Vicious Spirits (Gumiho #2) by Kat Cho

Fantasy, 429 pages, published in 2020

After the events of Wicked Fox, Miyoung and her group of friends are left changed. Somin has started seeing ghosts, signaling a greater change in the world, so with the help of the dokkaebi Junu, she must save her friends and the world.

Spoiler Free Review:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Content Warnings: death of a parent, mentions of abuse

I really adored Wicked Fox, so I was hesitant about this companion (I’d definitely consider this a sequel, but it’s marketed as a companion) because I didn’t want the story to get super drawn out, but I ended up really enjoying this book! I think I even enjoyed it more than the first book.

This book follows Somin, who was kind of a side character in the first book. She didn’t really stand out to me then, but I really enjoyed getting to know her in this one! Miyoung and Jihoon from the first book are definitely still important characters in this story, which is why I don’t really understand why this is a “companion” novel. Much of the plot revolves around what happened in the first book.

Junu the dokkaebi (goblin) is also a main character in this story. I had neutral feelings about him before, but I ended up adoring him!

Junu and Somin kind of take similar paths as characters. Somin is always putting others before herself, so much so that she sacrifices almost everything she wants so that others can be happy. Throughout this book, she has to learn that sometimes, it’s necessary to put yourself first. Junu, on the other hand, doesn’t think he is worthy of deep connections with people, so he pushes everyone away by being very selfish. He is on a journey to realize that maybe he does deserve to be happy.

Both of their journeys to self love and realizing their worth made their growing relationship in this book so addicting! They start out as enemies, as Somin blames Junu for what happened in the first book, but seeing them reluctantly work together and eventually open up to each other was so sweet. These two are definitely the main reason why I loved this book so much.

I also really enjoyed the Korean mythology aspects of this book. The first book focused on gumiho, but this one delves into dokkaebi, ghosts, reapers, and gods, which I thought was very cool. The ghosts were not done in a very scary way, which is good because I’m a huge chicken!

I’m pretty sure there won’t be any more books in this series. I wouldn’t mind if there were more, but I just really enjoyed how this book wrapped up. I think overall these books are an absolutely fun time, while still handling some deeper issues. I definitely look forward to reading whatever Kat Cho writes in the future!

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