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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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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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The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant

The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant

I know nothing about Les Misérables (shame on me), but I am a sucker for French historical fiction. So, when I saw The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant pop up on my radar I knew I just had to read it, and boy oh boy was it good! I seriously couldn’t put it down!

This story is about a girl named Nina. When her sister, Azelma, is sold off to the cruel Tiger, Lord of the Guild of Flesh, Nina is thrown into the secret underground world of thieves, ghosts, assassins and more. Nina becomes the Black Cat of the Thieves Guild, and as the Black Cat, she makes plans to save her sister from the life of drugs and prostitution that the Guild of Flesh is notorious for. However, with the cost being another girl’s life, Nina is not able to follow through. She then spends the next few years scheming and planning to not only save her sister’s life, but also the life of the girl she almost lost-her adopted sister, Ettie. Nina’s adventures take her deeper into the Guilds, to the court of French royalty, and onto the streets of Paris, where there’s unrest and an uprising being planned.

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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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Of Curses & Kisses by Sandhya Menon

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Of Curses & Kisses by Sandhya Menon

It’s no secret that I am not a fan of YA contemporaries. It’s not the genres fault, it’s just that I’m not in the age range these books are targeted towards. So, when I first saw that this book was being released, I wasn’t dying to get my hands on a copy, but it’s a Beauty and the Beast retelling, and being someone who loves a good retelling, I thought why not give it a chance. I’m so glad I did!

I have read so many Beauty and the Beast retellings, and Of Curses & Kisses by Sandhya Menon one was so refreshing to me. It may be because this one is not set in a fantasy world, but at an elite boarding school. Also, I think the introduction of Indian culture and superstition surrounding the curse may have played a big part in my enjoyment of this book. Plus, the characters were such a treat. They had their moments, when all I wanted to do was knock some sense in them, but they ended up growing and changing for the better.

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