To Kill A Kingdom
By: Alexandra Christo
My Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Genre: Fairytale, YA
Page Count: 344
Synopsis: 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?
This review will be spoiler free
Hello my fellow book nerds, today I will be reviewing To Kill A Kingdom. This little mermaid retelling was a hot ticket item when it first came out. I had such a hard time finding it in bookstores at first, it was always sold out! I finally got my hands on a copy and if I am being honest I don’t really understand the hype. Yes, I did enjoy it, it was a creative, feminist take on a traditional fairytale, but overall it didn’t blow me away. This book reminded me a lot of The Selection by Kiera Cass. Not in storyline or anything, just in the general feel. It felt like a light romcom, something I can read in an afternoon that makes me fell warm and fuzzy, but doesn’t really go any deeper.
The story followed a classic fairytale arc and definitely had some satisfying romantic moments. I liked that Lira was a lot stronger than Ariel (her damsel ness is something that always annoyed me about the original). I also like that we got a dual POV with Elian, which really round out our prince charming character.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this book, but I would caution against any super high expectations. Hype is usually overblown and this book is an excellent example of that. I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t a book I will be thinking about for weeks to come.
Have you read this book? let me know your thoughts in the comments!