I’ve been looking forward to Vicious Spirits ever since I finished Wicked Fox. And I wasn’t disappointed. The sequel has the characters we love from before, except a new angle of the actions, from Somin and Junu’s perspectives. HIGH KEY ADORE! Keep reading this book review of Vicious Spirits to find out what else I loved.
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.
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)
Vicious Spirits is a fabulous emotion packed sequel to Wicked Fox. While Vicious Spirits is very character driven, especially as we get more of Junu’s back story and Somin, it’s also introspective. It looks at our morals, what we are willing to do for the ones we love, and who we want to let into our lives. I especially loved having these new perspectives because it not only introduced a fresh angle in the world, but it also looked at immortality and love. About the choices we make and our emotional baggage we carry.
I loved how we see Somin and Junu both grapple with these issues. Somin who has always had to think about what people need from her, and not about what she needs. Or Junu who’s carrying around secret history and fears. I also loved Somin’s relationship with her mother, and her character growth overall. The relationship conflicts between family (there were a few) were all nuanced and incredibly important.
All in all, Vicious Spirits is a fabulous sequel about our own perceived monstrosity. It’s emotional, action packed, and has some of my favorite characters in the Wicked Fox world, even before Vicious Spirits. Find Vicious Spirits on Goodreads, Amazon, Indiebound, Bookshop.org & The Book Depository.