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To Kill a Kingdom

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  39,244 ratings  ·  7,853 reviews
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 mosta human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver ...more
Hardcover, 344 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Feiwel & Friends
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Emily May
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy, 2018
Meet our two main characters--
Lira: In one move, I plunge my fist into the princes chest and pull out his heart.

Elian: Technically, Im a murderer, but I like to think thats one of my better qualities.

That should give you a sense of what to expect. To Kill a Kingdom is a pretty dark fantasy for YA and it tells a compelling, vicious story without falling into all the usual tropes. I was pleasantly surprised.

Lira is a siren princess, daughter of the Sea Queen, and known amongst humans as Princes'
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 it has a totally unique spin, pulling in other folklore as well! (Hint: 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
chai ♡
Where would I be, as a person and in society, without the enemies-to-lovers trope where two people, who are actual literal enemies fighting on opposite sides of a conflict and who can hold their own against each other and even in their hatred have a begrudging respect for the other, come together on equal ground and slowly realize that they have more in common than theyd first thought, they dont instantly get along but bicker and deny and fight their way into a tentative friendship that is born ...more
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dark, seductive and oh so beautiful.

Dark as a stormy night.
Seductive as the call of a siren.
Beautiful like the bluest sea.
I marvel at how wonderful most of the 2018 YA releases have been. Even though the time I dedicate to reading is far less than what my heart desires (thank you adult life, really), discovering books that sing their melodies to my soul and enchant me to oblivion is a fair compensation. Reading To Kill a Kingdom was last week's highlight. A blessing. It was a retelling of the
This review was discussed on the Hey Good Bookin' podcast! I have never felt cooler.


I am proposing a new law: Books that are not good should not be allowed to have really good opening lines. Because then I open them in Barnes & Noble and am like wow I should buy this and then I do (except not immediately because I dont have B&N levels of money honey) and then Im disappointed and I hate it and its honestly bad for all of us.

This law is for the good of the people, you know?

Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing

ARC provided by Macmillan in exchange for an honest review.

Ive made a mistake. It started with a prince, as most stories do. Once I felt the thrum of his heart beneath my fingers, I couldnt forget it.

You all, I buddy read this with FOUR of my closest book friends, and we all five starred this amazing story. Please, go treat yourself and preorder this book. Please. Do you like killer sirens? Angsty romance? A+ witty banter? Vivid fighting scenes with mind-blowing imagery? One of the best and
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
I HAVE A HEART for every year Ive been alive.

There are seventeen hidden in the sand of my bedroom. Every so often, I claw through the shingle, just to check theyre still there. Buried deep and bloody. I count each of them, so I can be sure none were stolen in the night. Its not such an odd fear to have. Hearts are power, and if theres one thing my kind craves more than the ocean, its power.

*insert drooling face here* I can't help it. I'm a wee bit bloodthirsty and I love these types of
May 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Im disappointed with how mediocre this was. Its described as a dark and romantic story.
It was dark at the beginning, then turned into mush. By the way our main characters were introduced, I was expecting some straight-up nastiness and bravado. False advertisement that was because thats not the tone the story carried on with (but I didnt mind this too much since there was some introspection our characters were going through).
And the romance was...lacklustre. I mean, did it have to be there? It
Mar 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Daughter of the Pirate King
A bewitchingly dark retelling of The Little Mermaid.

In which both the siren princess and human prince want to cut each others throats if thats the last thing they do.

Lovely. My newfound love of dark fairytale retellingscaused by Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hookpropelled me to read this book.

How could I ever go back to the innocent Disney tales I read as a child that would make me dream of a boundless future? This is atmospheric to the point that I felt Lira and Elians hate for each
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.7/5 Stars ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Technically, Im a murderer, but I like to think thats one of my better qualities.

This is a very hyped up book. You all know it. You all did it. Everyone is reading it and I just couldn't resist. Fantasy is not the genre I prefer but a book about mythology and sirens and pirates is right up my alley. I truly enjoyed this book, it was a very strong debut novel, but it contained its faults.

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of
C.G. Drews
Everything about this book was a salty swashbuckling GLORY and I loved it. I'm alllll here for pirates and sirens and (dark) Little Mermaid retellings, and this just delivered omg. Plus it was super funny, and if there's something my dark little heart beats faster for: it's people who sass each other to death so lovingly.

(Also, claim to fame 😂, I have been a beta-reader for Allie in the past, so I kneeeew I'd love this and ajfdksald her writing is a masterpiece.)

