Fantasy, Retelling, Romance, Young Adult

Review: To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

TO KILL A KINGDOMPrincess 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?

5 stars

Fantasy | Romance | Retellings | Young Adult Fiction

Is it just me or does the past couple months (maybe I should stretch that to the last year) I have found MORE mermaid/siren based retellings being released. I mean really, Into the Drowning Deep, Sea Witch, Bride of the Sea – it just makes me swoon to see so many sea based themed books hitting the shelves. Let me just do a little happy dance, because I most definitely am, especially considering the promotions… you really think I would pass up anything Little Mermaid retelling? If you did, you do not know my obsessions enough and I will need you to work on that. 

To be blunt, this book was absolutely stunning. It one hundred percent lived up to my expectations. I am sure if it were a series, or more details to the plot could have been added if Christo wanted to drag the novel on, but in my opinion, for being a standalone it was perfection. The writing style was stunning, the entire build from the depth of the characters to the scenic atmosphere was beautifully built to aid in my imagination. There wasn’t a moment when I wasn’t in awe with the breath taking world I was transformed into with To Kill A Kingdom, literally from start to finish I was beguiled by Christo. 

Definitely hands down the characters were the biggest part of my book boner, obviously leveled with my love for the world building, mostly because I connected so easily with both Lira and Elian. I loved them. There I said it – I was head over heels in love with these characters. Lira was a big obsession for me throughout the book. I wasn’t prepared with how fierce, cleverly enticing she would be in the novel. Obviously from the synopsis I knew she was this prince murdering Siren Princess, but I wasn’t fully prepared for how she actually was throughout To Kill A Kingdom. Her personality was witty, entertaining, she had this sarcastic presence left me chuckling constantly when she was around Elian. Not only that, but it was refreshing to have a Siren badass continue to live up to her title, The Princes’ Bane, and not become inferior while Lira’s storyline progressed. Though her growth made her see a different picture as her feelings start to change, she ultimately does not change from that unapologetic brutal personality I came to adore.

Speaking of Elian, I flipping adored his character. Instantly I was captivated by his charming demeanor, he was hilariously delicious, passionate, clever with an interesting blend between being a pirate and a prince. He was honestly just an all around enjoyable character; the way he not only interacted with his crew, carried himself, developed plans – he was hands down the best part.

And that chemistry…. oh my lanta. Elian and Lira together was spectacular. When they first met, the banter plus the tension of their conversations screamed attraction, yet the hesitation of trust was there, it was well played. Definitely a slow build romance, one that also did not overstep the general plot, especially when the climatic moments occurred with their current adventure or battle, it seemed to aid in the suspense. Every moment I was pinning for more, closer and closer they got, seeing where they would go – it was perfectly flowed. They were a perfect match. 

Boy, that moment Elian discovers the truth- whooooh. Perfection. My heart is still pounding in my ears.

Overall, I loved it. To Kill A Kingdom surpassed my expectations. Siren Princess with a fierce personality mixed with a Pirate Prince with one to match; they were both witty, clever,  plus the deliciously fun adventures with such an amazing romance to boot – I was captivated from page one through to the end. Definitely quick easy world to fall in love with, fast paced and an amazing, jaw dropping ending. I need more! 

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