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Two Lonely Souls Find One Another in “Wicked Fox” by Kat Cho

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Plot Summary:

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 (Goodreads, 2019).

Review:

I’ve been trying to get back to clearing out my backlist and also wanted a palette cleanser of sorts after reading a lot of intense historical fiction and fantasy. That’s how I ended up picking up “Wicked Fox” by Kat Cho, which I thought would be a quick read for me. Unfortunately, I found myself disappointed with my choice.

I want to start by talking about the things I did enjoy about this book. Kat Cho’s writing is very descriptive and I liked how “Wicked Fox” gives us a glimpse of life in Seoul. I particuarly enjoyed reading about some of the touristy spots that Miyoung talks about when suggesting date ideas to Jihoon. Descriptions of Jihoon’s halmoni’s cooking made my mouth water. Lastly, I enjoyed how Kat Cho skillfully incorporated Korean mythology into her story. I love learning about the myths of other cultures and had fun researching the origins of the gumiho myth.

Now here’s what I didn’t enjoy about this book. Honestly it boils down to the fact that the story just felt too angsty for my taste. I understand that these characters are teenagers and teens can be overdramatic. I also understand that both main characters have to deal with some difficult situations throughout the course of the story. However, I found myself struggling to get through chapters at times, because the overall story felt so disheartening.

This was a 3 out of 5 for me. The setting was fantastic and I found myself sympathizing with the main characters at times, but the overall story just didn’t grab hold of my attention. It took me much longer than I thought to finish this and I was tempted to not finish it. I think I mostly kept going in the hopes that it would get better as well as the fact that I hate not finishing a book. Though the ending was cliffhanger, I don’t think I’ll continue with this series.

Quotes that I Enjoyed:

If you die then I’ll always remember you. That doesn’t mean I wont live a full life. People leave us and our lives will never be the same. But if we forget then what does that say about how we value them?”

Jihoon

Would love to hear your thoughts. What was the last book that you were disappointed with? Do you have a backlist that you are trying to get through?