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Vicious Spirits (Gumiho #2) by Kat Cho

Vicious Spirits (Gumiho #2) by Kat Cho

Publication Date: August 18th, 2020

Rating: 5/5

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.


I received this eARC from PenguinTeen but this does not impact my review which is unbiased.

Oh my goodness this picked up right where the first book left off and I literally was so addicted. This was somehow even more addicting than the first book and I have no idea how that’s even possible BUT IT WAS.

While this centered more around Somin and Junu, we did still get a lot of fun stuff with Miyoung and Jihoon as well! This book kept the same style of having each chapter have a tidbit of the mythology/backstory which was definitely interesting. Last book it was more like an introductory course about Gumiho but this one was a bit more relevant to the plot that takes place.

As you can see from the synopsis, something is clearly wrong with Miyoung. She starts having these strange dreams with her mother. On top of that, Junu feel indebted to Miyoung even though literally everyone hates him (*gets snacks out and starts eating*). This was so much fun and I just LOVED the drama. On top of that, there was this new romance because DUH. I shipped it so hard it was absolutely phenomenal and honestly this series could continue forever and I would read every minute because Kat Cho just does such an amazing job pulling me into the story and the drama. It really needs to be a tv show.

With the main focus on Somin and Junu, I really just loved seeing them grow and their characters become more expanded than from the first book. It was great to see more about Dokkaebi and different kinds of spirits. This one in my opinion went down a different dark path than the first book which was EXCELLENT.

I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of Korean mythology, excellent hate-to-love romance, THE DRAMA, ghosts from the past and actual ghosts, secrets catching up with people, and even more amazing drama. If you like snarky female leads, really well developed characters and backstories, twists and turns, and selfish arrogant boys that have a secret reluctant soft side this is for you!

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