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Alternate cover edition of ISBN 9781250766601. Izumi Tanaka has never really felt like she fit in—it isn’t easy being Japanese American in her small, mostly white, northern California town. Raised by a single mother, it’s always been Izumi—or Izzy, because “It’s easier this way”—and her mom against the world. But then Izzy discovers a clue to her previously unknown father’s Alternate cover edition of ISBN 9781250766601. Izumi Tanaka has never really felt like she fit in—it isn’t easy being Japanese American in her small, mostly white, northern California town. Raised by a single mother, it’s always been Izumi—or Izzy, because “It’s easier this way”—and her mom against the world. But then Izzy discovers a clue to her previously unknown father’s identity… and he’s none other than the Crown Prince of Japan. Which means outspoken, irreverent Izzy is literally a princess. In a whirlwind, Izzy travels to Japan to meet the father she never knew and discover the country she always dreamed of. But being a princess isn’t all ball gowns and tiaras. There are conniving cousins, a hungry press, a scowling but handsome bodyguard who just might be her soulmate, and thousands of years of tradition and customs to learn practically overnight. Izzy soon finds herself caught between worlds, and between versions of herself—back home, she was never “American” enough, and in Japan, she must prove she’s “Japanese” enough. Will Izumi crumble under the weight of the crown, or will she live out her fairytale, happily ever after?


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Alternate cover edition of ISBN 9781250766601. Izumi Tanaka has never really felt like she fit in—it isn’t easy being Japanese American in her small, mostly white, northern California town. Raised by a single mother, it’s always been Izumi—or Izzy, because “It’s easier this way”—and her mom against the world. But then Izzy discovers a clue to her previously unknown father’s Alternate cover edition of ISBN 9781250766601. Izumi Tanaka has never really felt like she fit in—it isn’t easy being Japanese American in her small, mostly white, northern California town. Raised by a single mother, it’s always been Izumi—or Izzy, because “It’s easier this way”—and her mom against the world. But then Izzy discovers a clue to her previously unknown father’s identity… and he’s none other than the Crown Prince of Japan. Which means outspoken, irreverent Izzy is literally a princess. In a whirlwind, Izzy travels to Japan to meet the father she never knew and discover the country she always dreamed of. But being a princess isn’t all ball gowns and tiaras. There are conniving cousins, a hungry press, a scowling but handsome bodyguard who just might be her soulmate, and thousands of years of tradition and customs to learn practically overnight. Izzy soon finds herself caught between worlds, and between versions of herself—back home, she was never “American” enough, and in Japan, she must prove she’s “Japanese” enough. Will Izumi crumble under the weight of the crown, or will she live out her fairytale, happily ever after?

30 review for Tokyo Ever After

  1. 5 out of 5

    Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)

    I was soooo excited for this book and I'm so glad I wasn't disappointed! This was everything I wanted and more. Rich in Japanese culture, I was totally transported alongside Izumi as she learns she is actually a princess. She comes to know her father and also assume the role in a monarchy and culture that she is still learning about. She has to deal with the scrutiny of the press, and with a blooming romance between her and her guard. This was fun, light, fluffy, and heart warming, and just so d I was soooo excited for this book and I'm so glad I wasn't disappointed! This was everything I wanted and more. Rich in Japanese culture, I was totally transported alongside Izumi as she learns she is actually a princess. She comes to know her father and also assume the role in a monarchy and culture that she is still learning about. She has to deal with the scrutiny of the press, and with a blooming romance between her and her guard. This was fun, light, fluffy, and heart warming, and just so dang good. I loved Izumi and how she took everything in stride. I felt like she had a positive outlook on things which was nice. I liked the direction the story took with her father. I expected that relationship to be rocky but it was lovely to see how he took in Izumi as if he had known about her her whole life. The romance is kind of an enemies to friends to lovers deal and it was a lot of fun to read. It is kind of insta love-ish, but I think it worked in this situation. I just honestly had a blast reading this. It had a lot of characters you couldn't help but love, seeing Izumi's friends bolster her in difficult situations, seeing her mom caring for her, and her father ultimately, it was a book that kept me smiling. There isn't a ton of conflict, though there is definitely enough to keep the plot going, but I liked how it was a more joyful read. Definitely a book to pick up when you need something heartwarming!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Oh well this is amazing combination of Princess Diaries and Crazy Rich Asians; a Japanese American teenage girl finds out the father she never met is coming from royal family! Actually he’s freaking crown prince of Japan ! Now her two different worlds will be collided into each other. Could she fit in the both parts without feeling like a true outsider? Izumi is quick witted, entertaining, so much sympathetic character you may truly relate with! When she has been raised in Northern California b Oh well this is amazing combination of Princess Diaries and Crazy Rich Asians; a Japanese American teenage girl finds out the father she never met is coming from royal family! Actually he’s freaking crown prince of Japan ! Now her two different worlds will be collided into each other. Could she fit in the both parts without feeling like a true outsider? Izumi is quick witted, entertaining, so much sympathetic character you may truly relate with! When she has been raised in Northern California by single mom, she already felt how to be an outsider in her secluded, tiny, mostly white community. And now she flies to Japan to fill her responsibilities as a princess but firstly she has to learn the rules of being a royal to get the approval of her ancestors! And when you add forbidden love into equation with lots of entertaining supporting characters, this book turns into one of the most enjoyable read& chill feel good journeys! Even though there are some plot holes, undeveloped dialogues between the characters and too insta love between the MCs, I still enjoyed this soft, funny, heartwarming, swoon, sweet romance and self discovery story! Gather your refreshments and munchies, dive into this heartfelt journey to have relaxing, quality reading time! I’m delightfully rounding up 3.5 stars to 4 crown, hot bodyguard, loss in translation, multi cultural interest stars! Special thanks to NetGalley and Flatiron Books for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest opinions.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    Okay 🥰 This was a super cute, commoner turned princess, story. I was reminiscent of The Princess Diaries throughout. ❤️ It’s definitely predictable, but also very enjoyable. Definitely worth picking up! 👍

