To Kill a Kingdom

To Kill a Kingdom

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 Pr...

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Title:To Kill a Kingdom
Author:Alexandra Christo
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To Kill a Kingdom Reviews

  • Aimee (Aimee, Always)

    If want to read a GLORIOUS book about, mermaids, and PIRATES, definitely give To Kill a Kingdom a shot! It was intense and plot-driven, incredibly well-written, and super easy to get into. You’re going to love the complex characters and their hilarious banter, too! 😍

    Full review closer to the release date on my blog,

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    FIRST FIVE STAR READ IN FOREVER AND ASDFGHJKL I AM SO IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK IT MAKES ME SO HAPPY

    MORE COHERENT THOUGHTS WHEN IT ISN’T 2 IN THE MORNING ON A SCHOOL NIGH

    If want to read a GLORIOUS book about, mermaids, and PIRATES, definitely give To Kill a Kingdom a shot! It was intense and plot-driven, incredibly well-written, and super easy to get into. You’re going to love the complex characters and their hilarious banter, too! 😍

    Full review closer to the release date on my blog,

    -

    FIRST FIVE STAR READ IN FOREVER AND ASDFGHJKL I AM SO IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK IT MAKES ME SO HAPPY

    MORE COHERENT THOUGHTS WHEN IT ISN’T 2 IN THE MORNING ON A SCHOOL NIGHT

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    PRE-READING THOUGHTS:

    I honestly couldn't care less what this book is about--the mere fact that it's written by the sweet, amazing

    means that it's going to be one epic book! BUT bonus points because, yes, the book itself sounds awesome and 2017 can't come soon enough!

  • Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink

    Oh my gosh. Oh my gosh.

    I am just sitting here in shock and full of feels and alskfjal;skdjfa;lksjf GO ORDER THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW. How am I supposed to write a coherent review? Gah!

    Okay *breathes*

    So if you haven't seen the description, this is somewhat of a little mermaid retelling, except there are lots of creatives spins that pull from other folklore as well! (For example, Midas ;))

    Lira is a siren known as the 'Prince's Bane' - and she's infamous for killing princes. Yep, that's what she does.

    Oh my gosh. Oh my gosh.

    I am just sitting here in shock and full of feels and alskfjal;skdjfa;lksjf GO ORDER THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW. How am I supposed to write a coherent review? Gah!

    Okay *breathes*

    So if you haven't seen the description, this is somewhat of a little mermaid retelling, except there are lots of creatives spins that pull from other folklore as well! (For example, Midas ;))

    Lira is a siren known as the 'Prince's Bane' - and she's infamous for killing princes. Yep, that's what she does. She rips out their hearts. Not to mention, she's the daughter of the mighty Sea Queen who is pretty much terrible all around. She's Ursula if Ursula was chewed up, spit out by the devil himself (but still manages to be attractive). Poor Lira's upbringing, and the reason she is a killer, is actually horribly sad.

    Annnyyywayyy, Lira is unashamedly brutal and hunts with vicious intent.

    Elian is a prince whos pastime is piracy. Yep, you heard me. We have a pirate prince on our hands, ladies and gentlemen. Nikolai Lantsov, meet your brother from another mother. Anyway, Elian is hilariously sassy and all around amazing. But why does he patrol the seas, you ask?

    He hunts sirens. And he kills a great deal of them.

    So we have a prince killer and a siren killer - the makings of a perfectly delicious story.

    Anyway, after an event that royally pisses of the Sea Queen, she changes Lira into a human as punishment and orders her to go kill the siren-killer prince (but without her siren powers.) Elian finds Lira, who looks like an ordinary girl at this point, conveniently drowning in the ocean. But instead of trying to kill him right off the bat, Lira has another idea - and decides to stick around for a while.

    That's all I'm going to say.

    Here's what you need to know:

    Elian is everything. His crew is everything. The WRITING is everything. (Seriously, all aspiring authors need to read this and revel in its beauty. I have SO MANY LINES highlighted.) There is romance, banter, pirates, action, drama, adventure, strong character arcs, and lots of fun kingdoms. I don't want to spoil anything else. Just read it.

    Alexandra is a master of creative writing, character, and storytelling. I honestly loved every bit of this book, and you can bet I'll be shoving it at everyone I know.

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  • Kate (beautifulbookland)

    Do I have a new favourite female character?

    I think I do. And she’s siren royalty who rips out princes’ hearts and keeps them in her room.

    She’s delightful. You’re gonna love her.

    To Kill a Kingdom is the The Little Mermaid of your nightmares. It follows Lira, who was punished at a young age by her mother for not being the ruthless killer that she was supposed to be. Since then, she has followed her mother’s orders in the hopes of pleasing her, becoming the Prince’s Bane. Until, after

    Do I have a new favourite female character?

