My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Penguin Random House Canada
Published: June 2019
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons BFYR
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Mythology
Somehow I knew this would not work well for me and I am all about mythology in my fantasy reads. But after reading the cheesy summary mentioning a forbidden romance that could potentially become Miyoung’s downfall, I was like, ‘‘I really hope YA Fiction moves on from this type of character arc, man.’’ I gave it a chance anyway because sometimes blurbs are awful but the characters wonderful so it’s always possible to be surprised when it comes to books.
But the main characters were extraordinarily… unremarkable. They were BLAND, despite the interesting abilities. I definitely could not see much in them. You know it’s funny because I’ve been watching the first seven seasons of America’s Next Top Model these past few weeks, because why not, and Tyra Banks keeps talking about conveying emotion through your eyes and body gestures. Here, we had both Miyoung and Jihoon acting in this fantasy world and yet I never felt like they showed us who they really were, otherwise I would not have struggled to remember their names while writing this review.
It’s strange, I admit, to link a reality TV show and a book, but fiction, although a product of the imagination, is at its best when it actually does feel real and when characters jump off the page or screen just like in reality TV shows. A great book is supposed to make you forget you’re turning pages and reading words just like a reality TV show makes you forget that a lot is actually staged. Wicked Fox managed to do neither of those things for me. I felt every second I spent with this book, and that’s not a good thing.
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