Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for Ferocious by Paula Stokes!
If you are one of Paula Stokes’ many fans, then you’ve probably read Vicarious, the story of a girl on a quest for revenge. Ferocious, which releases tomorrow, takes Winter Kim’s story to Seoul.
Here’s the synopsis of Ferocious:
When Winter Kim finds out that her sister is dead and that she has a brother she never knew about, only two things matter―finding what’s left of her family and killing the man who destroyed her life. Her mission leads her from St. Louis to Los Angeles back to South Korea, where she grew up.
Things get increasingly dangerous once Winter arrives in Seoul. Aided by her friends Jesse and Sebastian, Winter attempts to infiltrate an international corporation to get close to her target, a nefarious businessman named Kyung. But keeping her last remaining loved ones out of the line of fire proves difficult, and when all seems to be lost, Winter must face one last devastating decision: is revenge worth sacrificing everything for? Or can she find a spark of hope in the darkness that threatens to engulf her?
For the tour, author Paula Stokes created a special travelogue that lets you follow Winter’s path in Seoul.
I’ll let Paula take it from here:
Paula: The first place Winter goes after landing at Incheon airport is Itaewon, a Seoul neighborhood that is frequented by American soldiers and foreign English teachers. Itaewon is also more socially progressive than other areas of the city, with bars openly welcoming gay and transgender patrons.
EXCERPT from Ferocious:
Slowly, we twist and turn through the back streets of Seoul, our driver finding openings just big enough for us to slide through, occasionally coming close enough to a pedestrian to brush up against a purse or puffy winter coat. College kids and young professionals are out in droves. Girls saunter by in tall boots and short dresses. Men in suits drink from green soju bottles. Some of them are already intoxicated to the point of yelling and stumbling.
“Party central,” Jesse says.
“I think the motto here is ‘Work hard, play hard,’” I say.
Eventually, we turn onto the main street of Itaewon and pass a string of fast-food restaurants and bars, some of them with signs welcoming gay and transgender patrons. I’m not sure how socially progressive Seoul has become since I left, but I’m guessing Itaewon is probably a lot more accepting than other parts of the city. When the car finally slows to a stop in front of a plain cement building, Baz is waiting out in front.
Paula: The buildings in Itaewon are plainer than those in more upscale districts of the city—instead of skyscrapers made of metal and glass, you’re more likely to see shorter cement buildings packed tightly together. Winter chooses this area to stay in because she’s got both Sebastian “Baz” Faber and Jesse helping her, and she figures they’ll be less conspicuous in a neighborhood where Westerners are common. One of the fun quirks of Itaewon is that the sidewalk is full of stars reading “Hi” or “Welcome” in different languages.
Itaewon is also where Winter and Baz go to meet up with a computer hacker in a PC bang—literally translated as PC room.
These are places where gamers congregate to play online games together. PC bangs can be darker than your average dive bar, which means shiny light-up keyboards are a thing.
After Winter, Baz, and Jesse get settled in Itaewon, they make a plan to stake out the corporate headquarters of UsuMed, which are located in a upscale business neighborhood you might have heard of—Gangnam-gu! Check out tomorrow’s post with Beauty and the Bookshelf to find out how much Gangnam style Ferocious has 😉
Thanks so much to Paula Stokes for stopping by to give us a peek into the setting of Ferocious!
Paula is a mental health nurse and the author of several novels, most recently Ferocious and This is How it Happened. Her writing has been translated into eleven foreign languages. Paula loves kayaking, hiking, reading, and seeking out new adventures in faraway lands. She also loves interacting with readers. Find her online at authorpaulastokes.com on Twitter as @pstokesbooks or on Instagram as pstokesbooks.
Excerpt, travelogue, and photos all courtesy of Paula Stokes.
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