  4. 4 out of 5

    — Massiel

    Y'all can I marry a cover? This cover is everything I ask for and didn't know. Y'all can I marry a cover? This cover is everything I ask for and didn't know.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Booktastically Amazing

    ~Special thanks to Netgalley and Flatiron Books for giving me the opportunity to receive an ARC of this book~ This was a partially tepid read. -Booksy, 2021 Rating: 👑👑👑👑 4.2 luscious crowns. Hello, and be welcomed into another episode of *talk show music* Books That I Thought Would Be Amazing But That Turned Out Being A Slight Disappointment (or B.T.I.T.W.B.A.B.T.T.O.B.A.S.D for short) Yes, I am aware that I always set my expectations inhumanly high, and that most times it is utterly my fault as to wh ~Special thanks to Netgalley and Flatiron Books for giving me the opportunity to receive an ARC of this book~ This was a partially tepid read. -Booksy, 2021 Rating: 👑👑👑👑 4.2 luscious crowns. Hello, and be welcomed into another episode of *talk show music* Books That I Thought Would Be Amazing But That Turned Out Being A Slight Disappointment (or B.T.I.T.W.B.A.B.T.T.O.B.A.S.D for short) Yes, I am aware that I always set my expectations inhumanly high, and that most times it is utterly my fault as to why I disliked the book, but hear me out. The whole story just SCREAMED Rom Com deliciousness waiting to happen and my brain being the bootiful specimen it is, obviously made it clear what I was walking into. I just- I had a humongous amount of hope set on this. Alas, that hope was stomped down in the final parts of this story. Now, I shall talk about the good things first, as I seldom do. The thing is, the writing was amazing. Relatable and so full of life, pungent in its realism, magnificent in its roots *intense hand motions because Booksy doesn't know what else to say*, beautiful in its facade. Truly amazing. One of the things I love most, gowns down, is that it wasn't perfect. It didn't STRIVE to be perfect, which is AMAZING. Since all YA books have plenty of metaphors that I absolutely adore, but I wasn't in the mood for it, at the time in which I was reading this. So thank you, dear book. For not disappointing me more. *smiles in petty* The next thing on the list... *frantically checks said list* THE PLOT. Sorry, didn't mean to scream it. *whispering* The plot. It was fantastic. I know, SuRpRiSiNg. Perhaps I have read books with the same premise about a thousand times, perhaps the story has been repeated in so many instances it has ingrained itself into my memory. And PERHAPS, I am that same moron who always comes back to the nest. AKA, cheesy YA books that make me feel all fuzzy and warm and full of will to continue on (which I adore). Predictable at times? Absolutely. But you bet your fancy tiara I read through the night to finish it (and although it isn't a rare occurrence, I still lost sleep over it. Consider yourself lucky, TEA). And a little tip, betrayal is in the midst. (NOT A SPOILER, I SWEAR) The characters Oh, the beautiful characters. I can sincerely say that I was pleasantly bamboozled by the preciousness instigated by them. And since I can't go into detail (bring me my coffin, porfavor) I shall limit myself to gracefully trip through all the wires surrounding them. The MC was wonderful. Wonderully weird, and I'll be the first to tell y'all, I call dibs as BFF. And throw her off a cliff. *sweet grin* But of course, I shall throw her off a 4 foot cliff, I'm not a savage you know. I shall explain myself a bit since I called dibs as her BFF and feel the need to do so. Izumi was really kind (which I hated so much at times) She was extremely fun and out of the roof speshul. But, BUT (and not Kim K's) she. cried. so. much. And was more indicisive than ME. And that's saying a LOT. (the other day I couldn't decide between wearing a black satin dress or a midnight black dress. The pAiN) And that annoyed me to the end of this frail ecosystem of ours. Yes, she was cool. Yes, she had the best friends a girl could ever ask for. And also yes, slight annoyance made itself present in her existence. Closing the curtain on her, as previously stated, her friends were to die for. I would die for them. Fictionally. But I would die for them nonetheless. I adore how that the author actually gave the secondary characters PERSONALITY. I can't y'all- I need a second- *rigorous nose blowing* They had PERSONALITIES. Which I could DIFFERENTIATE. That's it. That's all I can say about them without becoming a blubbering fool (don't you even say it, I know I'm a blubbering fool. I've accepted it) (The Love interest doesn't exist in Ba Sing Sae) And because I love a little rant here and there, ON TO THE THINGS I DIDN'T LIKE VERY MUCH OR SAW ANY USE, TO BE HONEST. The love scheme (I've become slightly tired of repeating that the romance is crap) was the thing that brought this down. 0 to 100 real quick. WHERE WAS THE BUILD-UP. THE TENSION. WHERE- Oh I know, right beside my 2nd grade drawings. In the trash. *more petty smiling* On a closing note, even though it was a bit tepid and overly cliche. I REALLY enjoyed it. The story was interesting, the characters were precious and the drama was *queen's kiss* Perfection, dahling. I wish I could've said that the book as a whole was a masterpiece alas, it was missing something. A tea was awaiting to be mixed into this. Said tea being named, a different love int- I truly recommend this to those who love a good romance once in a while, ones who want their heart to go into overdrive at times. If you like a fast read, full of drama and funny analogies and even better Tokyo sights and language, this is totally for you. And of course, Princess Diaries lovers. Oh, Oh! And laughs. Laughter is a good definition of how this story made me cackle at the wee hours in the morning. You are the real friend, dear pillow. P.S: *starts fancily accented writing* Dear Long lost uncle... Even though you may not know me, nor I may not exist to you. Or vice versa. I just wanted to bare my heart for a single moment and say where the heck is my crown- Vaguely thought out data graph. I have a little obsession with those things these days.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Katy Jean Vance

