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Return to Tokyo for a royal wedding in Emiko Jean's Tokyo Dreaming, the sequel to the Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick and New York Times bestseller Tokyo Ever After When Japanese-American Izumi Tanaka learned her father was the Crown Prince of Japan, she became a princess overnight. Now, she’s overcome conniving cousins, salacious press, and an imperial scandal to finally Return to Tokyo for a royal wedding in Emiko Jean's Tokyo Dreaming, the sequel to the Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick and New York Times bestseller Tokyo Ever After When Japanese-American Izumi Tanaka learned her father was the Crown Prince of Japan, she became a princess overnight. Now, she’s overcome conniving cousins, salacious press, and an imperial scandal to finally find a place she belongs. She has a perfect bodyguard turned boyfriend. Her stinky dog, Tamagotchi, is living with her in Tokyo. Her parents have even rekindled their college romance and are engaged. A royal wedding is on the horizon! Izumi’s life is a Tokyo dream come true. Only... Her parents’ engagement hits a brick wall. The Imperial Household Council refuses to approve the marriage citing concerns about Izumi and her mother’s lack of pedigree. And on top of it all, her bodyguard turned boyfriend makes a shocking decision about their relationship. At the threat of everything falling apart, Izumi vows to do whatever it takes to help win over the council. Which means upping her newly acquired princess game. But at what cost? Izumi will do anything to help her parents achieve their happily ever after, but what if playing the perfect princess means sacrificing her own? Will she find a way to forge her own path and follow her heart?


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Return to Tokyo for a royal wedding in Emiko Jean's Tokyo Dreaming, the sequel to the Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick and New York Times bestseller Tokyo Ever After When Japanese-American Izumi Tanaka learned her father was the Crown Prince of Japan, she became a princess overnight. Now, she’s overcome conniving cousins, salacious press, and an imperial scandal to finally Return to Tokyo for a royal wedding in Emiko Jean's Tokyo Dreaming, the sequel to the Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick and New York Times bestseller Tokyo Ever After When Japanese-American Izumi Tanaka learned her father was the Crown Prince of Japan, she became a princess overnight. Now, she’s overcome conniving cousins, salacious press, and an imperial scandal to finally find a place she belongs. She has a perfect bodyguard turned boyfriend. Her stinky dog, Tamagotchi, is living with her in Tokyo. Her parents have even rekindled their college romance and are engaged. A royal wedding is on the horizon! Izumi’s life is a Tokyo dream come true. Only... Her parents’ engagement hits a brick wall. The Imperial Household Council refuses to approve the marriage citing concerns about Izumi and her mother’s lack of pedigree. And on top of it all, her bodyguard turned boyfriend makes a shocking decision about their relationship. At the threat of everything falling apart, Izumi vows to do whatever it takes to help win over the council. Which means upping her newly acquired princess game. But at what cost? Izumi will do anything to help her parents achieve their happily ever after, but what if playing the perfect princess means sacrificing her own? Will she find a way to forge her own path and follow her heart?

30 review for Tokyo Dreaming

  1. 4 out of 5

    just_to_keep_track

    I just finished Tokyo ever after and OMG WHEN WILL THIS BE RELEASED?!? These books deserve adaptations!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Melissa (Extremely Behind)

    This is the second book in the Tokyo Ever After series, and while it can be read as a standalone, you will enjoy it much more if you read the first book Tokyo Ever After to get the background. We start right where we left off, Izumi and her mother are living in Tokyo and her parents become engaged, but the council in charge of approving her parents' wedding are concerned about the match. Izumi is wondering where life will lead her next, and as her relationship with Akio takes an unexpected turn, This is the second book in the Tokyo Ever After series, and while it can be read as a standalone, you will enjoy it much more if you read the first book Tokyo Ever After to get the background. We start right where we left off, Izumi and her mother are living in Tokyo and her parents become engaged, but the council in charge of approving her parents' wedding are concerned about the match. Izumi is wondering where life will lead her next, and as her relationship with Akio takes an unexpected turn, she decides to make some big changes to help her parents. This is an entertaining YA book about sacrifices and whether or not they are necessary. I felt for Izumi, as she feels responsible for facilitating the happiness and success of her parents and their relationship. I listened to this as an audiobook and the narrator is superb. She personifies the characters and her Japanese is flawless, which kept me invested in the story as I was listening to the words rather than tripping over them while reading. This book has shades of The Princess Diaries, but it's more up to date with modern dilemmas and decisions, and the situations feel very real. I loved reading about the different customs and traditions (as well as a laundry list of dos and don'ts) for the royal family. I definitely recommend both books in this series. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melany

