Wicked Fox

Book review by
Amanda Nojadera, Common Sense Media
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Dramatic fantasy-romance based on Korean tale of the gumiho.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

Readers will learn about Korean culture and the legend of the gumiho. The book also includes Korean words and phrases throughout the story.

Positive Messages

Friendship, forgiveness, courage, and self-control are important themes. We all make mistakes and deserve a second chance. Don't take things for granted and find happiness in every moment of your life. You can't depend on one person to make you happy. When something or something is important to you, you're willing to make sacrifices for them.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Many of the characters are willing to make sacrifices for the ones they love. Jihoon befriends Miyoung even though she repeatedly tells him to stay away from her. He also has a sweet and caring relationship with his grandma. Miyoung cares more about others than herself. She doesn’t believe her life is more valuable than someone else’s and refuses to kill innocent people. Jihoon’s grandma and Miyoung’s mom will do anything to protect Jihoon and Miyoung.


Fantasy violence includes descriptions of the gumiho, or nine-tailed fox, killing men to consume their gi, or energy, to survive; a character who's burned alive during the shaman's ceremony in the woods; and fights between supernatural characters including goblins, gumiho, and shamans. One character is afraid of water and has dreams about drowning, and another almost bleeds out from a knife wound. High-schoolers bully classmates.


Characters kiss.


Mild insults and profanity include "stupid," "freak," idiot," "loser," "jerk," "ass," "hell," and "damn,"

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A character drinks too much soju and has a hangover the next day. Mentions of beer, wine, and cigarettes.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Wicked Fox is a dramatic fantasy-romance novel set in modern-day Seoul that's about 18-year-old Gu Miyoung, who's a gumiho, Korean for the mythical nine-tailed fox, who preys on the gi, or energy, of evil men to survive. Readers will be introduced to Korean culture and learn about the legend of the gumiho. Fantasy violence includes descriptions of the gumiho killing men to consume their gi to survive; a character who's burned alive during the shaman's ceremony in the woods; and fights between supernatural characters including goblins, gumiho, and shamans. Characters kiss. Mild insults and profanity include "stupid," "freak," idiot," "loser," "jerk," "ass," "hell," and "damn." A character drinks too much soju and has a hangover the next day. There are mentions of beer, wine, and cigarettes.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byseyyed August 5, 2019
Parent of a 11-year-old Written byturtle96 August 4, 2019
Kid, 11 years old June 27, 2020

Really good!

This book was great! It is a fantasy-romance and I’m not going to try to explain the plot bc I’m bad at explaining things. What you need to know is, I rated thi... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bylilomatthews September 26, 2019

4 Stars!

Let me start off with just so much appreciation for the increase of representation for Asians these past years. It feels amazing being able to identify with cha... Continue reading

What's the story?

WICKED FOX tells the story of an 18-year-old gumiho, Korean for the mythological nine-tailed fox, named Gu Miyoung, who preys on the energy of evil men to stay immortal. She can’t let anyone know her secret, but when she stumbles upon a goblin attacking a human boy named Jihoon, she does the unthinkable and steps in to save him. Little does Miyoung know that she lost her fox bead, which is the soul of a gumiho, when she saved Jihoon.

Jihoon knows that Miyoung isn’t an ordinary girl after seeing her nine tails, and even though Miyoung repeatedly tells him to stay away, he can’t help but feel a strong connection to her. As the two begin to form a friendship and slowly fall in love, Miyoung hopes that a young shaman can help her return her fox bead to its rightful place. But when things don’t go as planned, Miyoung and Jihoon must decide if her immortal life is worth more than Jihoon's.

Is it any good?

Teens will love the supernatural mystery, vivid, modern-day Seoul setting, and the sweet romance in Kat Cho’s dramatic first novel. She provides a great introduction to Korean culture and seamlessly weaves the legend of the gumiho, or nine-tailed fox, into the story, which reveals important details about Miyoung’s family drama. It’s clear that Miyoung and Jihoon have undeniable chemistry, and readers will appreciate how their relationship grows as they deal with their abandonment and trust issues.

Although there are times when Wicked Fox moves slowly, a few unexpected twists and shocking betrayals transform this suspenseful tale into an unputdownable page-turner as the characters figure out how much they’re willing to sacrifice for the ones they love.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the Korean myths and legends explored in Wicked Fox. Does the novel make you want to learn more about the legend of the gumiho?

  • How does this book compare with other fantasy novels you've read? What similarities and differences do you notice in the types of characters, their struggles, their romances, etc.

  • How do the characters demonstrate courage and self-control? Why are these important character strengths?

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