Book Review: Tokyo Cover Girls

I really enjoyed this book. Tokyo Cover Girls was a fast-paced, whirlwind ride! I am so thankful to Xpresso Book Tours for the chance to review this novel by Jackie Amsden.

 

30051752The Tokyo Cover Girls
by Jackie Amsden
Release Date: May 2016
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Summary from Goodreads:

New York has Jacobs, Paris has Chanel, Milan has Versace and Tokyo has . . . Hello Kitty toilet plungers? With its cute-obsessed catalogue and magazine market, anyone who is anyone knows that modeling in Japan means being at the bottom of the fashion industry.

Blake, Jess, and Hailey are doing their best to survive yet another casting where pigtails and toddler-impressions are a must when they stumble upon the opportunity of a lifetime. The prestigious Satsujin company has selected them to compete for a campaign that will transform the winner from commercial nobody to haute culture superstar faster than you can say Vogue Italia.

Of course, nothing is ever what it seems in the fashion world. Just ask all those dead girls . . .

I’ll admit it – I love Japan! What started out as an obsession with anime and harajuku girls, eventually became a well-rounded appreciation for the language, culture, history and FOOD of this incredibly unique country. I watch quite a few North American expats who chronicle their lives in Japan, so this book stood out to me.

Tokyo Cover Girls is told in alternating 3rd person perspectives between three girls. (Blake, Jess and Hailey) I don’t want to give anything away, but the girls are approached by a mysterious business man about a job and are told not to reveal this secret to anyone. It almost has a “Saw” horror movie feel to it when they first meet – and then the surprises start popping up at every turn!

The modeling industry is a cut-throat gig. I loved how the girls seemed to be willing to throw each other under the bus to get ahead. (Some more than others!)

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What stood out to me about this novel was how realistic and well-researched it was. The author, Jackie Amsden, is writing this from experience, having worked as a model in Asia before writing this book. I’m really looking forward to what comes next – we need more books set in Japan!

Also – check out Jackie’s blog! It’s so much fun. The tag line is “where deadly meets fabulous” and it is such a reflection of her writing style. Fun blog posts include “5 things in your closet that could kill you” and “5 fashion models with secret assassin skills”. I’m soooo looking forward to her upcoming memoir!

A free copy of this book was provided for an honest review. Thank you Xpresso Book Tours!

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