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Wicked Fox

(Gumiho #1)

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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 ful
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Hardcover, 1st Edition, 429 pages
Published June 25th 2019 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Kat Cho It is in third person!

I wanted to tell a story that incorporated the Korean folktales that my parents introduced me to as a child. I also have a very …more
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I wanted to tell a story that incorporated the Korean folktales that my parents introduced me to as a child. I also have a very large love of Korean dramas ever since I was a little girl and watched my first historical K-drama with my grandmother, so I loved the idea of incorporating some of those themes and tropes into YA fiction (another one of my loves)(less)
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chai ♡
My excitement over this book glowed within the few first chapters, then flamed, then just as quickly, fell as ash to the ground somewhere around the halfway mark. Afterwards, I was crawling across every sentence with the peak of each hard-won page unveiling but another page beyond, unable to worm free of the yoke of that most dreaded mire of the human emotions: boredom. Frankly, this whole experience is but a handful of broken moments scattered through my mind—the story seemed to slid off of me ...more
Chloe
Reading this was a dream come true. A young adult urban fantasy set in Seoul? My heart 💗. And it was everything that I wanted a more.

I absolutely loved the Korean mythology and it was perfectly woven into the story. The characters? Amazing. I love them and the relationships that were formed. My heart also broke for them. I'll talk about it more in my wrap up, but GET EXCITED FOR THIS! This comes out 25 June!

Thank you so much Penguin Random House for providing me with an ARC! I am eternally grate
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Melanie
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Melanie by: Chloe
last book of 2019? blessings.

this pre review that i wrote almost 2 years ago truly made me banshee (*wink*) cackle:


This is all I want in my literary life.
*Master Chief voice*
Wake me when it's 2019.

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Buddy read with Amy, Katie, Jess, & Cynthia
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Miranda Reads
May 08, 2019 marked it as to-read
A girl who kills to survive.

A boy captured by goblins, saved by a killer.

A choice - an immortal existence for a single human life.

Don't know about you, but I have high hopes for this one. I love that it's centered on Korean mythology set in the modern world - this is going to be amazing!
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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I loved the book and all the mythical stuff!!

I earned this beautiful badge for buddy reading with For Love Of A Book.

Happy Reading!!



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jessica
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
where in the world have i been to not know that fantasy kdrama is the genre of the year?! the korean myth of gumihos is not one i was previously familiar with, but this story is making me want to book a one way ticket to seoul to sneak a peek at the little fox fiends.

for a debut, this has all the makings of a great story. its creative, it represents a culture that isnt as mainstream, it has likeable/relatable characters, and the writing is easy to read. i feel that kat cho has brought a lot to
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elena
Feb 24, 2018 marked it as to-read
[5/31/19]
if anyone is able to get an arc of this at bookcon and is willing to give it to me i will gladly take it and wish nothing but blessings and happiness for you

[1/24/19]
I CAN'T BELIEVE MY PREDICTIONS OF THE COVER WERE TRUE !!!! IT TRULY LOOKS LIKE THIS CAME OUT OF A KOREAN WEBTOON

KAT CHO PLEASE THROW ME AN EARLY COPY OF THIS I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MUCH I'M ANTICIPATING THIS ESPECIALLY BECAUSE I AM A KDRAMA LOVER AND THIS IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR US KDRAMA LOVERS



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WiCkeD fOx

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Chelsea Humphrey
Review to come!

Buddy Reading this one with the lovely Leigh Kramer, and will be alternating between my hardcover and the audio.

