Gumiho: Wicked Fox by Kat Cho ARC Review

 

Rating – πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Kat Cho weaves intricate Korean mythology, humour, romance and angst in this joyful gem of a novel. Wicked Fox is set in a modern-day Seoul, crawling with the monsters and ancient creatures that most citizens only meet in bedtime stories, and features a fantastic cast of characters.

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What It’s About

Miyoung is a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox who must feed on the energy of men in order to survive. Beautiful and aloof, Miyoung is your typical ice queen with a heart of gold and I adored her character.

If Miyoung is the brooder, then Jihoon is the cinnamon roll. He’s like an adorable little puppy who loves his grandma, has some serious mammy and daddy issues, is just an overall ray of sunshine.

The pair meet when Miyoung saves Jihoon from a goblin in the woods. And while it’s not exactly enemies to lovers, their developing relationship is incredibly satisfying, what with all that star-crossed lovers angst. 
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Characters

As well as having two fantastic lead characters in Miyoung and Jihoon, this is also one of those glorious books in which the most of the secondary characters are just as fleshed out and complex as the main characters – one such character is Miyoung’s mother, who I both hated and admired simultaneously. I can’t wait to see where her character goes!

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The Verdict

Overall, this is an absolutely stellar debut novel, and I can’t wait to read more of Kat’s work! I would definitely recommend it.

Thank you to Samuel Bonner who kindly sent me a review copy in exchange for an honest review!

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