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Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

Hello readers,

Happy Valentine’s Day! Today I’m going to talk a book that I read because of you! yes, YOU! If I could assess the quality of a book by the amount of posts I read about it, then this book would be one of the top of the list! I was so curious that I had to read it and see what was all the fuss about..oh and the cover helped a lot!

So, I decided to buy it and see if what you said was really true…

In my humble opinion, it’s a really good book, I understand the fuss, but it hasn’t captivated me since the first page. And this is the curse of high expectations!

The premise of the book is amazing, as well as the atmosphere, but the first chapters didn’t do anything to me, on the contrary, I found myself almost closing my eyes between chapters (I also blame the fact that in the last weeks I only find the time to read before going to bed). But after a few chapters, there was a click and I read it in a blink.

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‘Kingdom of Wicked’ tells the story of Emilia and her twin sister Vittoria, two witches who live secretly among humans. Actually the story starts ten years before, where in one stormy night in 19th century Italy, the twin girls are gifted with very special necklaces from their grandmother. She also tells them more about witch stories, like the fact that there are seven demon princes, but only 4 the witches should fear, ‘One will crave your blood. One will capture your heart. One will steal your soul. One will take your life’. But somehow their necklaces will keep them safe, even though they are instructed to never place them together.

Ten years later, Emilia and Vittoria are 18 years old, and they help their parents in the family’s renowned Sicilian restaurant, while trying to have normal lives. One night, Vittoria misses dinner service and Emilia finds her sister’s body desecrated. Devastated, Emilia sets out to find her sister’s killer and to seek vengeance at any cost. Even if that means using something forbidden, like dark magic.

Emilia soon discovers that the gates of hells are weakening, and her city and family are no longer safe. And she makes a deal with a demon when she is most desperate – Wrath, one of the Wicked-princes of Hell. One that she has been warned against in tales since she was a child.

Wraith claims to be on Emilia’s side, and they are forced to work together to investigate brutal and mysterious murders that are happening, connected to Vittoria’d death. Emilia knows that she can’t trust in a prince of hell, she knows that when it comes to the Wicked, nothing is as it seems.

From secret casinos, to strange beaches and palaces, Emilia’s adventures were what I loved more in this book.

But I have to say that I always have a special place when it comes to romance- the dynamic between Emilia and Wrath was absolutely the best and I was always curious to see what would be the destination of their feelings. And what Wrath was really keeping from Emilia.

I have a soft spot for anti-hero/villains love interests. But in my opinion, there wasn’t enough romance but I understand, this was not a story focused on love, at least not about Emilia and Wrath. Also the author left a lot of big events for set ups and hopefully we will have some enlightenment on the next book. I was a little bit angry about this.

I really really liked how the author showed the different stages of grief and how someone can grief by sadness and pain, while others can be angry (or vindictive).

There are some mysteries that we discover while reading, and they are easy to understand (not so easy for Emilia) and I liked that. Although I love a good plot twist!! The cliffhanger was perfect and made me want to know ASAP what’s going to happen in the next book.

The writing made the reading easy and after a couple of chapters, I full entered in the flow of the story and ended in love with the plot set up. I really hope that the next book tie some loose ends and maybe we will have more a full story instead a set up book.

There are so much more to write about this book because the story is more complex that what it looks but I tried not to give to many spoilers. Now it’s my turn to advice you to read this book if you haven’t and to take your own conclusions. But I bet that you’ll end it wanting book #2!

Have you read this book? What’s your opinion about it?

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