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New romance and dangers abound in this companion to the crowd-pleasing Wicked Fox. As Vicious Spirits begins, Miyoung and Jihoon are picking up the pieces of their broken lives following the deaths of Miyoung's mother, Yena, and Jihoon's grandmother. With the support of their friend Somin, and their frenemy, Junu, they might just have a shot at normalcy. But Miyoung is gett New romance and dangers abound in this companion to the crowd-pleasing Wicked Fox. As Vicious Spirits begins, Miyoung and Jihoon are picking up the pieces of their broken lives following the deaths of Miyoung's mother, Yena, and Jihoon's grandmother. With the support of their friend Somin, and their frenemy, Junu, they might just have a shot at normalcy. But Miyoung is getting sicker and sicker by the day and her friends don't know how to save her. With few options remaining, Junu has an idea but it might require the ultimate sacrifice and, let's be honest, Junu isn't known for his "generosity." Meanwhile, the events at the end of Wicked Fox have upended the forces that govern life and death and there are supernatural entities lurking in the background that will stop at nothing to right their world.


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New romance and dangers abound in this companion to the crowd-pleasing Wicked Fox. As Vicious Spirits begins, Miyoung and Jihoon are picking up the pieces of their broken lives following the deaths of Miyoung's mother, Yena, and Jihoon's grandmother. With the support of their friend Somin, and their frenemy, Junu, they might just have a shot at normalcy. But Miyoung is gett New romance and dangers abound in this companion to the crowd-pleasing Wicked Fox. As Vicious Spirits begins, Miyoung and Jihoon are picking up the pieces of their broken lives following the deaths of Miyoung's mother, Yena, and Jihoon's grandmother. With the support of their friend Somin, and their frenemy, Junu, they might just have a shot at normalcy. But Miyoung is getting sicker and sicker by the day and her friends don't know how to save her. With few options remaining, Junu has an idea but it might require the ultimate sacrifice and, let's be honest, Junu isn't known for his "generosity." Meanwhile, the events at the end of Wicked Fox have upended the forces that govern life and death and there are supernatural entities lurking in the background that will stop at nothing to right their world.

30 review for Vicious Spirits

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kat Cho

    Thank you all so much for reading VICIOUS SPIRITS, the companion novel and sequel to WICKED FOX! It was so fun to continue the story of Miyoung and Jihoon AND to explore more about Somin and Junu (who always held a special place in my heart when I was writing WICKED FOX). Content Warnings in the novel for: grief, discussions of death Thank you all so much for reading VICIOUS SPIRITS, the companion novel and sequel to WICKED FOX! It was so fun to continue the story of Miyoung and Jihoon AND to explore more about Somin and Junu (who always held a special place in my heart when I was writing WICKED FOX). Content Warnings in the novel for: grief, discussions of death

  2. 5 out of 5

    Maria ☾ ⋆

    WOW!! LOOK AT THE COVER!! 😍😍

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Star Rating: —> 4.5 Stars Whhaaaatttttttt?! I liked wicked fox, but... I L O V E D Vicious Spirits !!!! I really don’t want this series to be over, even though I will admit that was a PERRRRRFFFECT ending! Couldn’t ask for more 😊 I feel like I need to calm down, haha. I cried my eyes out at the end and just ah! What a GREAT book! This one focused more on Junu and Somin and I SHIP THEM SO HARD! Learning about Junu’s past was also so fascinating (I mean, he IS a chonggak dokkaebi— “handsome goblin”, Star Rating: —> 4.5 Stars Whhaaaatttttttt?! I liked wicked fox, but... I L O V E D Vicious Spirits !!!! I really don’t want this series to be over, even though I will admit that was a PERRRRRFFFECT ending! Couldn’t ask for more 😊 I feel like I need to calm down, haha. I cried my eyes out at the end and just ah! What a GREAT book! This one focused more on Junu and Somin and I SHIP THEM SO HARD! Learning about Junu’s past was also so fascinating (I mean, he IS a chonggak dokkaebi— “handsome goblin”, who WOULDN’T want to learn more about him?! 😏)... where he was a bit of a wildcard mystery character in Wicked Fox, all of his layers are kind of revealed in this one. Well 🤔, Not ALL of them. I mean he IS over 1,000 years old so... But yeah him & Somin... it was an enemies-to-lovers trope all the way! I was very, very pleased. 😂 I will miss this series... I LOVED being immersed in Korean culture. Def recommend!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Abbie | epochnovels

