Mini Reviews: We Rule the Night by Claire Bartlett & Wicked Fox by Kat Cho

Title: Wicked Fox (Gumiho #1)
Author: Kat Cho
Genre: Urban Fantasy 
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 25th 2019
Hardcover, 429 pages

A fresh and addictive fantasy-romance set in modern-day Seoul. 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.

I was really excited for Wicked Fox. It’s an urban fantasy set in modern day Seoul which you don’t see often. The first half of this book I really enjoyed, but after that I feel like everything went down hill really quick. I had a hard time connecting with Miyoung, I found her cold heart and condescending. There were people surrounding who wanted to help and all she did was push all of them away. The only character I actually liked was Jihoon. The looks that we get into his past break my heart and I just want to give him a big hug. 

In the end I had high hopes for Wicked Fox and it ended up being a huge let down for me.

Title: We Rule the Night
Author: Claire Eliza Bartlett
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 2nd 2019
Hardcover, 400 pages

Two girls use forbidden magic to fly and fight–for their country and for themselves–in this riveting debut that’s part Shadow and Bone, part Code Name Verity. Seventeen-year-old Revna is a factory worker, manufacturing war machines for the Union of the North. When she’s caught using illegal magic, she fears being branded a traitor and imprisoned. Meanwhile, on the front lines, Linné defied her father, a Union general, and disguised herself as a boy to join the army. They’re both offered a reprieve from punishment if they use their magic in a special women’s military flight unit and undertake terrifying, deadly missions under cover of darkness. Revna and Linné can hardly stand to be in the same cockpit, but if they can’t fly together, and if they can’t find a way to fly well, the enemy’s superior firepower will destroy them–if they don’t destroy each other first. We Rule the Night is a powerful story about sacrifice, complicated friendships, and survival despite impossible odds.

THIS BOOK WAS EPIC! We had Claire visit the blog a few months back and she explained to us some of the influence and inspiration behind We Rule the Night and my need for this book ballooned.  Let’s talk about some serious girl power in this book! The magic, the science fiction and fantasy aspects and the lesson that friendship can come from even the most unlikely of situations this book has easily made my list of one of my favorite books of 2019. I can’t wait to read more from Claire in the future!

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