    First, I read this by paperback then I listened to the audiobook to see if the audiobook made a difference in the story. The story itself was good. I was interested in seeing the side of the royal life and princess wanting more out of her life. The audiobook was truly amazing, truly made the story even better. I would highly suggest the audiobook version! Loved this story and the character development. Was such an interesting story. And that ending!!!! I received a paperback copy of this book fro First, I read this by paperback then I listened to the audiobook to see if the audiobook made a difference in the story. The story itself was good. I was interested in seeing the side of the royal life and princess wanting more out of her life. The audiobook was truly amazing, truly made the story even better. I would highly suggest the audiobook version! Loved this story and the character development. Was such an interesting story. And that ending!!!! I received a paperback copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway. I also received an audiobook of this ARC that was given to me to review from the publishers and NetGalley. All comments above are solely my true opinion after reading this book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Star Rating: —> 5 Stars 🌟⭐️🌟⭐️🌟 Gahhhh total 5 Star read! I’m not crying, you’re crying ! 🥹😭😭 .RTC ______________ Okay. This series has the most beautiful covers !!!! After The brilliance that was Tokyo Ever After, I am DYING TO READ THIS!! What a beautiful cover year 2022 is shaping out to be... Star Rating: —> 5 Stars 🌟⭐️🌟⭐️🌟 Gahhhh total 5 Star read! I’m not crying, you’re crying ! 🥹😭😭 .RTC ______________ Okay. This series has the most beautiful covers !!!! After The brilliance that was Tokyo Ever After, I am DYING TO READ THIS!! What a beautiful cover year 2022 is shaping out to be...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Darla

    It was a treat to return to Tokyo and check in on Izumi. I thought the first book in this series was amazing, so the sequel had huge shoes to fill. Listening to this one on audio was definitely the right choice. Ali Ahn strikes just the right notes as a narrator. For Izumi, her highest priority is to have her mom and dad together so they can be an intact family. As the powers that be let their expectations be known, she finds herself make more and more compromises. Is she making these decisions It was a treat to return to Tokyo and check in on Izumi. I thought the first book in this series was amazing, so the sequel had huge shoes to fill. Listening to this one on audio was definitely the right choice. Ali Ahn strikes just the right notes as a narrator. For Izumi, her highest priority is to have her mom and dad together so they can be an intact family. As the powers that be let their expectations be known, she finds herself make more and more compromises. Is she making these decisions for the right reasons? Or will she lose herself in the process? This was a delightful second chapter in the Tokyo Ever After series. A fantastic read for AAPI Heritage Month and a marvelous way to get a royal fix. A big thank you to MacMillan Audio for an audio ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Booktastically Amazing

    In a nutshell, and spoiler free! Rating: 👑👑👑👑 3.6 For starters, this book was the compilation of 5678 years of fantasizing on my part. The princess vibes, the troubles, the over the top romantic scenarios that have less than .4% chance of every happening in real life- did it hurt you? Because it did hurt me. A lot. And this book was a band-aid for that pain. To be honest, it is hard (basically impossible) to beat the first book of this series because the first one was guilty pleasure hand wrapped In a nutshell, and spoiler free! Rating: 👑👑👑👑 3.6 For starters, this book was the compilation of 5678 years of fantasizing on my part. The princess vibes, the troubles, the over the top romantic scenarios that have less than .4% chance of every happening in real life- did it hurt you? Because it did hurt me. A lot. And this book was a band-aid for that pain. To be honest, it is hard (basically impossible) to beat the first book of this series because the first one was guilty pleasure hand wrapped with copious amount of ‘AM I SWEATING OR AM I… SWEATING-‘ and even though the first book is my own Princess Diaries ‘let me cry because this will absolutely never happen to me’, this one continued the story wonderfully! There were moments where I wanted to scream, cry, rage, make kissy noises because being obnoxious is my life’s calling and I enjoyed the ride (with bumps, scars, car accidents and everything in between. Also, pink beautiful sunsets, mountains full of soft translucent watery powder… snow, yes. That.) So if you enjoy, racing hearts, twisty turns and a family that goes through lots… and lots… and lots of changes (I love being evil like this, hehehe) I recommend this story as an escape from the sucky reality of the world! For full post with lookbooks and recs, don't doubt to click! https://booktasticallyamazing.wordpre... (thank you Netgalley, by the way-) ........... I want somebody to look at me like Akio looks at Radish. .......... FREAKING YES. TAKE IT. TAKE MY HEART. My wallet is unavailable, that's why I'm offering a different thing this time.