    An exciting continuation of Wicked Fox featuring my favorite Dokkaebi & a certain feisty heroine 💖 “Miyoung and Jihoon are picking up the pieces of their broken lives following the deaths of Miyoung's mother, and Jihoon's grandmother. With the support of their friend Somin, and their frenemy, Junu, they might just have a shot at normalcy. But Miyoung is getting sicker and sicker by the day and her friends don't know how to save her. With few options remaining, Junu has an idea but it might requir An exciting continuation of Wicked Fox featuring my favorite Dokkaebi & a certain feisty heroine 💖 “Miyoung and Jihoon are picking up the pieces of their broken lives following the deaths of Miyoung's mother, and Jihoon's grandmother. With the support of their friend Somin, and their frenemy, Junu, they might just have a shot at normalcy. But Miyoung is getting sicker and sicker by the day and her friends don't know how to save her. With few options remaining, Junu has an idea but it might require the ultimate sacrifice and, let's be honest, Junu isn't known for his ‘generosity.’” I loved Junu in Wicked Fox, and found myself loving him even more in this companion novel! His character development over the course of the story was so inspiring, and I was obsessed with the little bits of his backstory that we got throughout the book. What can I say? I’m trash for immortal men, I guess. And immortal men capable of witty banter with a sassy heroine? Just call me Hefty©. ”You should just admit that you’re intrigued by what could be behind the smoke. Or are you afraid of getting burned?” “I’m afraid of getting emphysema,” Somin said. And for my Jihoon + Miyoung fans - don’t worry! They get a spotlight in this story too. While I loved Junu and Somin (their bits were my favorite), I did feel the story dragged a bit at certain points. I didn’t understand everyone’s vehement hatred for Junu, when it was clear he was trying to help. Grant it, he betrayed them in the last one, but he was trying to fix it! There were also many dialogue moments where I felt like I was just reading the same conversation over and over. I found myself going, “Wait - didn’t they already have this conversation a couple chapters ago? Why are we re-hashing this?” With that being said, this was still a nice adventure. If you loved Wicked Fox, you’ll love this sequel! A big thank you to Penguin Teen for gifting me with this ARC! Vicious Spirits is out now 🧡 To check out my Vicious Spirits inspired Bookstagram post, click here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CEKkg03A6cx/

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Kathryn Wright

    With this book I had no clue how I was going to feel about it. I thought the first book in the series was good but there were a few things that I disliked in it. But, I was still interested in reading this and this is something that I loved. It was great getting to be in this world again and getting to see even more. I also really liked that this wasn’t in the POV of Miyoung and Jihoon, but centered on Junu and Somin. I absolutely adored Junu, getting to see his backstory and watching his charac With this book I had no clue how I was going to feel about it. I thought the first book in the series was good but there were a few things that I disliked in it. But, I was still interested in reading this and this is something that I loved. It was great getting to be in this world again and getting to see even more. I also really liked that this wasn’t in the POV of Miyoung and Jihoon, but centered on Junu and Somin. I absolutely adored Junu, getting to see his backstory and watching his character growth was both beautiful and heartbreaking. There were parts where I could not stand Somin, she always kind of acted like she was entitled to know everything. There were a few things that were not so great about her that was just written off as annoying personality trait. The romance was great because it was slow, which made it seem natural. The authors writing is so beautiful and so gripping, it works really with folklore. And the lore in this book I found more interesting in this one because it focuses on more than one thing. Overall, I highly recommend this book especially for those who want to read more or start to read Korean mythology.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    Yes. For totally superficial reasons. I am going to read this series because of this cover. The first one is better but the reader in me cannot take it anymore.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Vicky Again

    this was SO fantastic, I cannot get over how amazing it is to return to the magic of the WICKED FOX world. this time centering Junu and Somin (but still getting to see Miyoung and Jihoon!) we get all sorts of magical drama as well as a hate-to-love romance and characters from WICKED FOX. I love this series so much and I'd highly recommend. mayhaps I will reread WICKED FOX 😍

