The Tokyo Cover Girls by Jackie Amsden

Posted September 12, 2016 in Blog Tour, Book Review / 4 Comments

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The Tokyo Cover Girls by Jackie Amsden

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Tokyo Cover Girls by Jackie AmsdenThe Tokyo Cover Girls by Jackie Amsden
Series: The Tokyo Cover Girls #1
on May 1st 2016
Genres: Mystery, Suspense, Young Adult
Pages: 449
Format: eARC
Source: ARC from publisher
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four-stars

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 . . .

Main points

This was really good. It was definitely a page-turner. The suspense-mystery part worked really well. There were a lot of clues and hints and things that didn’t quite match up. I was able to guess a few things that I was surprised the characters didn’t, but I guess that would have made it too easy if they had…

I’ll start with what I wasn’t so enthusiastic about. At times, more towards the beginning though, there were moments where we focused too much on one character and really know much about what was happening with the others at all, when I would have liked to have known. Also some scenes were cut a bit short when they should have been longer, leading to some confusion about what had actually happened. Additionally, I felt it a bit hard to keep all the girls’ backstories straight, though there were only three of them…I’m not sure whether that was the book or just me, though. Although I did read it in two sessions, so I should have been able to keep it straight.

But the details were pretty good. Each girl’s plotline was full and interesting. It was really cool to see them all slowly go crazy but have interspersed moments of kindness and clarity. A few times they acted irrationally, and at others they were just way too daft, but generally they were believable enough. I did like them all. Except I did have a few problems with Jess—at the very beginning she was all right, but then became more closed-off. Also, I felt like the plot was way more focused on the other two for a good chunk of the middle. The one I could identify with most was Hailey, probably. Blake probably got the most vicious out of all of them, but she also could be the nicest. They were all good unique characters.

The plot itself was very intricate. Towards the end it did feel like everything was happening at once and things were being revealed at too fast a pace to leave time for proper consideration though. And some things I still wasn’t sure about. How did certain people know where and when to appear? How big is the organization, and exactly how many people were a part just because they were blackmailed? Who is the real leader? But I suppose more might be revealed in the next books. I do want to keep reading. The clues fit together nicely and it didn’t just seem out of nowhere. The main problem was the girls’ reluctance to work together or even talk to each other, which was, of course, what Satsujin wanted. But then why did Satsujin leave so many clues? It was all very intriguing.

And scary. It did have a bit of a horror-movie feel to it at times. So many times I wanted to yell at them to run, get out of there, something bad’s going to happen…and it was always a surprise what actually happened. Kept me on my toes. I didn’t expect everything in this book to work as well as it did. I didn’t think I’d like it this much. But it was well put-together and entertaining.

 reaction upon finishing

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this book in one word

suspenseful

About Jackie Amsden

Jackie Amsden worked as a fashion model in China, Japan, and Taiwan before retiring at the age of eighteen after one too many agent threats, nude photo shoot requests, and self-loathing-induced Pocky binges.

Rating
Plot
four-half-stars
Characters
four-stars
Writing
four-half-stars
Setting
four-stars
Romance
three-stars
Ending
four-half-stars
Overall: four-stars
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4 Comments on "The Tokyo Cover Girls by Jackie Amsden"

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Giselle
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Great review, Alicia! This sounds like a fun and creepy read!

Jackie Amsden
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Thanks Alicia! Good review and some useful feedback for the next one! Glad you enjoyed it (but weren’t too scared I hope…unlike me who just watched The Conjuring and am not totally petrified of what’s under my bed.)

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