Kingdom of the Wicked

Kingdom of the Wicked

Book - 2020 | First edition
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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.
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2020
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780316428460
0316428469
Branch Call Number: TEEN FIC Man
Characteristics: 372 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm

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ShamaBole
Apr 24, 2021

I made it to chapter 9 and then gave up. The sisters are not particularly intelligent, compulsive liars, and quite stupidly self-destructive. I really couldn't care what happened to Emily or anyone in the book, really.

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kerstinrosero
Apr 12, 2021

Kingdom of the Wicked is a dark fantasy page turner that weaves together food, strong family ties, a quest for revenge, and food. It had a lot of things going on. Because there were so many things to pay attention to at the same time, I appreciated the easy prose and quick pace of the writing.
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I liked how the author depicted strong family ties in the di Carlo family, especially the relationship Emilia had with her twin sister, Vittoria. Her family is her strongest support system, which makes Emilia's grief and thirst for revenge absolutely—and almost terrifyingly—believable. Simply put, grief makes people do wild things, and because of that, I could (sometimes) understand Emilia's baffling decisions; other times, her actions were baffling to me and had nothing to do with grief. Either way, her family bonds were the book's greatest strength for me and set the stage for a powerful and relatable quest for vengeance.
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It was the execution that was a bit trickier. I felt that the author's attempts to make Emilia clever came at the much greater expense of making other characters—like the all-powerful Princes of Hell—look incompetent, which took away from the impact of the story (and even more from the central romance, in my opinion). For a book about someone serial killing young witches, I never got the feeling our young witch protagonist was in any real danger—and without that sense of danger (or self-preservation, really), that step-by-step quest for vengeance becomes more of a to-do list.
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Still, I enjoyed following Emilia as she checked items off her list, especially against the backdrop of an atmosphere that was genuinely dark and creepy. Would recommend if you want a quick fantasy read.

I thought this book would be right up my alley, and I was 100% right. Witches and demons and enemies-to-lovers-to-enemies? Sign me up.

TeensReadItFirst2 Feb 07, 2021

Reviewed by Emma C.

I really enjoyed this book I loved the plot and the story line of demons, witches and the demon princes. When she meets wrath the one of the demons she has been warned about by her grandmother ever since she was a little girl just makes the story so much better that she has heard about them but still is determined to work with wrathI couldn’t put this book down it was a really good read and I absolutely fell in love with the characters especially wrath. I really enjoyed reading about wrath and his brothers and that there name represented there houses and Emilia had to chose which house to choose wrath, pride, envy and greed. I also liked the topic of one brutal murder and Emilia is determined to catch the killer. In conclusion this was a really good book that left me on a cliffhanger and I really hope there will be more books released soon I definitely rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

TeensReadItFirst Jan 03, 2021

Reviewed by Brandon Y.

The novel, Kingdom of the Wicked, is a dark novel filled with mystery and suspense as Emilia, a witch, tries to solve her sister’s murder as demons begin to surface in Italy. I found the story to be quite gripping as she hunts for clues with her sketchy demon partner Wrath. The story involves lots of plotting with twists and turns but some parts were a bit confusing for me. I didn’t really like the fact that Vittoria’s diary was written in cursive, some words were hard to read for me. However, something I found funny in the novel was that Latin became the devil’s language (what kind of grudge must the author have with Latin). Overall, I enjoyed reading the book and would probably read the next book, rating this book a ⅘.

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It was hard to grasp the fact that the monsters from my childhood stories were real. They didn’t have red eyes, or claw-tipped fingers, or horns. The creatures from Hell were elegant, regal, well mannered. It upended my idea of how evil was supposed to present itself to the world. Wrath was supposed to be fang-toothed and drooling, not a shirtless wonder any artist would dream of painting.

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