Goong 12

September 12, 2011

So Hee Park – Yen Press – 2011 – 26+ volumes
this is an omnibus containing vols. 15-16

Now that I’m caught up, I’m pretty thrilled that these volumes come out as omnibuses now. The story moves so slowly that… well, almost nothing happens in this volume. But it takes its time doing what it does. It’s slow about it. Deliberate. Agonizing. I loved every page.

I can’t say too much about this volume that isn’t a massive spoiler, unfortunately. But again, this series is some truly addictive, soapy romance. Exactly the type of thing I love reading.

It’s very by-the-book in terms of drama. They love each other! But they can’t be together! Promises all around! Another man gets involved! Tears! Secrets! You know the drill.

Still, I can’t help but love every page. I never thought I would come around on Prince Shin, who was a terrible person for the first ten volumes. He’s still got quite a ways to go to make up for all that, and there’s still at least one awful scene between him and Chae-Kyung in this volume. But now that the two are happy together, it’s a lot more fun to read. You don’t have to feel bad for Chae-Kyung for loving Shin, and that makes all the difference.

For any lover of dramatic romance, this series is perfect. I promise. Just ignore Shin for awhile, it gets better later.

This was a review copy provided by Yen Press.

7 Responses to “Goong 12”

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  2. Sara K. Says:

    What a coincidence. I’m currently on a Goong marathon, and I just finished reading this volume … well, an hour ago.

    I have to agree with your assessment. This is by far the most passionate volume so far.


    Spoiler warning.

    Spoiler warning.

    Speaking of spoiler warnings, I actually had this volume a little spoiled for me. I was talking about this series a couple weeks ago, and somebody let slip that they really do get divorced. I was expecting it to happen around volume 12, and when it didn’t happen, I figured that there was some kind of misunderstanding. Guess not.

    If more of the plot threads had been tied up, this volume would have made a great ending. A great, tragic ending that is. However, I still have seven volumes left to read, which is enough to tell me that this is *not* the ending.

    Well, I have volume 17 (I am not reading the omnibuses) about ten feet away from me.

  3. Connie Says:



    Yeah, I was a little surprised they actually went through with the divorce, too. I kept waiting for the loophole to appear, like that news of the divorce didn’t make it to the public, or that the papers never got signed, or that they never got turned over to the lawyer, or that suddenly they’d figure out Yul was behind it and everything would grind to a halt. There were so many outs, and I was happy to see that it didn’t take any of them. I’m curious to see where it goes for the next ten volumes. I’m sure it will involve a lot of hand-wringing that I will enjoy thoroughly.

  4. Sara K. Says:

    There are not 10 more volumes – Volume 23 is the final volume.

    Anyway, I finished Volume 17 (the first volume right after this one). Several months pass during the course of Volume 17, so mostly things are just stewing – considering how dramatic Volume 16 was, some stewing was in order. However, I expect the heat to pick up in Volume 18. In particular, I expect to see a lot of Chae-Kyung’s brother in Volume 18 – there is a new plot twist in Volume 17 which I think will provoke a big, glorious reaction from him. At least, I hope he will react in a glorious way.

  5. Connie Says:

    Huh, I figured it was still going. Yen has omnibuses that would presumably cover through volume 26 on their website, but maybe those are just placeholders. The Wink site’s been down for quite awhile, so I couldn’t tell if it was still running.

    I do like Chae-Kyung’s brother. He’s a little under-utilized, close to everyone and fairly ignored by all, so I’m happy to hear that he gets a bigger role.

  6. Sara K. Says:

    I was mistaken … I had thought 23 was the end because it’s been over 9 months since a new volume came out in Chinese (that’s how I’m reading ahead) … but no, volume 23 ends on a cliffhanger. I know it’s not a hang-up on the Korean volumes, so I do not really understand why volume 24 has yet to come out in Chinese…

    Chae-Kyung’s brother actually didn’t get to do as much as I expected … which was disappointing, because the situation with Hyo-Rin was the perfect opportunity for him to get really involved in the story.

    Anyway, I don’t think there can be that many more volumes coming, because almost everyone’s secrets have been revealed, and Goong is running out of soap opera tropes to cover. After Volume 23, I think the only major tropes left are sexual assault and suicide. Granted, if those tropes pop up, those could extend the story quite a bit…

    I think there is some awesome stuff in the late volumes … as well as some tedious stuff (of course, it might seem less tedious if I were reading in English). As of Volume 23, the king is being very sneaky, and Yul seems to be the only character who is aware of the king’s scheming. Shin has also noticed some of his father’s strange behavior, but is too distracted by what is going on with Chae-Kyung to think about *why* his father is acting the way he is. While part of the king’s scheme is obvious (to the reader, at least), I look forward to learning what the *other* part of the king’s scheme is.

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