Title: To Kill A Kingdom
Author: Alexandra Christo
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Retelling
Release Date: March 6, 2018
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?
Once I’ve heard that this is a dark retelling of the Little Mermaid, I knew that I had to read this book! It’s rare for me to find a standalone fantasy novel and I’m glad that this did not disappoint!
The world building was excellent! I could actually picture both Lira and Elian’s kingdoms. And speaking of Lira and Elian, I loved that this book showed both POVs. The character development was strong and the enemies to lovers trope was done well!
There were parts where I found a bit slow but the last few chapters made up for it! I haven’t read a lot of retellings but I can definitely say that this is one of my faves!
“Love and madness are two stars in the same sky. You cannot build a roof to keep out last year’s rain.”
“That’s the thing about risks,” Kye says. ” It’s impossible to know which ones are worth it until it’s too late.”
“The thing about taking something that’s not yours is that there will always be someone out there ready to take it back.”
“People don’t tell secrets because someone needs to know them. They do it because they need someone to tell.”
Soundtrack: Change It All by Harrison Storm
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About the Author:
Hi, I’m Alexandra! I’m a twenty-something writer from England who likes baking, marathoning Korean dramas, and writing characters with questionable morals.
My books are mostly YA, mostly fantasy, and mostly show that I let my imagination run a little too wild.
My debut novel To Kill a Kingdom is about killer sirens and killer pirates, who team up and try very hard not to kill each other. If you like Disney’s Little Mermaid, I hope I haven’t destroyed your childhood memories of it.