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. (Goodreads)
This book was recommended to me by a friend and I am so glad I took the recommendation! I have to admit that it took a little bit to get into for me, especially since I was unfamiliar with the 9 tailed fox legend, but once I did, I really enjoyed it!
Gu Miyoung was a great character, she was kind and you could tell she really struggles with being a gumiho. The character I loved the most though was Jihoon. He was so sweet and kind and honestly just what Gu Miyoung needed.
I really thought the story was going to go one way, but the way it ended up as so much more satisfying than I could have imagined! The world-building and the story are fantastic and I will be reading the next book in this series for sure!
Overall Rating: 4