    I think I do. And she’s siren royalty who rips out princes’ hearts and keeps them in her room.

    She’s delightful. You’re gonna love her.

    To Kill a Kingdom is the The Little Mermaid of your nightmares. It follows Lira, who was punished at a young age by her mother for not being the ruthless killer that she was supposed to be. Since then, she has followed her mother’s orders in the hopes of pleasing her, becoming the Prince’s Bane. Until, after taking a prince’s heart two weeks before she was meant to, Lira’s mother punishes her, taking away her fin and turning her into a human.

    Elian is a prince whose heart belongs at sea. He is a dedicated siren hunter, and is determined to rid the world of sirens and the threats they pose. And his big conquest? The Prince’s Bane, with her hellfire hair and her collection of human prince hearts. He is on a mission to end the war between humans and sirens when he happens upon a naked girl drowning in the middle of the ocean. Along with her strange appearance is also the fact that the newcomer speaks the illegal language of the sirens - and Elian needs to decide whether to trust her not just for his own safety, but for the safety of his crew too.

    This is not a “Suddenly-I-see-the-light-because-this-dude-is-good-and-gorgeous-and

    ” book. It’s pretty gruesome, actually. And, despite saving her from drowning, Lira and Elian hate each other initially. She wants to rip his heart out and he just really doesn’t trust her.

    So, honestly? I knew I was onto a winner.

    Having said that, there is some romance (it’s minimal and slow burn and I just wanted to knock their heads together because JUST KISS EACH OTHER) and while there is a change of feeling on Lira’s part, that too is a gradual change, and it was really nice to read about.

    I wasn’t really mad on the secondary characters, but I did appreciate Madrid, who is the only female on Elian’s crew and who

    as opposed to meeting her with aggression because obviously females are always enemies.

    All in all, you should definitely add this one to your to read lists! Lira is an absolutely riot!

    *thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a copy*

  • Candace Robinson

    This book was so much fun! First, you have a wicked siren, who rips out a princes heart each year for her birthday! With her bare freaking hands! I loved Lira!

    Then we meet Prince Elian, who isn’t just your normal boring prince, he’s pretty much a pirate! He had awesome integrity and was all about doing what it takes for humanity!

    Also no insta love here. Thanks the deepest depths of the ocean! There was the perfect slow build, even with all the hate going inside of Lira. But after being transform

    This book was so much fun! First, you have a wicked siren, who rips out a princes heart each year for her birthday! With her bare freaking hands! I loved Lira!

    Then we meet Prince Elian, who isn’t just your normal boring prince, he’s pretty much a pirate! He had awesome integrity and was all about doing what it takes for humanity!

    Also no insta love here. Thanks the deepest depths of the ocean! There was the perfect slow build, even with all the hate going inside of Lira. But after being transformed into a human by her witch of a mother, literally, she somehow has to find herself and maybe adapt a little to humanity as well.

    Plus the octopus tentacle with that dagger on the cover! 😍

    Review on my blog:

  • Megan (YABookers)

    : I received this free from the publisher via NetGalley

    feels like a super dark Little Mermaid retelling. Lira is a siren and she has a taste for royal blood. The book opens up with Lira ripping a prince's heart out with her bare hands. Lira is brutal and ruthless but goes through some great development. I loved the romance, a brilliant hate to love romance. The world building was phenomenal. Full review to come closer to the release date.

  • mith

    A bit iffy on how I feel about that ending—probably because I made myself rush through it so who knows! It's probably just me, what can ya do.

    Anyway! Oh, how happy I am that this book lived up to my expectations! Bloodthirsty siren princess! Adorable, murdery-but-for-justice prince! All the banter and back and forth dialogue.

    no girls pitted against each other for the sake of whatever—honestly, I never know why that's even a thing.

    So I adored it. A lot. Full review to come. Solid 4 stars! D

    A bit iffy on how I feel about that ending—probably because I made myself rush through it so who knows! It's probably just me, what can ya do.

    Anyway! Oh, how happy I am that this book lived up to my expectations! Bloodthirsty siren princess! Adorable, murdery-but-for-justice prince! All the banter and back and forth dialogue.

    no girls pitted against each other for the sake of whatever—honestly, I never know why that's even a thing.

    So I adored it. A lot. Full review to come. Solid 4 stars! Do read this.

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    give me this book

  • Korrina  (OwlCrate)

    Aww, that book was so much fun. I'm kind of sad that it's over.

  • Melanie
  • Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥

    Can I afford to add another book to my ever growing to-be read pile?

    No!

    Am I going to add this awesome book that seems to feature not only a siren but also a handsome pirate prince?

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