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The God and the Gumiho by Sophie Kim

Hani is a Gumiho, a nine - tailed fox of legend, more importantly she is THE Scarlet Fox, an infamous Gumiho who after ravaging the country in 1888 went into hiding. Seokga is the trickster god. After a failed coup against his brother he was exiled to the mortal realm where he would only be free once he captured and killed the twenty thousand evil creatures he had unleashed. Finally he is given the opportunity to end his exile and torturous existence alongside humanity, he has to kill the demon that has escaped into the mortal world and is murdering humans and creatures alike. As if that isn't enough, he has to capture and kill the elusive Scarlet Fox who has suddenly made an appearance again, taking the lives of two men. Hani knows the only way to protect herself is to get in Seokga's way at every possibly turn, but when one of her own turns up dead at the hands of the demon she decides to team up with the curmudgeonly god and bring the demon down while sending Seokga on a wild goose chase for the Scarlet Fox.

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So many booklovers I know have been eagerly awaiting the release of The God and the Gumiho. When I heard that it was Sophie Kim's homage to K-Dramas, I knew I had to read it. Thankfully, it was available for request on Netgalley and I swooped it up. I have a penchant for K-Dramas and have been watching them for well over a decade now. Needless to say that the description alone, had me hooked.

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When I started reading this book I immediately made connections between Goblin (aka Guardian: The Great and Lonely God) and my giddiness grew. If you haven't seen or heard of it, Goblin stars Gong Yoo as a Goblin who has been cursed to walk the earth for thousands of years in search of his bride. The cast was incredibly well chosen and honestly is my favorite drama of all time. If you put together the personalities of Kim Shin and the Grim Reaper, you would have Seokga. Combine Sunny and Ji Eun-Tak and you have Hani.

If you told me 5 years ago, that I would find a book that was as enchanting and addicting as the previously mentioned K-drama, I would have called you a liar. Sophie Kim has me obsessed! I immediately wanted to reread The God and the Gumiho, just like I immediately rewatched Goblin. This book has everything, romance, mystery, adventure, action, suspense, all tied into the two fantastical main characters. June is starting off with a bang in this incredibly emotional tale of love and trickery. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ for the God and the Gumiho.

Psst! Just so you know, some of the links sprinkled here are affiliate links. If you decide to click and treat yourself, I might get a little high-five in the form of a commission at no additional cost to you. Cheers and happy reading!

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