Tokyo Models: Tokyo Cover Girls

ARC Review: Tokyo Cover Girls by Jackie Amsden

Title: Tokyo Cover Girls
Author: Jackie Amsden
Pages: 449
Publish Date: May 1, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Mystery

Synopsis: 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 received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This will not affect my review in any way. 

I enjoyed reading this book. It intrigued me right off the bat.

This novel was about three models trying to make their way in Tokyo, which is considered the lowest of the low for models. These girls decide to participate in a competition to become one of the world’s next top model, which slowly starts to get out of hand.

There’s a lot going on in this novel, which can be confusing if you’re not paying attention. There was little to no romance in this book. I deeply enjoyed that because you could focus on this mystery that unravels before your eyes.

Blake, Jess, and Hailey got on my nerves a lot. I was not a fan of them. They were extremely quick to judge each other, and it got old pretty quick. They were always convinced that someone was out to get them. In a way, they were right. That was really the only problem that I had with this book. The girls just got annoying very quickly, but it was good characterization because it showed how damaged these girls were.

The mystery aspect was a lot different than I’d read before. They were dealing with a gang, but not the gang they were expecting. This story is extremely twisted, but it makes you keep wanting more and more.

I enjoyed this book, and I think anyone that’s looking for a nice mystery to get into the spirit of Halloween will enjoy!

About the Author

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. If you’d like to learn more about her decent into the darker side of Asia’s candy-coated modeling industry sign up for free installments of her upcoming memoir and get updates about the sequel to The Tokyo Cover Girls at

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  1. Great review! This sounds like a well written read! The lack of romance is refreshing if you ask me - I find some mystery books lose all its focus bc it puts the romance first. Glad you liked it! :)

    1. I know exactly what you mean! I think some authors believe that they need romance in their book for it to be liked, but that's not the case. A good mystery focuses on the mystery, not on some romance that adds nothing to the plot.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Hi Kayl, thanks for the review and the feedback! Hopefully the girls will turn down the snark a little in the sequel :)