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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.
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.
- Author: Kat Cho
- Genre: Fantasy
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Friendship, Misfits and Underdogs
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
- Publication date: June 25, 2019
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 18
- Number of pages: 448
- Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: July 31, 2019
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