Gumiho: Wicked Fox (ARC)
Author: Kat Cho
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons BFYR
Released: June 25th, 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: Paperback (ARC)
Characters: Gu Miyoung, Jihoon, Jihoon’s halmeoni, Somin, Nara, …
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.
Firstly, thank you PRH International for hosting this international blog tour and sending an ARC of Gumiho: Wicked Fox to me in exchange for an honest review. I’m so happy to be part of it and I’M SO EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK! Like who don’t like some good kdrama in a book?
Let’s talk about the themes in this book because that stood out the most for me. This book has tons of drama in it, like a lot, so brace yourself. Problems keep showing up and the characters are constantly in conflicts and dilemmas. Do I like it? Uhhhh, I think it’s somewhat needed to spice up the story. Then we have really strong family relationship theme throughout the book. What I like about Kat Cho is she tries to prove something, that not all Asian parents are strict and controlling and always nag at you; there are parents who don’t care and neglect their child and this is shown through Jihoon’s mother. However, deep beneath his mother’s coldness, she does care for Jihoon, I guess this is another side of parents’ tough love that Kat Cho wanted to show the readers. I also adore Jihoon and his halmeoni’s relationship, the warmness shown through these two characters is all I need.
Of course, we also have the romance throughout the book between Jihoon and Miyoung. I like how playful Jihoon is but I’m not too crazy about the insta-love and how Jihoon fell for Miyoung so fast. Nevertheless, I love the ups and downs that happened between them along the story, about their struggles in making decisions, to love one another to to love their family member more. It’s a constant decision they need to make.
Kat Cho is a really good storyteller in my opinion. As I read this book, it felt like someone is reading to me a bedtime story and it felt good. I also like how the plot develops, it was developed really well with all the dramas. It’s making this whole book fast paced and such a page turner! There are also some tales or explanations inserted in between the chapters about the gumiho and Yena’s past (Yena is Miyoung’s mother) and other folktales which I adore. I think those explanations were inserted brilliantly and at the right places. It provides readers the answers and information they need.
Characters wise, I must say, I love Jihoon’s halmeoni the most. That old lady has gained much respect and love from me. Her wise words and her affection for Jihoon is so precious. *cries* For other characters, I think they change or act according the events happened and the secrets unfold. I don’t like or dislike them, for me, they are okay. Oh, maybe I like how Somin is as a friend. She respects her friend’s privacy so much, never question them and she’s loyal for sure.
Overall, I love this book. After reading it, you’d definitely feel like you are done watching another good kdrama. It gives you that feel-good feeling. Would totally recommend it!
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Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo (2016-2017)
Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (2016-2017)
The Abyss (2019)
While You Were Sleeping (2017)
Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (2016)
To Be Continued (Webdrama) (2015)
Secret Garden (2010-2011)
Hey Ghost, Let’s Fight (2016)
My Girlfriend is a Gumiho (2010)
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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.