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Vicious Spirits

(Gumiho #2)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  1,990 ratings  ·  491 reviews
As Vicious Spirits begins, Miyoung and Jihoon are picking up the pieces of their broken lives following the deaths of Miyoung's mother, Yena, and Jihoon's grandmother. With the support of their friend Somin, and their frenemy, Junu, they might just have a shot at normalcy. But Miyoung is getting sicker and sicker by the day and her friends don't know how to save her. With ...more
Hardcover, 429 pages
Published August 18th 2020 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Amazing cover. I plan to stain the edges blue!

Happy Reading!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Kat Cho
Jul 26, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Thank you all so much for reading VICIOUS SPIRITS, the companion novel and sequel to WICKED FOX! It was so fun to continue the story of Miyoung and Jihoon AND to explore more about Somin and Junu (who always held a special place in my heart when I was writing WICKED FOX).

Content Warnings in the novel for: grief, discussions of death
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
In 2019, Kat Cho’s Wicked Fox was one of my most anticipated debuts of the year. I love learning about Korean mythology, and I was so excited to see an Korean-American author paint magic into a modern-day Seoul filled with creatures from Korean mythology, such as gumiho, dokkaebi, gwishin, and jeosung saja.

You can read some of my brief cobbled thoughts on Wicked Fox here, and although I did enjoy it, it was an up and down read for me. I loved the concept but did not entirely enjoy the execution.
Mar 17, 2020 marked it as to-read
Star Rating: —> 4.5 Stars

Whhaaaatttttttt?! I liked wicked fox, but...

I L O V E D Vicious Spirits !!!!

I really don’t want this series to be over, even though I will admit that was a PERRRRRFFFECT ending! Couldn’t ask for more 😊

I feel like I need to calm down, haha. I cried my eyes out at the end and just ah! What a GREAT book! This one focused more on Junu and Somin and I SHIP THEM SO HARD! Learning about Junu’s past was also so fascinating (I mean, he IS a chonggak dokkaebi— “handsome goblin”,
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
actual rating: 4.5/5 stars

I feel like Kat Cho’s craft and magic really shines in this book. I couldn’t bear to put this book down, the story was so captivating and it had me rooting for these characters, suffering right along with them.

In this companion novel we go deeper into Korean mythology, learning more about dokkaebi’s, grim reapers and other ghostly things that go bump in the night.

With Wicked Fox I feel like there was a certain disconnect from the main characters, I was never truly 100%
Amy Imogene Reads
I enjoyed this sequel, but it wasn’t as fun to read as the first one...

Plot: ★★★
Pacing: ★★
Characters: ★★ and ★★★★
Reread?: no...

Vicious Spirits is the sequel to Wicked Fox. This has slight spoilers for the first book as it is a sequel!!

Vicious Spirits takes place almost immediately after the events of Wicked Fox. Miyoung and Jihoon have been through quite a lot—supernatural bad guys, betrayals, near death experiences, existential teenage angst and love-related drama. They thought their problems w
Lucy Tonks
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: underrated
Wicked Fox: ☆☆☆☆
Vicious Spirits: ☆☆☆☆.75

This book was so good! I loved the first book, but I loved this book so much more! There are so many elements that are part of this book, from great romance to Korean mythology and they are all executed so well. I loved learning more about Korean mythology since I've never read about it before in a book. I ended up reading this book in one sitting.

I loved the romance. When I started this book I wasn't sure if I would like it since I wasn't the biggest f
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I think I loved this even more than the first book?? Honestly, I know that objectively, this book might not be the most profound or deep, but in terms of enjoyment, it's a 10/10. I thought the pacing in the second book was better than the first book, and I was more invested in Junu and Somin's relationship than I was with Jihoon and Miyoung.

Kat Cho is so great at writing scenes that just punch you in the gut, and she manages to make you feel things for these characters. I needed a k-drama adapt
Rachel Kathryn Wright
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
With this book I had no clue how I was going to feel about it. I thought the first book in the series was good but there were a few things that I disliked in it. But, I was still interested in reading this and this is something that I loved. It was great getting to be in this world again and getting to see even more. I also really liked that this wasn’t in the POV of Miyoung and Jihoon, but centered on Junu and Somin. I absolutely adored Junu, getting to see his backstory and watching his charac ...more
Abbie | nerdyabbie
Jul 29, 2020 rated it liked it
An exciting continuation of Wicked Fox featuring my favorite Dokkaebi & a certain feisty heroine 💖

“Miyoung and Jihoon are picking up the pieces of their broken lives following the deaths of Miyoung's mother, and Jihoon's grandmother. With the support of their friend Somin, and their frenemy, Junu, they might just have a shot at normalcy. But Miyoung is getting sicker and sicker by the day and her friends don't know how to save her. With few options remaining, Junu has an idea but it might requir
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Yes. For totally superficial reasons. I am going to read this series because of this cover. The first one is better but the reader in me cannot take it anymore.
Vicky Again
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
this was SO fantastic, I cannot get over how amazing it is to return to the magic of the WICKED FOX world. this time centering Junu and Somin (but still getting to see Miyoung and Jihoon!) we get all sorts of magical drama as well as a hate-to-love romance and characters from WICKED FOX.

