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.
Content Warnings: death, bullying, references to parental abuse
Cover Art by Miranda Meeks
Also known as Gumiho: Wicked Fox
Penguin Random House One World, One Book 2019 Selection
Amazon Best Book Pick – July 2019
Entertainment Weekly Summer Best Book Pick
Refinery29 Summer Best Book Pick
Junior Library Guild Selection 2019
YALSA 2020 Amazing Audiobook Selection
Amazon Editors’ Pick Best Young Adult
“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
“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, Award Winning author of Rebel Seoul
“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
“Full of heart and heat, Wicked Fox is the perfect summer read. If this charming yet emotionally charged novel doesn’t win you over with the supernatural mystery or fraught family drama then the sweeping romance will.” —Tor.com
“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
“A fun read that should have YA enthusiasts hooked.” — Culturess
2020 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults (YALSA/ALA)
The 19 Best Young Adult Novels of 2019 (Paste Magazine)
The 65 Best YA Books of 2019 So Far (Seventeen Magazine)
Best YA Books of Summer 2019 (Refinery29)
Jacket Illustration: Miranda Meeks
Jacket Design: Dana Li
Reading Age: 12-17
Grade Level: 7-9
Lexile Measure: HL630L
Series: Gumiho Book 1 of 2