Title: Wicked fox.
Author: Kat Cho.
Format: Hardcover from library.
Publisher: GP Putman’s Sons Books for Young Readers.
Page count: 420.
Release day: June 25th 2019.
Genre: YA, fantasy.
Rating: 4 stars.
What is it about? (Summary 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.
I enjoyed this book so much more than that I had expected!
I love that this book is based on Korean mythology, which I don’t think I’ve ever read about before! It is always nice to learn something new from books! It did mean I read the beginning fairly slowly since I had to look up many terms (which were explained at the back of the book!), but that was okay I didn’t mind that!
This boko does have many mixed reviews, and I can see why. This is a very romance heavy fantasy, it also takes place in ‘our’ world which not everyone is a fan of.
I actually really enjoyed the romance in this book! I didn’t feel forced, and it was a great part of Miyoung’s character development! Also it was not a very romantic story, I think they kissed once throughout the whole book?!
The story did get a bit heavy on romance/family drama near the end, which was a bit much, and is also my main reason for taking a star!
I also think this story taking place in ‘our’ world, really worked for this story! Normally for fantasy books I like it when a whole new world is build, but here it was not necessary, there was not much technology used anyway, so maybe that is why!
The plot was very intriguing, I kept wanting to pick back up the back. Which is also why I read half the book in one day, because I just needed to know what was going to happen!
I loved the writing in this book, it read so easily, and I flew through the pages! I will definitely pick up what she writes next! There is a sequel planned for this book, which I don’t think is necessary but I’m curious to what will happen in that one!
I definitely recommend this one if you want an ‘easier’ fantasy, and also if you want to learn some Korean mythology!