    I think there will be a lot of teenagers, probably American ones, who will really enjoy this novel. It’s the dream of finding out you’re somehow special and then when you don’t measure up, finding out that you’re actually fine just the way you are. Being celebrated for mediocrity in fact! Who doesn’t like that? As a person living in Japan, there were some parts that just didn’t ring true. Izumi was in Japan for such a short time, so it’s really impossible that her language learning practice star I think there will be a lot of teenagers, probably American ones, who will really enjoy this novel. It’s the dream of finding out you’re somehow special and then when you don’t measure up, finding out that you’re actually fine just the way you are. Being celebrated for mediocrity in fact! Who doesn’t like that? As a person living in Japan, there were some parts that just didn’t ring true. Izumi was in Japan for such a short time, so it’s really impossible that her language learning practice started with painting kanji. Hiragana first, katakana second, kanji a distant third. Dorayaki are made with anko, bean paste. They are delicious, but they aren’t made with Nutella. There was just something about the FEEL of it that felt like it’s written by someone who’s never been here. As a reader, I had a hard time believing the start of the story. I know I need to suspend disbelief in a “turns out I’m a Princess” story, but the mom just turned around and let her go to Japan to see her ex-lover without even a conversation? Izumi flew all the way to Japan without even cracking the prep book sent to her? I don’t believe it for a second. Yes, she’s painted as a bit of a lazy, go with the flow teenager, but I think the complete lack of preparation for her visit is in contrast to her supposed extreme interest in meeting her father. I also think it’s a little insulting to teenagers. They’re not this... apathetic. I know. I teach them. These two things happen so early on in the story, by the way, that I don't think this qualifies as a spoiler. Finally, the secondary characters were all charming but felt like foils for Izumi rather than fully realized individuals. But you know what? We have a ton of fluffy romance novels lacking in substances with white girls who discover their European royalty as the main character. Nothing wrong with a fluffy romance lacking in substance with an Asian girl discovering she’s Japanese royalty. If I were in America, I would buy this book for my students because my quibbles with cultural accuracy are just that: quibbles. For my students in Japan though? Probably not. Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

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  8. 4 out of 5

    CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨

    Read my full review on my book blog, The Quiet Pond. When I was a little kid and after watching The Princess Diaries, I had a childish dream and wished that I was a secret princess of a faraway kingdom. Reading this book was like wish fulfillment - Tokyo Ever After (and it's royal/bodyguard romance) literally had me screaming into a pillow because it was just so delightful and just so. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA. MY HEART OVERFLOWING WITH HEARTS AND RAINBOWS. - Follows Izumi, a Japanese-American teen Read my full review on my book blog, The Quiet Pond. When I was a little kid and after watching The Princess Diaries, I had a childish dream and wished that I was a secret princess of a faraway kingdom. Reading this book was like wish fulfillment - Tokyo Ever After (and it's royal/bodyguard romance) literally had me screaming into a pillow because it was just so delightful and just so. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA. MY HEART OVERFLOWING WITH HEARTS AND RAINBOWS. - Follows Izumi, a Japanese-American teen who lives with her solo mother, who discovers that she's actually a secret Japanese princess. In her search to learn more about her heritage and family, Izumi follows her father, the Crown Prince, back to Japan and confronts what it means to be royalty. - This book is so sweet and silly and is absolutely not to be taken too seriously. This is the sort of book that you curl up with on a rainy day, to feel the sunshine and warmth of first love, self-discovery, and silly shenanigans. - The family aspect of this book is so sweet. I loved Izumi's feminist mother, her shy and hesitant father who is really trying to do his best. The parental bonds that Izumi has with both parents is different - but I really enjoyed it. - The romance. Oh my god, the ROMANCE. The royal/bodyguard romance was just so fluffy and ridiculous and silly. If you love super tropey stuff with no unwanted surprises, you'll find this really satisfying. - I honestly had the best time reading this. I had so much fun and I just felt the sugary goodness of this book. Reading this book was such a wonderful and memorable experiences and is one of my favourite books this year. Content warning: alcohol consumption, invasions of privacy

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

    Omg I WANT it The Princess Diaries was my everything and I loved traveling to Japan yEs 🤤🤤🤤

  10. 5 out of 5

    Isabella

    first book in 2-3 months to give me that "i can't put this down" feeling and i'm feeling !!!!!! first book in 2-3 months to give me that "i can't put this down" feeling and i'm feeling !!!!!!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Shealea

    As a diehard fan of the The Princess Diaries, I immediately included Tokyo Ever After on my list of most anticipated 2021 book releases. It's an honor to be able to read this book early, and it is a shame that I'm writing a less-than-glowing review. Here are my initial thoughts: 📌 My feelings for this book can be summed up with a single emoji: 😬 📌 As much as I hate comparing AOC-authored books to their white counterparts, I think Tokyo Ever After would have greatly benefited if it was expanded int As a diehard fan of the The Princess Diaries, I immediately included Tokyo Ever After on my list of most anticipated 2021 book releases. It's an honor to be able to read this book early, and it is a shame that I'm writing a less-than-glowing review. Here are my initial thoughts: 📌 My feelings for this book can be summed up with a single emoji: 😬 📌 As much as I hate comparing AOC-authored books to their white counterparts, I think Tokyo Ever After would have greatly benefited if it was expanded into a series, much like The Princess Diaries. 📌 This book had so much potential and it could've really been a game-changer for YA contemporary. But unfortunately, much of this story, especially its plot points, were not fully actualized. - Izumi's character development felt rushed and heavy-handed. - Character relationships were weakly established, while others just didn't come across as genuine and organic. Particularly the bodyguard romance. - Many of the plot resolutions are delivered in a way that makes them contrived and unsatisfactory. - Generally, the pacing missed its mark. I'm leaving this unrated for now, because I'm not too sure if I can confidently recommend it to other readers. Disclosure: I received a digital ARC of Tokyo Ever After from its publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. 🌻🍃 More bookish content on Shut up, Shealea 🍃🌻 instagram • pinterest • twitter • ko-fi

