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.
Author: Kat Cho
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons BFYR
ISBN (Gumiho: Wicked Fox 9781984814715)
Published: June 25, 2019
Genre: Mythology, Fantasy, YA
The story follows Gu Miyoung, an 18 year old girl who must devour the energy of men to survive. She’s a Gumiho and she meets Jihoon and they click. They go through their issues together even family ones.
Thank you so much to Penguin publishing house for sending me a PR package for the blog tour kit of Gumiho: Wicked Fox. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
This book is one of my highly recommended reads for this year 2019. Particularly because it’s Korean related and being an Asian YA book blogger, I am all in for a Kdrama YA book theme because I haven’t read something like this in a long time or probably ever. This book has all the Kdrama feels and I love watching Asian drama so I fangirled a lot!
The book is set in the heart of Seoul and it features an elegant cityscape of the modern fantasy world. It’s diverse in storytelling and a lighthearted writing style. This book was a breeze and extremely hooking. I don’t want to say more to avoid spoilers but I can say that it has a really good balance of romance and the plot. The romance didn’t overpower the myth and the plot of the story. It also gave a good world building material to explain the Asian set up to those who are unfamiliar of the myth or the story of a Gumiho. I can’t really say that it’s a retelling because it isn’t. It has it’s own interesting plot that I loved so much and I can’t wait for you guys to read it once this book comes out next week.
Another plus: Gu Miyoung is a strong heroine and it’s kind of has the feminism idea going on where in she saves the man in this story and she doesn’t need saving. And Jihoon! Jihoon is that swoony Korean guy that’s pretty handsome and just altogether precious.
Writing style: 5/5
Overall rating: 5/5 😻💜💜💜 (Enough said)
I highly recommend this book to Asian show fans, particularly Kdrama and Korean baes. You don’t have to be an Asian guru to enjoy this book, the fantasy and plot that this book gives is enough to draw you in. It’s highly relatable too because the girl in this book likes to stay at home and watch Kdrama and read books! I mean, who can’t relate to this? I feel like most of use teen girls can relate!
This is such a magical and fantastic read with the amazing ambiance, wholesome characters, and fast-paced story. It has all the dreamy Kdrama scenes and the whole essence of it just gives me joy and fangirl feels.
Possible Kdrama shows you can binge watch with this book/related to this book:
You can still get the preorder gift until July 1, 2019!
It’s open internationally! Just submit your proof of purchase to this preorder link: http://katchowrites.com/wicked-fox-order-gift/
About the Author
Kat Cho used to hide books under the bathroom sink and then sneak in there to read after bedtime. Her parents pretended not to know. This helped when she decided to write a dinosaur time-travel novel at the tender age of nine. Sadly, that book was not published. She currently lives and works in NYC and spends her free time trying to figure out what kind of puppy to adopt.