An 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 men. He's drawn to her anyway. When he finds her fox bead, he does not realize he holds her life in his hands.
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 and reignite a generations-old feud . . . forcing Miyoung to choose between her immortal life and Jihoon's.
In this haunting fantasy romance from debut author Cho, Korean folklore comes to life in modern-day Seoul as a supernatural creature and human collide. Gu Miyoung is a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox demon, who takes the shape of an 18-year-old young woman. She will weaken and die unless she feeds on the gi or life force of others every full moon, but she confines her victims to evildoers. While out walking his dog, Ahn Jihoon, also 18, stumbles across a dokkaebi, a goblin of Korea. Miyoung saves Jihoon, in doing so creating a connection between her gi and his own. After Miyoung is introduced as a new student at Jihoon's school the following week, their mutual surprise leads to attraction, and the two come to support each other in school. Intent on keeping her daughter away from the human boy, Miyoung's mother intervenes violently, requiring Miyoung to link them irrevocably together to save his life. Seamlessly weaving together the supernatural elements with everyday life, Cho's debut driven by anguish, sweet romance, and the need for connection is a formidable first effort that ends with a promise of further adventures. Ages 12 up.
I mean I’m not Korean or whatever but I love a good romance or adventure story and this one was good. Not the best but Kay did a good job! I’m waiting to get the next book Vicious Spirits and see how it continues. But overall 4 star ratings from me!😊👍🏻👍🏻
Amazing! I’m looking forward to Vicious spirits!
Interesting Modern Korean Mythology Retelling
Thank you to Bookish First and the publisher for providing me with a copy to review.
I must say that this book was a first for me. I didn't see any of the plot twists coming. I must say that is part of the reason why I enjoyed it so much. Usually, I can see easily through the foreshadowing and smoke around the plot so it was refreshing to not be able to see what was coming. Besides an excellent plot, I enjoyed Cho's characters and writing.
One thing that I really want to stress is that this is a romance book with fantasy elements. The romance shares the stage well with the fantasy but the elements like the beginning Miyoung and Jihoon's relationship, the I-am-not-supposed-to-get-close-to-you-but-look-I-have-feelings-for-you that you sometimes see in YA romance. Don't get me wrong I didn't mind the romance, but I wasn't expecting it so soon.
As characters Miyoung and Jihoon are lovable and I think that we could be friends. Miyoung is a gumiho (if you didn't know that) and her mother moves her around a lot so she doesn't make many friends. And she is not allowed to tell anyone about the fact that she is a gumiho. Side note: the flashback chapters were a great way to introduce readers to the gumiho folklore without weighing down the story. Cho takes away the morally grey area of a gumiho by having Miyoung only "feed" when it is the full moon so she doesn't have to err, harm multiple men throughout the month. Jihoon is one of her classmates and works in his grandmother's restaurant.
Up until the ending, I was enjoying the book. To avoid spoilers, I am going to be vague. The characters could have definitely made better decisions but it could have been worse. Also up until the epilogue, I thought that this book was a standalone as it wrapped up in a nice bow. The epilogue then comes and tears down the bow and screams "YOU THOUGHT WRONG!" I am not sure why Cho did this. She could have either condensed the ending and left me wanting more or completely cut out the epilogue.