Kat Cho

Wicked Fox

A fresh and addictive fantasy-romance set in modern-day Seoul.

Eighteen-year-old Gu Miyoung has a secret–she’s a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox who must devour the energy of men in order to survive. Because so few believe in the old tales anymore, and with so many evil men no one will miss, the modern city of Seoul is the perfect place to hide and hunt.

But after feeding one full moon, Miyoung crosses paths with Jihoon, a human boy, being attacked by a goblin deep in the forest. Against her better judgment, she violates the rules of survival to rescue the boy, losing her fox bead–her gumiho soul–in the process.

Jihoon knows Miyoung is more than just a beautiful girl–he saw her nine tails the night she saved his life. His grandmother used to tell him stories of the gumiho, of their power and the danger they pose to men. He’s drawn to her anyway.

With murderous forces lurking in the background, Miyoung and Jihoon develop a tenuous friendship that blossoms into something more. But when a young shaman tries to reunite Miyoung with her bead, the consequences are disastrous and reignite a generations-old feud . . . forcing Miyoung to choose between her immortal life and Jihoon’s.

To read a sneak peek excerpt go HERE to the exclusive preview in Entertainment Weekly!

Content Warnings: death, bullying, references to parental abuse

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Praise for Wicked Fox:

“…the vibrant debut novel…employs the Korean genre’s conventions for an utterly original take on the young-adult fantasy.” – Entertainment Weekly

“This book is a delight from start to finish. It’s everything I adore about the best Korean drama, mixed with a dash of urban fantasy. The chemistry between Miyoung and Jihoon kept me turning the pages into the wee hours of the night. Cho’s prose and pacing are crisp, and the world is utterly transportive.”—Renée Ahdieh, New York Times bestselling author of The Wrath & the Dawn

For K-drama addicts everywhere, this book is for you! Romance and suspense that will make you cry, cheer, laugh, and swoon…I seriously loved this book! Now, please, somebody make it into a real K-drama!”—Ellen Oh, author of Prophecy and Spirit Hunters and We Need Diverse Books co-founder and president

“I fell in love with the world of Wicked Fox…Cho’s Miyoung and Jihoon will steal your heart and give it back to you a thousand times fuller. This is a page-turning debut you cannot miss.”—Traci Chee, New York Times bestselling author of The Reader series

“Wicked Fox is a delight from beginning to end. Set against the bustling cityscape of Seoul, this elegant contemporary fantasy explores what it means to be a monster and what we must give up in the pursuit of love, forgiveness, and our truest selves. A triumph!”—Julie C. Dao, author of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns

“Reading Wicked Fox was like coming home. A gorgeous contemporary fantasy set in modern Seoul, Cho’s compelling debut balances creatures from Korean myths—goblins and immortal foxes—with the everyday lives of teenagers, navigating friendships, family drama, and first love. Suspenseful, romantic, and utterly consuming.” —Axie Oh, author of the New Visions Award Winning Rebel Seoul

“The story is reminiscent of a K-drama with sweet romantic moments, lovable friends, and impossible obstacles…an addicting read with complex main characters and unexpected twists. This fantasy debut will be eagerly devoured, and readers will clamor for a sequel.” —Kirkus Review

“In this haunting fantasy romance from debut author Cho, Korean folklore comes to life in modern-day Seoul as a supernatural creature and human collide… Seamlessly weaving together the supernatural elements with everyday life, Cho’s debut—driven by anguish, sweet romance, and the need for connection—is a formidable first effort that ends with a promise of further adventures.” —Publisher’s Weekly Review

This is urban fantasy as readers have not seen it before: steeped in Korean folklore but with an added layer of contemporary Korean school and home life, appealing not only to K-drama fans but to lovers of fantasy in general. Dealing with themes of family, loyalty, and trust, the book has a unique setting and premise. VERDICT Fresh and fast paced, weaving together ­action and romance, this is a promising ­debut that adds a new voice to any urban fantasy ­collection.” —School Library Journal Review

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Pronunciation Guide

Behind the Myth: Yeowu Guseul 

Behind the Myth: Samjokgu

Behind the Myth: Yeounui

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ISBN 9781984886057
Published by G.P. Putnam Son’s Books for Young Readers (June 25, 2019)
Cover artist: Miranda Meeks

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