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Kingdom of the Wicked

(Kingdom of the Wicked #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  52,554 ratings  ·  8,069 reviews
Emilia and her twin sister Victoria are streghe - witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Victoria 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 discover who did this, and to seek vengeance at any cost—e ...more
Hardcover, 372 pages
Published October 27th 2020 by Hodder & Stoughton
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Fairyloot's October 2020 Box - My Rep Code: MELANIE5 ❤️

ARC provided by the publisher

"In the end, the monster we feared didn’t come from Hell. He came from privilege."

Oh, this review is going to be a wild ride. The range of things I feel for this book is very unreal. Listen, the atmosphere of this? The settings? The premise? I couldn’t get enough. Dare I even say close to perfect? And the plot had me so very invested in every single way. But this actual story and the plot conveniences
Aug 28, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
****** REMINDER: this series is being written as “new adult.” Book two, KINGDOM OF THE CURSED, jumps significantly in romantic content based on plot reveals and worldbuilding. *******

***AUGUST 18th UPDATE***

my publisher has a very fun announcement regarding a book trailer! details can be found here:

UPDATE: the working dedication is now a novel itself :)

"For my grandmother Victoria Maria Nucci Maniscalco
and my aunt Carol Nucci Belasco.

And for my great gr
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
oh, you guys arent even ready for how much you are gonna love this. prepare yourself for a halloween season full of witchy black magic, a brooding prince of hell, and a spooky murder mystery.

i really love seeing KMs creativity shine through in this story. with her SJTR series, theres only so much originality that can seen because its based on historical events. but with this unique magic system and the different classes of witches and demons, i think it shows a much more interesting side of KMs
Nilufer Ozmekik
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m in pain! I’m dying to learn what’s gonna happen next! Arggggggggkkkk! Yes, if you google “drunk and angry damsel in distress”, you may see my bloody face right now! I just finished this fascinating, heart throbbing, riveting , addictive story and after reading the last words as like an addict I wanted to get more literature intake. I’m honestly craving for the next book now!

The things I fell hard for:

A witch and a demon’s sizzling, pant melting chemistry : they’re like gasoline and fire!
Nomadic Reader (Baba Yaga)
So I've read the first chapter of this book, and now I have...questions.
Here are the first ones that came into my mind:

1. If this book is set in late 1800s Sicily, why is one of the main characters named Victoria (nickname Vicki)? Why is a working class Italian girl named after a British queen?
Edit July 2020: it looks like the author ended up changing the main character's name. If that is the case, I'm glad she listened to readers' concerns and took steps to fix at least some of the historical
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2 stars for the interesting concept but poorly delivered narrative with a dumb main character whose only personality trait is being good at cooking.

It would’ve been more fitting had this been marketed as a creative cookbook rather than YA fantasy.

I’ll start with the world-building which was lackluster and quite lazy. We know this was set in Italy, but the time period was unclear. We never got fleshed-out descriptions of the buildings, the clothing, and the people. This was also one of those boo
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Buddy read with my sweet friend Vickie

The FairyLoot edition is amaze balls!! Click the link under the pic to see the goodies!


Holy shit on s saltine kracker!!! This book rocked!! Ye, God’s! I need the next one 😫

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Lia Carstairs
  "One day you'll call me Death. 
For now, Wrath will do."

I want a hot demon prince Wrath for myself, please and thank you.😏🖤

Nonna gave many warnings to guard thy heart from the Wicked, but the endeavor was futile.......

It was stolen anyways.🥺 altho is it really any surprise that happened?

I LOVED Kerri's SJTR series , so the second I finished it and heard that she was making another series set in a world of demons, witches, and with an enemies-to-lovers trope—oh I just knew that I'd fall in
Dec 06, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I did not see this coming.

I know a lot of readers loved and devoured it, so I apologise in advance. It's just that I waited for a long while for this book to come out but was seriously disappointed after having read it.

There were so many inconsistencies in the plot, Emilia as a character was super annoying and did illogical things most of the time, there was zero chemistry between the leads and the mythology could've been explained in a better way (her writing style is very different from her S
Helena Paris
I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, courtesy of NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

This was absolutely wonderful!!! It also made me bloody hungry,, due to all the food references … which is NOT conducive to preventing midnight snacking FYI, but my growling stomach and I still loved it. ;)

I personally enjoyed this A LOT more than Stalking Jack the Ripper. Wrath made for a much more compelling love interest than the adorable Thomas Cresswell and I found Emilia to be a be
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

"Love is the most powerful magic. Above all else, remember that. It will always guide you where you need to go."

I was honestly mildly worried that I wouldn't like this book and that Kerri Maniscalco would break her streak of amazing books but she absolutely did not. This was definitely a new favorite and possibly one of my favorites by her.

So, what's this book about?
Two sisters.

One brutal murder.

A quest for vengeance that will unleash Hell itself…

And an intoxicating romance.

chan ☆
Mar 17, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fantasy, 2021
if you like stalking jack the ripper, i think you'll really enjoy this ...more
Aug 28, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I heard "enemies to lovers" and came running
Kevin (Irish Reader)
I need the sequel and I need it now!

I was not expecting to love this book as much as I did! I also listened to the audiobook and would highly recommend, as it has creepy music playing and really adds to the atmosphere. I loved the romance. I loved the murder mystery storyline. I loved the supernatural elements. Also loved the ending and the twist/reveal that happened, I was so shocked! Overall, I don’t really have any negatives to this book and I cannot wait for the sequel due to that cliffhange
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-releases, arc
☆ 2.5 / 5 ☆

“There are victors and victims. Decide who you want to be. Or the choice will be made for you, witch. And I doubt you’ll like it.”

