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Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco

About the Book – Kingdom of the Cursed

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. With back-stabbing princes, luxurious palaces, mysterious party invitations, and conflicting clues about who really killed her twin, Emilia finds herself more alone than ever before. Can she even trust Wrath, her one-time ally in the mortal world… or is he keeping dangerous secrets about his true nature? 

Emilia will be tested in every way as she seeks a series of magical objects that will unlock the clues of her past and the answers she craves…

One sister. 
Two sinful princes.
Infinite deception with a side of revenge… Welcome to Hell.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author of Stalking Jack the Ripper Kerri Maniscalco comes the sizzling, sweepingly romantic sequel to Kingdom of the Wicked! 

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“A phoenix rises from the ashes for a reason. Your world must be destroyed for you to rise anew. And rise you shall. Just as they feared you would.” 

Quote from Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco

Our Review of Kingdom of the Cursed

So it’s a new year and I wanted to start 2022 with the best book to set the tone for the year. My choice of Poison? Kingdom of the cursed. Why? Because I had loved and was head over heels with the first book and I had been so excited to read the second book. Guess what happened? My choice of Poison indeed turned out to be poisonous. The first book of the year and it turns so disappointing. I am suddenly very worried about my reading year. I could say that maybe I had too much expectation from the book and maybe that’s why I was disappointed. But I won’t say that. Why? Because the book didn’t have anything to offer and that’s why I am raving mad.

To brush up on the first book, one of the most alluring things about the book, was the romance. The reason why it was so alluring and cherishable was that it was sneaky, subtle and very untouchable sort. Plus the fact that so much was happening, so many secrets, plans, action that it was a pure adrenaline rush

Come to the second book, what do you get? Two horny people, ripping each other’s clothes at different locations. ( and one of them is supposed to be the prince of hell ….yeah right) For me, continuous “hop on it” drained out the whole charm of the romance. Bring on the romance, hot actions, BDSM or whatever you want to add but you can’t simply treat it as the whole book. The whole book is just Wrath and Emilia dancing naked around each other testing each other’s level of “lust” 

This book should have been a novella for those who wanted to burn in the sizzling chemistry of wrath and Emilia. But as a sequel, this book has no plot progression. Do you know how annoying it is when you had to wait for it so patiently and the book stands just as where it stood in the prequel?


In conclusion, I feel this was not the sequel I was looking forward to because as much I had loved the romance in the first book, too much of it in this book kind of ruined the mood. Even if I overlook it, the basic fact is that about 400 pages and no actual progression to the plot from where it stopped in the last book were frustrating. The only ounce of life was in one single page towards the end where there was a major plot revelation and then it is back to “hot chemistry”.Although I admit that the book has some of the cutest banters I have ever read. 

Squirrel Rating

Squirrel Rating- 2 Stars

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