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Wicked Fox by Kat Cho
Young adult

Wicked Fox

We love supporting debut authors. Congrats, Kat Cho, on your first book!

by Kat Cho

Quick take

Just your typical love story between a boy and a girl (who's also a nine-tailed man-eating mythological fox).

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    400+ pages

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Why I love it

Brianna Goodman
BOTM Editorial Team

If you’re a regular SFF reader, chances are you’ve read about humans that are secretly werewolves. You’ve probably also read about humans that are secretly vampires. But what about humans that are secretly nine-tailed foxes? No? Well then trust: You’re going to want to read Wicked Fox.

The book stars Gu Miyoung, an 18-year-old gumiho (aka nine-tailed fox) who survives by eating the energy of men. You can see how this might pose a problem for her relationships with humans—which is why she has to keep her identity a secret. So when she saves the life of Jihoon, a human, and reveals her nine tails to him in the process, a connection begins to form that poses a danger to them both...

This has all of the elements that make for an unputdownable read: a vibrant, modern-day setting in Seoul; star-crossed and lovable characters; magic rooted in mythology; and a twisty plot. I loved spending time with Miyoung and Jihoon—not to mention the goblins and shamans—and I think that you will too.

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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.

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499 ratings
  • 49% Love
  • 39% Like
  • 8% Dislike
  • Oshkosh , WI

    Finally, a supernatural story set somewhere other than white america. Have been searching for good diversity in YA literature for far too long. LOVED LOVED LOVED this book! Cant wait for the sequel!

  • Orlando, FL

    This book had everything: the love story, the supernatural fused with the k-drama element, the korean culture references and the mouth-watering descriptions of amazing korean cuisine at every corner!

  • Dade City, FL

    I never thought this book would be as good as it was. I know people say this book has insta-love but I feel like the romance plays out realistically and makes sense with the backstory. A must-read!!

  • New Port Richey, FL

    I was able to absolutely fall in love with Jihoon and Miyoung! I loved the way the relationships between all of the characters evolved throughout the book. I am super excited for the next one!

  • Jasper, IN

    When the book came to an end, I knew if I could, this would be a 6/5 star rating because I needed book two instantly. I am very happy with the book and will read anything Kat Cho releases.

  • Denham Springs , LA

    Love love love. I originally got this book because of its simiarities to my favorite anime Naruto about the nine tailed fox. Kitsune themed books always grab my attention. 10/10 recommend!

  • South Barre, MA

    This magical story brings in some wonderful Vietnamese fairy tales and combines it with those young adult romances everyone loves to create a fabulous story. A MUST READ this year!

  • Etters , PA

    I love this reading this book very much and learning many different culture things. The characters were interesting and I enjoyed the plots and twist and turns in the story.

  • Rocky Hill , CT

    I just knew I was going to love this book and it did not disappoint! I ordered the second book and read them both in about a week. Kat Cho is now one of my favorite authors!

  • Huntington, WV

    I really enjoyed this fun, entertainment read. A little overbearing on the themes, but this one was very good, lovely, and thoughtful. A great start to the series! ????

  • greenville, SC

    not knowing gumiho legends, it was plot twist after plot twist! lots of adventure and intrigue and magic and i'm kind of an emotional wreck for the better. :)

  • Tampa, FL

    I loved the characters and I loved that this takes place in Korea, as well as uses Korean culture as a main part of the setting and character's background!

  • Aurora, IL

    Totally made me want to learn Korean! I loved this book and the mythology of it! I hope there is a second book. I felt like there were so many climaxes!

  • Rockwood , PA

    Loved all the mythical cultural stuff. Romance was not overdone and played up a lot more realistically. Did not see one or two plot twists coming! :)

  • Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Wicked Fox is such an amazing story, delving into Korena folklore to give readers a novel filled with compelling characters and an intriguing plot.

  • Boring, OR

    I really enjoyed this book. I am hoping there will be another. The characters are enchanting and you feel like you are with them. Great storyline.

  • Spokane , WA

    This book perfectly entwined myth with romance and it gave me all the feels! I love that I could learn about Korean mythology along the way, too.


    This was a refreshing read since it was unique compared to most books in the fantasy/paranormal genre. There were so many twists and turns.

  • Cameron, NC

    This was a great Young Adult read and I thoroughly enjoyed experiencing Korean culture. Magic & tragic love had me finishing this in a day.

  • Saratoga Springs, UT

    Loved learning about Korean Mythos while enjoying an over the top k-drama style story! Love it so much, but be prepared for the dramatics!

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