  12. 5 out of 5

    Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)

    NOW AVAILABLE 3.5 stars, rounded up This is a delightful and enjoyable young adult novel. Kind of a Princess Diaries for today's generation--a fairy tale story wrapped in romance wrapped in an exploration of race and fitting into culture. It's a fresh take on a very familiar storyline, so don't let the synopsis make you shy away from it. Emiko Jean's writing is stellar and will keep readers engaged with the plot in a new way. I loved Izumi/Izzy, she's snarky and funny, yet also vulnerable and tende NOW AVAILABLE 3.5 stars, rounded up This is a delightful and enjoyable young adult novel. Kind of a Princess Diaries for today's generation--a fairy tale story wrapped in romance wrapped in an exploration of race and fitting into culture. It's a fresh take on a very familiar storyline, so don't let the synopsis make you shy away from it. Emiko Jean's writing is stellar and will keep readers engaged with the plot in a new way. I loved Izumi/Izzy, she's snarky and funny, yet also vulnerable and tender-hearted at the same time. Her group of friends is everything and their banter made the book all the more fun. Izzy was raised in Northern California by a single mom, and quite by accident she discovers the identity of her father--who is the crown prince of Japan and doesn't know she exists. In a whirlwind, she is whisked off to meet him and get immersed in his world. She never felt like she fit in as an Asian in America, but she also doesn't feel like she fits in as an American Asian in Japan. She connects with her bodyguard and some sparks fly between them--but is the romance real? I was honestly surprised that I enjoyed this book as much as I did. I think that Izzy's vulnerability and desire to create her own path through such unfamiliar territory made me love her as a character and root for her success within some out-of-this-world circumstances. The romance was not as strong as I would have liked, but overall I can forgive that. Like I said, I did appreciate the exploration of Izzy being caught between two different worlds. I almost wish that this book would have been written a bit later and addressed more of the Anti-Asian backlash that has been occurring recently. But this is not that book, so moving past that, it's a sweet romance that will put a smile on your face. Sequel Tokyo Dreaming coming out next year! So excited to experience more of Izzy's life. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I give this book 4.5 stars which rounds up to 5. This was such a cute read! The premise is everything. A Japanese American girl discovering she is a princess? Yes please! As a whole, I thought the premise was well executed. There was a good balance between the humorous adjusting to royal parts and the more serious discovering who she is parts. I really liked that the book included a family tree with a bri I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I give this book 4.5 stars which rounds up to 5. This was such a cute read! The premise is everything. A Japanese American girl discovering she is a princess? Yes please! As a whole, I thought the premise was well executed. There was a good balance between the humorous adjusting to royal parts and the more serious discovering who she is parts. I really liked that the book included a family tree with a brief description of everyone in the family. It made the book so easy to follow. Character-wise, I loved Izumi’s all Asian friend group (nicknamed Asian Girl Gang, or AGG for short). It was so nice seeing a female lead with a large friend group to support her. Also, one of her friends was half-Filipino just like me. I always love seeing Filipino representation in books, even if it’s just a small side character. I also enjoyed the writing style. It was engaging and flowed well. The Own Voices aspect was also really strong, especially in regards to feeling like a foreigner. The book highlighted how visiting Japan while being Japanese American feels strange since she’s not “Japanese” enough. That is so true. Being American is an added layer of identity and affects how others perceive you. I’m Filipino American and there is a difference in how people in the Philippines view you if you’re American born versus Philippines born. However, the book is on the predictable side. If you’re familiar with the lost royalty trope or have seen The Princess Diaries movies, then a lot of the plot points are nothing new. Additionally, the romance in this book is a little insta-lovey. I felt like the book didn’t even need a romance sub-plot; it was already strong on its own. Overall, I throughly enjoyed this Own Voices take on lost royalty! I recommend it if you love stories about royal families.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Take the Princess Diaries, mix it with What a Girl Wants, write it with rapid fire narration like the Gilmore Girls, give it an Asian twist, sprinkle it with social and political correctness then wrap it all up with a beautiful cover and you have Tokyo Ever After. Because Tokyo Ever After reminded me so much of the Princess Diaries and What a Girl Wants there were moments when it felt a bit predictable. And there were times when Izumi's behavior was a bit annoying but for the most part she is a v Take the Princess Diaries, mix it with What a Girl Wants, write it with rapid fire narration like the Gilmore Girls, give it an Asian twist, sprinkle it with social and political correctness then wrap it all up with a beautiful cover and you have Tokyo Ever After. Because Tokyo Ever After reminded me so much of the Princess Diaries and What a Girl Wants there were moments when it felt a bit predictable. And there were times when Izumi's behavior was a bit annoying but for the most part she is a very likable main character. Overall, I kinda liked it and I figure there will be many who will like it even more than I did. I would like to thank Flatiron Books for the advanced copy.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Bookishrealm

    I waited too long to write a review for this so be sure to check out my video review here: https://youtu.be/D5Vfq-O_97c I waited too long to write a review for this so be sure to check out my video review here: https://youtu.be/D5Vfq-O_97c

  16. 5 out of 5

    April (Aprilius Maximus)

