Book Review: Wicked Fox (Gumiho #1)

Title: Wicked Fox

Author: Kat Cho

Genre: (Korean) Mythology, Low Fantasy, Romance

Pages: 429 pages; 12 hours (audiobook)

Level of difficulty: 3/5 Dictionaries

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Brief Introduction:

Gu Miyoung is an 18-year-old gumiho, a nine-tailed fox who must devour the energy of men to survive. One night, she stumbles upon and saves Jihoon from being attacked by a globin deep in the forest. However, this action violates the rules of survival and puts her at risk.

Review:

I think this book would have been better read rather than listened to. In addition, the narrator spoke in a sad, gloomy manner, which I don’t think was a good fit for the novel.

I think it was pretty engaging in the plot, and there were quite a few surprise twists. However, I felt like it was missing something. Maybe there was not enough time spent between the main characters for there to be as deep of a love to be formed and depicted – they were willing to die for each other. In addition, there is a lot of trauma between the two characters, and I am usually not a fan when characters bond because of the trauma they face.

Unfortunately, I will not be continuing with the series. The bridge to the next book did not make me excited. Instead, it made me sad for the female main character and thus unwilling to see her endure even more pain.

TW: Death, Murder

Book Review: Lovely War

Title: Lovely War

Author: Julie Berry

Genre: Historical Fiction, Mythology, Romance, Young Adult

Pages: 471 pages; 13 hours (audiobook)

Level of difficulty: 3/5 Dictionaries

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Brief Introduction:

Two couples. Hazel, a classical pianist from London and James, a British would-be architect-turned soldier. Colette, a Belgian orphan with serious emotional scars that fail to hide behind her beautiful voice, and Aubrey, a Harlem-born ragtime genius in the U.S Army. Their love story is told in first-person perspective and by goddess Aphrodite as she faces judgement on Mount Olympus for her interference with mortal love.

Review:

Romance, History and Mythology – a wonderful intersection! This is one of the best historical fiction I have ‘read’; it was funny, honest, hopeful and historically accurate. A beautiful tale that reveals that though War is a formidable force, it’s no match for the transcendent power of true love. I highly recommend listening to it as an audiobook. It is quite an immersive experience with different voices for different characters and the music the characters play in the background.