-Day One: Ch. 1-8 (pg. 1-79)
-Day Two: Ch. 9-18 (pg. 80-170)
-Day Three: Ch. 19-37 (pg. 171-256)
-Day Four: Ch. 38-55 (pg. 257-337)
-Day Five: Ch. 56-End (pg. 338-420)

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Oct 27, 2018 marked it as interested
Shelves: 2019-release, debut
27 Oct, 2018
A CONTEMPORARY FANTASY BASED ON KOREAN MYTHOLOGY? KAT CHO, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN GIRL?? I AM HERE FOR THIS description
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Cristina Monica
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Somehow I knew this would not work well for me and I am all about mythology in my fantasy reads. But after reading the cheesy summary mentioning a forbidden romance that could potentially become Miyoung’s downfall, I was like, ‘‘I really hope YA Fiction moves on from this type of character arc, man.’’ I gave it a chance anyway because sometimes blurbs are awful but the characters wonderful so it’s always possible to be surprised when it comes to books.

But the main characters were extraordinaril
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Kat Cho
Mar 01, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
UPDATE 4/10/2019:

For anyone outside of the US and Canada, there is going to be an international export edition! AND (drumroll...) it will be under its original title of GUMIHO! (Well, technically GUMIHO: WICKED FOX). I'm so grateful that international readers will get a chance to meet Jihoon and Miyoung!
https://www.instagram.com/p/BwFtm5nAhUI/
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UPDATE 1/22/2019:

Cover is here! (follow the link for an exclusive excerpt): https://ew.com/books/2019/01/22/wicke...

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a n i s s a
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-release
So much yes! This was full of so many amazing surprises and twists. I won’t say anymore as I don’t want to give anything away but my heart cannot take the cuteness that is Miyoung and Jihoon. Love!!
Angelica
I think I might be broken. The part of me that loves reading and actively enjoys the books I read has been tremendously damaged this past year. No book I read is good enough. No book can quite pull me out of the slump I'm in. And just when I think that I'm making my way out of the hole a disappointing book like this comes along to kick me down again.

This book starts out pretty solid. The writing is pretty decent, the characters are likable enough, the story is building and the action starts righ
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monica kim
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-releases
i loved wicked fox so so much! it was such a rollercoaster of a story, and i especially think kdrama fans will ador it. but truly it’s a book for everyone, filled with so much korean culture that it made my heart soar. i also loved that even thought it’s part of a series, this feels like a whole story and not just an introduction. but i already cannot wait for the next!!
♡ ᴅ ʀ ᴇ ᴀ ᴍ ♡
❥ 4 / 5 stars

대박! This is a real combination of Korean Drama and fantasy book. The Korean mythology about Gumiho, a fox with nine tails 🦊, and the story are absolutely interesting. The relationships between characters in this book are PERFECT.

P.S. I’m so excited for the sequel!!
jaime ⭐️
book 19 out of 100



“You're the brightness," the girl said. "The sun chased by shadows. She's the shadows.”

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C.G. Drews
Oh, this I loved! It was so quintessentially YA that I was just all heart-eyes over the flow of the whole story. From the super fun beginning, to the way it lovingly bundled my heart into a ball and thREW IT IN A FIRE by the end. Like this was hard hitting emotionally? Angst and dramatic and snarky and fun, full of sacrifice and true love, mythology and the discussion of what makes a monster, and absolutely messed up families you hate and love all at once. It had it all. And I just had a thoroug ...more
Lucy Langford
3***

“Night and darkness made a believer of everyone.”

18 year old Miyoung is not your typical girl, she is part Gumiho- a nine-tailed fox who survives by consuming the gi (energy) of men. However, much to her mothers disappointment, she is also half-human, with empathy and soft spots for some humans. With the help of a local shaman who can see spirits, Miyoung only kills those who commit terrible crimes.

Both Miyoung and her Mother hide in plain site, Miyoung attends school in Seoul and tries to
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Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)
"Gumiho," Jihoon whispered.
The girl's head whipped around, her eyes bright as fire.
Jihoon knew he should fear her, but instead he felt a strange fascination.