    That was so GODDAMN ADORABLE

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Proffitt

    This is very much a "give it the premise" story, but it flows pretty well once you do. I mean, what are the chances that you'd be a princess of Japan, really? I thought it was a bold stroke pulling in the current imperial family of Japan in what would be a huge scandal. Not that royals aren't prone to scandals, but when is the last time you heard of one coming out of Japan? Well, okay, now that I think of it, I'll bet you'd hear about that kind of thing much more if you were in Japan... and now This is very much a "give it the premise" story, but it flows pretty well once you do. I mean, what are the chances that you'd be a princess of Japan, really? I thought it was a bold stroke pulling in the current imperial family of Japan in what would be a huge scandal. Not that royals aren't prone to scandals, but when is the last time you heard of one coming out of Japan? Well, okay, now that I think of it, I'll bet you'd hear about that kind of thing much more if you were in Japan... and now I'm running myself in circles on a dumb tangent. Suffice to say that this is an excellent YA story with a great protagonist and interesting plot. Izumi is instantly sympathetic, and that's enough to pull me through the unlikely bits (like the royal bodyguard who is young enough not to trip squick meters for the still-in-high-school Izumi). Further, I really loved seeing Izumi become attached to her heritage and to see her growing love for the culture and people. I very much enjoyed seeing Japan through her eyes and with her appreciation for the things she was learning. Anyway, if this sounds interesting at all to you, I recommend indulging the impulse. I will say that the romance itself is a bit thin, though. I'm not sure I buy them together, really, which may impact my desire to pick up future volumes in the series (I understand the author has made noises about adding more). I hate when a teen romance spends the next three books pulling you in and out of a young relationship just to keep plots going a bit longer... At any rate, this was a solid four stars and a story I very much enjoyed. A note about Chaste: There isn't really any room for any sex in the story, so I'm glad none was shoved in. There are some kissing scenes and a dance or two. And those were lovely. But also pretty chaste. There's not even any real discussion of sex, though some juvenile humor does go a little crude.

  18. 4 out of 5

    h o l l i s

    Can we just take a minute to appreciate this cover? And maybe a second minute? Because it's stunning. As for the book itself, well. While I found the writing-style to be easy going it did sort've trick me into think this was well-paced. Which in hindsight.. sometimes yes, sometimes no. But I was mostly convinced of that because at a certain point in the book, considering certain events, I was sure this wasn't a standalone and we'd have a series to explore more. But from the looks of it, and consi Can we just take a minute to appreciate this cover? And maybe a second minute? Because it's stunning. As for the book itself, well. While I found the writing-style to be easy going it did sort've trick me into think this was well-paced. Which in hindsight.. sometimes yes, sometimes no. But I was mostly convinced of that because at a certain point in the book, considering certain events, I was sure this wasn't a standalone and we'd have a series to explore more. But from the looks of it, and considering the ending, this has a distinct one-and-done feel. I could be wrong, of course. Equally, though it might seem obvious, this does feel like two different books. Likely because it's two separate and very different worlds colliding. But as much as I enjoyed the immersion into the Japanese side of things I think the American just-another-YA-contemporary side felt more fleshed out. The close knit girlfriends, the single mum, etc, just felt so effortless and fun. The other side had moments of pure delight, don't get me wrong, but I think more time to explore, ie not a standalone, would've knocked this out of the park. Given time to flesh out not only the relationships (the romance was too rushed, that was a true downfall for me) but the characters themselves, too. That said, I did enjoy the dialogue surrounding that struggle to find the right space to be. Izumi isn't mixed race but she's brought up in America without any roots; and yet, despite feeling an instant connection to Japan, she is too American. As a white reader I obviously can't speak to how that impacts other readers who have experienced the same, or how true it read, so please, as always, seek out #ownvoices reviews. But it resonated quite a bit. If you go in just wanting something to live up to the pitch, Crazy Rich Asians meets The Princess Diaries, I think you'll be happy. It definitely fits the bill. Criticisms aside I did quite enjoy this, I just wanted more. Also, I thought this was a debut, so I was about to be all "and for a debut it was so strong!". Delete delete. Not sure either of her backlist offerings are tempting enough to pick up but I would read her again. ** I received an ARC from the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. ** --- This review can also be found at A Take From Two Cities.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sara L.