  8. 5 out of 5

    Aahana

    Just found out that this is The Big Book Box book of the month and it was published yesterday and I will get it within 2 months whereas usually in India a lot of books like this that aren't by Indian authors or aren't too popular come down to a reasonable price after as much as 6 months of publication if at all. I haven't read the first book but if it means I get to read one with this heavenly cover, *opens a new tab, types Amazon* let's get it! Just found out that this is The Big Book Box book of the month and it was published yesterday and I will get it within 2 months whereas usually in India a lot of books like this that aren't by Indian authors or aren't too popular come down to a reasonable price after as much as 6 months of publication if at all. I haven't read the first book but if it means I get to read one with this heavenly cover, *opens a new tab, types Amazon* let's get it!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Permanently_Booked

    Wicked Fox had such beautiful folklore and I couldn't resist seeing what Vicious Spirits had in store for the reader. I really loved what Cho did with this sequel. The writing style and atmosphere stays true throughout the entire book. I connected with the characters more in this novel and the back stories were perfection. My favorite part is the lore and there is much more in this one. I found myself Googling left and right to learn more. The novel picks up a little bit after where Wicked Fox e Wicked Fox had such beautiful folklore and I couldn't resist seeing what Vicious Spirits had in store for the reader. I really loved what Cho did with this sequel. The writing style and atmosphere stays true throughout the entire book. I connected with the characters more in this novel and the back stories were perfection. My favorite part is the lore and there is much more in this one. I found myself Googling left and right to learn more. The novel picks up a little bit after where Wicked Fox ends. Miyoung and Jihoon are still focal points in this book but Somin and Junu have more of a spotlight. Cho creates a hesitant seed that is growing between these two characters and, as a reader, I appreciated the pace at which they come together. It's not quick and instantaneous or overly zealous. There are spots where the emotional inner dialogue of the characters tend to go on a bit longer than I prefer but don't let that deter you from this one. It has so much plot to it that this is minuscule in comparison. Both of these books were unique reads and I recommend them to anyone who hasn't ventured into Korean themed young adult fiction. Thank you Penguin Young Readers and NetGalley for the ability to read and review this advanced copy. Themes: Korean mythology, possession, romance, spirits, own voices

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lucy Tonks

    Wicked Fox: ☆☆☆☆ Vicious Spirits: ☆☆☆☆.75 This book was so good! I loved the first book, but I loved this book so much more! There are so many elements that are part of this book, from great romance to Korean mythology and they are all executed so well. I loved learning more about Korean mythology since I've never read about it before in a book. I ended up reading this book in one sitting. I loved the romance. When I started this book I wasn't sure if I would like it since I wasn't the biggest f Wicked Fox: ☆☆☆☆ Vicious Spirits: ☆☆☆☆.75 This book was so good! I loved the first book, but I loved this book so much more! There are so many elements that are part of this book, from great romance to Korean mythology and they are all executed so well. I loved learning more about Korean mythology since I've never read about it before in a book. I ended up reading this book in one sitting. I loved the romance. When I started this book I wasn't sure if I would like it since I wasn't the biggest fan of Junu and Somin in the first book. But in this book we got to know them so much better, to know things about them that made me love them so much. I was surprised when I saw so many people saying in reviews that it was kind of insta-love, but I just don't see it. They've know each other for longer, they haven't meet at the beginning of the book, they've meet months prior. Junu and Somin's scenes together were so cute and I wish we got more of it. The plot was really good too. It was interesting to see the grief that Miyoung and Jihoon were dealing with. You could see how affected their were by what happened in Wicked Fox. I loved learning more about Junu's backstory. There were so many twists and little turns in this book and I just lived for them! This duology is so underrated and more people need to read it, not just for the romance, but for the plot and Korean mythology too.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ellie (faerieontheshelf)

    rtc! about 3.5 stars I think, enjoyed some bits but was a bit meh about others, and have many thoughts buddy read with the wonderful Kelsea! I received a copy in exchange for an honest review

  12. 4 out of 5

    Beatrice in Bookland

    "As with any tragedy, it came about because he loved." 1. Wicked fox ★★★★☆ There's nothing wrong with Vicious spirits, I just can't seem to enjoy ya books as much as I used to.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Katy Pool

    I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK!!!!!!!! August can not come fast enough!!!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Laura ☾

    I liked this, but honestly not quite as much as the first one RTC

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anniek

    It makes me so happy when the sequel is just as good as the first book! I love these characters, the found family, the setting - it's all just amazing. This is one of those fantasy series that deserves a huge fandom.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mila

