Author: Kat Cho
Publisher: G.P Putnam
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.
If there was ever an overly generic teenage book than this would be the one. Oh my god, i was so bored and underwhelmed by everything. I was promised interesting Korean mythology with a badass gumiho but what i got was a scared little girl who does absolutely nothing remarkable and a sad washed-out plot that i didn’t care for at all.
How bland can you make the story? That must be the sentiment that went into this book. The writing style is so generic and very meandering for no reason. I don’t know how the author was able to do this but all her characters sounded the same. If you pick them apart they all have main personality differences but they all spoke identically. The only part that was mildly well done was the descriptions of the places and food.
The actual storyline was written so poorly, as nothing really happens at all. Where was the plot I ask you? Oh yes, hidden behind this gag-me romance between two children that literally made no sense at all. It’s basically a case of insta-love where they have nothing in common but they love each other. Why you ask me? No freaking idea. I did, however, absolutely love the “between the chapters” mythological tales that were told to give you a better perspective on the fantasy elements to the story, but everything else combined made the writing one of the main problems of the book.
Then we have our main character Gu Miyoung who we are told is this badass nine-tailed fox who sucks the souls out of men to keep herself immortal. Sounds brilliant right? Wrong! We may be told this at the beginning but all we get is her constantly complaining about morality and being a bad person and not actually doing any fox/demon stuff at all. She just falls in love and then hides behind this human boy when trouble arises even though she’s supposed to have super-human strength. So freaking annoying, way to ruin a potentially awesome character!! This story would have been so much more intriguing if it was told about her badass mom’s life instead of hers.
If you want a book with no plot at all, a weak and obnoxious girl protagonist, and nothing but romance pushing the story along than this book is for you. I honestly am so disappointed, as I was so curious to learn about Korean folklore but this book killed it for me.
Plot (just the story on its own): 1
Characters (well fleshed out, and development): 1
Worldbuilding (places, and politics): 2
Writing style (format, and transitioning): 1
Pacing (no slagging, and kept the same momentum): 1
Enjoyment (my overarching feelings/likeability): 1
Overall: (1+1+2+1+1+1/6) = 1.2