Book Review: Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean

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This was my book rec for Geminis for the month of August . To view the rest of my New Release Book Recs for August (based on your sun sign) scroll to the bottom!


Izumi Tanaka has big plans for her senior summer and most of them consist of being generally ridiculous with her friends in their home town of Mount Shasta, California. But when Izzy stumbles on a love note to her mom from the dad she’s never known, Izzy’s whole life changes. Izzy uncovers that her father is none other than the crown prince of Japan, making Izzy a princess herself. Catapulted almost overnight from American anonymity to Japanese royalty would make anybody’s head spin. Throw in some conniving cousins, an unrelenting paparazzi, a scrupulous lady in waiting and a unshakable body guard (who is really nailing that sexy brooding thing, by the way) and suddenly Izzy’s summer is nothing like what she’d envisioned. Does Izzy have it in her to commit to this princess thing forever?

“I used to think the world belonged to me. But I was wrong. I belong to the world. And sometimes … I guess sometimes, our choices have to reflect that.”

Izumi Tanaka, Tokyo Ever After

🎵🎵🎵🎵 (four stars as rated in a song played on loop from a cell phone while two people dance in an otherwise empty room)

This book really is aaaaall of the fluffy, teen romance feels. Izzy is such a fun character and one with whom it is very easy to empathize. Her romance with Akio made me very giggly at times and her blunders were just magnificently cringey. While the romance is obviously a primary plot point of the story, let us not overlook just how fantastically loyal and dependable Izumi’s friends are. Protagonists are so often left dangling without the structure that a good cast of well developed friends provides. To give us that without a bunch of needless drama surrounding their respective relationships says a lot about the sophistication of Emiko Jean. Would 10/10 recommend this book, especially if you’re looking for a quick weekend book/audiobook that will have you squealing while you listen in the car. I could not tear myself away!!

“Kanji is an expression of the soul”

Izumi Tanaka, Tokyo Ever After
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Audiobook review for Tokyo Ever After

Ali Ahn is a delight to listen to. Her embodiment of this story gave such depth to the characters and I really felt as if I was right there experiencing everything along with Izumi.

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I was given a free Advanced Reader Copy of Tokyo Ever After by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

buddy read

This was another buddy read with my good friend, Amanda of Bookish Brews! Reading is always better with a buddy, isn’t it? Her take on Tokyo Ever After is live on her blog which you should absolutely give a quick visit.

Tokyo Ever After is one of my new favorite books. It was validating to me in a way I never expected it to be. It’s the book I’ve been waiting for, ever since I watched The Princess Diaries as a kid when I thought only white girls could become princesses. Something I don’t think anymore. Thank you Emiko Jean.”

Amanda @ Bookish Brews

book at a glance

📚 First in Series
🌼 Self Discovery
👑 Royal Romance
🇯🇵 Japanese-American Rep

✨ Rep in this book: Japanese-American MC, diverse cast of friends, Japanese and Japanese-American supporting characters

✨ Content warnings for this book: vomit, medical stuff, bullying, alcohol use

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Image Description: A flat lay featuring the audiobook version of Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean as seen on the screen of an iPhone. The phone is peeking out from a green handbag along with a tube of light blue nail polish.
about the author

Emiko Jean

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. (Borrowed from the author’s personal website)

about the narrator

Ali Ahn

Ali Ahn is the Asian-American actress who portrayed Prince of Hell Dagon in Season 12 of Supernatural. She is also known for her roles in Liberal Arts, Grand Theft Auto V, The Girl in the Book, Billions, Equity and The Path. (Borrowed from Supernatural Fandom Wiki)

Other books narrated by Ali Ahn: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, Aurora, Honolulu, The Woodlands, These Hidden Things, Every Soul A Star

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Why is Tokyo Ever After not on everybody’s TBR? It really is all of the fluffy, teen romance feels. Would 10/10 recommend if you’re looking for a quick weekend book/audiobook that will have you squealing, giggling and laughing while you listen in the car!

Wishing you all a cool and restful weekend!


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