I’ve had this post planned for–whatfeelslike–ever, and *primal screams*
I’ve been working on all the illustrations for it for months, and I’m just overjoyed to bring everything to you! It’s been A Struggle to keep things quiet, but I’m just so happy I finally get to share it all with you!
Wicked Fox was such a great read, and I devoured it all in one day.
I’ve been craving some romance, and this totally pulled through on that front. The love interest, Jihoon, is so charming (seriously! what a charmer!) and Miyoung (who’s a gumiho!) is so conflicted & complex, I love her.
I’m absolutely dying for the sequel (the epilogue oh my gosh!!!) and I would highly recommend this contemporary fantasy romance, inspired by Korean mythology and folklore & set in Seoul, to anyone who loves romance with a kick.
So, stay tuned for not only my review of Wicked Fox, but also some Wicked Fox-patterned wallpapers & their meanings!
Wicked Fox Digital Wallpapers
AHH! I’ve been working on these for a while, and I’m so glad everything came together! I’m personally really proud of these, but there’s no pressure to use (or like) them ahaha!
All of the elements are original and created by me on Illustrator (and Pixlr for the Miyoung). And then I arranged everything on Photoshop, heh!
Before we get into it, small disclaimer time about my art!
- they’re free for personal use! meaning you can use them on your phone, desktop, tablet, etc. I’d prefer you ask before using it in other artwork, even if the other artwork is for personal use.
- please do not edit out my watermark signature! I incorporated it in a heart to make it look seamless & less like a watermark 🙂
- please do not repost unless it’s an image of it being used (i.e. a screenshot of your lockscreen).
- please credit me when possible!
I think that covers everything! Basically, don’t be rude, and you’ll be fine! Let’s just dive right into it & the inspiration behind them . . .
Wallpaper #1: Purple Miyoung
Miyoung was the first element I illustrated for these, and although my Miyoung leans more on the “cute Miyoung” side vs. the “gorgeous gumiho Miyoung” side, I still love her a lot. She started at a new school in Seoul, which is why she’s wearing a collared shirt!
The circular night scene was the second thing I illustrated, because gumihos and the moon are linked in legend, and on every full moon, they must feed on the gi of men, or else they’ll weaken and eventually die after 100 days. So, a night scene with the moon seemed very fitting to me!
Next came the bead! This is super important to the story because it causes a lot of the conflict when Miyoung’s bead gets knocked out of her and she struggles to get it put back. The bead is the heart & soul of a gumiho & if someone else has it, they can control her. (Cue high stakes!)
The flowers that you see in this wallpaper and the next are actually my (simplified & slightly romanticized) representation of a maehwa tree’s plum blossoms. I can’t talk too much about this without spoiling the story, but know that they’re an important symbol! True blossoms have more petals and do not have pastel green leaves, haha!
Wallpaper #2: Yellow Fox
Obviously, I had to incorporate a fox in here! Where Miyoung is the main element in the purple wallpaper, the fox is the main element in this wallpaper (kind of like how the fox is the other side of her!). Miyoung struggles with her fox identity and what it requires of her, so I knew I needed to incorporate this.
The circular day scene is also the contrast to the purple wallpaper’s circular night scene. There’s a lot of talk about sun & moon, yin & yang, and contrasts like this, and Jihoon & Miyoung both have discussions about talking to the sun/moon, so I thought this would be a great fit for this!
And finally, the text in both wallpapers! I made the text for the yellow wallpaper vaguely reminiscent of fox tails (because gumiho have nine tails!) with the white tips, and then left the purple wallpaper’s text in a matching color.
Each pattern comes in two sizes–phone sized and desktop sized. I didn’t crop them to specific models because I assume your device will crop not distort as necessary! They’re all in the Dropbox link as stated above!
(If you need another size, I’m happy to whip that up for you! But it’s a pattern, so placement isn’t too important.)
I hope you enjoy these & maybe decide to use them! (If you do, 100% send me a pic!)
Wicked Fox is not only a charming romance, but a story full of angst, mystery, and mythical creatures. From the vivid setting of modern Seoul to the beautiful brutality of a gumiho’s needs, Wicked Fox promises an exciting adventure with a highly compelling romance.
I read this in two sittings over the course of a day, and was completely charmed not only by the characters, but by the mystery and scintillating romance. Kat Cho makes 420 pages feel like a breeze, which is a huge feat given how many times I’ve dragged myself through 350 pages.
One of the most enjoyable parts of Wicked Fox was definitely the romance—for me, at least.
Not everyone is a fan of romance (and you can still enjoy Wicked Fox if you aren’t!) but I was completely ready to swoon, and swoon I did. From the first chapter from Jihoon’s point of view, I was swooning at his charm. And throughout the story, I grew to love the characters and their dynamic.
What really made me invested in the relationship was how the main characters just spent a lot of time together. Jihoon was gently persistent in his desire to become friends with Miyoung—someone who is generally closed off, because she and her mother move so often—and I love how they established that friendship before anything else happened.
It was sweet to watch the friendship develop and Miyoung warm up to actually becoming friends with people and not just spending time alone.
Plus, the romance continues to up the stakes for the rest of the story and make things a lot more intense.
Readers might not guess it at first, but there’s definitely a bit of a mystery/adventure going on, as the stakes involved with Miyoung losing her bead is very very high. Not only does a bead give the holder the ability to control the gumiho, but being separated from the bead has a lot of ill effects.
Through the story, Miyoung embarks on a personal journey as she struggles to understand what it means to be a gumiho and how her human & fox sides war. To stay alive, she must resort to murder, and Cho doesn’t just treat murder—even of bad people—lightly, like in other novels. She gives it the weight and thought it deserves, which I really appreciated.
Miyoung’s identity struggles play a big part in the novel, and Cho ties together this, the romance, the mystery, and the search on how to reunite Miyoung and her gumiho bead, really well in the end.
And she gives us a delicious epilogue to go off of two, whetting our appetites for book 2!
I especially loved the way Cho mixed in fable-like mini-chapters throughout the book which told stories about gumiho, mythical creatures, and the past. At first I was shaky on this element, but in the end (especially that last one!) I became hooked.
Overall, I think Wicked Fox really ties so many things together, all wrapped neatly in a fantasy romance bow. If I had to critique something, I would want more from the villains, but at 420 pages (which managed to speed right by!), I think Wicked Fox is pretty great already.
I’d definitely recommend to anyone who loves romance, a bit of myth and magic, and a hint of mystery! I’m keeping my eyes peeled for the sequel to come out next year!
Thank you so much to Penguin Teen for sending me an advance reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review!
More About the Book
An addictive fantasy-romance set in modern-day Seoul.
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. When he finds her fox bead, he does not realize he holds her life in his hands.
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.
More 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. She currently lives and works in NYC and spends her free time trying to figure out what kind of puppy to adopt.
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June 13 – Vicky Who Reads – Wicked Fox Wallpapers (YOU ARE HERE!)
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