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Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

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Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

Kingdom of the Wicked is the newest release by Kerri Maniscalco, and if you loved her first series Stalking Jack the Ripper you’ll most definitely love this one, too. Again like SJTR it’s a historical fiction murder mystery with a potential love interest that is both gentlemanly and a little suspicious. Even though deep down I knew he was an actually good “bad guy” or demon – my favorite type of man. Then we have our main character, Emilia. At the beginning of the book she’s such a gentle and sweet little witch, helping her Sicilian family cook delicious sounding meals in their restaurant, but things change when her twin sister is found murdered (not a spoiler BTW it’s in the synopsis). From that point on Emilia is determined to do anything she can to have vengeance, including going against all she’s learned from her grandmother and summoning demons.

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Among the Beasts & Briars by Ashley Poston

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Among the Beasts & Briars by Ashley Poston

Good morning, book friends! I just finished Among the Beasts & Briars by @_ashposton and OMG you guys, it’s GOOD! Like one of my favorite books ever good! The writing is gorgeous and so atmospheric without distracting you from the plot. Plus, it has every element I love in stories-magic, a dark forbidden wood, animal companions, and love. It was just so enchanting🧡 Trust me when I say that if you love fairytales you are going to want to read this book! Among the Beasts and Briars releases tomorrow, so you can dive right into this magical story very soon🙌

Who are some of your favorite animal companions? I feel like I’ve asked this before, but since I just got two new favorites, Fox and Vala, you may have some new ones for me, too😊

Thank you to @netgalley and @balzerandbray for providing me with an e-arc copy of Among the Beasts and Briars for review.

And finally, I of course had to picture this beautiful book featuring a sly and hilarious fox with my equally beautiful fox booksleeve from @enchantedextras 🦊 You can use my code SEA15 to save 15% off everything in the shop.

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Warmaidens by Kelly Coon

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Warmaidens by Kelly Coon

Warmaidens by Kelly Coon does not have the same feel as its predecessor, Gravemaidens, while at the same time it has basically the same premise – to get an evil ruler off the throne of Alu. This story is very repetitive, lacks communication between the characters, and there’s little to no character growth.

Throughout the story Kammani and her friends are trying to get the ruler of Alu off the throne before Manzazu’s queen can start a war, but every plan they make has such a lack of communication that they fail over and over again, and instead of learning from their mistakes and trying to work together they continually end up hurting each other and their cause.

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The Nemesis by S.J. Kincaid

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The Nemesis by S.J. Kincaid

Today, I want to talk about The Diabolic series by S.J. Kincaid. I just finished the third and final book in the series, The Nemesis and holy Toledo this conclusion was amazing! But before I say anything else about this last book, I need to say that every time I am in Books-A-Million, I see multiple copies of The Diabolic (and now also The Empress) in the bargain section for $3 or less. Heck, I even got my copy from that bargain section 3 years ago! It really just boggles my mind that this amazing series is just flying under the radar. I mean, in the year that I have been on Bookstagram, I have seen The Diabolic talked about twice, which is a damn shame. I love this series so much, that it was one of the very first series I talked about on the Bookstagram platform, and whenever someone asks for an underrated series, this is the one I recommend they should read.

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Of Silver & Shadow by Jennifer Gruenke

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Of Silver & Shadow by Jennifer Gruenke

I first tried reading Of Silver & Shadow by Jennifer Gruenke back at the beginning of June, but I was struggling to get into the story and connect with the characters. I put the book aside for about a month and again the same problem happened. I decided recently to give it one last try and thank goodness I did because I ended up really enjoying the book.

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The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg

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The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg

The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg is a must-read for fans of HBO’s WestWorld. If you haven’t started watching WestWorld yet, don’t have HBO, don’t understand or approve of piracy, and want to watch in the best quality, you can use this link to get the BluRay for the complete first season from Amazon.

This is also an excellent read for people like Shannon, who don’t want to get involved in the whole convoluted series of WestWorld (especially Season 3, which takes things to a whole new level). This book is a good one-off that gives you the main idea all at once without having to get invested in a series.

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This Vicious Cure by Emily Suvada

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This Vicious Cure by Emily Suvada

There has absolutely never been a better time to start reading This Mortal Coil trilogy by Emily Suvada. With COVID-19 threatening the world as we speak, you can really get into this series and hopefully see, with brand new eyes, the very real potential threat that a pandemic such as the fictional Hydra virus could pose against the population of the world.

I have waited a while to review this book, because I didn’t really know where to start. I almost didn’t review it, because it could almost be seen simply as a continuation of This Cruel Design, however, I absolutely understand the need to make it a separate book, which is obvious when you read it.

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Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

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Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

Wicked Saints was a buddy read with my wife, Shannon. Somehow, she ended up with two copies of this book, so we both read them at pretty much the same time. Shannon has since received an e-arc from Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for the sequel, Ruthless Gods, which she posted a review for earlier today.

This was Emily A. Duncan’s first book, and to be brutally honest, it started off reading like one. I absolutely couldn’t stand the foreign names that we difficult to pronounce even in my head (like why could Tranavia have not simply been Travania? — which would have made much more sense from a reader’s perspective). It took me a long time to get into this book (nearly halfway-through), but once it started getting good, it got good quick. The magic started flowing, and it turned out to be a really solid read.

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Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan

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Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan

Heads up guys! I never know where to start when reviewing the 2nd book in the series, because there’s bound to be spoilers. So, friends if you haven’t read Wicked Saints and are planning on it, click away for now.  

Let’s start with a little background on my feelings about the first book in this series, Wicked Saints. The first half was absolute torture to read. All of the ridiculous and distracting names were just too much for me, but I continued on because honestly Serephin was giving me The Darkling vibes, you know from Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow & Bone series, and I needed to see some good happen for him — even though, does he really deserve that? I still don’t know, but I love him anyway.  I also kept reading because I was intrigued by how everything was going to play out, and was pleasantly surprised in the end. There was backstabbing, redemption, damnation, and more. It was a fantastic ending that left me needing to read the 2nd book ASAP, which leads me to Ruthless Gods

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The Toll by Neal Shusterman

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The Toll by Neal Shusterman

Personally, I feel like Neal Shusterman really created a masterpiece with The Toll. I really enjoyed Scythe and its follow up, Thunderhead, but The Toll was the grand finale that tied up all of the loose ends and ultimately brought the series to its full and glorious completion.


There appear to be two distinctly separate camps when it comes to readers of this book. There are those who loved Scythe and Thunderhead who happened to be very bored and underwhelmed by The Toll, and this camp seems to actually hold the majority. On the other hand, there are readers who believe The Toll completely stands apart from the first two books in the series and truly deserves more credit than people are giving it. I happen to be a member of this second camp, as this book “resonated” with me pretty deeply.

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