Review: To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

 

Title: To Kill A Kingdom
Author: Alexandra Christo
Genre: YA Fantasy
Type: Standalone
POV: First Person – Female
Rating:

Lira was a notorious keeper of prince’s hearts. Poised to take over her mother’s reign as sea queen, she wanted to cement her own legacy. But her ambition landed her in hot waters and she must find a way to redeem herself.

Elian Midas hailed from a powerful kingdom. However, as the heir to the throne, he was more pirate than prince. Choosing to live on the open sea, he made it his mission to hunt the deadly sirens. Little did he know his latest adventure might cost him his heart.

When I chose to read this book, I didn’t realize it’s based on The Little Mermaid which happens to be my favorite fairytale. So I was even more excited to read it.

Lira wasn’t a Disney princess, that’s for sure. She was a villain with a ruthless reputation. I like seeing her humanity “breaking” her down. However, I wanted to see more of her supposed viciousness before that happened.

Everything is a game to him. Loyalty is mockery and devotion is kinship in place of fear.

With khol rimmed eyes and princely attitude, Elian was hard to resist. I love the path he chose for himself and how he handled his crew. And I like he stayed true to himself.

I know whichever plan I go with will lead to his death. Either I try to kill him now, or I wait to kill him after, but there’s no path I’ve mapped out for myself that doesn’t end alongside his life.

I enjoyed the overall storyline. I liked how the author reinterpreted the fairytale with darker undertone. However I wanted more epicness when it comes to the action scenes and the writing. It could benefit from a darker and lusher feel.

I think about how different it feels, to be a new kind of soldier, earning loyalty by saving lives instead of destroying them. Fighting a war on the other side.

To Kill A Kingdom is a story of ambitions and rising above. It would appeal to readers who enjoy darker re-imagined fairytale with minimal romance.

 

This review is also available on Goodreads.

 

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. 📖 #CurrentlyReading: To Kill a Kingdom by #AlexandraChristo . I'm excited for this one. Bring on the tentacles 🐙 lol! . By the way guys, I'm having problem with my laptop 😞 . It took me tremendous patience trying to edit this pic with a screen that froze every 10 seconds. So until I get it fixed there will be minimal posting from me. . . ★ Book Details ★ Buy: https://amzn.to/2syaVGu Blurb: 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 siren kind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy? . . . #WarhawkesVault #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookblog #bookblogger #booklover #bibliophile #bookaholic #bookaddict #bookporn #bookishfeatures #bookstagramfeature #bookfeaturepage #mybookfeatures #igreads #bookphotography #bookstagrammalaysia #ToKillAKingdom

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