I love this series so much and I'd highly recommend. mayhaps I will reread WICKED FOX 😍
Aug 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wicked Fox had such beautiful folklore and I couldn't resist seeing what Vicious Spirits had in store for the reader. I really loved what Cho did with this sequel. The writing style and atmosphere stays true throughout the entire book. I connected with the characters more in this novel and the back stories were perfection. My favorite part is the lore and there is much more in this one. I found myself Googling left and right to learn more.

The novel picks up a little bit after where Wicked Fox e
Liv the Jellyfish Queen
Buddy read with my dear Julia!

Remember when I said I wouldn't read Dokkaebi in my review to Wicked Fox? Yeah, I lied. Blame it on A.C.E's recent comeback that's also called Dokkaebi, idc. check it out tho, a.c.e is an incredible group and no this is not a direct link to the music video

I distinctively remember the kdrama-ey feeling of Wicked Fox, and Dokkaebi felt the same.
Unfortunately, I didn't like the plot just as much as I did with Wicked Fox. It felt forced and like Cho tried to smash toge
Zoë ☆
I really liked this!! 🙌🏻 While I felt a little detached from the characters when reading Wicked Fox, I really grew to care for all of them in this book. I also really liked the romance! It was between two very interesting characters (Somin and Junu) and their background really made me want them to end up together. Their interactions were adorable but also super angsty! Which I loved 🥺👏🏻 I also grew to like the main characters from Wicked Fox more while reading this book. We get more background o ...more
Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)
A huge thank you to Penguin Random House International for the gifted finished copy!

Wicked Fox was one of my favorite reads of last year. I was so happy and excited to be sent this gifted copy and I finally picked it up a few days ago. At first I was a little worried about continuing the story but from different points of view than the first book. However, I absolutely adored this one!

This book was super addicting! I loved every minute of it. I mostly adore how it played like a k-drama in my hea
Beatrice in Bookland
"As with any tragedy, it came about because he loved."

1. Wicked fox ★★★★☆

There's nothing wrong with Vicious spirits, I just can't seem to enjoy ya books as much as I used to.
Katy Pool
Nov 25, 2019 marked it as to-read
I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK!!!!!!!! August can not come fast enough!!!
Laura ☾
Aug 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I liked this, but honestly not quite as much as the first one

This was so good!!! I thought I had loved the first book, but this one put it to shame. We got a ton of insight into Junu and Somin’s characters, and even though I was worried about the switch in perspectives, I loved it. Miyoung and Jihoon were much smaller characters in this one, but they were still just as loveable and adorable as in the first book, so no complaints!

The thing that really stood out to me about this book was the romance. How often do you see an enemies-to-lovers that is actual
Mar 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I still believe everyone should read this duology
Kate (Reading Through Infinity)
TWs: Violence, death of a parent.

This was one of my most anticipated releases of 2020 and it did NOT disappoint. Where the first book centred on Miyoung and Jihoon, this book focuses on Somin and Junu. Both are secondary characters in Wicked Fox, but they become protagonists in this book and I loved seeing their character development.

Character development was one of the strongest aspects of this novel, as we see Somin grow into her role as a protector, and Junu stop running from his responsibil
It makes me so happy when the sequel is just as good as the first book! I love these characters, the found family, the setting - it's all just amazing. This is one of those fantasy series that deserves a huge fandom. ...more
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
3,75 stars

This was quite an interesting sequel to Wicked Fox which both wrapped the story nicely and elaborated on the relationships and the characters' backstories. I think the pacing was off though and some chapters definitely got repetitive.
Sep 23, 2020 rated it liked it
I won't lie. One of my favorite kdrama actors, Lee Dong Wook is starring in a kdrama that's coming out soon that has to do with a male gumiho that I'm very excited about, which in turn had me pick up this one. I know. I'm horrible like that.

I was worried since the Wicked Fox underwhelmed me, and I didn't really care for the characters who would become the leads in this one. I would was good. The beginning was slow, partially because I didn't reread the first book like I planned so man
Rameela (Star)
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Initial Thoughts: this was so so addicting and fun and WOW. like idk how to even talk about it right now because I just feel so content and fulfilled
Sep 05, 2020 added it
Shelves: ownvoices
DNF'ed @ pg 332

Yeah. Less than a hundred to go but suddenly I just can't keep on reading this one. I tried to force read thru to the end, just to know how it all wraps up, but I just don't care. I've been skipping some sentences, then paragraphs, then whole pages. The first one I loved, but this one... I don't think we needed a whole book for this.

We have Somin and Junu dancing around each other and repeating the same lines to each other time and time again. Sometimes there are new lines added t
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I'm emotional 😭
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Kat Cho used to hide books under the bathroom sink and then sneak in there to read after bedtime. Her parents pretended not to know. This helped when she decided to write a dinosaur time-travel novel at the tender age of nine. Sadly, that book was not published. Kat is the co-host of the Write or Die Podcast, a podcast that interviews authors about the struggles of getting published and maintainin ...more

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