    3,75 stars This was quite an interesting sequel to Wicked Fox which both wrapped the story nicely and elaborated on the relationships and the characters' backstories. I think the pacing was off though and some chapters definitely got repetitive.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    DNF'ed @ pg 332 Yeah. Less than a hundred to go but suddenly I just can't keep on reading this one. I tried to force read thru to the end, just to know how it all wraps up, but I just don't care. I've been skipping some sentences, then paragraphs, then whole pages. The first one I loved, but this one... I don't think we needed a whole book for this. We have Somin and Junu dancing around each other and repeating the same lines to each other time and time again. Sometimes there are new lines added t DNF'ed @ pg 332 Yeah. Less than a hundred to go but suddenly I just can't keep on reading this one. I tried to force read thru to the end, just to know how it all wraps up, but I just don't care. I've been skipping some sentences, then paragraphs, then whole pages. The first one I loved, but this one... I don't think we needed a whole book for this. We have Somin and Junu dancing around each other and repeating the same lines to each other time and time again. Sometimes there are new lines added that will be repeated shortly. And they always fight and make up at the end of each interaction. Jihoon and Miyoung also appear on this one, but they seem like washed out versions of themselves. There are some new korean mythos added which I enjoyed, like Hyusk, who is a Korean grim reaper (sorry, I don't remember how they are really called in Korean), and some other parts I loved, but not as much as I did the first book. There were also things that didn't seem to affect the story: Somin sees his father's ghost... it doesn't affect the story. Her mother sees it too and then she is knocked out and for all it's worth she gets conveniently removed from the story without guilt or remorse or anything coming from Somin. Same with Dubi, Somin's dog, who only seems to be there to growl at spirits when it's convenient, or when the chatacters need to busy themselves for a spell and then also fades to the background noise. I swear no one seems to walk the dog...

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rameela (Star)

    Initial Thoughts: this was so so addicting and fun and WOW. like idk how to even talk about it right now because I just feel so content and fulfilled

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kate (Reading Through Infinity)

    TWs: Violence, death of a parent. This was one of my most anticipated releases of 2020 and it did NOT disappoint. Where the first book centred on Miyoung and Jihoon, this book focuses on Somin and Junu. Both are secondary characters in Wicked Fox, but they become protagonists in this book and I loved seeing their character development. Character development was one of the strongest aspects of this novel, as we see Somin grow into her role as a protector, and Junu stop running from his responsibil TWs: Violence, death of a parent. This was one of my most anticipated releases of 2020 and it did NOT disappoint. Where the first book centred on Miyoung and Jihoon, this book focuses on Somin and Junu. Both are secondary characters in Wicked Fox, but they become protagonists in this book and I loved seeing their character development. Character development was one of the strongest aspects of this novel, as we see Somin grow into her role as a protector, and Junu stop running from his responsibilities as a Dokkaebi and focus on helping his friends. I love all four of these characters, but Junu was probably my favourite in this book. His witty humour and good nature made me root for him and I loved seeing his developing relationship with Somin. Miyoung and Jihoon are both grieving after the events of the first book and their sadness felt incredibly real in the way it was narrated. (I just wanted to wrap them both up in a big squashy blanket and protect them.) I admired the fact that Kat Cho didn't shy away from exploring their sadness in order to make this a cheerful, happy book, and I think the story really benefited from their gradual grieving and finding peace. I really liked how the four friends really came together (despite initial differences) to help each other and save their realm. (In this house, we love a squad team up.) The K-drama influence that was clear in the first book made a return in this book, with enemies-to-lovers, friendship drama, and otherworldly powers. In fact, the K-drama influence was so strong that I ended up having nostalgia about going into Seoul at the end of the school day and grabbing food, and I'VE NEVER EVEN DONE THAT. How did Kat Cho give me nostalgia for something I've NEVER DONE??? Magic. The plot was fast-paced and exciting and the action scenes were some of my favourites. There were also a few brilliant twists towards the ending that gave the story a real spark. If I had had the time, I could have read this in one sitting because it was so captivating. As much as I would love another book (or two, or three) in this series, I think this was a fitting end to a great duology.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Vighnesh Muraly

