So here is my stop for today! My pre-say to this book is that it was a myth-tingling read for the rest of the book and definitely one you should buy this month. Grab yours now.
Read my thoughts below and Happy Reading!
Disclosure: *I received an advance reading ecopy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review and don’t mean to affect how I will read nor give my opinion about it. My opinion is mine and mine alone after reading the book. Thank you to Carmel @ Bookable Reads, Rafael @ The Royal Polar Bear Reads, and to HMH Books for Young Readers for giving me the opportunity to be part of this tour.
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 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 hidden, 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 outcast.
Torn 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 fantasy.
A well-inspired novel from Japanese folktales. This book indeed gives me an entertaining and worthwhile adventure to the world of yokai and room of seasons. The knowledge about yokai is creatively introduced within the story so even you aren’t much familiar or well informed of them, well, it is ok – the book can provide you that even not much of details but a description would be fine. There are bunch of class of yokai that been named in the book and one of them is the ‘Animal Wife’ where Mari is included and so much more as you further read it. Also, some Japanese languages have been used that are not hard to understand hence the book itself will teach you the meaning of it. An intelligent way of using context clues. I’m really impressed actually of how magnificently this story is exploited. Empress of All Seasons is bewitchingly attractive from telling various kind of yokai to the spectacural plot of it.
Empress of All Seasons has three POVs from Mari, Taro, and Akira. Among all the three, I like the most Mari’s side since her story is much seems to be what everyone could feel and understand. To be free from the tradition of their clan and makes a difference to oneself. Mari is so much brave and fierce which I like from her even she has deficits of her kind. Actually, I find some metaphors within the story like from Akira’s side story. He is rudely discriminated and the scar of his face is somewhat defined, as for me, the symbolism of it. Though for Taro, I kind of not been attached to him. Actually he plays his role great.
An Asian Young Adult Novel. A Japanese Mythology. Yokai. Great Fantasy Read.
This book is fantastic in every way. You’ll be immersed to its monster-human world, emperor and empress, gods and goddesses, and its origin.
When Emiko is not writing, she is reading. Most of her friends are imaginary. Before she became a writer she was an entomologist (fancy name for bug catcher), a candle maker, a florist, and most recently a teacher. She lives in Washington with her husband and children (unruly twins). She loves the rain.
Blog Tour Schedule
Rafael of The Royal Polar Bear Reads
Carmel of Bookablereads
Jonathan of Wander with Jon
Nikki of Take Me Away
Vivian of Vanilla Angel Pages
Jen of Jen D Bibliophile
Jenny of Levicorpvs Blog
Hanamae of The Wraith Reads
Cristina of Girl in the Pages
Shaine of Wanderer in Neverland
Akisha of akithroughbooks
Ela of The Ultimate Fangirl
Princess of Princess and Pages
Lily of Sprinkles of Dreams
Joel of Descendant of Poseidon Reads
Imogene of Amidst the Pages
Leslie of Bibliophilekid
Thank you for reading!