Book Review Of “To Kill A Kingdom” By Alexandra Christo @MacKidsBooks @alliechristo
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 (from Goodreads)
Thank you to Macmillan Children’s for the free copy of this book, in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.
FIVE GLORIOUS STARS!!!!!
I loved this book, everything about it. Honestly I had started straying from YA, I was burnt out of the same old tropes. So to pick up something like this, and to read something so mind-blowing and different, was a godsend. I loved the sardonic humor, the characters, the way they interacted with each other, and there was no Insta Love, so if that’s one of your favorite things about YA, you wont find it in this one.
Also this is a Standalone novel, so you are not left with any cliffhangers, it’s all wrapped up with a shiny dark bow. I loved the ending, it was absolute perfection. Who am I kidding, I just loved everything about this book. By far one of my favorite re-tellings. Growing up I was a huge Little Mermaid fan, and this book did such a fantastic job. I love all things dark and gritty.
Lira, is a kick ass female character, she matched Elian wit for wit, strength for strength and I think in the world of YA that is a great thing, and something that I see happening more and more.
If you guys are even thinking about reading this one, take the plunge and read it. I promise you that you won’t be let down, and that you will probably find a new favorite book.
In the pits of our souls – if I amuse myself with the notion that I have a soul – Elian and I aren’t so different. Two kingdoms that come with responsibilities we each have trouble bearing. Him, the shackles of being pinned to one land and one life. Me, trapped in the confines of my mother’s murderous legacy. And the ocean, calling out to us both. A song of freedom and longing.