Hello, welcome to my stop in the Gumiho: Wicked Fox blog tour!
Thank you to Penguin Random House International for sending me a free ARC copy of this book!
Title: Gumiho: Wicked Fox
Author: Kat Cho
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons BFYR
Genre: YA Fantasy Mythology
Synopsis: 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.
My Rating: ★★★★ (4.5)
First thought once I finished this book was wow.
This was such an incredible book, I just absolutely L O V E D it, it was fast paced. It’s got an incredible and unique story, I just couldn’t put it down, it’s one of my new favourite books and I’m so excited for book two! I fell in love with both of the characters, Miyoung and Jihoon, they both go through so much that there are moments that are so intense that I’m rooting so hard for both of them!
Miyoung is a Gumiho, a Gumiho is an ancient Korean mythology of a nine tailed fox which I looked up after reading this because I wanted to find out a little more about it! Jihoon is just a normal human boy who happens to be in the wrong place wrong time when he gets attacked by a goblin and Miyoung saves his life. Miyoung ends up losing her fox bead which is her Gumiho soul in which Jihoon has accidentally taken it not realising that he nows holds her life in his hands and now Miyoung needs to find a way of taking back her bead.
This book is a young adult fantasy mythology book but it is also a contemporary read! Which was what I think made the book go that little bit quicker pacing wise, it’s just a book that is something different to read, I found it to be quite a light read book if that even makes sense!
I thought that this book was absolutely incredible, I found the story to flow easily, I never got confused and lost where the plot was going, it was just wow! The ending was not what I thought it was going to be and I’m really excited for the release of the second book and I hope to devour that one like I did for this one! I can’t wait to grab a full cover copy of this book at the end of the month so that it can sit with my beautiful ARC on my shelf, also I know that the full cover copy has a glossary to help with any Korean words that appear in this book.
Thank you again, Penguin Random House for sending me a copy!
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. Kat’s YA contemporary fantasy debut WICKED FOX comes out with Putnam Books for Young Readers in Summer 2019.