(E–pub READ) Empress of All Seasons

  • Hardcover
  • 384
  • Empress of All Seasons
  • Emiko Jean
  • English
  • 01 January 2018
  • 9780544530942

Emiko Jean ´ 8 Read

Read Empress of All Seasons Emiko Jean ´ 8 Read review Í eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ´ Emiko Jean In a palace of illusions nothing is what it seemsEach generation a competition is held to find the next empress of Honoku The rules are simple Survive the palace’s enchanted seasonal rooms Conuer Winter Spring Summer and Fall Marry the prince All are eligible to compete all except yōkai supernatural monsters and spirits whom the human. can someone tell me inhales what the HELL just happened35 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 women except y kaiMari a y kai 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 y kai half human who has only ever wanted to be with MariThe beginning started off strong I really loved it and I was intrigued by where it was headed Having three main characters and POVs I was excited to see how all the characters would meet and how their paths would intertwine Mari a y kai deemed not beautiful by her clan but willing to do what it took to prove herself and uplift her fellow y kai Taro called the Cold Prince for his so called lack of a heart and a little too clever Akira known as the Son of Nightmares half scarred and an invisible outcast Hanako the love of my life sapphic Weapons Master y kai resistance leaderOne of the most beautiful things about this book however is how delightfully feminist it is Mari is part of a group of y kai termed the Animal Wives who seduce men into marrying them before stealing their riches All the women are feminine and take pride in it and are so strong both physically and mentally Men are conditioned to take Women are conditioned to give Long ago our clan decided to stop giving and start taking And not only was there themes of feminism but also of loyalty honor and oppression The y kai have been enslaved by emperors for decades and as one of them Mari is so loyal to them and feels the hurt they feel This story of the oppressed overcoming their oppressors is so strong and relevant todayAnother thing that really stuck out to me was the Japanese mythology that was interspersed throughout the novel It gave you insight into how this world was made the way it was and why people were made the way it was Those chapters were some of my favorites to read because they were just absolutely beautifully writtenThe biggest thing that I will remember about this book though is how many emotions it made me feel Mixed in with the expected feelings of enjoyment and intrigue from a 35 star read I was frustrated angry upset confused shocked and surprised To describe my feelings as a whole about this book I would say I was just absolutely discombobulated And I still have no idea if it was in a good or bad wayAlso I was not expecting the ending to happen the way it did and then I made my peace with it and then another twist happened and then I made my peace with THAT only for ANOTHER twist to happen and it was just So shocking Still kinda at what exactly happened A reminder of the coldness and violence that hate begets Winter would always be for regrets Unfortunately what really made me drop a lot of stars was the amount of insta love there was in this book The romance was so frustratingly cringy and it made me want to scream They d known each other for four days and she hit him in the face and somehow his life s plans are uprooted and he completely changes his mind and they re convinced they re true loves WHAT Straight people are wildOn top of that my favorite character at the beginning of the book Taro turned out to be a complete jerk and I hated it He acted so entitled and rude and I constantly wanted to punch him I have no idea what was done to his character or why it happened but I just downright hated him at the endPacing in general was also really off The beginning and middle was slow and then the end was all just a fast blur And the way the book concluded as well was just way too uickly It was basically a 2 page epilogue describing what could have been the plot of a second book I genuinely thought there was going to be a seuel until that poorly done wrapupThat said overall I enjoyed this book It was fun to experience all the emotions I did The plot and concepts are super uniue and while it may take you time to warm up to characters or fall in love with characters you end up hating I think it s definitely worth picking up rep all Japanese cast sapphic side character ownvoices for Japanese rep content warnings murder death torture captivity slavery loss of a loved one parental abuse physical abuse drugging depictions of blood body shaming rape buddy read with asian suad Thank you to HMH Teen for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review This did not affect my opinion in any wayAll uotes were taken from an unfinished copy and may differ in final publication

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Read Empress of All Seasons Emiko Jean ´ 8 Read review Í eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ´ Emiko Jean N Mari’s fate collides with that of Taro the prince who has no desire to inherit the imperial throne and Akira a half human half yōkai outcastTorn between duty and love loyalty and betrayal vengeance and forgiveness the choices of Mari Taro and Akira will decide the fate of Honoku in this beautifully written edge of your seat YA fanta. ARC received via publisher

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Read Empress of All Seasons Emiko Jean ´ 8 Read review Í eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ´ Emiko Jean 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 Mari is a yōkai with the ability to transform into a terrifying monster If discovered her life will be forfeit As she struggles to keep her true identity hidde. 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 to an entirely uniue fantasy idea that I ve ever readI really appreciated the idea behind this story these hidden monsters coupled with the importance of the female gender proved to be an exciting new development one where I enjoyed the prince finally being described as the prize to be won in a competition instead of our typical princessdamsel in distress Jean has also created a complex and fascinating new world here one that stands out amongst a sea of been there done that fantasy lookalikes and for that I am grateful and grant a standing ovationI think my main issues were with the character development I found myself only really connecting with Akira and the romance felt a bit stale For me most of the characterization appeared one dimensional and too basic to compete with the lush vivid descriptions of the world in which Empress Of All Seasons takes place A little work and I think this author will be one to watch for in the highly competitive YA fantasy genre Recommended to those who are looking for a creative diverse and atmospheric read to add to their fantasy line up I received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley