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 palaces enchanted seasonal rooms. Conquer Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. Marry the prince. All are eligible to competeall except ykai, supernatural monsters and spirits whom the human emperor is determined to ensla...
|Title||:||Empress of All Seasons|
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Empress of All Seasons Reviews
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 to become empress. Winning should be easy. And it woul ...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
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 has never quite fitted in amongst her people because she ...more
What the fuck was that? I- we- I’m- bye
#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
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
“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 seasons in their respective rooms was super interesting, but i found the idea and story in general to be poorly executed.
the beginning, most of all, was incredibly slow and it took like 7 chapters until we got to the actual plot. of course, i don’t mind description and useful information to introduce the reader to the worl ...more