Date Published | May 18, 2021
Date Read | July 2021
Goodreads Rating | 4
Overall | This was basically The Princess Diaries without the cute grandmother and instead replaced with snarky mean girls as her cousin so don’t expect the warm touchy feelies from this
Pros | Own Voices Romance
Cons | YA – alright this isn’t really a con as much as just a commentary on the fact that I don’t like YA books. They’re a little whiny. Also – is this statutory rape? She’s still in High School and he’s like a 25 yo adult? I could be wrong but felt kinda icky.
Warnings | Heat Leave = 1
POV | First Person POV Past Tense
Will I Be Continuing With The Series | No
Description | 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 Izumi 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, Izumi 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.
Izumi 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 fairy tale, happily ever after?