Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean & Angel and Bavar by Amy Wilson

Can't-Wait is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings that spotlights exciting upcoming releases that we can't wait to be released! This meme is based off of Jill @ Breaking the Spine's Waiting on Wednesday meme.

This week's upcoming book spotlight is:
Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean
 Publication Date: November 6th, 2018
HMH Books for Young Readers
384 pages

Empress of All SeasonsFrom Goodreads: 

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."
I feel like I've been wanting to read this months and months now, so I can't wait for it to finally come out. I love settings with an Asian influence and the premise itself just sounds like something I'm going to love.


Angel and Bavar by Amy Wilson
 Publication Date: November 6th, 2018
Katherine Tegen Books
320 pages

Angel and BavarFrom Goodreads: 

After the death of her parents, Angel has a lot to get used to: a new home, a new family, a new school. The last thing she’s interested in is making new friends. Until she meets Bavar, a strange boy who slips through the shadows, a boy who might understand her nightmares. 

But Bavar doesn’t want to let anyone in. Everyone—and everything—in his enchanted house is already urging him to step up and protect the world from a magical rift and the fearsome monsters traveling through it, a responsibility he wishes he could ignore. 

Then Bavar discovers that the monsters are the same ones that killed Angel’s parents. Determined to stop the creatures for good, he reluctantly accepts Angel’s help. Together, Angel and Bavar must find the courage to stand up for each other and themselves to repair the rift between worlds…before it’s too late.

Taking inspiration from “Beauty and the Beast,” Amy Wilson’s second middle grade novel is a stunning modern fairy tale of magic, friendship, and finding the courage to fight for what matters most."
I don't always share a lot of middle grades for my anticipated releases, but I think this sounds so perfectly magical and exciting.

What do you think about this upcoming release? What are your anticipated upcoming releases?



  1. Both of these look really good. I would definitely read Empress of All Seasons, I've already heard lots of good things😊

    1. Oh I'm glad to hear that! I feel like I haven't seen much so I've been extra curious about it.

  2. I'm also really excited about Empress of All Seasons! It sounds so unique!

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  3. I don't really read a lot of middle grade, but Angel and Bavar sounds so good!

    1. It sounds like one of those that might appeal to a lot of readers, so I'm hoping that's the case! :)