  7. 5 out of 5

    siu

    ♡ five stars ♡ this book had me feeling so happy i was definitely giggling and kicking my feet up in bed. izumi is my favorite, most precious character, and reading her navigate her role as a new princess was written so well. if you were invested in izumi's parent's relationship, THIS BOOK GAVE ♡ tokyo dreaming was a great continuation for TEA, I STILL THINK TEA WAS BETTER BECAUSE TEA SUPREMACY OKAY? AND THE ENDING FOR THIS BOOK, SO SWEET😩 I HOPE WE GET A BOOK THREE BECAUSE I NEEDED MORE. IF YOU K ♡ five stars ♡ this book had me feeling so happy i was definitely giggling and kicking my feet up in bed. izumi is my favorite, most precious character, and reading her navigate her role as a new princess was written so well. if you were invested in izumi's parent's relationship, THIS BOOK GAVE ♡ tokyo dreaming was a great continuation for TEA, I STILL THINK TEA WAS BETTER BECAUSE TEA SUPREMACY OKAY? AND THE ENDING FOR THIS BOOK, SO SWEET😩 I HOPE WE GET A BOOK THREE BECAUSE I NEEDED MORE. IF YOU KNOW YOU KNOW😭 (march 19) rating: 5🌟 !! I JUST FINISHED AND OH MY GOD😭😭😭 I LOVED EVERYTHING EVEN THO I CRIED ALMOST 3 TIMES. I'LL WRITE MY REVIEW SOON. (idk when i left this comment lmao. 2021?) AFTER READING THE SYNOPSIS I AM DEFINITELY GOING TO READ THE NEXT BOOK AHHHHH I was scared initially bc I love the first book and it ended so happily but ugh the next book sounds so good

  8. 5 out of 5

    Azanta

    This was JUST AS GOOD as TEA but more nuanced and a bit more emotional. It didn’t suffer at all from second book syndrome and I enjoyed every minute of it. I think all TEA fans will be plenty pleased with this when it comes out 💘

  9. 5 out of 5

    Navila Brioso

    I didn’t know there was going to be a second part and I’m already happy about it 😌😌😌😁😁😁😆

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I received an ARC of this book for free as part of a blog tour. First off, I loved the first book in the series, Tokyo Ever After. It was one of my favorite books of 2021 which made me very excited to read the sequel. I still think that the first book was a tiny bit better, but for the most part I found the sequel to be a worthy successor. This book picks right up where the last book left off and from there continues Izumi’s story. It does not miss a beat and gets right into the drama of royal li I received an ARC of this book for free as part of a blog tour. First off, I loved the first book in the series, Tokyo Ever After. It was one of my favorite books of 2021 which made me very excited to read the sequel. I still think that the first book was a tiny bit better, but for the most part I found the sequel to be a worthy successor. This book picks right up where the last book left off and from there continues Izumi’s story. It does not miss a beat and gets right into the drama of royal life. Like the first book, the writing style is easy and a breeze to read. I loved the character development, especially the development of Akiko and Noriko (aka the Shining Twins). I enjoyed seeing them get more of a spotlight and how dimensional they became. They could have easily stayed the villains, but instead got more depth. I also liked how the book explored growing up and maturing. The story explores Izumi’s post-high school life and contrasts it with her friends. The juxtaposition highlighted Izumi’s coming of age journey well. There was a love triangle, which I didn’t think was necessary. The book would have still worked without it. Overall, this was a sweet sequel and I hope Izumi’s story continues!

