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TOP TEN TUESDAY – HALLOWEEN FREEBIE

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. The topic this week is a HALLOWEEN FREEBIE. So, I did the easiest thing I could think of and did covers that screamed HALLOWEEN to me. You’ll recognize a lot of these from my Spooky, but not Scary Recommendation list! I can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

What’d you do this week for Top Ten Tuesday?

BOOK REVIEW: KINGDOM OF THE WICKED BY KERRI MANISCALCO

the book cover for Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco
  • STAR RATING:  3.5 stars
    PAGE LENGTH: 372 pages
  • DATE PUBLISHED: October 27th 2020
  • PUBLISHER: JIMMY Patterson Books
    WHAT SERIES?  Kingdom of the Wicked Series
  • WHAT BOOK DO I START WITH? Kingdom of the Wicked
  • HOW MANY BOOKS IN THE SERIES? 3
  • CONTENT WARNINGS: Death, Murder
  • IF YOU LIKED THIS, TRY:  The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

SYNOPSIS

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…

I can see why those of you that loved The Cruel Prince really like Kingdom of the Wicked. The same sort of relationship sits at the heart of both stories — enemies to lovers, but also a deep sister relationship. Personally, I’m not the biggest fan of the enemies-to-lovers trope, but I can see why it’s so popular. And truly, I enjoyed Kingdom of the Wicked way, way more than The Cruel Prince. For those of you that don’t know, I liked the first book in that series, and then found myself hating the rest of it the longer I read. That series is beloved by many, but certainly not by me.

Kingdom of the Wicked stars Emilia and her sister, Vittoria. Or it would if Vittoria wasn’t murdered 50 pages into the book. This is the catalyst, what starts off everything else in the book. Maniscalco does a fantastic job with the emotions here — you really feel how absolutely gutted Emilia is by finding her sister’s body. Emilia, in her rage, grief, and confusion, ends up summoning what she thinks is a demon, but is really one of the seven princes of Hell, Wrath. I wanted to like Wrath a lot more than I did, just because the idea behind him is something really cool. Instead, he’s sort of a half-hearted, almost character. There’s not much to him, and I’m very much hoping that changes in the next books.

Emilia herself is genuinely irritating. She’s got all these thoughts about Wrath, and continues to think them despite being shown time and time again that he’s really not as bad as she thinks. Especially when it comes to her. She’s very stubborn, and not in the best way. She’s also very slow on the uptake of…everything. (That one might be because this is a YA book. Who knows.) Either way, Emilia is definitely at least part of the reason why this book didn’t work for me as much as I wanted it to.

Together, they’re all bickering and baring teeth and basically if they were cats, they’d constantly be hissing at each other. Until they aren’t, of course. There’s one make-out scene, but that’s it. Nothing spicier than that, not that I was expecting more as this is firmly within the YA genre.

The rest of the book is just sort of info-dumpy. This is the first book of a trilogy, so it makes sense, but also there had to be a more elegant way of getting the information to the reader than huge paragraphs included in the middle of action. There were a lot of convenient moments, and just awkward inclusions, too. (In this book, what purpose did the shapeshifters have? They do nothing. Why include them yet?) And not to mention, towards the end, there’s one ‘twist’ that I saw coming literally a mile away. Was anyone surprised by who ended up being Vittoria’s killer? Wrath’s brothers that we see are entertaining to the extreme, but I do wish we had learned more about how Hell works, exactly. It’s left extremely vague.

Despite my complaining, I did enjoy most of Kingdom of the Wicked, and I do plan to read onwards. Three and a half stars! Thank you to Destiny for buddy-reading it with me!

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PS – Don’t forget my Sabriel Read-a-long starts next week!

WWW WEDNESDAY — AUGUST 17

Good morning, all! We had a decent night last night! Will slept through the night, and that means we all got decent sleep! Yay! I hope your Wednesday is treating you well!

This meme is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. It’s super simple — all you do is answer the following questions.

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m currently buddy-reading Kingdom of the Wicked with Destiny. I haven’t gotten much farther than the uh…second sentence so I can’t comment on how I feel about it, yet! I’m also reading People We Meet on Vacation, and I’m about 30% of the way through that one. I like it so far, but not as much as I loved Book Lovers. We’ll see as I continue! I finished up Fake Empire on Sunday, and honestly…wasn’t that into it. I’m not even going to post a review on the blog. If you’re super interested in my opinion, you can check my Goodreads for a tiny little review. Next, I think I’ll pick up Ashes of the Sun, as Orbit was kind enough to send finished copies of the first two books in the series so I can be ready for the last book in the series.

What are you currently reading?

MONTHLY TBR – AUGUST

Hello my darlings!

Somehow it is already August, so that means it’s time for my MONTHLY TBR that I probably won’t get to. I’m bad at these, aren’t I? I only read FOUR books on my TBR last month. Whoops. Anyway — my hold on Not Your Average Hot Guy will come up at the library this month. Most of the rest of these are ARCs, tbh. I’ll catch up on these somehow, I know I will! I’m hoping to buddy read Small Angels with Becky, and Kingdom of the Wicked with Destiny!

What are you going to read this month? Do you have any of the same books on your TBR?

GOODREADS MONDAY – JULY 11

Well, the kid did it again. He woke up at 11:50, and wouldn’t go back to sleep until 2:50. Everyone is very tired at our House. Like…really, really tired. Someone send me some sleep in a cup?

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Budget Tales Book Blog. You choose a book from your TBR and show it off, so here we go.

KINGDOM OF THE WICKED BY KERRI MANISCALCO

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… 

Kingdom of the Wicked has been recommended to me a few times as of late. It sounds like something I’ll like — witches and romance and dark magic. Have you read this one?

TOP TEN TUESDAY – BOOKISH WISHES

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is BOOKISH WISHES. Now, you know I pretty much read exclusively on my Kindle these days, so really this list is just me wanting books on my kindle. Not all that exciting, but there are some on this list I just haven’t pushed the BUY button for yet. The only one I’ve read before is The Amber Spyglass — I love the His Dark Materials series so much. I have the first two on my Kindle, I just haven’t gotten around to buying the last one yet!

I’m going to link my Kindle Wishlist here, but I don’t expect anything, okay?

What books are on your wishlist? Do we share any?