    I went in expecting an amazing book and I got an amazing book. This book honestly surprised me. I loved Wicked Fox so much but I didn’t expect to enjoy Junu's and Somin's perspectives so much. This book explored more darker themes but it was just as fun as Wicked Fox. This book moves so quickly so I would definitely recommend this to anyone that wants a quick book to read. Junu and Somin were developed so well and I really enjoyed delving into their lives and seeing their perspective on the whole I went in expecting an amazing book and I got an amazing book. This book honestly surprised me. I loved Wicked Fox so much but I didn’t expect to enjoy Junu's and Somin's perspectives so much. This book explored more darker themes but it was just as fun as Wicked Fox. This book moves so quickly so I would definitely recommend this to anyone that wants a quick book to read. Junu and Somin were developed so well and I really enjoyed delving into their lives and seeing their perspective on the whole situation their group is put in. It was so well thought out and I felt that everything meshed together so well. The one critique I have is that the first quarter of the book wasn’t really my cup of tea. It was a bit slow and I was honestly annoyed by Somin. She just felt so stubborn and I was so annoyed because Junu was obviously trying to help. The romance, I really enjoyed and seeing their love-to-hate was just really nice to read honestly. I enjoyed this book and it definitely did not disappoint.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tara (Spinatale Reviews)

    After reading Wicked Fox last year, I couldn’t wait to read Vicious Spirits! And I really enjoyed this one. The love/hate relationship between Somin and Junu was so enjoyable. I liked seeing how their relationship developed over time and how they each continually challenged the other. Plus I loved the glimpses we get of Miyoung and Jihoon. And there’s ghosts. The plot was a bit slow at times but it worked because we got to learn so much more about this world and its supernatural inhabitants. Eve After reading Wicked Fox last year, I couldn’t wait to read Vicious Spirits! And I really enjoyed this one. The love/hate relationship between Somin and Junu was so enjoyable. I liked seeing how their relationship developed over time and how they each continually challenged the other. Plus I loved the glimpses we get of Miyoung and Jihoon. And there’s ghosts. The plot was a bit slow at times but it worked because we got to learn so much more about this world and its supernatural inhabitants. Even though I’m not quite sure how Cho would do it, I really hope we get more books in this world! If you’re looking for a fun YA urban fantasy, definitely check this series out! Although Vicious Spirits is somewhat of a companion book to Wicked Fox, you definitely need to read Wicked Fox first. *Disclaimer: I received an advance digital copy of this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    TheUsualBookworm - Ev

    4.45 stars Spoiler free review: This duology was amazing! Honestly I was a bit worried I wouldn't like the companion novel but Somin and Junu absolutely stole the show for me. This book had a slightly darker tone which I enjoyed, I loved the culture, the characters and the plot. The only thing that didn't quite sit well with me were the descriptions of characters at the beginning of the book. The story paused to give us a quick rundown of what each character looked like when they first appeared in 4.45 stars Spoiler free review: This duology was amazing! Honestly I was a bit worried I wouldn't like the companion novel but Somin and Junu absolutely stole the show for me. This book had a slightly darker tone which I enjoyed, I loved the culture, the characters and the plot. The only thing that didn't quite sit well with me were the descriptions of characters at the beginning of the book. The story paused to give us a quick rundown of what each character looked like when they first appeared in this book as well and it pulled me out of the story. Otherwise though the book was amazing!

  23. 5 out of 5

    everbookish

    This was a lovely sequel to a book I never really expected to like as much as I ended up doing. This one was just like Wicked Fox, fun with interesting characters and amazing mythology. The one downside was the new romance for me, which moved quite fast, but in the end I really liked the characters it revolved around so it was fine.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    I'm SO EXITED for this book, despite there being no title or cover or synopsis yet. I just ADORED the first book in this series sooo much!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nicole N. (A Myriad of Books)

