Monday, January 21, 2019

Review: To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

Book: To Kill a Kingdom
Author: Alexandra Christo
Series: Standalone

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?

This book took me completely by surprise! I thought it would be similar to the Little Mermaid, but the story in itself was completely different.

For starters, the main character, Lira, was one heck of a protagonist. Bloodthirsty as a siren, fiery and cunning in a "I dare you to try that again to me" way, which made for a really fun read. Elian was also a great character: the wandering pirate/prince, with no strong desires to settle back down on land to take his throne. I enjoyed how he was able to pull and manipulate both his reputations as a pirate and as a prince to scheme and plot his way through. But what truly made him princely was that his goal wasn't to protect his kingdom, but the world from the threat of sirens.

I very much enjoyed how the two main characters interacted with each other, and how they were able to learn to work together to achieve their own missions. It was simple, but elegant, and hit all the right spots, especially for a standalone book. No loose ends, either! This is one book I'm definitely going to rereading again soon!

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