  11. 5 out of 5

    ✨Tatiana✨ { She Who Reads Ya Books }

    4 What happens after the dream ends? Thank you so much to the publisher for an ARC of this! This will not affect my review in any way! My full review will be up on June 5, and only accessible on my blog, which I will link here if you’d like to read it. https://shewhoreadsyabooks.wordpress.... POTENTIAL SPOILERS FOR TOKYO EVER AFTER When Japanese-American Izumi Tanaka learned her father was the Crown Prince of Japan, she became a princess overnight. Now, she’s overcome conniving cousins, salacious pr 4 What happens after the dream ends? Thank you so much to the publisher for an ARC of this! This will not affect my review in any way! My full review will be up on June 5, and only accessible on my blog, which I will link here if you’d like to read it. https://shewhoreadsyabooks.wordpress.... POTENTIAL SPOILERS FOR TOKYO EVER AFTER When Japanese-American Izumi Tanaka learned her father was the Crown Prince of Japan, she became a princess overnight. Now, she’s overcome conniving cousins, salacious press, and an imperial scandal to finally find a place she belongs. She has a perfect bodyguard turned boyfriend. Her stinky dog, Tamagotchi, is living with her in Tokyo. Her parents have even rekindled their college romance and are engaged. A royal wedding is on the horizon! Izumi’s life is a Tokyo dream come true. Only... Her parents’ engagement hits a brick wall. The Imperial Household Council refuses to approve the marriage citing concerns about Izumi and her mother’s lack of pedigree. And on top of it all, her bodyguard turned boyfriend makes a shocking decision about their relationship. At the threat of everything falling apart, Izumi vows to do whatever it takes to help win over the council. Which means upping her newly acquired princess game. But at what cost? Izumi will do anything to help her parents achieve their happily ever after, but what if playing the perfect princess means sacrificing her own? Will she find a way to forge her own path and follow her heart?

  12. 5 out of 5

    Trista

    Izumi is fearful that she’s giving up too much of herself and isn’t being true to her wants and her morals while trying to fit in with her family, the Japanese royal family. The thing is, Izumi has no interests to speak of. No personal goals. No hobbies. Her entire personality is based around her three smarter, more goal oriented friends, a vernacular of sassy sayings stolen from drag culture, thinking snacks are cool, and her derpy dog. And yet she has two hot, intelligent, successful guys figh Izumi is fearful that she’s giving up too much of herself and isn’t being true to her wants and her morals while trying to fit in with her family, the Japanese royal family. The thing is, Izumi has no interests to speak of. No personal goals. No hobbies. Her entire personality is based around her three smarter, more goal oriented friends, a vernacular of sassy sayings stolen from drag culture, thinking snacks are cool, and her derpy dog. And yet she has two hot, intelligent, successful guys fighting over her!? One of which breaks up with her for basically no reason and so I guess she decides to make her current boyfriend who treats her like gold to break up with her so she can be with her ex. Izumi appears to be a basic ass American teenager with no actual personality to speak of and yet, everyone is so enraptured by her endearing basicness that they are constantly going to bat for her in some way or another. Like why tho? Also, for what!? (view spoiler)[In the end she picks the dude who dumped her for “noble reasons” and dumps the guy who she has stuff in common with and was actually there for her because of some shitty “opposites attract” rhetoric that literally makes no sense. She also ends up “friendzoning” the nice boyfriend who was there for her, but it’s all okay because he goes to America and lives in her old apartment so he can make naked bongos with her hippy neighbor. Makes sense, right? (hide spoiler)]

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cassandra

    I'M DONE! I'm sad but I'M DONE! While I enjoyed this like I thought I would, I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as I did the first book. Tokyo Ever After was SO GOOD. It touched that part of me that loved What A Girl Wants and made it soar. I loved the inclusion of the Japanese culture and learning more about Izumi and her family. It was a refreshing read, especially for YA. Izumi continues to be a strong point of view. She's smart and independent, but now that she's rehoming herself and starting fr I'M DONE! I'm sad but I'M DONE! While I enjoyed this like I thought I would, I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as I did the first book. Tokyo Ever After was SO GOOD. It touched that part of me that loved What A Girl Wants and made it soar. I loved the inclusion of the Japanese culture and learning more about Izumi and her family. It was a refreshing read, especially for YA. Izumi continues to be a strong point of view. She's smart and independent, but now that she's rehoming herself and starting fresh.... she's not as confident about her life choices now that they have the power to reflect poorly on her family. In an effort to protect her parents and the future of her family, she decides a change of image is necessary. Akio’s made decisions for himself as well, much to Izumi's frustrations. He's chosen a path and Izumi is forced to accept it and move on, whatever that may mean for her. She turns herself inside out and is completely changed as she accepts anything and everything that she needs to in order to be made in the perfect image. Whether or not it's for her is another story. I felt like I was reading this book and although I enjoyed it, it was like we took a shortcut in some areas. My biggest hang-up, above all, was this weird triangle between Eriku and Akio. I understand the impact both characters have on her, but when we were brought to a point of who to choose... I just - It didn't make sense. Akio was non-existent the entire time. He left and we do not see him in passing, we don't see his name, we see one media piece about him but no interactions between him and Izumi. I know he's the true love, and I agree... but I feel like he should've had more of a fight for her. Or some kind of continuing contact that tethered him to the story. He just kinda came back, said he was going to fight for her, and then all this stuff with her family happened that distracted you from him. It felt messy. Eriku deserved better. I think the better solution here would've been Izumi, conflicted in her feelings for both men, acts on impulse with Eriku, kisses him, and they feel nothing. Or not enough. The anticipation did not match the outcome of the kiss. I did love the maturity of the two of them, especially towards the end. They handled themselves very well and even in my annoyance, I loved that about our characters. Akio just felt like he was on the backburner for too long but you didn't want to waste the food, so you put it on the table anyways. The one part of this story I loved through and through is their family. Izumi and her parents are my favourite. I continue to love her parents so much but the three of them are so loyal and respectful of one another. It was a really nice relationship to watch move along. Even when it trickled down to the cousins!! Emiko does a great job in building the family presence in both books but this one felt so strong. I would've loved to see Izumi come into her own and maybe forgo any romantic relationships, focusing on herself. For once, I think I might've enjoyed that more? I'm not sure. I do love Akio a lot, I just felt like we missed something between them. Thank you to Edelweiss+ and Flatiron Books for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Justine from Novels and Panda

