A Nine-Tailed Fox and Books: The Beginning of a Lifelong Friendship

A gumiho (literally “nine-tailed fox”) in Korean mythology are foxes that have lived for a thousand years and have the ability to shape-shift. This shape-shifting usually takes the form of a woman. While the fox alters shape, something fox-like always remains, whether it’s the shape of the ears, or the nine-tails etc. Its appearance changes, but its nature is the same. In the Korean drama My Girlfriend is a Gumiho, the writers explain that when a gumiho cries, it rains on a sunny day. They call this fox rain, better known as a sunshower. Fox Rain Review comes from this mythology, both the ancient and the reinvention of it by the Hong sisters for their drama.

Like gumihos, books last for hundreds and thousands of years. Though they change their shape and their appearance, they remain the same—a story of change, growing up, decisions, anything. Stories transform our lives from the moment we pick up our first boardbook, or when our parents act out a tale. Fox Rain Review’s goal is to bring more books to the masses. The more books the better. The focus will be on middle grade (MG) and young adult (YA), the years when children tend to decide whether or not they want or like to read. I want everyone, young and old, to appreciate a good, imaginative tale because MG and YA novels are not just for those ages. They can transport anyone away from their hectic life and into another, maybe even more magical one. We all need an escape every so often, don’t you think?

All reviews will be honest and awarded a number of tails, 1-9. Nine being the highest. The views expressed are mine and not subject to influence (unless you count my mood at the time of reading!). While I will give them a rating, I suggest using it only as a guideline and still read the books that sound interesting to you. After all, people have different opinions, and you might think it’s the bee’s knees!

If you have any questions or comments, my email address can be found in the contact section. I’ll be happy to answer to the best of my ability, even if all you want is to chat about the latest MG or YA craze!

Happy reading and dreaming!

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