Vicious Spirits by Kat Cho
*This blog contains spoilers for WICKED FOX*
VICIOUS SPIRITS is the conclusion to Kat Cho’s WICKED FOX duology. I absolutely adored this sequel because it follows my favorite side characters from WICKED FOX, Somin and Junu. After the events of WICKED FOX, Miyoung is left without her fox bead. As a result, a tear has formed between the world of the living and the world of the dead. Ghosts are returning and the only way to stop them is to bring Miyoung’s fox bead back into the world of the living, or to sacrifice her to the world of the dead. Though Somin and Junu try to develop their feelings for each other during this mayhem, their young romance is hindered because one of the resurrecting ghosts is Junu’s vengeful ex and she’s got a score to settle.
If you take all the Korean fable, all the romance, all the teenage angst, and all the K-drama from WICKED FOX and multiply it by two – that’s how you get VICIOUS SPIRITS. I love that Cho builds upon what she had already created in WICKED FOX. Through Junu’s added perspective, VICIOUS SPIRITS dives deeper into Korean lore. This is such a refreshing bite of storytelling that breaks away from the traditional Euro-folklore that has graced American entertainment decade after decade.
While I adored Cho’s unique urban fantasy creation, my favorite thing about VICIOUS SPIRITS was Somin and Junu’s banter! I am such a sucker for smart-mouthed characters who are too stubborn for their own good. The combination of Junu and Somin’s love in addition to Miyoung and Jihoon’s continuing romance make this sequel a total swoon fest. I highly recommend the WICKED FOX series to anyone who wants familiar make out scenes staged in an entirely brand-new setting.
Stefany Valentine Ramirez is a Taiwanese-Texan from San Antonio. She graduated from Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi where she studied creative writing and technical/professional writing. Since then, she has worked as a social media marketer to promote books written by Zoraida Cordova, Farah Naz Rishi, Nina Varela and others. When not reading a book, Stefany can be found taking pictures for her bookstagram, camping in the wilderness, or working on her debut novel. You can follow her on Instagram or Twitter.