When I heard about this book I knew I had to read it as soon as possible. It was one of my most anticipated releases of 2019. I love books that delve into mythology, especially when it belongs to a different culture. In Wicked Fox we get to follow the adventures of Miyoung, a Gumiho (nine tailed fox) in modern day Seoul after she saves Jihoo
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sarah xoxo
I was initially a bit hesitant going into this book as I had heard some mixed reviews- but I ultimately thought it would be a fun, fast paced, romance heavy fantasy.
It was, but unfortunately for some reason it didn’t completely work for me.

I was sucked in from the first few chapters. I loved the fantastical aspect, as Korean mythology is something I did not know much about prior to reading this. Learning about the different creatures, their stories and powers was super interesting to me. Addit
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Amy Imogene Reads
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this character-driven urban fantasy steeped in Korean folklore.

Plot: ★★★★★
Pacing: ★★★ 1/2
Concepts/Lore: ★★★★★

It's been quite a long time since I've read a YA fantasy like Wicked Fox. It's like the mid-2010s fantasy genre where the beings were magical, but they still went to school and experienced everyday modern life. I'm a sucker for that urban fantasy feel, and hope that this is the start of a comeback for that kind of thing (i.e. Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely books, which I A
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Amy Risner
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-books, 2019-arcs

ARC provided by Penguin Teen in exchange for an honest review.

When I learned I was going to be on this blog tour, I may or may not have screamed. Wicked Fox was such an anticipated YA release of 2019 for me, and it did not disappoint!

This Korean-lore inspired tale of the gumiho (fox with nine tails) was so much fun to read, and I immediately fell in love with our two main stars: Miyoung and Jihoon.

Miyoung: A high school student who is half-gumiho and half-human. She must feed on the gi (or energ
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ELLIAS (elliasreads)
Jan 22, 2019 marked it as to-read
HOLY FUCK THIS SOUNDS LIKE EVERYTHING I'VE EVER WATNED AND NEEDED!!!

NEED..

NEED..

NEED ...

NEED!!!!!


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Kevin (Irish Reader)
I am obsessed! I loved this so much!

Going into this book I already knew I was going to love it. A book about a Gumiho, a nine tailed fox that has to consume the energy of men to survive. I love Kitsune’s so I knew I’d love reading about a Gumiho.

This book was a lot of fun. The characters were amazing and I fell in love with them instantly. I did a reading vlog where I read this book. You can check it out to hear more of my thoughts: https://youtu.be/81zW2nq1_v0
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April (Aprilius Maximus)
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, favourites
Thank you so much to Penguin Random House for the review copy!

TW: gore, violence, death, death of a loved one, depictions of seizures, absent parents.

This was so much fun. Some of my favourite things about the book:

- the atmospheric, Korean setting
- the fact that the love interest was the PUREST cinnamon roll to ever exist
- the beautiful relationship between Jihoon and his grandmother <3
- the Korean mythology (Gumiho and Goblin galore!)

If you love K-dramas, I would highly recommend picking this
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Hollis
This is a paranormal fantasy, with a heavy focus on Korean mythology, set in present day Seol. And boy did it hook me right away.

"My mother says gumiho are always women because we gain our power from the moon."
"And what is a man?"
"Dinner."

Honesty, the first 1/3rd of this book was nonstop delight. It was interesting, refreshing, funny, thrilling.. I loved both our heroine, a half-human half-nine-tailed fox -- who chooses to siphon the life force from evil men to survive (unlike her mother, a full
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Vicky Again
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
need for book two: *intensifies*

I feel like a shaking chihuahua waiting for a sequel askksksks

Wicked Fox is not only a charming romance, but a story full of angst, mystery, and mythical creatures. From the vivid setting of modern Seoul to the beautiful brutality of a gumiho’s needs, Wicked Fox promises an exciting adventure with a highly compelling romance.

I read this in two sittings over the course of a day, and was completely charmed not only by the characters, but by the mystery and scintill
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K. Elizabeth
Jan 22, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: reviewed
This sounds like a Korean drama x fantasy novel.
Count me in.
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
I have a copy! Will I read it in a timely manner? Of course not. Do you know who's review your reading?
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