    All I needed to hear was The Princess Diaries+Crazy Rich Asians and I wanted it. Special thanks to Flatiron Press Books for sending me an arc! This was an arc BUT that does not affect my opinion of the book in any way. I went into this knowing nothing so this was a fun ride! I recommend you do so too to have more fun but if not here is the plot! The Plot: This was a combination of The Princess Diaries and Crazy Rich Asians - and it was about a girl named Izumi who has spent her whole life in Americ All I needed to hear was The Princess Diaries+Crazy Rich Asians and I wanted it. Special thanks to Flatiron Press Books for sending me an arc! This was an arc BUT that does not affect my opinion of the book in any way. I went into this knowing nothing so this was a fun ride! I recommend you do so too to have more fun but if not here is the plot! The Plot: This was a combination of The Princess Diaries and Crazy Rich Asians - and it was about a girl named Izumi who has spent her whole life in America believing there was nothing all that special about her, apart from the fact that Japan is where her parents come from. She lives in a mostly white community and has always felt like an outsider. Izumi has never met her dad and lives with her mom in North California so when she finds a secret letter in her mom's closet from her dad - she accepts the challenge to find her biological father. Which she does then finds out her father is royalty - Not only that but he is the Crown Prince of Japan The Crown Prince did not know he had a daughter so he calls her to come to Japan and visit for 2 weeks. Now her two different worlds have collided and all she wants to do is fit in! Will she find comfort in any of the countries /places or will she forever be an outsider? Before I continue on, can I just say how BEAUTIFUL this cover is?? It's STUNNING 🤩 Writing: The writing was pretty good. Based on all the other books I've read before the writing was standard, I think it could have been better. There are also a lot of undeveloped scenes and dialogues in this book that left me confused. For someone who knows almost nothing about Japan and the culture, I loved the way this book explained everything clearly to me but it was still lacking some insight in some places. But overall the writing made me ✨feel✨ things. Izumi: Izumi was just a fun, kind, and charming character to follow. I really appreciate her respect towards people! I love a character who knows the word ✨boundaries ✨ I also love how she knew nothing about Japan because I got to learn things with her but it was kind of unrealistic when she learned how to paint Kanji in like a few days... On that note, Izumi was really fast to adapt to Japan and the language AND BEING ROYALTY when she knew nothing about it at first which was kind of surprising and not realistic. Izumi's Mom: I love how Izumi's Mom is so freaking patient and understanding! I would really want to meet her in real life because she feels like a character that I would instantly bond with. Although I didn't understand how Izumi's Mom would just let Izumi go to freaking Japan without a heart-to-heart conversation... I mean Izumi was just like "I want to go to Japan" and her mom was like "I understand you can go!" Although there was definitely more talking than that - they should have had a more detailed conversation. Akio Akio is Izumi's love interest. And I was not a big fan. From the moment I met him something just did not click. Maybe it was his grumpiness 24/7 or maybe it was how annoyingly obvious it is that he likes her but acts like he doesn't. But to be honest, I'm not all against their romance, Akio brings Izumi joy which is good. I guess we just didn't bond but he is a very well-written character. In the end, I ACTUALLY connected with him because he's so thoughtful of Izumi's feelings. Maybe I didn't like him because he reminds me of Jace for some reason. They are both annoying. Izumi's Friends: Izumi's gal pals were a little too much. Ok..maybe not that much BUT they were a little confusing 🤏 it was really annoying that I had to go to that one page where all of them were first described when one of them is mentioned. But in the book, I did get used to them and knew their names by heart. Her friends kind of grew on me in the sense that I regularly think of them now. Ummm What Would Gloria and Noora think of my messy bun today? Too bad, she's a fictional character. Crown Prince Daddy-o He's kind, he's sweet, he's respectful, he's handsome 👀 But he DOES have his flaws! And I love that. Since he had no idea Izumi was even alive you can imagine how awkward things were at first💀 but they left off at a good start to get to know each other more. Also, I would have loved to know more about him so hopefully, that's in the sequel. Overall: Overall I really enjoyed this book! Hopefully Emiko Jean will change the dates and HOPEFULLY, fingers crossed we get the sequel this year! I know that's too good to happen though... ~Till Next Time! 📚 Ꮢҽαԃ σ⨍⨍ ɾҽαԃҽɾട! 📚 Forgot to say - This book gets released on 18th May!

  20. 5 out of 5

    ~Rajeswari~

    The earth forgets but I will always remember Karaoke bars Pharmacies and cups of tea And plates of dorayaki I fumbled upon this book while I was scrolling through Goodreads.The title and the cover were working like magnets for me.I read it and I loved it. This is the Japanese Princess Diaries.I loved the way the author plotted the whole novel.I loved each and every character of it.I can’t just point out how many things I loved about it.Some thoughts keep nagging my mind. • Can you please tell me where The earth forgets but I will always remember Karaoke bars Pharmacies and cups of tea And plates of dorayaki I fumbled upon this book while I was scrolling through Goodreads.The title and the cover were working like magnets for me.I read it and I loved it. This is the Japanese Princess Diaries.I loved the way the author plotted the whole novel.I loved each and every character of it.I can’t just point out how many things I loved about it.Some thoughts keep nagging my mind. • Can you please tell me where can I buy(Amazon?) a man like Akio?(I love him and their relationship) • I hate Yoshi and the shining twins -_- • Love turns everyone a poet • The scenes of Izumi and Aiko were just tremendously(I am a sucker for romance ) • Can I get another book that includes these characters? pressure is okay. It’s how diamonds are made. I was totally devastated today but I feel much better after reading this book💙

  21. 4 out of 5

    Éimhear (A Little Haze)

    Can you hear my heart sing? Because it is! It really and truly is. Tokyo Ever After was an absolute delight to read. It fulfilled every little princess dream my girlish heart ever had. From the opening pages to the very end I was enraptured. I was immediately taken in by the wonderfully humorous nature of main character Izumi due to her fabulously witty descriptions of her general life, societal attitudes etc. And then there were her exchanges with her best friends, and her mum. Honestly it was th Can you hear my heart sing? Because it is! It really and truly is. Tokyo Ever After was an absolute delight to read. It fulfilled every little princess dream my girlish heart ever had. From the opening pages to the very end I was enraptured. I was immediately taken in by the wonderfully humorous nature of main character Izumi due to her fabulously witty descriptions of her general life, societal attitudes etc. And then there were her exchanges with her best friends, and her mum. Honestly it was the most perfect opening to a book. Izumi was just so engaging, so immediately down to earth, and in my opinion it would simply be impossible for any reader not to fall in love with her and to wish for her to have a most fabulous adventure... which she very much did! I have no idea what it must be like growing up in a country where you are seen as an outsider despite being born there. And this book really brings into sharp focus the sense of othering that is experienced by Asian Americans. Izumi is Japanese-American and this constantly marks her out as somehow different, and very much impacts on her sense of belonging, or lack there of, in her hometown in the USA. This feeling of not belonging propels her and her friends to do a little snooping to see if Izumi can learn anything about the man who is her father. And in the absolute best fairytale tradition it turns out he is the Crown Prince of Japan! So Izumi heads for Japan to get to know him, and to learn all about her culture and identity. And naturally it’s a bumpy journey! Izumi has to somehow learn how to be royal, how to be Japanese rather than American... and we further see how even now she is still othered. She is yet again a foreigner or outsider. But through the course of the novel she uncovers so much about herself and who she truly is... and because this is a modern day fairytale of sorts there is a very sweet love story. Did anyone say bodyguard trope? HECK YES! From their first meeting Izumi and Akio had a certain spark to their relationship and banter... and I won’t divulge anymore than that about their relationship other than to say it was everything I wanted and more! I so very much enjoyed this book. I loved leaning about all of the Japanese culture; it was very moving to read about Izumi’s sense of identity and belonging. I adored how this book looked at family dynamics and explored issues arising due to familial expectations. The cherished female friendships... OH YES PLEASE! Thank you to the author for showing the value and importance of female friendships with how they are sources of unquestioning love and honest advice. There’s more I could praise but spoilers prevent me from doing so, but I have to say that ending... *chef’s kiss* This was such a delightful read. Warm hearted, great story, likeable characters... couldn’t really ask for much more than that! Highly recommended to fans of coming of age contemporary-set YA who enjoy their reads to come with an enchanting love story. *Through my blog I was invited by Claire McLaughlin at Flatiron Books to read an e-copy via NetGalley for honest review* Publishing 18th May 2021, Flatiron Books For more reviews and book related chat check out my blog Follow me on Twitter Friend me on Goodreads

