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Kingdom of the Cursed (Kingdom of the Wicked #2) by Kerrie Maniscalco – ARC Review

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My Rating ~ Five Stars

RELEASE DATE:  5 October 2021

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Source:  Hachette Australia

Pages: 448

Please note:  As this review is for book 2 in the series, the blurb and my review may contain spoilers for book 1, Kingdom of the Wicked!

Blurb 

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

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…

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Review

Thank you to Hachette Australia for providing me with a copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review!

Me: I’m not a huge fan of romance in books

Also me: Prince Wrath, I am available 7 days a week, anytime 🙋🏼‍♀️

To say I’ve been eagerly awaiting Kingdom of the Cursed is an understatement. I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since I fell in love with Kingdom of the Wicked!  In this book we begin with Emilia and Wrath’s journey through the Sin corridor, on her way to fulfill her contract of marriage to Pride. I must admit, the first part of the book took me a bit to get through. Maybe the beginning was slow? Maybe my attention span was having a toddler moment, I’m not sure. But once I got into it, I really got in to it. I now have a burn on my hand to remind me of how engrossed I was. (Don’t cook and read, kids). 

Kingdom of the Cursed skated its way into more of an NA category than YA I guess? TBH I’m still completely confused over where that line gets drawn, but anyway, there was a lot more smut, which is exactly what I was looking for when I started groaning about the rumour this book would be more romance centered. 👌 

I loved Emilia’s character growth here, she was so driven when it came to her desire for vengeance for her sister, but also had to show such bravery in the face of the princes of Hell. Speaking of which, I loved getting to know the ones we got up close and personal with in this part of the story! Gluttony, Pride, Envy, they were all spellbinding in their own way.

As well as plenty of hot scenes, intense characters and some truly beautiful world building, there were some mind blowing twists that now have me glaring daggers at the calendar as I wait for book 3! 

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