To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
First Published: March 6th, 2018
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dark, Fairytale Retelling, The Little Mermaid, Forbidden Love, Mother Issues
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?
A bewitchingly dark retelling of The Little Mermaid.
In which both the siren princess and human prince want to cut each other’s throats if that’s the last thing they do.
Lovely. My newfound love of dark fairytale retellings—caused by Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook—propelled me to read this book.
How could I ever go back to the innocent Disney tales I read as a child that would make me dream of a boundless future? This is atmospheric to the point that I felt Lira and Elian’s hate for each other in the marrow of my bones.
And I loved that. Especially since I found the original prince in The Little Mermaid rather one-dimensional, whereas Elian’s personality is attractive. No wonder his crew is so loyal to him: he’s authoritarian without being tyrannical, smart with a bit of smugness showing through, and as dashing on a ship as inside a palace.
But this is very much a debut: the world-building is limited, the action scenes various but short (not enough intensity), the romance pleasant but not particularly romantic, and the Sea Queen the stereotypical mother who can never be pleased because she has high expectations… on crack (so a not-so-surprising version of Ursula).
On the other hand, it is a fast-paced addictive story that makes you wish more books about sirens and pirates were published, with characters that constantly do the unexpected.
The author seriously needs to work on her fighting scenes, but To Kill a Kingdom is a decent source of entertainment. For fans of Daughter of the Pirate King.
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Awesome review. I read the ARC and thought the venom in the main characters was fantastic. That darkness and edge is well done.
Nice review! I think I will still wait for the library to give me the ebook.
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Library ebooks really are wonderful. You don’t have to go anywhere to pick them up and it is free!
Well at some libraries. I didn’t have a library back at my parents because they charged $50 per year for a card. But since I moved I do have a library card again! 🙂 I just wish wait lists went by quickly.
I wonder what the reason is behind the cost for the card. Some libraries are not fully funded by local government so that may be how they stay open but paying for a library card does stink! So glad to hear you have one again says the librarian 😊
I think that’s probably it. My town I was in was right by a small metro city but the city just didn’t want to fund the libraries outside of the city anymore I guess. If you lived out of the city that was why you had to pay the fine. Money I guess. I used my mom’s library card from Ohio for library ebooks, now I still have access to that and my own… usually one or the other will have the book I want except for new releases. My library here had The Cruel Prince, The Hazelwood, and other stuff that came out earlier this year though this week when I actually went to check it out. You are lucky you work for a library! I work for a newspaper.
It is great to have access to more than one library. It gives you more options. Thank you! I really love my job. I am a high school librarian and it really is wonderful to work with this age group. Working at a newspaper sounds like lot of fun. You know all the stuff before anyone else.
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Yes, I pretty much do know everything since I put obituaries in, press releases in, birthdays, calendar events, and school stuff like honor rolls. And yes, that is why I like it. And that’s awesome that you like the age group you are in!
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