To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo #bookreview #YA #fantasy #romance

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Title: To Kill a Kingdom

Author: Alexandra Christo

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Publication Date: March 6, 2018

Page Count: 346

My rating:  4 stars

About the book:

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 and 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?

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To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo is a young adult romantic fantasy read that is a loosely based retelling of the Little Mermaid. This author’s version of the story is a darker take on the tale crossing a murderous Siren and a pirate of a Prince.

Princess Lira is siren royalty, daughter to the queen Lira must always prove she is the best of the Sirens. Once a year on her birthday a Siren must go and steal a human heart and Lira has collected seventeen so far, but not just any heart will do for her she always takes one that belongs to a prince. When Lira displeases her mother the Queen she turns Lira into a human and tasks her with killing Prince Elian.

Prince Elian is next in line for the throne of his lands but the ocean calls to him whenever he is ashore. Elian has made it a mission in his pirate ways to wipe out all of the Sirens and make the seas safe again. However, when Elian spies a drowning woman he can’t help but come to her aid not knowing that the woman is his mortal enemy Princess Lira in disguise.

There’s definitely hints of The Little Mermaid all through the plot of To Kill a Kingdom however there is also enough changed in the story it doesn’t feel as if reading the old story. How much darker can you get than turning the lovable mermaid into a killer and pairing her up with yet another killer? As a lover of all things pirate-y this one was sure to be a winner and it did turn into a fun read.

Find this book online: 

Goodreads  /  Amazon

About the author:

Alexandra Christo decided to write books when she was four and her teacher told her she couldn’t be a fairy. She has a BA in Creative Writing and works as a copywriter in London, both of which make her sound more grown up than she feels. When she’s not busy making up stories, she can be found buying far too many cushions and organizing food crawls all over the city. Alexandra currently lives in Hertfordshire with an abundance of cacti (because they’re the only plants she can keep alive).Alexandra Christo decided to write books when she was four and her teacher told her she couldn’t be a fairy. She has a BA in Creative Writing and works as a copywriter in London, both of which make her sound more grown up than she feels. When she’s not busy making up stories, she can be found buying far too many cushions and organizing food crawls all over the city. Alexandra currently lives in Hertfordshire with an abundance of cacti (because they’re the only plants she can keep alive).

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