    Excuse me, I just started reading Tokyo Ever After and Tokyo Dreaming is complete news to me. UPDATE I AM SEEING A COVERRRRRRR AAAAAAAAA 06/12/22 Tokyo Dreaming came in the mail a week now, and finally had the chance to read it. And mind you, author approved at 2:55 in the AM! (Emiko replied to my story on IG 🥺🥺) I am walking on air happy for these characters! Full and a more well organized review soon.

  15. 5 out of 5

    zahraa

    Thank you to the author & flatiron books for sending me an ARC of this book! +release date: May 31st I enjoyed tokyo ever after so I was really excited to get to its sequel! The overall plot was fun, I had a great time reading the continuance of Izumi’s story. The writing was fast paced & entertaining & I loved each and every one of the character’s developments! I was so happy to see Izumi grow as well seeing the depth in the individual relationships. Izumi’s own character growth was my favourite Thank you to the author & flatiron books for sending me an ARC of this book! +release date: May 31st I enjoyed tokyo ever after so I was really excited to get to its sequel! The overall plot was fun, I had a great time reading the continuance of Izumi’s story. The writing was fast paced & entertaining & I loved each and every one of the character’s developments! I was so happy to see Izumi grow as well seeing the depth in the individual relationships. Izumi’s own character growth was my favourite part! I loved watching her realize her own mistakes while also being learning to make decision for herself, showing us her true independence! That being said, I was slightly disappointed that my favourite character wasn’t really present in the book, I would’ve liked to have seen them more. While I can understand why the new character was introduced, & how it helped Izumi grow, I do wish it took up less of the book. But if that means the possibility of a third book in the series, all the better !!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Literary Redhead

    TOKYO DREAMING by Emiko Jean Flatiron Books Pub Date: May 31 I loved Emiko Jean's Tokyo Ever After, and was so excited to read this sequel. We find Japanese-American Izumi Tanaka maturing in her role as a new Princess. Her father, Crown Prince of Japan, and her mother -- once college sweethearts -- have become engaged, a move not supported by the Imperial Household Council. At the same time, Izumi's own love life becomes complicated. Can she survive all the conflict and find her own path to happines TOKYO DREAMING by Emiko Jean Flatiron Books Pub Date: May 31 I loved Emiko Jean's Tokyo Ever After, and was so excited to read this sequel. We find Japanese-American Izumi Tanaka maturing in her role as a new Princess. Her father, Crown Prince of Japan, and her mother -- once college sweethearts -- have become engaged, a move not supported by the Imperial Household Council. At the same time, Izumi's own love life becomes complicated. Can she survive all the conflict and find her own path to happiness? You'll root for her right through to the end, and wish for another sequel, as I wholeheartedly do! Thanks to the author, Flatiron Books, and NetGalley for the ARC. Opinions are mine. #TokoyoDreaming #EmikoJean #FlatironBooks #NetGalley #TeenYAFiction #comingofagestories #romanticfiction #sequeltoToyokoEverAfter #bookstagramcommunity

