Gumiho: Wicked Fox by Kat Cho - Blog Tour
"Night & Darkness made a believer of everyone."
Right on the cover of this book you find #ReneeAhdieh blurbing the story as Utterly transportive; indeed it is!
This story takes you to whole different side of our planet, the Far East where Korean drama is in full swing and romance stories are as cheesy and addictive as ever.
I’d like to Thank Penguin Random House International for my free copy, the box of goodies, and definitely for including me in this awesome blog tour, you guys rock!!
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.
Gumiho: Wicked Fox, Kat Cho, Putnam, Penguin Random House International, June 25th 2019, ISBN: 9781984814715 , Paperback, Rating: ★★★★, 420 pages.
I'm personally not a fan of Korean drama!
There I've said it and confessed ...
I just haven't stumbled on something to attract my attention and turn me into an addict.. *insert-Kat-Cho's-new-book*
Gumiho: Wicked Fox is a drama with a twist of fantasy and touch of mythology and it's the perfect mix. From the very first words, the story sucks you in and takes you immediately to a hunting scene and the thrill begins. And you jump headfirst into the world of Gumihos, Dokaebis, full-moons and shamans.
"The broken lights only helped the aesthetic of the buildings. Cracks spidered across the crumbling facades, decorated with blooms of mold. Perhaps a more optimistic soul would see a strange beauty in the pattern."
What's truly amazing about the story is how true and respective I felt that Kat Cho was to Korean representation; using words, connotations, terminologies and references right from their culture and languages, adding richness to the whole experience and staying true to the story she's telling and the origins of the characters. It wasn't confusing at all - maybe just a little at first - but the second I found that glossary in the end, I was game !
I enjoyed the twist and turns of the story, the pace of its development and the tone of the events. The flashbacks in between chapters - telling the origin story of the Gumiho - were my favorites, I love my tales and history.
The characters brought more life to the story, with Jihoon stealing first place in my thoughts. I loved how sarcastic, quirky and loyal her was. He made me laugh and I waited for his chapters to feel and enjoy the read more.
Then comes the worst of them all, but a favorite; Yena! Boy oh boy, she pissed me off to no end, I got frustrated with her, I wanted her to die, and I wanted so bad to punch her first. That all proves just how good of a character she is, I understood why she did those things she did and I realized where she comes from and I enjoyed the revealing of her story bit by bit. Gu Miyoung was a little 2D-ish for me, and I feel like she's got a lot of development in her path in the upcoming sequel; yet I enjoyed the focus on her and how she's the lead in the adventure.
"She felt the moon, heard it whispering to her, telling her to feed.
Miyoung let her energy flow, let part of her true form free.
The man gasped.
They wove behind her, nine tails made of moonlight and dust."
Going back to how I'm not a fan of Korean drama ... hence, my lack of enjoyment of the romance in this book. It felt rushed, cheesy and very typical - the kind of romance we read a lot of times before. It just didn't click for me.
The story, the myth, culture and writing were super entertaining!
This a definitely a book to not miss out on, because now all I want to read about is tales about foxes; gimme more!
Most of all, this book is for sure worth the hype on it; I think it's really important and refreshing to read fantasy and tales from different corners around the world and get to know just about a hint of everything.