.G. Drews
    Sep 24, 2018
    This is the kind of story with a world that will totally swallow you whole. In the best possible way! I love it when books promise epic and deliciously complex settings and then deliver. Like, tHANK YOU, I have been waiting to be totally captivated by a story world! This is also based ...
  • J.A. Ironside
    Jul 11, 2018
    ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review 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...
  • rachel
    Sep 16, 2018
    if you prefer plot over characterisation, this will be more your thing ? Rep: #Ownvoices Japanese cast. ? Trigger warnings for body shaming, slavery, systematic oppression, rape, child abuse, parental abandonment, self-injury, childbirth, forced adoption, death, murder, ex...
  • Ishmeen
    Apr 06, 2018
    3.5 stars - I was very intrigued by the concept and enjoyed the world building quite a lot so the fact that I am not rating it 4 stars saddens me as well. The female empowerment in this story was great and the writing style was pretty decent too. I liked where the story was going until...
  • Kathy - Books & Munches
    Nov 07, 2018
    The thing that got me to pick up this book is very simple. Empress of All Seasons is an Japanese-inspired young adult fantasy, written by a Japanese author. I do have to apologize though.. Because this is a ridiculously short review due to one thing and one thing alone: I procrasti...
  • Candace Robinson
    Dec 09, 2018
    ARC received via publisher! ...
  • Carrie
    Oct 11, 2018
    Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean is a young adult fantasy book that is inspired by the author?s own Japanese heritage. I think if you took the Japanese infused story complete with monsters and tossed it into a blender with the Hunger Games and a smidge of the Selection then blend...
  • Beatrice in Bookland
    Sep 18, 2018
    *I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* ?The rules were simple: Survive the rooms. Conquer the seasons. Win the prince.? DNF @42% What a disappointment. Flat (and not very likeable) characters, way too slow moving plot, basic writing style. I do...
  • Nadhira Satria
    Apr 03, 2018
    What the fuck was that? I- we- I?m- bye ...
  • Acqua
    Oct 21, 2018
    Empress of all Seasons is a YA fantasy book set in a Japanese-inspired world in which humans have enslaved magical creatures, the y?kai. Mari, the main character, is y?kai herself - as an animal wife, she's able to partially shapeshift - and she'll have to hide her powers to win the ...
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    Aug 29, 2018
    Even though this one didn't fully work for me, I still think it'll be an excellent story for many readers. It's not to say I didn't enjoy it at all, but I think my overall feel was too middle-of-the-road to garner anything higher than a 3 star rating towards my experience. The cover is...
  • Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
    Jan 19, 2019
    3.5 stars 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 Hun...
  • ˗ˏˋliaˎˊ˗
    Jan 24, 2019
    ?this is true freedom, to love oneself enough not to care what others think.? empress of all seasons had a very intriguing premise. the concept of having to conquer all the four seasons in their respective rooms was super interesting, but i found the idea and story in general...
  • Vicky Who Reads
    Oct 28, 2018
    4 stars #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, whic...
  • Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
    Jan 08, 2019
    ? 3.5 stars 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 ???? fil...
  • may ➹
    Oct 14, 2018
    can someone tell me [inhales] what the HELL just happened 3.5 stars ?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 ...
  • Sara
    Oct 13, 2018
    This feels like a fairly familiar read as it includes many common book tropes. One of my least favourite tropes of all time is when the main character is deemed "ugly" until her prince (or in this case samurai) tells her otherwise and this book had plenty of that. In the first few ch...
  • Amy Imogene Reads
    Apr 11, 2019
    1.5 stars A Japanese-inspired fantasy containing a fight-to-the-death competition to be Empress, and I was so bored and irritated with the character arcs that I struggled to finish it. Concept: ???? 1/2 Writing: ??? Character Depth: ?? Romantic Element: ? ...