Review: Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco

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After selling her soul to become Queen of the Wicked, Emilia travels to the Seven Circles with the enigmatic Prince of Wrath, where she’s introduced to a seductive world of vice. She vows to do whatever it takes to avenge her beloved sister, Vittoria... even if that means accepting the hand of the Prince of Pride, the king of demons. The first rule in the court of the Wicked? Trust no one.

Be still, my beating heart.

Kingdom of the Cursed had all the right ingredients to capture my heart. Had the right players, the right lines, and the right plot.
Dear Reader,
I am a woman of simple pleasures and Kingdom of the Cursed has attempted to ruin me for the next 5 books I have yet to read. How can I just move on? How can I IGNORE THAT ENDING? THE CRUMBS OF CLUES MANISCALCO LEFT FOR US IN THIS BOOK!!

I sit awake into the long hours of the night just wondering, thinking, about Wrath and Emilia. Of all the secrets shown to us. Of all the other possible clues given to us in Kingdom of the Wicked that I oversaw.

How did I feel?

I absolutely loved this book. From the world-building to the character development, this book has made its way to be a top favorite. I could see the contents of the book painted vividly in my mind. I was swept away into an amazing, steamy, and mysterious adventure 😉

I was half tempted to make one of those boards cops make to figure out who the murderer was and who were key players in the game. Maniscalco added the right amount of suspicion in each character, at one point I even suspected the main character herself.
Kingdom of the Cursed gave me that first-time love feeling. You know the one, in where the contents of the book takes your breath away, your heart beats faster as more situations arise, and you find yourself thinking about the book after you’ve closed it for the night.

What did I Like?

“One thing I can promise,” his voice was deep and sensual in the dark,”is you won’t ever doubt it’s real when I touch you.”

Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco

  • Emilia: Her character development was a delight to read. Her growth in this book was empowering.
  • Wrath: If Cassian and Azriel fused together, Wrath would be the outcome. The right amount of Cocky, Respectful, and self-sacrificing.
  • Gluttony: Favorite brother so far despite his debauchery.
  • The world-building: Who would’ve imagined Hell to be such a beautifully gothic place. The map in the beginning pages of the book helped cement the descriptions in place. I was sucked into this world, I saw the colors, tasted the winds, and felt the frost at the tip of my lips.
  • The Teasing: I’m a sucker for teasing. The steamy scenes were so well done and well placed. They weren’t overly crude and left you wanting more of them. Especially that ending!

“I chose a violent, bloody shade of red and painted my lips the color of murder instead”

Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco

What did I not like?

Despite being an automatic favorite, there were some parts that seemed to have been rushed. I would’ve liked the book to have been longer instead of having those realizations/moments rushed for the sake of moving along the story. It could’ve been an editor choice….but I’m hoping that the next book allows those moments of realization to come more naturally. Give us longer books! WE WOULDN’T COMPLAIN!! haha!

The Verdict

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