Saturday, July 6, 2013

Tokyo Heist

by Diana Renn
Pages: 364
Format: Hardcover
Year pub: 2012
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Sixteen-year-old Violet is thrilled when her father's new painting commission means a summer trip to Japan. But what starts as an exotic vacation quickly turns sour when a priceless sketch by van Gogh is stolen from her father's client and held ransom for a painting by the artist. The problem is that nobody knows where the painting is hidden, and until they find it, all their lives are in danger.

Joined by her friend Reika, Violet searches for the missing van Gogh in a quest that takes her from the Seattle Art Museum to the yakuza-infested streets of Tokyo to a secluded inn in Kyoto. As the mystery deepens, Violet's not sure whom she can trust. But she knows one thing: she has to find the painting and the criminals--before it's too late.
Mystery. Twists. Japan. And a touch of romance. Savvy?

This is actually the first time I actually enjoyed a mystery book so I don't know really how to give a proper summary without giving too much away (this is where you go and look at the summary). And since it's my first mystery book that I enjoyed, I can say that it is a very well developed and surprised me much until the end. : D <--coming from a girl that doesn't realize things that fast anyways.

If I met Violet, we would probably become best friends. She loves manga, anime, and Japan. There were mentions of Hayao Mizaki and the word baka mentioned! Of course I adore her! She started off being so timid and not very self-confident, but by the time the book ended, she became so much more.

I don't know if I should call it a sub-plot but there was the bits and pieces of Kimono Girl, a manga Violet was drawing which, no joke, if it was out, I would be reading it already. I can already imagine how awesome it would be. With the mention of mystery, shapeshifting, and a tad of shoujo, I think it's for me. Sadly, it only exists in the pages of this book. DX

Being a Japan fanatic that I am, I enjoyed that this book takes place in Japan. Throughout the book, I know that I am in safe hands because Renn knows her Japanese (or she just did fabulous google searching) and doesn't drop Japanese terms to be smart. Everything described was beautiful and I must say, I am definitely jealous Violet got to go to Japan, heist or not.



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P.S. Do not be worried that there won't be romance, because there will be. And it's super sweet and adorable between two nerds. <3

15 comments:

  1. This book sounds amazing! Being an anime / manga / anything Japanese lover, I think I'd like this very much. I don't usually read mystery (not because I don't like them) but I think I'll give this one a go when I have time :) Fabulous review, Delaney!

    -Ariella @ Secrets of Lost Words

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    1. *high five* Me too! XD Obviously you already know that. I don't really read mystery either so I when you get the chance I hope you like this. :D

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  2. This book seems to have everything I love: a good mystery and unique setting (Japan). Thank you for sharing it, Delaney! I'd be checking it out :D

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    1. Haha anything involving Japan is an instant win. XD

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  3. Traveling and visiting Japan is on my bucket-list :D The story sounds intriguing! I love mystery and detective stuff. Thanks for the cool review, Delaney.

    -Dannielle

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    1. Mine too! :D I haven't really delve into mystery and detective stuff so it was an awesome read. Thanks for reading my review, Dannielle! <3

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  4. Yay, love a good, cute romance :) I just got this book from the library! Japan is so interesting to me as well so I am very excited to read it :) Great review!

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    1. Me too--shoujo! XD You did YAAAY! I can't wait to hear what you think of this! Hopefully good things? ;D

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  5. Aww, I'm glad that you enjoyed this book, Delaney! <3 There have been mixed reviews out there so I was hesitant to pick it up. But of course, your review convinced me to give this book a go! It sounds like a perfect short read to spend time with. Ah, I'm jealous of Violet too - if only I could visit Japan! Just imagining how many places there'd be in my list haha. xD

    Wonderful review, Delaney! <3 Have you read Ink by Amanda Sun? I'm curious about it but so far the reviews have kept me away from it. :x

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    1. It is. Something good for a light read but also something nice to sink into. ^^ I want to visit Japan too and yup, I got my list ready. XD

      I haven't! But I have been hearing very negative reviews so I don't know if i should. The cover and texture of the book was amazing when I checked it out at B&N.

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  6. Ooh, I've not heard all that much about this but I am interested in it- if it's not on my TBR now I'm adding it just because Miyzaki is mentioned! It sounds really interesting and I'm so glad you liked it as much as you did! Great review, Delaney! x

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    1. Yes and also Kiki's Delivery Service mentioned a few times (though I haven't watched that one yet XD) I really hope you get to pick it up, Romi! And I hope you love it!

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    2. Kiki's Delivery Service is amazing and I tell you that you really must watch it ASAP! It's such a beautiful, heartwarming and sweet story! I think you'll love it!

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  7. Great review. I've also been curious about this one as I always want to read books set somewhere other than America but they're not as common. Have you read Ink? That's another one set in Japan.

    New follower! I'm also an anime/manga/japan lover so I'm excited to read and enjoy your posts!

    -Mari @ The Sirenic Codex

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    1. I love reading of setting in Japan. <3 But no I haven't read Ink. There has been so many negativity and some mentions of aspects that I don't enjoy reading so I have been pushing it off. But I saw it at the bookstore and it looks gorge.

      Aww thanks so much for the follow to this little blog of mine! <333 So happy to meet another anime/manga/japan lover. ^^

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