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Gumiho: Wicked Fox by Kat Cho
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
Eighteen-year-old Gu Miyoung has a secret–she’s a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox who must devour the energy of men in order to survive. Because so few believe in the old tales anymore, and with so many evil men no one will miss, the modern city of Seoul is the perfect place to hide and hunt.
But after feeding one full moon, Miyoung crosses paths with Jihoon, a human boy, being attacked by a goblin deep in the forest. Against her better judgment, she violates the rules of survival to rescue the boy, losing her fox bead–her gumiho soul–in the process.
Jihoon knows Miyoung is more than just a beautiful girl–he saw her nine tails the night she saved his life. His grandmother used to tell him stories of the gumiho, of their power and the danger they pose to humans. He’s drawn to her anyway.
With murderous forces lurking in the background, Miyoung and Jihoon develop a tenuous friendship that blossoms into something more. But when a young shaman tries to reunite Miyoung with her bead, the consequences are disastrous . . . forcing Miyoung to choose between her immortal life and Jihoon’s.
This book includes scenes or discussions of mild violence, neglect, abandonment, a relative in a coma and death of a relative.
This book deserves all the stars! As soon as I started reading Gumiho: Wicked Fox, I could not put it down. I was immersed in this fantastic world of nine tailed foxes, powerful dokkaebi and secretive shamans, a world full of Korean folklore come to life.
Kat Cho has written a novel steeped in Korean mythology, I haven’t read a YA book with such a connection before. It was a very fresh and thrilling story, set in the modern day Seoul, that kept me glued to the page for all four hundred pages!
The history of the gumiho was interwoven with the story of our main characters, when a more in depth explanation was needed a short tale of folklore was inserted between the chapters. It was incredibly interesting and I couldn’t wait for the next piece of folklore as I read each one.
I love books with more than one narrative, I had no idea when I started Gumiho: Wicked Fox that we would be following two points of view. I think a dual narrative gives us, as readers, a deeper understanding of the main characters feelings and actions.
Jihoon and Miyoung are now two of my all time favourite characters, there was depth to their different personalities that made you invest in their journey. The author has created two brilliantly innovative and inspiring main characters as well as charming and witty side characters.
I read this book in a day, and I think that easily summarises my review! I whole heartedly recommend this book to everyone who enjoys brilliant world building, dual POVs and a fascinating story.
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