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Review: Kingdom of the Wicked

Titled: Kingdom of the Wicked

Author: Kerri Maniscalco

Date of Publication: October 27th, 2020

Goodreads Summary:

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…
 

My Review:

I’m a huge Maniscalco fan! Love her writing and the stories she spins! I was super excited to see what type of new book she would bring to the table after I finished the Stalking Jack the Ripper series! And she did not disappoint!

This was a page-turning world that had me glued to the story at page 1! I loved the twin bone between Emilia and Vittoria! And also the food and the family! Emilia was a strong character and when she met Wrath, I just knew things were going to get awesomer!

Wrath was the kind of book guy I like, where you don’t know if he’s hiding secrets or not but you love him regardless! I wanted to pinch Emilia at times and tell her to just go hug and kiss Wrath, but I understand why it would be hard to trust a prince demon of Hell! There chemistry and bickering was just excellent!

But seriously, I highly recommend to read this book! And yes, there is a dreaded cliffhanger, one that will leave you yearning for book 2, which is a great thing! 

What’s your favorite witchy book?

 

Review: Hunting Prince Dracula

Title: Hunting Prince Dracula

Author: Kerri Maniscalco

Date of Publication: September 19th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

In this hotly anticipated sequel to the haunting #1 bestseller Stalking Jack the Ripper, bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Could it be a copycat killer…or has the depraved prince been brought back to life?

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Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.

But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.

My Review:

So, first off I really liked book one. When I saw this was going to be centered around Dracula, I was ecstatic. The question was, is Dracula an immortal going around killing people or is it someone impersonating him? Well, you have to read to find out!

Audrey Rose is a strong female character that doesn’t want anyone to stand up for her besides herself. A few times this got annoying when she got mad at Thomas for no real reason, but I get it. She wants to prove she can handle her own situations.

Thomas… Thomas… Thomas… what a great character and the cutest little flirt ever put into a book. Loved him! The banter was perfect!

You want creepiness? You got it! There was some awesome parts where I was like yes! I love creepy! There was a twist, that I didn’t guess so that was good for me, because I am usually not surprised by outcomes.

Last off, I have to know what the next book will be about!!!!!

 

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Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper

Title: Stalking Jack the Ripper

Author: Kerri Maniscalco

Date of Publication: September 20, 2016

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Goodreads Summary: 

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

The story’s shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.

My Review:

This book had me from the very first line. Audrey doesn’t like the way society views women, and instead of sitting around and drinking tea all day she would rather hang out with her uncle and help him discover better ways to help save lives. In this she has to deal with working with dead bodies. The bodies start to become quite worse when a madman is on the loose tearing apart prostitute’s bodies and taking from them what he desires. A determined girl and a frustrating boy begin a hunt to find this viscous creature of the night.

I absolutely loved this story, and at times I forget that it is not just a story but actual events that did occur, and it is maddening that someone could have actually done the things to these poor ladies that Jack did.

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I have always been interested in the Jack the Ripper story and have done research papers and saw the movie From Hell. I think it is so fascinating because the crime was never solved and even today there are so many theories on who he actually was.

In the story Audrey is one of my favorite characters to date. She just seems so real and she is strong and willing to stand up for herself, and Kerri didn’t make her into an annoying feminist that is trying to hard but an actual woman that most girls should look up to despite the horrendous events that occur and surround her.

Thomas is the boy that helps and frustrates Audrey, but she can’t help being attracted to everything about him. She meets him through her uncle and he is smart and determined and together they make the perfect team, and I loved them so much.

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When Audrey’s uncle gets accused of being Jack she becomes even more anxious to discover the killer to prove her uncle’s innocence. Things become more intense than they already were.

This was a spectacular YA mystery/thriller. I was addicted to every scene up unto the very end and apparently there will be more books in the series which I can’t wait to read.

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