Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean

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 yōkai, supernatural monsters and spirits whom the human emperor is determined to enslave and destroy. Mari has spent a lifetime training to become empr...

Details Empress of All Seasons

TitleEmpress of All Seasons
Release DateNov 6th, 2018
PublisherHMH Books for Young Readers
GenreFantasy, Young Adult

Reviews Empress of All Seasons

  • Melanie
    ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.RTC after Halloween! <3 xxBlog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | TwitchBuddy read with May at Forever and Everly, Lily at Sprinkles of Dreams, and Amy at A Court of Crowns and Quills! ❤
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    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 swoon worthy and the influence of Japanese culture was stellar, and, honest to God, the intro was one of the most well written, engaging, and intriguing beginnings...
  • may ➹
    can someone tell me [inhales] what the HELL just happened3.5 stars, rtc// buddy read with asian squad
  • Cait • A Page with a View
    I sat on this review for several months to be sure aaaand I think this book just really wasn't a good fit for me personally... but many other readers will love it! It's an original, creative story with Japanese influences (which was by far my favorite part). 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 ...
  • Carrie
    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 it all up you come up with Empress of All Seasons.Mari is a Yokai, she looks human but has the ability to transform into a monster. Yokai are feared Honoku so Mari...
  • Acqua
    Empress of all Seasons is a YA fantasy book set in a Japanese-inspired world in which humans have enslaved magical creatures, the yōkai. Mari, the main character, is yōkai herself - as an animal wife, she's able to partially shapeshift - and she'll have to hide her powers to win the competition to marry the prince... and then steal his fortunes.I wish I could have loved this book as much as I wanted to.In the beginning, I thought it was going t...
  • J.A. Ironside
    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 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 h...
  • Lauren Stoolfire
    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 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...
  • Daphne (Illumicrate)
    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 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 marryin...
  • rachel
    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, exile, death by starvation, cyclones, poisoning, explosions, fire, animal attack, animal cruelty, animal death, and bullying.
  • Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore
    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 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 ha...
  • Emma
    i won this book in a giveaway here on goodreads and the moment i took this book out of the mailbox, i started reading it. from the first paragraph, i was hooked in this story. It was so unique and i've never read anything like it. Empress of All Seasons is like a mix of Mulan, The Hunger Games, and The Selection. which if you ask me, is a great combination. this was a fast paced, fun read with such wonderful characters. i was so satisfied with th...
  • Beatrice in Bookland
    *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 don’t have enough strength (or time to waste) to keep reading, so bye book 👋🏼
  • Lisa
    Wow, this is one stellar fantasy. The world-building is just too-notch (rich and full of detail). Plus there’s something so beautiful about a strong yet vulnerable heroine. This story goes far beyond the “competition” fantasy trope. There’s deep meaning and nuanced undertones here. Don’t miss it!
  • Fadwa (Word Wonders)
    *I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange of an honest review*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. ButBUT.THOSE LAST 100ish PAGES. T...
  • Vicky Who Reads
    4.5 starsSO GOOD. Loved reading this one!!!
  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    I really enjoyed Empress Of All Seasons.  I can't tell you how happy all these Asian fantasy/retellings are making me.  I haven't read one that I've disliked yet.Empress Of All Seasons is told by Mari, Taro, and Akira. Mari is an animal wife.  Her people are usually beautiful and can transform fully into animals.  Mari has been told her whole life that she's not beautiful and she can only partially transform.  The animal wives seduce men, g...
  • Jackie
    Wow this book does not hold back. “Empress of all Seasons” is a powerful story about a girl raised to believe she was less than because of her plainness, work to become that of a warrior ready to join the competition to win the title of Empress. Coming face to face with the horrors her people and others of a similar kind face in the city she pushes herself to succeed and bring honor to all and more importantly grant them the freedom they desi...
  • Lauren Elizabeth
    I did not like the book, unlike the majority of book bloggers on Goodreads who rated the Empress of All Seasons a five out of five. I would give it a one. Right at the start, my first impression was that I’ve read this same unoriginal YA fantasy too many times. The same bland characters who win the games and fall in love and all that hullabaloo. It’s exhausting. It did have an interesting premise as it is the woman who enters the competition ...