Wicked Fox (Gumiho #1) by Kat Cho
Publication Date: June 25th, 2019
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.
Fun fact: This book came out on my birthday last year so I took it as a sign that I had to read it and that I’d enjoy it. And hey! I was totally right! At first, I was a bit thrown off by the world because I went from a contemporary to an urban fantasy and my mind had to adjust. At the risk of sounding dumb, this gave me Teen Wolf vibes in the beginning because that’s (sadly) the only time I’d ever heard of Gumiho. BUT, this was so fun and unique and magical in its own way.
As I continued to read, I fell in love with the drama and the twists and turns that the story took. I was chatting with someone who mentioned that it gave K-Drama vibes and I totally agree. It had that perfect blend of drama and magic. I was totally pulled into the world! Also though I’d totally watch an adaptation of this.
The characters were so interesting and I loved the dual POV nature of this book. It wasn’t confusing to dive into the two main character’s minds and it added a whole new layer to the experience! I definitely wanted to hug Jihoon multiple times throughout the story. He just wanted to spread happiness and be Miyoung’s friend and she kept pushing him away and he got sucked into this whole mess because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time I LOVE THAT TROPE.
I don’t really know what I expected to happen in this book since I kind of went in blindly but I was so pleasantly surprised. There were twists and turns that I didn’t expect and I had no idea where the plot was actually going to go which was a really fun experience for me!
Somehow this is the first time I can remember reading a book set in Seoul which was pretty cool! I’m really excited to read this sequel because I’m sure it’ll be just as fun and intriguing and dramatic as this!
If you like korean mythology, urban fantasy, and drama you’ll definitely love this book! Read this if you enjoy badass girls, family troubles, funny and happy boys that hide their actual sadness with jokes, overprotective mothers, and going to extreme lengths to protect the people you definitely don’t care about at all, psht what are you talking about? If you want to be transported to a new world of drama and magic and mischief then you definitely need to pick this up immediately!