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kari Ann Sweeney

    I thought that ‘Tokyo Ever After’ was adorable, in the best way. Thanks to @netgalley and I was able to listen to the follow up- 𝗧𝗢𝗞𝗬𝗢 𝗗𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗠𝗜𝗡𝗚,⁣ ⁣ “I 𝘥𝘰𝘯’𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘩𝘪𝘥𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘰𝘯 𝘐 𝘢𝘮 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘰𝘯 𝘐’𝘮 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦.”⁣ ⁣ I relished being able to see what new challenges Izumi faces in her new role as a princess. Including impending decisions about college, changing friendships, a complicated love life and oh yeah- her parents are getting back together. ⁣ ⁣ I spent a year in Japan as a Rotary Yout I thought that ‘Tokyo Ever After’ was adorable, in the best way. Thanks to @netgalley and I was able to listen to the follow up- 𝗧𝗢𝗞𝗬𝗢 𝗗𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗠𝗜𝗡𝗚,⁣ ⁣ “I 𝘥𝘰𝘯’𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘩𝘪𝘥𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘰𝘯 𝘐 𝘢𝘮 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘰𝘯 𝘐’𝘮 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦.”⁣ ⁣ I relished being able to see what new challenges Izumi faces in her new role as a princess. Including impending decisions about college, changing friendships, a complicated love life and oh yeah- her parents are getting back together. ⁣ ⁣ I spent a year in Japan as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student and I loved revisiting the traditions and culture through the eyes of a Japanese American. It made me nostalgic for the sights, smells and sounds I remember so fondly. ⁣ ⁣ AUDIO: I loved this story on audio. The characters personality and humor really shown through in this format.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amy | Foxy Blogs

    TOKYO DREAMING ● Izumi (18) ● Japanese American teenager ● deciding if she should take a gap year or attend college ● fake dating ● love triangle ● father: Crowned Prince ● mother: “commoner” ● her parents reconnect ● Japenese royalty ● continues on from Tokyo Ever After **Complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.** Audiobook source: NetGalley Narrator: Ali Ahn Length: 9H 12M

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rameela (Star)

    Actual Rating: 4.25 Initial Thoughts: I wasn't even sure how to feel in the beginning and then I fell deep in love and now I have lots of SPOILERY THOUGHTS. Actual Rating: 4.25 Initial Thoughts: I wasn't even sure how to feel in the beginning and then I fell deep in love and now I have lots of SPOILERY THOUGHTS.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jan Agaton

    nowhere near as good as the first one. my fave character was gone for most of the book. i was annoyed the majority of the time, especially during the love triangle portion. the number of times i rolled my eyes throughout this highly anticipated release was tragic.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kalyn✨

    If you were a fan of the first book in this series, Tokyo Ever After, I think you’ll be satisfied with this sequel. Izumi develops a lot as a character in this one. She faces plenty of obstacles and she becomes highly conscious of how they affect those around her as a public figure and member of the Imperial family. While I’m sure most readers aren’t rich and famous Japanese royals, Izumi’s struggles still feel mostly relatable: her long-term friendships are changing, she’s developing quite a com If you were a fan of the first book in this series, Tokyo Ever After, I think you’ll be satisfied with this sequel. Izumi develops a lot as a character in this one. She faces plenty of obstacles and she becomes highly conscious of how they affect those around her as a public figure and member of the Imperial family. While I’m sure most readers aren’t rich and famous Japanese royals, Izumi’s struggles still feel mostly relatable: her long-term friendships are changing, she’s developing quite a complicated love life, and she’s trying to change herself to fit other people’s standards. I really like her as a character. I received this in audiobook version and the narration was great. I feel like Ali Ahn’s voice really suited the book and Izumi’s character. Get your copy May 31st! Thank you to Macmillan Audio for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kaylee Gwyn (literarypengwyns)

