“Somin leaned against the counter, sucking on a yogurt drink.” • Thank you fo…

“Somin leaned against the counter, sucking on a yogurt drink.” 💜

Thank you penguinteen for a copy of this book!
Wow – the representation in this is amazing! Where was this book when I was growing up??? A fantasy series based on Korean mythology/folklore? How many takes on American folk tales have I read but to see one based on Korean folklore was everything to me. It’s the story of Miyoung, who is a gumiho, or nine-tailed fox who must devour the energy of men in order to survive. What?! Craziness and it sure is a wild ride. But beyond discovering the world of the gumiho along with dokkaebis (goblins) and shamen, this was a book about love, family and sacrifice. The grandmother of one of Miyoung’s friends, Jihoon, reminded me of my own grandmother. The scenes around a dinner table where grandmother and grandson silently nudge dishes of banchan closer to each other so the other can enjoy it was such a subtle and constant act at the dinner table of my youth. Even the unspoken but fierce love between parent and child is something that is so very Korean at its core. Many of my Korean friends will say they did not grow up in a household saying “I love you” to their parents but it is something they still felt growing up. I was excited to read this book for myself but really glad this book exists for the Korean kids who so love fantasy but don’t see themselves in the books they read. I hope to share this book with my own kids! Can’t wait to continue with these characters in the newest installment, Vicious Spirits, just released this past week!💜




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