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Friday, July 17, 2020

A Clever Take On Korean Mythology: Wicked Fox by Kat Cho

WICKED FOX

by Kat Cho
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Penguin Teen
Publication Date: June 25th 2019
Source: Library
Star Quotient: ★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷

I've been wanting to pick up Wicked Fox for a while now but haven't been in the right mood for it. I finally read it a few weeks ago. While it was an overall pleasant reading experience, I have to admit to not finding the book to be the most memorable. That's okay though because not everything I read has to be memorable.

The Korean mythology and the urban fantasy setting is what drew me to Wicked Fox, a book set in Seoul, South Korea. The heroine, Miyoung, is a Gumiho - a mythical nine-tailed fox who survives off the energy of men. Now, doesn't that already sound interesting? Miyoung is also half-human, so it's a constant battle of emotions from her two sides for her. She doesn't have many friends as her mother has taught her to basically hide in the crowd. I found Miyoung's character to be really interesting because of the monster-human duality. I guess you could call her a grey character since she did kill humans - only those who committed crimes. She's obviously powerful, but in some ways, she is also fairly vulnerable because she has to keep people at an arm's length away from her. Miyoung's relationship with her mother was probably my favorite part of Wicked Fox. I love complex and messy parental relationships in books and this one was definitely both of those times one thousand.

Jihoon is a human boy who accidentally stumbles upon Miyoung feeding while walking his dog. He promises to forget what he saw only to have Miyoung show up at his school. He was a sweet boy who worked hard at his grandmother's restaurant. His relationship with his mother who had basically abandoned him and now had a new family was strained. He is a very persistent fellow and it's hard not to grow a soft spot for him. 

Now, for the parts I didn't care for in Wicked Fox. While I liked both Miyoung and Jihoon as individual characters, I wasn't entirely convinced by their relationship. For me, the connection between them wasn't there. I honestly this book would have been perfectly fine without the romance. I also felt like the second half of the book was not particularly well-executed. The storyline felt a little rushed and clunky. That being said, I did like a couple of the twists and revelations that were made. 

Overall, Wicked Fox had a stronger first half than the second half, but the mythology and characters kept me interested in the book. I haven't decided yet if I'm going to pick up the sequel/companion - I'll probably read a few reviews first.


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