  22. 4 out of 5

    Krystal

    Mostly predictable, full of cliches, but also pretty stinkin' adorable. Izumi definitely has some Lara Jean vibes, so it's hard not to get behind her. She can be ridiculous and make mistakes, but she's the first person to call out her own bs which you kind of have to appreciate. So, here's the deal: Izumi has never known who her father is, but a clue leads her to the discovery that she's actually the daughter of Japan's crown prince. Naturally, the lost princess wastes no time before flying to Ja Mostly predictable, full of cliches, but also pretty stinkin' adorable. Izumi definitely has some Lara Jean vibes, so it's hard not to get behind her. She can be ridiculous and make mistakes, but she's the first person to call out her own bs which you kind of have to appreciate. So, here's the deal: Izumi has never known who her father is, but a clue leads her to the discovery that she's actually the daughter of Japan's crown prince. Naturally, the lost princess wastes no time before flying to Japan to get to know her father, also hoping to discover a little more about who she is and where she belongs. Now, I am not kidding about the cliches. You have obscenely rich people doing obscenely rich people things, and you have snarky royals who look down on the 'outsider' and you have all the outsider faux pas, and there's of course the forbidden love and the goddamn 'dancing with no music' scene which BOILS MY BLOOD. But even with all of these cliches, it's not an easy story to hate. Ultimately, Izumi is just looking for somewhere to call home - somewhere she doesn't feel out of place, somewhere she can be loved for exactly who she is. And don't we all kind of want that, in the end? I liked that angle most of all. The 'lost princess' angle was sweet but entirely predictable, whereas the stuff about race and finding a place she belonged felt more genuine and heartfelt to me. I wish more had been done with that - I think it would have made for a more authentic story. The romance didn't do a lot for me, and I wasn't particularly horrified by the behaviours of anyone, even though the bullying was a bit much at times. It was all just too cliche and predictable for me to really feel anything. It really just wasn't anything new at all. I liked Izumi as a character, though, and I enjoyed the closeness of her friendship with the AGG. I loved the fierce protectiveness of her mother coupled with that love that allowed Izumi her freedom. Mum just wants her daughter to be happy, and that was really beautiful to me. Overall, it wasn't anything particularly special, but Izumi made it a cute story that I enjoyed in spite of its predictability. This will be one for the cheese-lovers; for those who love love. It's a comfort read for people who like fluff. And there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. With thanks to Macmillan for a copy to read and review

  23. 5 out of 5

    Shamashtika

    UPDATE: June 4th, 2021 RATING: 2.5 stars Not the worst Reese's bookclub pick but not the best either. To put it short, it was an adorable story for the first half. What stood out to be before starting the novel was the amount of Japanese representation and the discovering yourself troop. I though it was going to be very inspirational and have a lot of character growth. But it went down a path that was disappointing. It became very romance centered and I felt as though the point of the novel becam UPDATE: June 4th, 2021 RATING: 2.5 stars Not the worst Reese's bookclub pick but not the best either. To put it short, it was an adorable story for the first half. What stood out to be before starting the novel was the amount of Japanese representation and the discovering yourself troop. I though it was going to be very inspirational and have a lot of character growth. But it went down a path that was disappointing. It became very romance centered and I felt as though the point of the novel became misplaced. Izumi goes to Japan to reconnect with her father, who is the Crown Prince of Japan, and discover more about her heritage. Upon arriving at the airport, she meets her bodyguard's and throughout the course of the novel they tip toe around each other due to their mutual infatuation with each other. While this is not a bad thing, it shifted the overall focus of the story and we don't get to see any of the reasons why she came to Japan. There was barely any interaction between her and father, barely any history regarding the people and setting of Japan, nor any growth for Izumi. It was a fluffy story that lacked maturity which was quite unfortunate because the first 20% looked very promising. May 29th,21 Cute read, I really enjoyed the first half. unfortunately 2nd half half had no sense of direction or purpose Full review coming soon

  24. 5 out of 5

    nitya

    What a delightful and sweet book! I practically inhaled this, not only because of Izumi's voice (she's hilarious and so blunt), but also the tropes (royal/bodyguard romance!!! clothes sharing!! the Asian Girl Gang/female friendships!!!!) and certain characters. I am South Asian, not East Asian, but oh MAN I related so much to Izumi. The name keychains, being raised/living in a mostly white and conservative town, trying to be "enough" for two or more cultures... This book was so wonderful and yet What a delightful and sweet book! I practically inhaled this, not only because of Izumi's voice (she's hilarious and so blunt), but also the tropes (royal/bodyguard romance!!! clothes sharing!! the Asian Girl Gang/female friendships!!!!) and certain characters. I am South Asian, not East Asian, but oh MAN I related so much to Izumi. The name keychains, being raised/living in a mostly white and conservative town, trying to be "enough" for two or more cultures... This book was so wonderful and yet so cathartic. And the ending was lovely and stood well on its own, I gotta say that I am so relieved there's a second book! Not ready to let go of this universe/the characters, tbh. Also who do I have to bribe to get a follow up book about Izumi's parents??? They were too adorable 🥰 Content warning: racism, sexism, bullying

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jodi Meadows

    What a delight.

