Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean is such a delight to read. Following a girl who discovers she is a princess, this is an entertaining story of self-discovery with a helping of royal mishaps. I loved the main character’s voice, and the side characters bring even more amusement to the book. This is a feel-good story perfect for those looking for a cute and upbeat read this spring.Title: Tokyo Ever After
Series: Tokyo Ever After #1
Author: Emiko Jean
Also by this author: We'll Never Be Apart
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication Date: May 18, 2021
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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Review: Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean
After discovering that she is a princess, Izumi travels to Japan to meet her father and find out more about this side of herself she never knew. There is much for Izumi to learn, which is even more difficult in the public eye. I’m a sucker for books about royalty as well as the enemies to lovers trope, and this one delivers on both. (It even includes love poems, which I adored.) Reading this book brought a smile to my face, and I genuinely enjoyed every page.
❀ Entertaining Main Character
Izumi is such an entertaining main character, and she has an engaging voice. She feels like she doesn’t fit in at home in California, or in Japan, and throughout the book, she comes to find herself and where she belongs. I especially enjoyed the inclusion of each of Izumi’s mishaps, these embarrassing moments making her a more realistic character. She is easy to root for, as, while she is trying her best to fit in, she faces criticism from tabloids and members of the royal family. Despite this, she is generous and remains strong.
❀ Lively Cast of Side Characters
What makes the book special is its lively cast of side characters. Akio, the bodyguard, is such a gem of a character, and I enjoyed his dynamic with Izumi. He’s so sweet, and his status brings a lot of drama to the book. What I especially enjoyed, however, was watching as Izumi grows closer with her father. Family is one of my favourite things to read about, and the two learning more about each other is heartwarming.
❀ Softness and Scandal
Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean is a contemporary filled with both softness and scandal. I enjoyed Izumi’s misadventures as she learns she is a princess, and she is an easy character to root for. The side characters also make the book shine, especially Izumi’s father. Fans of The Princess Diaries will not want to miss this one.