Gumiho – Wicked Fox by Kat Cho

⇒Featuring myths, romance and drama


I don’t know where to start with this enchanting, beautiful book. Gumiho, Wicked Fox completely swept me off my feet.

Gumiho is a YA urban fantasy that takes place in Seoul, South Korea! Korea is a background we see in so few YA books, and it gave a unique aspect to this book. The Korea of Gumiho was realistic and crackling with energy; it didn’t take me long to find myself utterly lost in the streets of Seoul with Jihoon and Miyoung.

As the title suggests, this book explores the myth of the Gumiho: The Nine-Tailed Fox. I always adore it when myths and legends are incorporated into books, and this one was no exception! As well as our Gumiho, we see Shamans, Goblins (both good and bad) and all sorts of magic from Korean mythology. On top of this, Gumiho brings in aspects and tropes of Koreas much loved K-Dramas, to create a thrilling and mystical experience of a book!

The characters in this book were absolutely awesome. Not only were Jihoon and Miyoung amazing, I adored all the secondary characters, especially Somin and Jihoon’s Halmeoni. Their vibrant personalities and realistic relationships really lit this story up. The dialogue between all the characters was witty and genuine, something I enjoyed greatly.

Jihoon and Miyoung were the perfect balance for each other. Jihoon was friendly and loyal, Miyoung was fierce and withdrawn. But they both grew throughout the course of the book in amazing character arcs. They both work past their past traumas and harsh backgrounds and find the light amid the chaos of their lives.

The plot was well paced and enticing. The first third of the book introduced the characters perfectly and the rest of the book went on to be full of action, adventure and dramatics. Gumiho was an absolute page-turner. I could barely put it down.

Kat Cho’s writing was lyrical and cutesy, and it’s remarkable that it’s her debut book! Gumiho drew me in and kept me hooked. It was classy and stunning and never got boring.

Kat Cho’s debut was an absolute revelation that I’m so happy to have had the pleasure of reading. If you love immersive fantasies, beautiful romances and ancient legends, this is the book for you. I really can’t recommend it enough.

This stunning book is out from G.P. Putnam’s Sons BFYR on 2nd July 2019! This is the International edition (ISBN 9781984814715) and you can check it out on Goodreads or go ahead and buy it from Amazon!

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