To Kill a Kingdom - Book Review

Monday, 16 April 2018



Started: April 3, 2018 | Finished: April 14, 2018

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
Published by Feiwel Friends on March 6th, 2018
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Pages: 342
Book Edition: Hardcover
No. of times read: 1
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis:
Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?
Rating: 5/5

My Review:

With all the fairytale retelling books out there, I was just waiting for one on The Little Mermaid, as it's one of my favourites, and this book is finally it!! Keep in mind I haven't read the Hans Christian Andersen version, yet, so I've only see the Disney movie of it. It had certain elements from The Little Mermaid that I know, but with a darker twist, and I loved every moment of it!

This is the first book I've read with a siren in it, and they are pretty evil characters or so they like you to believe. The Sea Queen controls the entire ocean and everything in it including the sirens, and specifically her daughter, Lira. Evil isn't born, it's made. The dark magic that resides in the trident of the Sea Queen has been passed down through generations. Anyways, as the synopsis says, Lira kills one of her own and becomes a human. That for me is when the book got very interesting. The first few chapters you need to meet the characters and know their backstories before they can really get into it. I did enjoy it though because it didn't take too long for it to happen, and I thought it all flowed really well.

This story isn't just told in Lira's perspective, but also Prince Elian's as well. Both characters I really liked, and I enjoyed that you had two characters who are meant to hate each other; he's a siren killer, and she's a siren turned human who needs to kill him to become a siren again. I found that very fun, and it was great seeing these two develop throughout the book and see how their opinions change and grow. I thought it was really well done!

I would highly, highly recommend this one if you love fantasy books and fairytale retellings. Also the great thing about this is that it's a standalone book. I love series books don't get me wrong, but I find them a bit intimidating at times, especially if they're a large series. So this was great that it was just the one book, and that was it. I found the story wrapped up nicely where you were left satisfied and not needing more. Such a great book!!!

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