    I LOVE THIS SERIES AND I SWEAR IF WE DONT GET A THIRD I WILL BURN IT ALL TO THE GROUND. BECAUSE I LOVE IZUMI, HER MOM, AND THE BOY(S) BECAUSE YES WE GET A SECOND ROMANTIC LEAD (don’t worry friend, trust). This book gives us Izumi, having adjusted into royal life, now helping her mom navigate it all because HER PARENTS ARE ENGAGED! But she has to make concessions herself so that the royal court will accept her parents together. Which means forging a frienemy relationship with The Shinning Twins (whic I LOVE THIS SERIES AND I SWEAR IF WE DONT GET A THIRD I WILL BURN IT ALL TO THE GROUND. BECAUSE I LOVE IZUMI, HER MOM, AND THE BOY(S) BECAUSE YES WE GET A SECOND ROMANTIC LEAD (don’t worry friend, trust). This book gives us Izumi, having adjusted into royal life, now helping her mom navigate it all because HER PARENTS ARE ENGAGED! But she has to make concessions herself so that the royal court will accept her parents together. Which means forging a frienemy relationship with The Shinning Twins (which I actually loved), sacrificing her heart, MAKING FRIENDS WITH A FAKE BOYFRIEND WHO IS JUST ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE, and committing to college. It’s a lot, and it’s quite the ride reading along. But the ending is so sweet, so good, and so satisfying. Now I just need to know what happens next. Once again, this book confirms that it is the perfect mixture of The Princess Diaries, What A Girl Wants, and Chasing Liberty. But SO MUCH BETTER. *thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for gifting me a free copy of the ALC (advanced listening copy) in exchange for my honest and unbiased review*

  23. 4 out of 5

    The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)

    Full Review on The Candid Cover 3.5 Stars Tokyo Dreaming by Emiko Jean is sweet story about staying true to yourself that revolves around the main character’s determination to give her parents a happily ever after. As a big fan of Tokyo Ever After, I was highly anticipating this sequel, and I was thrilled to see that Izumi is just as entertaining and relatable as I remembered. While I struggled with the love triangle and some of the plot points, I still enjoyed this upbeat story and the chance to Full Review on The Candid Cover 3.5 Stars Tokyo Dreaming by Emiko Jean is sweet story about staying true to yourself that revolves around the main character’s determination to give her parents a happily ever after. As a big fan of Tokyo Ever After, I was highly anticipating this sequel, and I was thrilled to see that Izumi is just as entertaining and relatable as I remembered. While I struggled with the love triangle and some of the plot points, I still enjoyed this upbeat story and the chance to return to Izumi’s world. Following the events of Tokyo Ever After, Izumi has settled into her new life as a princess in Japan, and her parents have gotten engaged. While she is thrilled for her family, the Imperial Household Council is not as supportive of the wedding and refuses to approve the marriage. Determined to help her parents achieve their own happily ever after, Izumi vows to become the perfect princess, breaking up with her boyfriend and applying to university, but as she focuses on portraying the perfect image of herself, she loses her true self in the process. As life at the palace becomes even more complicated, Izumi must choose her own path and follow her own dreams. ❀ REALISTIC MAIN CHARACTER Izumi is just as entertaining as I remembered, and I enjoyed reading about each of her mishaps and mistakes, which make her a realistic character. In this sequel, her big heart really shines through, and I admired her willingness to do whatever she can to ensure her mom’s happy ending. While Izumi grows a lot in book one, I was thrilled to see even more growth in this instalment as she learns to make her own decisions and stay true to herself. I found myself falling even more in love with her character, and I enjoyed the direction her story takes in the end. ❀ SEQUEL ISN’T NECESSARY As is typically the case with sequels, this one isn’t as strong as book one. While I still enjoyed the story, I found myself disappointed to see so little of Akio, one of my favourite characters from the first book. As the two decide to spend some time apart, this story introduces a love triangle, which is a trope I always struggle with. To me, this sequel doesn’t feel very necessary, and even though I still adore the premise and the characters, some of these turns in the story almost made me wish that I had stopped reading after book one. ❀ A FUN SERIES Tokyo Dreaming by Emiko Jean is a cute continuation to Tokyo Ever After that is centred around following one’s own heart. Just like in the first book, I enjoyed reading about Izumi’s journey to discovering her true self, and she is a relatable main character. While the story is entertaining, I struggled with the love triangle and some of the directions the author takes the story, but I still think that this is a fun series that is perfect for fans of The Princess Diaries.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Isabella (The Feminist Bookworm)

    This was an absolute delight and I loved it a lot. I also read it really quickly - it also only came in the mail on Saturday LOL. The only reason I'm giving this 4 stars instead of 5 is that there is a really beloved character that is barely in this book, and I was disappointed by that, and I also felt the ending was a bit rushed. But other than that, it was amazing! This was an absolute delight and I loved it a lot. I also read it really quickly - it also only came in the mail on Saturday LOL. The only reason I'm giving this 4 stars instead of 5 is that there is a really beloved character that is barely in this book, and I was disappointed by that, and I also felt the ending was a bit rushed. But other than that, it was amazing!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Elle