  26. 4 out of 5

    laurel [the suspected bibliophile]

    I am trash, trash I tell you, for royal romances. And this was perfection. It hit every single one of my What A Girl Wants meets Princess Diaries meets Crazy Rich Asians needs and lit them on fire. The only thing that was off was the timeline, because Izumi's grandparents came to the US in the 1930s (not sure how old), and her mom was in college in 2003 (and so born late 70s/early 80s), and Izumi was 17-18 in 2021. Super minor detail though and did not take away from my enjoyment. Full RTC. I receiv I am trash, trash I tell you, for royal romances. And this was perfection. It hit every single one of my What A Girl Wants meets Princess Diaries meets Crazy Rich Asians needs and lit them on fire. The only thing that was off was the timeline, because Izumi's grandparents came to the US in the 1930s (not sure how old), and her mom was in college in 2003 (and so born late 70s/early 80s), and Izumi was 17-18 in 2021. Super minor detail though and did not take away from my enjoyment. Full RTC. I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review

  27. 5 out of 5

    USOM

    (Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) TW: racism I will forever be a fan of lost princesses. What struck me about Tokyo Ever After was not only the narration style - which was charming and endearing at once - but also Izumi's feelings growing up in a mostly white community. The ways she shortens her names, looks for it on key chains, and her own self-erasure. Those scenes were like echoes of my own teenage years. Tok (Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) TW: racism I will forever be a fan of lost princesses. What struck me about Tokyo Ever After was not only the narration style - which was charming and endearing at once - but also Izumi's feelings growing up in a mostly white community. The ways she shortens her names, looks for it on key chains, and her own self-erasure. Those scenes were like echoes of my own teenage years. Tokyo Ever After is infused with Izzy's quirkiness, her character that screams off the pages. Another element I loved was the relationship between Izzy and her parents. Her feminist and outspoken mother, her dad who has a good heart, but is struggling to be a new father. As an adoptee, I think another way Tokyo Ever After came for my heart was the way Izzy feels like it was just her and her mother against the world, but not by her own choice. How the lack of information and choices made by others, which put your life into motion, feels almost like that choice is taken away from you. And th ways she pins hopes and dreams on finding our parents, that connection to a country we want to belong to? Ooff....all the feels. full review: https://utopia-state-of-mind.com/blog...

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bethany

    Tokyo Ever After has been pitched as The Princess Diaries meets Crazy Rich Asians. And I can see why, although due to the Crazy Rich Asians comp I was expecting it to be a lot funnier and soapier than it actually is. Instead the tone tends to be a bit more serious and the book focuses a lot on the main character learning Japanese etiquette, history, and culture. Izumi has grown up in a small California town, raised by a single mom, and feeling out of place as a Japanese-American. When she discov Tokyo Ever After has been pitched as The Princess Diaries meets Crazy Rich Asians. And I can see why, although due to the Crazy Rich Asians comp I was expecting it to be a lot funnier and soapier than it actually is. Instead the tone tends to be a bit more serious and the book focuses a lot on the main character learning Japanese etiquette, history, and culture. Izumi has grown up in a small California town, raised by a single mom, and feeling out of place as a Japanese-American. When she discovers that she is actually the secret love child of a Japanese prince, her life completely changes and she travels to Tokyo to meet her father and learn how to be a princess. With a cute bodyguard... Again, I went in expecting the tone of this to be much more over the top and melodramatic. Instead it's more in line with what you would usually expect from a YA coming of age story, though with a fun royal twist and great representation of Japanese culture and the struggle of feeling caught between two cultures. It's a bit slower in pace than I would have preferred and some of the threads at the end got tied up too neatly, plus I think I'm a hard sell these days on romance in YA that positions itself as being a happily ever after type of thing. But in general I enjoyed the story and am happy stories like this are getting out there. If it sounds up your alley, it's definitely worth a read. I received an advance copy of this book for review via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Star Rating: —> 5 Stars My God... this was a positively, absolute JOY to read! I couldn't wipe the smile off of my face if I tried. So, so, SO much love for this book! Star Rating: —> 5 Stars My God... this was a positively, absolute JOY to read! I couldn't wipe the smile off of my face if I tried. So, so, SO much love for this book!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ris Sasaki

    The EASIEST 5 STARS I GAVE THIS WHOLE YEAR. THIS WAS SO WHOLESOME SO CUTE SO EVERYTHING THAT MY TEENAGE ME IN THE PAST AND MY TEENAGE HEART NOW WANTED ALL MY LIFE IN THE FORMAT OF A BOOK. Sorry for the shouting but I fucking LOVE this book. This was truly everything I always dreamed to read as a child, teen and up until the adult me: a japanese descendant girl falling in love just like in the mangas with a guy in the most adorable way. You grab everything that is precious and heart squeezing in s The EASIEST 5 STARS I GAVE THIS WHOLE YEAR. THIS WAS SO WHOLESOME SO CUTE SO EVERYTHING THAT MY TEENAGE ME IN THE PAST AND MY TEENAGE HEART NOW WANTED ALL MY LIFE IN THE FORMAT OF A BOOK. Sorry for the shouting but I fucking LOVE this book. This was truly everything I always dreamed to read as a child, teen and up until the adult me: a japanese descendant girl falling in love just like in the mangas with a guy in the most adorable way. You grab everything that is precious and heart squeezing in shoujo mangas and you add details, food, heart warming scenes and characters and... BAM you have this book. I'm forever grateful to Emiko Jean for creating such a masterpiece. どうもありがとうございます ! !

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