Wicked Fox is a YA urban fantasy that takes place in Seoul, South Korea! Korea is a background we see in so few YA books and it really gave a unique aspect to this book. The Korea depicted in the book was realistic and crackling with energy; it won’t take you long to find myself utterly lost in the streets of Seoul with Jihoon and Miyoung.
As the synopsis suggests, this book explores the myth of the Gumiho: The Nine-Tailed Fox. If you always adore it when myths and legends are incorporated into books, this one will be no exception! As well as our Gumiho, we see Shamans, Goblins (both good and bad), and all sorts of magic from Korean mythology. On top of this, Wicked Fox brings in aspects and tropes of Korea’s much loved K-Dramas, to create a thrilling and mystical experience within the book!
The characters in this book were absolutely awesome as not only were Jihoon and Miyoung amazing, but you will adore all the secondary characters, especially Somin and Jihoon’s Halmeoni. Their vibrant personalities and realistic relationships really lit this story up. The dialogue between all the characters was witty and genuine, something you’ll enjoy greatly.
Jihoon and Miyoung were the perfect balance for each other. Jihoon was friendly and loyal, while Miyoung was fierce and withdrawn, but they both grew over the course of the book with amazing character arcs. They both work past their past traumas and harsh backgrounds and find the light amid the chaos of their lives.
The plot was well paced and enticing with the first third of the book introducing the characters perfectly while the rest of the book went on to be full of action, adventure, and drama making for an absolute page-turner. You’ll barely be able to put it down!
Kat Cho’s writing was lyrical and sweet, and it’s remarkable that it’s her debut book! It’s classy, stunning, and never got boring. This debut was an absolute revelation that I’m so happy to have had the pleasure of reading. If you love immersive fantasies, beautiful romances, and ancient legends, this is the book for you. It’s a book that really can’t be recommended it enough.
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Synopsis | Goodreads
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.