Book: To Kill A Kingdom
Author: Alexandra Christo
My Rating: ★★★★
Summary (from Goodreads):
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?
WHAT I LOVED:
- Lira. If you love strong, badass, female leads, Lira is your girl. Lira may be my favorite character in any book I have read so far this year. This girl is awesome, and her character arc is incredible – well done, Christo.
- The retelling. Retellings are usually a hit or miss for me – I either love them or I hate them. In this case, I loved it. So unique, and such a great storyline. Does anybody else want to be a siren after reading this besides me???? The world-building was incredible, and I would jump at the chance to read more in this world (even though I loved that this book was a stand-alone).
- If you read my reviews, you already know what I’m going to say…GREY. SO MORALLY GREY. I LOVE IT. I cannot get enough of this. Lira and Elian, as a pair, are awesome. I love seeing their reflections of each other – what the other might be if only their fate had been different. And I also loved seeing how they changed each other, and helped each other evolve. This might be the best chemistry between two characters I’ve seen in a long time.
- The dialogue, especially between Lira and Elian or with his crew. Witty, sarcastic, funny. I really couldn’t ask for more and I loved it. The writing in this debut novel was, overall, superb and I cannot wait to see where Christo goes from here
WHAT I DIDN’T:
- A few minor plot points that don’t really matter. Such as: how did Lira learn how to walk/be human so quickly? Why is Elian kind of whiny and spoiled in the beginning (boo hoo being a prince is hard blah blah blah. Over it.). Why was an avalanche the thing to [DO THE BIG THING AT THE END SO I DON’T SPOIL IT]? (this felt like an out to me). The whole final battle felt anti-climactic to me. Guys, I truly loved this book so I really was wishing during the reading of this that I could shut my brain off but I COULDN’T.
- The romance. Don’t get me wrong. I totally ship it. But…it came out of basically nowhere? Sequence of events: they barely like each other -> Lira almost dies for Elian out of the blue -> they’re kind of friends -> Lira’s all, ‘are you gonna kiss me yet?’. Whoa girl, cool your jets. This felt rushed and forced to me. I feel like it could have used a little bit more development.
- This isn’t really something I didn’t like, it’s something I wished I had more of: backstory of the crew. I LOVED THEM ALL SO MUCH. TELL ME MORE. I was really missing this here and I don’t want to step out of line but MAKE ME THIS BOOK PLEASE SO I CAN KNOW THEM.
Guys, if you’re hesitating, go pick up this book if you love: retellings, badass female leads, witty dialogue. Look somewhere else if you love: books that focus on romance (it’s more of a side-show here), totally realistic and reasonable plot points, or if you don’t have a soul (just kidding. But really, this book was epic and you should give it a try).