Author: Kat Cho
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published by: Penguin Putnam Inc
Publication date: 25/06/19
My rating: ★★★★★
Synopsis from Goodreads:
A fresh and addictive fantasy-romance set in modern-day Seoul.
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.
I received a free review copy from Penguin Random House Global in exchange for an honest review.
I’d heard nothing but good things from US bloggers and was eager to read it, when an email dropped in my inbox I couldn’t believe my luck and leaped at the chance to review it!
I’m diving straight in and saying it. I loved it! Every. Single. Page. I hadn’t even made it to the end of the first page before I knew I would not only love it, but had the perfect blog photo idea. This has never happened before.
The plot and characters:
I’m a reader who loves a good plot and character development above everything else. I was absorbed and invested in both from the first page. The relationship between Jihoon and Miyoung, the friendship and romance is incredibly well written and made my cold heart so happy. I don’t know about anyone else, but I was rooting for them throughout the mess, betrayal and threats tossed their way. I love, love, love how Korean mythology is woven into the story. When I could tear myself away from the book, I read up on Gumiho mythology, devouring anything I could find before returning to it with even more enthusiasm.
I adored the writing. I soon lost count of the amount of times I reread paragraphs, something I usually do for my favourite quotes, on this occasion I just couldn’t get enough of the writing. There’s plenty of stunning quotes throughout, I’m immensely jealous of everyone who gets to read it for the first time. I’m not very good at talking about writing style, I’d happily read Kat Cho’s shopping list.
Gumiho: Wicked Fox is a stunning, beautifully written and unputdownable read. I slept with it under my pillow so I could immediately resume after waking. It’s reignited my love of reading, hurtling me straight into a book hangover after. I have so much love for this book, nothing I say will do the book justice. It’s a must read for any fantasy fan, definitely my book of choice for Christmas presents. Seriously, everyone will be getting one! I can’t wait to get my hands on the next installment!