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.
First of all, this is by far the best YA book with a love story that I’ve read. So often with YA romance, I find that the love interests are far too unrealistic in their dedication to one another–to the point that I can’t get into the story. Miyoung and Jihoon have a story that, despite being drenched in fantasy, is wholly believable due to the chemistry between the characters.
The only criticism I have for this is that I did not expect it to feature so much tragedy. This might be my fault as this book has been publicized as a K-Drama, and I’ve never seen a full K-Drama before. However, it did catch be off guard, and I thought it was a little dark for the YA genre.
Overall, it was a great read, and I highly recommend it. I’ve just bought the companion novel and I hope to read and review it soon.