    Thanks to PenguinTeen for giving me a free digital copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Lingering between a 3.5 and a 4 star rating. I definitely didn't love this as much as I did Wicked Fox, and I'm not quite sure if it's because I went into this book without re-reading the sequel, which is something I like to do when a new book in a series comes out of if it's the last book in the series. I mean, I read my review of the first book and remembered the general premise so I didn't h Thanks to PenguinTeen for giving me a free digital copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Lingering between a 3.5 and a 4 star rating. I definitely didn't love this as much as I did Wicked Fox, and I'm not quite sure if it's because I went into this book without re-reading the sequel, which is something I like to do when a new book in a series comes out of if it's the last book in the series. I mean, I read my review of the first book and remembered the general premise so I didn't have any qualms about not re-reading the first book. Anyway... I expected this book to focus mainly on Somin and Junu, which it did but I felt like going to Miyoung and Jihoon's perspective really took away from the former two characters' story. I liked how we got more of Somin and Junu's backstory, especially how Junu came to be a dokkaebi. I liked the positive friendship between Somin and Jihoon (though I did feel Changwan got thrown into the mix for no reason whatsoever in this sequel. I want to say he wasn't really needed overall but I don't remember if he played a vital role in WF) and that Miyoung finally came to accept that she can have friends despite what she's thought about herself in the past. I struggled with Miyoung's feelings toward her mother, Yena, especially after the cruel things Yena did in the previous book. I think this also really threw me off from the story as a whole. Yena rubbed me the wrong way in the first book, so I had trouble connected with Miyoung's feelings for Yena in this book. In terms of the romance between Somin and Junu, I wasn't wholly convinced until the last couple of pages. I feel like this makes me sound a bit shallow but the beginning of their romance felt forced. The simplicity and normalcy of the ending, though, made me reconsider my initial feelings about their budding romance as I felt like they were finally able to put the past behind them in order to move forward. I also felt this book lacked the atmospheric setting of the first book. Maybe that sounds silly but personally I never felt truly immersed, and I simply remember being so compelled and in love with the descriptions and world-building of the first book that Vicious Spirits seemed to fall so flat. However, in terms of the mythology and fantasy aspect of the book, I liked it. Parts of the book reminded me a bit of the K-drama titled "Guardian: The Lonely and Great God" / Goblin / 쓸쓸하고 찬란하신 – 도깨비. It made me wonder if the character of the reaper, Hyuk, would play a more prominent role but he seemed to be in-and-out and I wasn't given enough information to care about his role in the book as a whole. Overall, not as a fun and enjoyable sequel as I thought it would be but if you definitely want to know more about Korean folklore/mythology, you don't want to miss this.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Caden

    5/5 stars! A huge thank you to NetGalley and PENGUIN GROUP Penguin Young Readers Group for sending me an E-ARC for an honest review! This book was one of my most anticipated reads of 2020, and I was so excited to read this book. I absolutely loved WICKED FOX, and I was super excited to see what Kat Cho was going to do with the world and the characters. The thing that I loved most about this book was that it was not just a continuation of Miyoung and Jihoon's story but brought in the POV's of Jun 5/5 stars! A huge thank you to NetGalley and PENGUIN GROUP Penguin Young Readers Group for sending me an E-ARC for an honest review! This book was one of my most anticipated reads of 2020, and I was so excited to read this book. I absolutely loved WICKED FOX, and I was super excited to see what Kat Cho was going to do with the world and the characters. The thing that I loved most about this book was that it was not just a continuation of Miyoung and Jihoon's story but brought in the POV's of Junu and Somin. I really adored the relationship development between Somin and Junu. It was so beautiful, and I loved how we got to see their POV because they were two of my favorite characters from the first book. To me, this book did exactly what I wanted it to—it expanded the world and the mythology that we were introduced to in WICKED FOX and gave me more time with characters that I had come to love. Kat Cho's writing is so fun, beautiful, and fast paced. I was never bored while reading this book, and the story took so many twists and turns that I didn't expect. I thought that this was a really well thought out sequel! In the end, I think I might love this book a bit more, if not equally, than the first book in the series. I can't wait to see what Kat Cho writes next. I recommend this book and this series to everyone! It is such a fun, romantic, and epic fantasy read! Thanks for reading! Caden

