Review: Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco


Rating: ☆☆☆☆
Title: Kingdom of the Wicked
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Series: Kingdom of the Wicked #1
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Audience: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Length: 372 pages
Publisher: JIMMY Patterson
Release Date: October 27, 2020
Source: Personal Collection
Recommended for fans of:
Content Warnings: murder, death of a sibling


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 that 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 really enjoyed this YA paranormal fantasy. I loved the rich & dark atmosphere, the witchy magic, the murder mystery, and allllll the descriptions of food. Kerri Maniscalco shines as a fantasy writer, and I predict that this series will be even better than Stalking Jack the Ripper.

I loved the angst and banter between Emilia and Wrath, but I really wanted more from their enemies to lovers budding romance. I needed more Wrath content in general!

I occasionally felt like things were too easy for Emilia, but honestly, girl went through A LOT in this book so she deserved some lucky breaks. There were some really great twists I did not see coming at all, and that cliffhanger ending… is it October yet? Because I think book 2 will be even better.

Kingdom of the Wicked was my February pick for my book club on Instagram, and I had so much discussing this book (and others) with my group! I’m so glad I decided to start hosting buddy reads in 2021!

Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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