In all honesty this book doesn’t have much going for it but it was still a lot of fun to get through. Was it riddled with inconsistencies and plot convenience? Most definitely, but it was also a true page-turner and very easily consumable.

I also enjoyed the author’s first book in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series and I think it’s because Kerri Manisca
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Emilia and her twin sister, Vittoria, belong to a family of witches secretly living among humans on the island of Sicily. Their family runs a renowned local restaurant, where both girls work.

At 18-years old, they've been raised hearing the lore of their family, and other beings of the underworld; mostly at the knee of their beloved Nonna.

But these stories become all too real after Emilia discovers Vittoria, murdered and mutilated.

Overcome with grief, Emilia's saving grace seems to
Chelsea Humphrey
Aug 28, 2019 marked it as dnf-lost-interest  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Storiesandcoffee
Finally starting this book after oogling and googling it for eons.


*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
Jan 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Love is the most powerful magic.”
Witches out to save the world, princes of hell on the loose, murder, vengeance, mystery, magic and love.. the perfect blend for a compelling fairytale read. Fantasy stories with a mystery aspect intrigue me on a whole different level.

This doesn’t let you get bored or distracted, there’s so much stuff happening with unexpected twists that you’re curious to know what happens next. Though it got a bit cliche at times, I didn’t find myself losing interest. After no
Charmel (on hiatu$)

yes i read this with zero knowledge. yes i read this because i was obsessed with the cover. yes i impulsively started this. and yes it was average, i didn't hate it and i didn't love it either.

witches. demons. enemies to lovers. slow-burn romance. murder mystery. all in here!

Two sisters.

One brutal murder.

A quest for vengeance that will unleash Hell itself…

And an intoxicating romance.

Kingdom of the wicked follows Emilia di Carlo who lives in Sicily with her ever-protective Nonn
2.5 Stars

I tried so hard to finish this in 2020, but I had the last 70 pages to finish on the first day of 2021. And I was pretty disappointed in my first read. I was so excited to pick this up and see a witch meet a prince of hell and fall in love. Instead, I got a very jumbled story of a girl who conveniently found a lot of things and had a very unsatisfying relationship with a prince of hell.

As I was reading this, I was getting annoyed with how convenient everything just happened to Emilia.
Cait (Caitsbooks)
who let me read this when I have to wait until October for the sequel?

This book was exactly what I was hoping it would be. I never wanted to put it down!! I loved the writing (which is no surprise considering my love of Kerri Maniscalco), I loved the depiction of grief and our main character's journey, and I loved the magic and this world. And Wrath? I'm obsessed.

Book 2 can't come out soon enough.

Expect a full review soon!
Laura Thalassa
Sep 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
AHHHHHH!!! Alright new author whose backlist I need to pillage, you have a new fan(atic). I flew through this book over the weekend, and when I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it. I'm counting down to the sequel's release! ...more
Becca & The Books
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun, fast-paced young adult fantasy with great characters.

I'm surprised by how much I enjoyed this. The first 40% I wasn't a big fan of and I was disappointed as this is one of my most anticipated releases of the year. For some reason it just didn't click with me and I really struggled to care about what was going on. However, as soon as I passed that 40% mark, I was hooked!

I adore the setting of this book. As Emilia & Vittoria's parents own a trattoria in Sicily, food played a big part in thi
Amy Imogene Reads
5 stars!

Hot demon princes, tattoo magic, underworlds, witches in Italy, and a high stakes murder mystery...Need I say more?

Concept: ★★★★★
Characters: Besides the main character being more dumb than fully believable? ★★★★
Pacing: ★★★ 1/2
Enjoyment: ★★★★★

Emilia grew up with her twin, Vittoria, on tales of witches and demons. Their grandmother raised them to learn about their witch bloodline and magical abilities and taught them to fear the devil and his seven Wicked princes—because there's nothing m
Oct 10, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: fantasy, mystery
7 days more!
Kimberly (Deity of Books)
✨ (↠ For a more mobile-friendly reading experience ↠) Review is also posted on my blog

This is a book filled with twists and turns, secrets, deaths, demons, and witches. If this doesn't make you add this to your tbr list, I don’t know how to convince you otherwise.

Set in Sicily, Italy, we meet our protagonist, Emilia di Carlo, who is a witch that secretly lives among humans. She has a twin, Vittoria, who is also a witch. Emilia is the introverted one while Vittoria is the more adventurous one a
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Don't get me wrong, I am still not ready to say goodbye to Audrey and Thomas, but... this is v v v v v exciting nonetheless 💕💕😍😍😍

Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this review copy in exchange for an honest review!
Lucie V.
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley (thank you JIMMY Patterson Books). All thoughts and opinions are my own.

✅ Secondary character
✅ intrigue
✅ Devil / demons / princes of Hell
✅🆗 Pace
🆗 Main character
🆗 World-building

3.5 stars

“Magic is a living, breathing entity; it thrives on the energy you give it. Like all forces of nature, it is neither good nor bad—it simply becomes based on the user’s intent. Feed it love and it blossoms and grows. Nourish it with hate and it will deliver ha
myo (myonna reads)
the writing was pretty meh but i really enjoyed the romance and the characters were funny, i also thought that the world was intriguing. i’m very excited for the second book.

Wrath is my new demon prince boyfriend
I’m so disappointed :(
This is a case of “it’s not you, it’s me”. But do take my rating with a grain of salt, I’ve seen some favorable reviews so far. This just wasn’t for me. rtc

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To quote Lizzie McGuire: ✨This is what dreams are made of✨

Thank you to Hodder & Stoughton and Netgalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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