A fresh and 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 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.
So, you may be able to tell by my rating, but I didn’t love this book. One of the main reasons for that was the writing.
Firstly, there were times in this book were the writing felt super rushed. This resulted in some parts being confusing and hard to follow. I found myself rereading sections to try and understand what was actually happening. It also felt jumpy sometimes too. The writing just didn’t flow nicely and it felt choppy and rushed and confusing.
I also don’t think Miyoung was written very well. Jihoon was done well though. He had personality & felt fleshed out whereas Miyoung’s character just felt 2 dimensional. There was no distinguishing features to her and barely any personality. She just felt like a cardboard cut out of a typical YA female character.
Then there was the romance which was straight up instalove. It was also very predictable and felt forced. At times it felt like the romance was in there just because there had to be a romance. I never felt an actual connection between the characters but that could be the result of Miyoung’s very flat personality.
And speaking of predictability I felt like majority of the book was predictable. I’m pretty sure I guessed majority of the plot points/twists that were in there. Also, some of the plot twists were kinda ridiculous. It felt like the author was just throwing them in there for the sake of having plot twists.
Lastly, I want to know more about this world & the mythical creatures! I understand that the book is based around Gumiho, so there was plenty of talk about it but I wanted more. There were other mythical creatures/beings mentioned but it was just in passing. There was barley any substance or detail given about them. I guess this might be fine if you grew up in the culture that heard about these in fairytales and such as kids, but what about the rest of us?
Actually, lastly some advice for the characters. TELL THE FREAKING TRUTH FOR ONCE!!! The characters drove me mad constantly lying and covering stuff up. Just the tell truth, get it out of the road and move the hell on. Holding it in is just going to make shit worse when the truth does come out, because it will.
So, overall I didn’t love this book. The writing just fell flat in a lot of places for me. I can see how this would be entertaining to someone who loves tropey romances but that is just not me, at all. I will not be continuing onto book 2 of the duology when it releases.
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