  27. 5 out of 5

    Travel.with.a.book

    A heartbreaking and captivating story that follows Junu and Somin the main characters of the book! I loved GUMIHO it was one of my favourite YA books of last Year - a terrific merged retelling story and magical urban life that Cho has written which has blown everyone's mind! I was so excited to read the second book from her, my expectations were high but the Author didn't let me down, there were some parts in Gumiho that I didn't quite enjoy but in DOKKAEBI I loved every page and every detail th A heartbreaking and captivating story that follows Junu and Somin the main characters of the book! I loved GUMIHO it was one of my favourite YA books of last Year - a terrific merged retelling story and magical urban life that Cho has written which has blown everyone's mind! I was so excited to read the second book from her, my expectations were high but the Author didn't let me down, there were some parts in Gumiho that I didn't quite enjoy but in DOKKAEBI I loved every page and every detail that was put into words! . Dokkaebi is mysterious book with a slow romance that has unique features, the growth of Junu was so emotional and powerful and Cho has developed a very fascinating and inspiring character! The Korean mythology is so rich and stunningly unique and Cho works in the folklore prose as a professional creating masterpiecesike Gumiho and Dokkaebi! . The background settings are so rich and explained in details as you can imagine a full perspective of the book, also the crafted parts of the book were extremely captivating in the most perfect way to enjoy and understand a book! This is a companion to Gumiho but it really felt like a special book, more complexed and compelling, this is definitely a 4.5/5 and highly recommend you to read it!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Shelby (Grace with Books)

    ARC received from PenguinTeen through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion!! Okay I really really loved this sequel. It had more adventure and higher takes than the first. In this book, we follow Miyoung, Jihoon, Somin, and Junu face the aftermath of their actions in the Wicked Fox, with Miyoung getting sicker by the day and spirits from the beyond haunting them at every turn. One thing I really liked about this book, is that it didn't primarily focus on Miyooung and Jihoon, the focus was ARC received from PenguinTeen through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion!! Okay I really really loved this sequel. It had more adventure and higher takes than the first. In this book, we follow Miyoung, Jihoon, Somin, and Junu face the aftermath of their actions in the Wicked Fox, with Miyoung getting sicker by the day and spirits from the beyond haunting them at every turn. One thing I really liked about this book, is that it didn't primarily focus on Miyooung and Jihoon, the focus was on Somin and Junu's relationship in the book. I loved getting to see all of their perspectives and it just made for such a fresh story. I highly recommend this to everyone who enjoyed the first!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mia

    First off cover is gorgeous and I liked this book better than first one. I liked additional perspective of Junu and Somin, but we still get plenty of Miyooung and Jihoon. Romace between Junu and Somin is so pure, story wraps up nicely but I wouldn't mind reading about this universe.

  30. 4 out of 5

    sassyspines (Sarah)

