Book Review | Dokkaebi: Vicious Spirits (Gumiho, #2) by Kat Cho

Dokkaebi: Vicious Spirits

Author: Kat Cho  // Published: August 18, 2020



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


A huge thank you to Penguin Random House International for the gifted finished copy!

Wicked Fox was one of my favorite reads of last year. I was so happy and excited to be sent this gifted copy and I finally picked it up a few days ago. At first I was a little worried about continuing the story but from different points of view than the first book. However, I absolutely adored this one!

This book was super addicting! I loved every minute of it. I mostly adore how it played like a k-drama in my head. Every moment reminded me of that and I just can’t help thinking about how these books would be perfect as a k-drama. I did feel like it dragged in some places but I enjoyed reading this one regardless.

I finished this book having loved Somin and Junu. Well, I finished having loved everyone a little more than I already did. Junu was one of my favorite characters in Wicked Fox, and I loved learning about his past and following him more closely in this one. It’s safe to say he’s still a favorite. Somin was fierce and very loyal. She was also always willing to sacrifice so much for the people she cared about. I was hoping she would get what she deserved at the end. It was nice to see Miyoung and Jihoon closer in this one. I also enjoyed reading about everyone’s growth and development as friends. I do wish we had seen more of Hyuk and his story in this one. I’m hoping we learn more about him eventually.

What drew me to these books from the beginning was the mythology. I loved that it was so rich and the book was peppered with Korean words and phrases which added so much to the story. The story continued from where Wicked Fox left off and focused on resolving what happened there. But there was also a huge focus on characters. I felt like it was more character driven and I didn’t mind that one bit. It was one of my favorite aspects of this book.

I personally really enjoyed reading this one. It just made me feel so very cozy and Sumin and Junu’s chapters made me keep reading well into the night. Plus, if you love banter then this book is for you. If you enjoyed Wicked Fox then I highly recommend picking up it’s sequel!

About the Author

Kat Cho used to hide books under the bathroom sink and then sneak in there to read after bedtime. Her parents pretended not to know. This helped when she decided to write a dinosaur time-travel novel at the tender age of nine. Sadly, that book was not published. Kat is the co-host of the Write or Die Podcast, a podcast that interviews authors about the struggles of getting published and maintaining an author career. She currently lives and works in NYC and spends her free time trying to figure out what kind of puppy to adopt. Kat is the international bestselling author of Wicked Fox and Vicious Spirits (Putnam/Penguin).


Have you read Vicious Spirits?

9 thoughts on “Book Review | Dokkaebi: Vicious Spirits (Gumiho, #2) by Kat Cho

  1. I love the author. I think she’s such a wonderful person. Wicked Fox has been on my TBR for a while (since February), but I just haven’t had a chance to pick it up yet. I will admit that her books have some of the most beautiful covers. Reading this review for the companion novel has me further intrigued!

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