Author: Kat Cho
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Series: Gumiho #1
Genre: Fantasy|Young Adult
Length: 429 pages
Published: 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.
I love myths and I love retellings so I got super excited about this book, but I really feel that it didn’t live up to the hype I build for it.
I really appreciate the author bringing something new to the YA world (we all read to much about vampires and werewolves!). The myths, the world-building, and pacing were spot on but the characters not so much. Awesome characters can save a bad plot but the other way around not very often. I felt that there was too much drama and the two main characters had no chemistry. I didn’t root for them, I didn’t care about their story and that’s a deal-breaker in a book that lies so heavily on romance.
I think at some point in the story the author ran out of ideas because everything felt so random and thrown at us just to shock.
I really loved the changing of perspective (which I feel is pretty hard to pull and more often than not breaks the pacing of the story but Kat Cho executed admirably) that gave us an insight on both protagonists.
And my attention span of a goldfish really loved the short chapters, somehow makes me feel that I accomplished something when finishing a few chapters, I also hate putting the book down in the middle of a chapter.
Overall wasn’t a bad book, it was actually pretty decent, but I think I just didn’t “vibe” with it.