    I absolutely loved Tokyo Ever After. I had super high expectations for Tokyo Dreaming so I feel a bit let down with this as a sequel. I wanted to fall right back into Izumi and Akio. This story was more about Izumi finding herself and growing up. She has to navigate court politics, her parents, school, and changing friendships and figuring out how to please people possibly at the expense of her happiness. Izumi is such a great character overall and I find her so relatable. I also really enjoyed I absolutely loved Tokyo Ever After. I had super high expectations for Tokyo Dreaming so I feel a bit let down with this as a sequel. I wanted to fall right back into Izumi and Akio. This story was more about Izumi finding herself and growing up. She has to navigate court politics, her parents, school, and changing friendships and figuring out how to please people possibly at the expense of her happiness. Izumi is such a great character overall and I find her so relatable. I also really enjoyed learning more about her parents and seeing their relationship blossom. The dynamics between her parents is so heartwarming and sweet and I wanted that for Izumi. I just wasn't that big of a fan of the drama. Personally I am Akio biased and I tend to dislike love triangle tropes. The ending wrapped up nicely and overall this was still a great story. if you enjoyed book 1 I definitely recommend reading this sequel. Hoping there will maybe be a book 3! I listened to the audiobook version and I really enjoyed the narrator. I felt that it really helped bring Izumi and the other characters to life. Thank you to FlatironBooks and NetGalley for providing me with an audio ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kate Brown

    I loved Tokyo Forever! I was so excited to be able to read Tokyo Dreaming early. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the advance copy of the audiobook. Release date is 5/31 so read book one so you are ready for this! This book was also really good. I didn’t love it more than the first one but it definitely doesn’t have second book syndrome. I could understand if this was the end of the story but I really hope it’s not! I loved getting to see more of her parents and their love story. Izum I loved Tokyo Forever! I was so excited to be able to read Tokyo Dreaming early. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the advance copy of the audiobook. Release date is 5/31 so read book one so you are ready for this! This book was also really good. I didn’t love it more than the first one but it definitely doesn’t have second book syndrome. I could understand if this was the end of the story but I really hope it’s not! I loved getting to see more of her parents and their love story. Izumi had so much growth in this book as well. She has such good intentions and is trying so hard to make everything workout. I could ramble about the book for ages but I’ll shut up. Tokyo Dreaming is a great sequel and I’m excited to read more from Emiko Jean in the future!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mid-Continent Public Library

    It was a treat to return to Tokyo and check in on Izumi. I thought the first book in this series was amazing, so the sequel had huge shoes to fill. Listening to this one on audio was definitely the right choice. Ali Ahn strikes just the right notes as a narrator. For Izumi, her highest priority is to have her mom and dad together so they can be an intact family. As the powers that be let their expectations be known, she finds herself make more and more compromises. Is she making these decisions It was a treat to return to Tokyo and check in on Izumi. I thought the first book in this series was amazing, so the sequel had huge shoes to fill. Listening to this one on audio was definitely the right choice. Ali Ahn strikes just the right notes as a narrator. For Izumi, her highest priority is to have her mom and dad together so they can be an intact family. As the powers that be let their expectations be known, she finds herself make more and more compromises. Is she making these decisions for the right reasons? Or will she lose herself in the process? This was a delightful second chapter in the Tokyo Ever After series. A fantastic read for AAPI Heritage Month and a marvelous way to get a royal fix. * Review by Darla from Red Bridge *

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Sakamoto Hakkarainen

    Thank you so much to Emiko Jean for providing me with an advanced readers copy of Tokyo Dreaming. After reading Tokyo Ever After last year, I could hardly wait for Tokyo Dreaming! After all the anticipation I can proudly say that it did not disappoint! It was such a heartwarming story of the characters we already grew to love in the first book. I can’t wait to read more from Emiko!

  29. 5 out of 5

    laurel [the suspected bibliophile]

    Not as delightful as the first one mostly because it felt like too much was going on and it was a little all over the place (although it pulled together nicely in the end), but Izzy's voice was fantastic and amazing and I just love her as a person and wish she was real. Full RTC. I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review Not as delightful as the first one mostly because it felt like too much was going on and it was a little all over the place (although it pulled together nicely in the end), but Izzy's voice was fantastic and amazing and I just love her as a person and wish she was real. Full RTC. I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Wolf

    Sweet, satisfying sequel to Tokyo Ever After! These books are so much fun -- highly recommended! Full review at Bookshelf Fantasies. Sweet, satisfying sequel to Tokyo Ever After! These books are so much fun -- highly recommended! Full review at Bookshelf Fantasies.

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