Kat Cho

Vicious Spirits (Gumiho #2)

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New romance and dangers abound in this international bestselling companion to the crowd-pleasing Wicked Fox.

After the events of Wicked Fox, Somin is ready to help her friends pick up the pieces of their broken lives and heal. But Jihoon is still grieving the loss of his grandmother, and Miyoung is distant as she grieves over her mother’s death and learns to live without her fox bead. The only one who seems ready to move forward is their not-so-favorite dokkaebi, Junu.

Somin and Junu didn’t exactly hit it off when they first met. Somin thought he was an arrogant self-serving, conman. Junu was, at first, amused by her hostility toward him until he found himself inexplicably drawn to her. Somin couldn’t deny the heat of their attraction. 

A 2020 Junior Library Guild Selection

But as the two try to figure out what could be between them, they discover their troubles aren’t over after all. The loss of Miyoung’s fox bead has caused a tear between the world of the living and the world of the dead, and ghosts are suddenly flooding the streets of Seoul. The only way to repair the breach is to find the missing fox bead or for Miyoung to pay with her life. With few options remaining, Junu has an idea but it might require the ultimate sacrifice. In usual fashion, Somin may have a thing or two to say about that.

In Vicious Spirits, Kat Cho delivers another beguiling and addictive read full of otherworldly dangers and romance.

Content Warnings: grief, discussions of death

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Vicious Spirits by Kat Cho, read by Emily Woo Zeller by PRH Audio

New romance and dangers abound in this companion to the crowd-pleasing Wicked Fox . After the events of Wicked Fox , Somin is ready to help her friends pick up the pieces of their broken lives and heal.

International Editions

Russian: Eksmo Publishing

International English edition

Praise for Vicious Spirits

International Bestseller List!

Amazon Teachers’ Pick 2020

A Junior Library Guild Selection

Tor.com best YA SFF & Horror of 2020

Buzzfeed Best YA Speculative Fiction of 2020

Reminiscent of a K-Drama in all the best ways, the Gumiho series brings Korean mythology of the nine-tailed fox and high school drama together in an unforgettable story…” —Hypable

Steeped in Korean folklore, this is a strong sequel… Alongside complex romantic relationships this is also a story of friendship, family, found family, and what it means to stand up for others and to be able to depend upon others. VERDICT Appealing to fans of urban fantasy looking for a fresh take on the genre.—School Library Journal

“Cho does with this book what the best companion novels do — expands on the world and the mythology, presents new characters and conflicts for the audience to care about, while still staying true to the leads and themes of the first — and the result is a book that improves on the (already excellent) first and leaves you scrambling to reread both.” —Buzzfeed

An ecstatic mix of Korean folklore and K-dramas.” —Tor.com

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ISBN 9781984812377
Published by G.P. Putnam Son’s Books for Young Readers (August 18, 2020)
cover art by: Valentina Remenar
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