Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

Hey guys!
Another day, another book review. Kingdom of the Wicked is one I got in a subscription box, so I’m getting a teeny-tiny bit closer to finally catching up with all of those novels!

The Plot (according to Goodreads):

Two sisters.

One brutal murder.

A quest for vengeance that will unleash Hell itself…

And an intoxicating romance.

Emilia and her twin sister Vittoria are streghe – witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Vittoria misses dinner service at the family’s renowned Sicilian restaurant. Emilia soon finds the body of her beloved twin…desecrated beyond belief. Devastated, Emilia sets out to find her sister’s killer and to seek vengeance at any cost-even if it means using dark magic that’s been long forbidden.

Then Emilia meets Wrath, one of the Wicked-princes of Hell she has been warned against in tales since she was a child. Wrath claims to be on Emilia’s side, tasked by his master with solving the series of women’s murders on the island. But when it comes to the Wicked, nothing is as it seems…

The Rating:

When I reached the last page of this I had two problems: It’s over. It’s not over. You see, when I opened this book, I didn’t realize it’s the first in a series. I kept expecting more information and just more resolution but then the novel ended and it was a cliffhanger! 😅

Anyhow, I mourned for a second but then got excited that there would be way more space to explore the concept Maniscalco came up with. Let’s talk about that for a second!

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Kingdom of the Wicked by Derek Landy (Skulduggery Pleasant #7)

Hello, my darling readers!
The end is near. I just finished book 7 out of 9. How is the story holding up so far? Am I still thrilled and amused? Let’s find out!

The Plot (according to Goodreads):

The seventh installment in the biggest, funniest, most thrilling comedy-horror-adventure series in the universe – and the follow-up to 2011’s number-one bestseller, Death Bringer…

Magic is a disease.

Across the land, normal people are suddenly developing wild and unstable powers. Infected by a rare strain of magic, they are unwittingly endangering their own lives and the lives of the people around them. Terrified and confused, their only hope lies with the Sanctuary. Skulduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie Cain are needed now more than ever.

And then there’s the small matter of Kitana. A normal teenage girl who, along with her normal teenage friends, becomes infected. Becomes powerful. Becomes corrupted. Wielding the magic of gods, they’re set to tear the city apart unless someone stands up against them.

Looks like it’s going to be another one of those days…

The Rating:

Oh wow! This was something else. There’s a lot going on in Kingdom of the Wicked. I can’t believe Landy nailed it again! I swear, every time I thought I knew where this is going, he dropped a new bomb and threw in a plot-twist that caught me by surprise.
On top of that, the premise of this story provides some food for thought and is downright philosophical.
There is a lot to discuss but it’s impossible to do without spoilers, so click the read more button at your own risk! 😉

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