Title: To Kill a Kingdom
Author: Alexandra Christo
Published: March 6, 2018
My rating: 5/5⭐
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?
I had heard so many great things about this book and I was afraid it wouldn’t live up to the hype. But I absolutely adored it!
As soon as I started reading I was drawn into the story. The pacing was swift and the writing style simply beautiful. I really couldn’t put this book down. There were hints of The Little Mermaid but it still was a new story.
I have a heart for every year that I’ve been alive
My favourite character was definitely Lira. She’s strong, smart and very sarcastic. Her character development was one of the best things in this book. I also loved how the POVs were equally divided between Lira and Elian, being able to read both sides of the story was amazing.
They had a fantastic chemistry and their romance was a wonderful slow-burn.
How strange that instead of taking his heart, I’m hoping he takes mine.
I loved the world building and I think it’s too bad that this was a stand-alone because I would have loved to explore more of this world.
I highly recommend all fantasy and fairytales retellings lovers to read this book right now. You won’t regret it!