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 scintillating romance. Kat Cho makes 420 pages feel like a breeze, which is a huge feat given how many times I’ve dragged myself through 350 pages.
One of the most enjoyable parts of Wicked Fox was definitely the romance—for me, at least.
Not everyone is a fan of romance (and you can still enjoy Wicked Fox if you aren’t!) but I was completely ready to swoon, and swoon I did. From the first chapter from Jihoon’s point of view, I was swooning at his charm. And throughout the story, I grew to love the characters and their dynamic.
What really made me invested in the relationship was how the main characters just spent a lot of time together. Jihoon was gently persistent in his desire to become friends with Miyoung—someone who is generally closed off, because she and her mother move so often—and I love how they established that friendship before anything else happened.
It was sweet to watch the friendship develop and Miyoung warm up to actually becoming friends with people and not just spending time alone.
Plus, the romance continues to up the stakes for the rest of the story and make things a lot more intense.
Readers might not guess it at first, but there’s definitely a bit of a mystery/adventure going on, as the stakes involved with Miyoung losing her bead is very very high. Not only does a bead give the holder the ability to control the gumiho, but being separated from the bead has a lot of ill effects.
Through the story, Miyoung embarks on a personal journey as she struggles to understand what it means to be a gumiho and how her human & fox sides war. To stay alive, she must resort to murder, and Cho doesn’t just treat murder—even of bad people—lightly, like in other novels. She gives it the weight and thought it deserves, which I really appreciated.
Miyoung’s identity struggles play a big part in the novel, and Cho ties together this, the romance, the mystery, and the search on how to reunite Miyoung and her gumiho bead, really well in the end.
And she gives us a delicious epilogue to go off of two, whetting our appetites for book 2!
I especially loved the way Cho mixed in fable-like mini-chapters throughout the book which told stories about gumiho, mythical creatures, and the past. At first I was shaky on this element, but in the end (especially that last one!) I became hooked.
Overall, I think Wicked Fox really ties so many things together, all wrapped neatly in a fantasy romance bow. If I had to critique something, I would want more from the villains, but at 420 pages (which managed to speed right by!), I think Wicked Fox is pretty great already.
I’d definitely recommend to anyone who loves romance, a bit of myth and magic, and a hint of mystery! I’m keeping my eyes peeled for the sequel to come out next year!