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📝REVIEW📝: Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco ~🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟~ Genre: #YA #Fantasy #Historical ~Available Now!~

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…

My Review:

This might just be my favorite book of all time.

Emilia and her sister Vittoria are twin witches living in Palermo, Sicily. Life is all fun and games until Vittoria turns up brutally murdered with her heart cut out. Turns out someone has been killing witches. But why? Emilia intends to find out. She has turned vengeful after the lost of her sister and she will stop at nothing until she finds the killer and makes them pay. So her brilliant plan includes summoning one of the seven princes of Hell, Wrath, and binding him to her so he is forced to help her solve the mystery. They are mortal enemies but Emilia will cross any line for revenge.

The best way to describe this book was deliciously wicked. I love morally gray characters and this book is full of them. First of all there is Wrath who is literally a prince of Hell so his personality should obviously be evil. But surprisingly he is a lot more well mannered and tolerable than one would think. Then there is Emilia who starts off as a really sweet white witch but slowly becomes twisted by grief and vengeance. Emilia is cunning but still tries to keep to her morals…when she remembers them. I loved both of these main characters so much because they have such an interesting dynamic. They really don’t like each other but for some reason they feel some pull to each other. Wrath will do just about anything to get what he wants and Emilia will do just about anything to find her sister’s killer. Truly a match made in Hell.

There really isn’t too much romance in this book which I loved. The description makes it seem like this book is more of a romance but it really isn’t. This is the story about a girl who lost her twin sister and wants nothing more than to make the murderer pay. Romance is the last thing on her mind. That doesn’t mean that there isn’t some stirrings between certain characters. It was the perfect amount of romance. Not that much but just enough to want more of it.

This book leaves you with a lot of questions but this is a series so that shouldn’t be an issue. I’ll get my answers eventually. My only critique is that I wish we were told more information and not as kept in the dark. It makes sense though because we follow Emilia who is very much kept in the dark about everything from everyone.

I adored the atmosphere of this book. As a Sicilian (American) named Emily who’s family hails from Palermo and always wished she could be a witch you can imagine how much I connected to this book. It was very nostalgic of my culture and it was almost like I could live out a life I always wanted. Well maybe minus the whole summoning demons thing. The food descriptions were incredible and this book made me so hungry. I want nothing more than to go to Sicily right now

I can’t wait for the next book in the series. I highly recommend this book if you are on the fence about checking it out. It’s definitely worth it. 

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Series: https://www.goodreads.com/series/270202-kingdom-of-the-wicked

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📝REVIEW 📝 ~ 🌟 🌟 🌟~ Undead Girl Gang ~ Author: Lily Anderson ~ Genre: #YA #Contemporary #Supernatural #Paranormal #Magical Realism ~ Available Now!

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Undead Girl Gang

By

Lily Anderson

Genre: #YA #Contemporary #Supernatural #Paranormal #MagicalRealism

My Rating: 3

Cover: 5

Publication: May 8th 2018

Read: June 8th 2018

POV: First-person single perspective

Hardcover: 305

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Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/Undead-Girl-Gang-Lily-Anderson/dp/0451478231/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1545323675&sr=8-1&keywords=undead+girl+gang

Synopsis:

Mila Flores and her best friend Riley have always been inseparable. There’s not much excitement in their small town of Cross Creek, so Mila and Riley make their own fun, devoting most of their time to Riley’s favorite activity: amateur witchcraft.

So when Riley and two Fairmont Academy mean girls die under suspicious circumstances, Mila refuses to believe everyone’s explanation that her BFF was involved in a suicide pact. Instead, armed with a tube of lip gloss and an ancient grimoire, Mila does the unthinkable to uncover the truth: she brings the girls back to life.

Unfortunately, Riley, June, and Dayton have no recollection of their murders, but they do have unfinished business to attend to. Now, with only seven days until the spell wears off and the girls return to their graves, Mila must wrangle the distracted group of undead teens and work fast to discover their murderer…before the killer strikes again.

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📝My Review📝:

Interesting story but it did not have enough to capture me.

Undead Girl Gang is more about friendship than anything else. Mila brings back three girls from the dead, one being her best friend and two being girls she hates, in order to solve the mystery surrounding their deaths. The premise was cool but the execution was not the best. The story fell a bit flat for me and I feel like there were many questions left unanswered. I was able to guess the big mystery of the book pretty early on. On top of that I did not find the characters all that appealing.

I really did not like Mila. She was funny at times but her attitude really infuriated me. To me it really seemed like she was pretending to be someone that she wasn’t. Riley was disappointing, I thought she would be a fun character but she was bitter and moody the whole novel. I get that she’s dead and has a right to feel that way but it was a total buzzkill since Mila described her as being so full of life all the time. June and Dayton were okay, they had a lot of character development and that was great but it didn’t make me love their characters. Xander was also just okay, I liked him but he was always just described as being super hot so there was really nothing to dislike.

I was expecting more from this book I’m not going to lie. It was a highly anticipated read of mine but it fell short. I assume this is a standalone but I wouldn’t mind reading another book about Mila and the town of Cross Creak. I want to see how Mila moves forward from everything that happened at the ending. The one thing I really loved about this book was how it focused on the friendship between the girls more than anything else. They went from adversaries to friends for “life.” Their friendship was beautiful and I am glad that they were able to come together in the end.

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