Rating: 4 stars
When I first saw the Instagram ad for Wicked Fox, I didn´t know anything about it other than it was a YA fantasy and the title. But I was praying that it would be about a Gumiho. When I finally got my hands on a copy, I was overjoyed to see that my prayers had been answered. I consume a LOT of Korean media, so having a YA fantasy that went over something that I´ve seen so often there was like a happy marriage of my interests. YA? Check. Fantasy with a strong female lead? Double check. Takes place in Korea and focuses on Korean lore for itś background? Oh my. It was almost too good to be true.
Luckily for me, the book lives up to the hype. Wicked Fox by Kat Cho is a star-crossed lovers type of story about two teens that have their walls up in very different ways. However, one of them also happens to be a nine-tailed fox who eats evil men. But you know, every relationship has itś flaws. What this book does so well is explain their past traumas, so you totally understand the motives behind the two main characters, but are hoping that they can get past it and find some happiness together. They definitely deserve it.
One of my absolute favorite things about this book is that it FEELS like a Korean fantasy drama. It moves at a breakneck pace, and is chalk-filled with drama and unforseen circumstances. Jihoon and Miyoungś romance is definitely a slow-burn, and we get those ever so fleeting sweet moments between the couple. The book also has disapproving parents, major plot twists, and a birth reveal. We got the tropes. However, most Korean fantasy dramas also have a healthy dose of pain. This book follows suit that way. These two get put through the gamut, and their devotion for each other gets tested multiple times. If you want a story that brings the pain, fear not. They don´t have any easy path, but are constantly drawn to each other, despite themselves.
My only wish is that we could have had a few more happy moments for Jihoon and Miyoung. Life has already been rough to them, it would have been nice to just get a few more scenes where we could see when itś not. Iḿ always a sucker for the happy moments mixed in with my pain though, thatś my sweet spot. Bring on the pain, but make me laugh along the way. But maybe Iĺl get more of those happy moments in the sequel. Overall, this book made me wanting more, and Iḿ excited to see where this series goes next.
How did you feel about Wicked Fox by Kat Cho? Let me know in the comments below!