    "You need someone who'll stand in the rain with you and face the storm." This entire book has my heart! This was such a rollercoaster and the entire time reading this I had to stop and take note of all of the Kdrama references scattered throughout the book. When I read Wicked Fox, there was something about Somin and Junu's characters that I loved so much. Somin was the strong protective friend and Junu (my fave) was the cheeky goblin that tried to get along with everyone. So, I was beyond exc "You need someone who'll stand in the rain with you and face the storm." This entire book has my heart! This was such a rollercoaster and the entire time reading this I had to stop and take note of all of the Kdrama references scattered throughout the book. When I read Wicked Fox, there was something about Somin and Junu's characters that I loved so much. Somin was the strong protective friend and Junu (my fave) was the cheeky goblin that tried to get along with everyone. So, I was beyond excited to read Vicious Spirits. I ended up loving this book more than the first one and that's saying something because the first book was also a five star read for me. The interactions between Somin and Junu (aka all of their wonderful banter building tension) when their relationship was developing was so cute and fun to read! Trigger Warnings for: Death, loss of a loved one, emotional abuse The story follows the same characters from the previous book including Miyoung, Jihoon, Somin, Junu, and Changwan. It picks up after Wicked Fox and two of our main characters Miyoung and Jihoon are still reveling in the events from the past. They are trying to move on and get their lives back in order, but it can be difficult because of everything that happened. Honestly, you feel for Miyoung and Jihoon the most at the beginning of this story, but when we start to read more about Junu and Somin we can see that not all covers are shiny when taken off. Our main characters definitely go through a change and whether that is grappling with a loss and learning how to move on or being okay relying on others it was nice to see how they became each other's anchors. This story does have multiple points of view, but they help the story progress and move along smoothly. Plus it helps us understand each character more as we read. "It's not safe in my dreams." Miyoung is dealing with the consequences and pains of the last book. (view spoiler)[Losing her fox bead and her mother, Yena. While also trying to adjust to not having her bead anymore. (hide spoiler)] Throughout this story, she still has a connection to her fox bead and she keeps having these dreams. She starts to wonder if these dreams are warnings since they feel real to her. She is also trying to adjust to relying on others more than she did previously and navigating her relationship with Jihoon. "Sometimes I think I want the chance to show that I'm more than a fairy-tale monster. Humans make up these stories that paint us as things to blame all their sins on. We should get a chance to defend ourselves." Junu is an interesting character and one that I loved. We learn so much about his past life and his family in this story that it helps shed new light on his character. Junu is trying to mend his relationship with Miyoung and her friends because he has some regret over how he contributed to what happened at the end of Wicked Fox and the guilt he has. Junu is an extremely cheeky character on the outside but when he lets his inner feelings out and starts to find strength in himself thanks to his friendships and Somin he becomes more human (yes I know he is Goblin but more human is an expression that really conveys what I noticed.) Somin was a strong character from the first page we meet her. Even if she cries or feels any pain she doesn't let it deter her. I feel like Somin and Junu fit together so well because what one lacks or holds back the other has and is able to provide. Somin would do anything for the people she loves and that was 100% present throughout this story. When we read more about her Dad and how that was her connection to Jihoon we can tell she uses her emotions as a comforting mechanism. As we read and we see her grow as a character it is wonderful to see her let go of certain things and just live the way she wants. I think being with Junu was one step in the process of finding her true self and being who she was without worrying or lying. Her conversations between Miyoung and Junu were especially the force that drove her to make her decisions. It is nice to have friends and loved ones that are able to be that comforting source and provide knowledge when you need it and their years of wisdom definitely showed in their conversations. (view spoiler)[When Somin is confronted about why she lied to Jihoon about remembering her dad you can see that she does limit or hold herself back with certain things to prevent any unnecessary harm on others. This was interesting to see because when you read the first book you think Somin is this strong character (which she 100% is), but you don't really think about what she hides and why. You can also tell that she likes Junu throughout the story, but again she holds herself back because I think she feared what was new and something she didn't learn yet. (hide spoiler)] Jihoon definitely goes through a lot in this story. He is dealing with guilt and loss as well, but also how to move on when everything you knew changes. His relationship with Miyoung had its ups and downs in the first book, but it also is tested once again numerous times throughout the story. His dad also makes a couple of appearances throughout the book, but you can see how Jihoon never really had a family connection with anyone besides his grandmother. (view spoiler)[I felt bad that Jihoon lost his father even though he wasn't nice he did lose his last relative that we know of. Also, the fact that Sinhye forced that much guilt and trauma on everyone involved was sad to read. I definitely felt bad for the characters mainly Jihoon and Junu, but the fact that Miyoung was willing to help Jihoon like that shows how much she cares for him. (hide spoiler)] It was also wonderful reading about Changwan and Hyuk (the reaper)! I am hoping we can get a book three about Changwan because I don't want to let these books and their magic go quite yet. Plus reading more about Changwan in this book made me love him so, please hope we get a book three in the future! Reading just a little of his backstory in this book makes me want a whole story so fingers crossed we get to read more about Changwan. I am interested to see how his story plays out. I enjoyed reading about The Between (really interesting to learn about the place Between Life and Death!) and how it affected the human world. It was interesting to see how Miyoung's connection to her bead caused so much to happen and be altered. With the various ghost/spirits appearing throughout the story we were able to see how their interactions affected their loved ones. It was especially emotional when our main characters started to see their relatives and how their interactions changed the people around them. From feelings of fear to anger and sadness, we were able to see and feel what the characters felt/went through. One quote from this book that really stuck with me is, "Just being yourself makes you worthy." That sentence holds so much power but is so important especially throughout the story. The characters face so much and they contemplate whether being themselves is enough or if who they are is the source of the problems. The relationships throughout this story are wonderfully connected and I enjoyed seeing how friendships and love were the strengths one needed to keep going and make a tough decision. (view spoiler)[ The piano kiss between Junu and Somin reminded me so much of Strong Woman Do Bong Soon! I squealed reading it because it's one of my favorite dramas. The piano scene aka one of the best scenes ever in a Kdrama that will remain superior And everything that went down with Sinhye... Junu might win for crazy ex-girlfriend stories, that is for sure. (hide spoiler)] "The ghost drove him mad," I want to reread this immediately! I loved this world so much and don't want to leave it quite yet.

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