Wicked Fox by Kat Cho
If there was ever a good book version of a kdrama (korean drama), this would be it.
Miyoung is a teenage gumiho. Gumihos are beautiful both in human and in their nine-tailed fox form but equally deadly. She is an odd gumiho who fights against her nature to hunt humans, much to the dismay of her mother. One full moon, she unwillingly rescues a human boy, Jihoon, which creates a very, very unfortunate consequence. For in the process, she looses her soul in a bead and things just get real difficult.
The bead fiasco is the major conflict that fuels the stuttering romance between JIhoon. This is where the kdrama flair comes in. Those who are not familiar with the typical kdrama “romance” would have been really baffled with the process. It appears to be ever key kdrama moment was hit. There was the moment of epic kissing moment, the fight, and the constant tug and pull from.
Miyoung as a character is pretty frustrating. She is an absolutely frustrating kdrama heroine. Without the visual buffering of slow mo or great scenery, there is nothing to distract from indecisiveness of loving JIhoon. Granted, they are both teenagers, so hormones must come into play but I was kind of hoping the gumiho nature would have dampened that and added some mystery. The other credit that I want to throw towards Miyoung is that she is also incredibly stressed about the fate of her soul bead so the stuttering romance makes sense.
Jihoon is that kind of kdrama poor boy hero that breaks all society rules armed with a charming smile and golden heart. He becomes the human who holds the gumiho bead. Before he could even realize the romance, he’s doing everything he can to stay alive from having his soul taken or killed.
Although there is definite romance to be enjoyed, there is also a healthy chunk of betrayal to keep the mind swiveling. Absolute kdrama fuel.
Wicked Fox is a fun read for those times that you are between dramas.
Kat Cho Website: http://katchowrites.com/