+ The characters just stole the
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
oh man. this is soooo dark. apparently everything disney taught me about the little mermaid is so very wrong! and honestly, i really dont mind.

this retelling is quite gripping. i sped through it because i was dying to know how everything was going to play out. the only drawback i experienced was i didnt like lira. i mean, who knew it could be so difficult to relate to cold, heartless sea witch?? lol. but all the top notch banter and sarcasm definitely made up for it!

3.5 stars
Cindy Pham
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars for a simple yet solid standalone fantasy YA. I devoured this book so quickly and it's the first time I loved reading the enemies-to-lovers trope, because the main characters, their development, their inner fears, and their banter with each other were all done so naturally well. Both protagonists were truly lethal that I wanted to fly through the book just to see how they could possibly even like each other. Its also fun to see all the different places they went to and how the kingdoms ...more
High Lady of The Night Court
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: retellings-read
Two kingdoms that come with responsibilities we each have trouble bearing. Him, the shackles of being pinned to one land and one life. Me, trapped in the confines of my mothers murderous legacy. And the ocean, calling out to us both. A song of freedom and longing.

Reading this book was an amazing experience, I absolutely flew through it. To me this book doesnt feel like a standalone because I have grown to care for these characters impossibly fast, and I will miss them dearly. The
Camila Roy ••RoyIsReading••

I LOVED THIS BOOK!! Is it weird that I am obssessed with the two main characters? They're fkn murderers! I don't think that's ever happened before.

It's not my style to include synopsis in my reviews, but I'll make an exception just this once because I really want others to read it. We got two POVs in this story: The first is from a siren princess that kills human princes. The second one is from a human prince that kills sirens. Their paths cross'll have to find out the rest
remember when i said this book was good?? well it is, but you know what, the more i think about it, the more i've realized that the ending was anticlimatic as fuck and Lira and Elian's relationship can choke on balls the size of my pEn!!!!

i guess i really hyped this up and ended up giving it 4 stars in a rush because i was really enjoying it in the moment, but once the ending came and i actually used my brain to think about it, i was like hMmMmMmMmmmm NO THIS IS KIND OF A PIECE OF SHIT!!!!

Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: almost-favorites
His face makes no difference. I drop her hand. Its his heart Im after.
So many hearts. Her voice is angelic. Youll soon run out of room to bury them all.
I lick my lips. Maybe, I say. But a princess must have her prince.

This book is so unique and fun to read.
SIRENS 🧜♀ and PIRATES, just how freaking awesome is that?!?
I have an unhealthy obsession with sirens and pirates 🤪

Lira and Elian are awesome, funny, sarcastic, intelligent and badass. I love the dynamic that they have and the relationship
Lily ☁️
You can now find my full review here!

I finished reading this very hyped bookand I wasnt crippled by disappointment? To quote May: omg, lily liking a popular book?? is the world still spinning?? It may have stopped for a second, or two.

But, in all seriousness, To Kill a Kingdom is brilliant.

Dont get me wrong, its not perfect by all means; in fact, I found the initial chapters that introduce us to the world of sirens, mermaids, and the Sea, as well as the world above water with its various
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
Can I afford to add another book to my ever growing to-be read pile?

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

You guys! Go read this book! It was so good. Like, sooooo good and I just finished reading it like ten minutes ago and I'm dying right now. And AAAAAAAHHHHHH, I literally can't even! Seriously though. UUUGGHHHH!!!

But anyway, now that I got my incoherent rambling out of the way, let's talk about this book and the fact that I loved it.

This here isn't your typical Little Mermaid retelling. There's no sweet princess with romantic ideas about the human world. No innocent prince looking for love.

Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
UPDATE: $2.99 Kindle US TIDAY 12/29/18

Pretty damn good peeps!

Mel 🖤
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was ok

This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2018 but for some reason I still went in with some doubts, and I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised -for the most part-.

If I could sum this up in one word itd be - fun. Thats it, it was a fun and engaging read that had its ups as well as downs.
It wouldve also been a sold 4-star read had it not been for the unnecessary, far fetched romance that completely ruined the entire narrative for me.

Starting off with what I liked:

✨The sirens:

Damn, I
Reynita Maharani ★ The Night Reader ★


I honestly don't know where to begin. This book disappointed me very much and it's not like I had high expectations before reading it, in fact my expectations before reading it were pretty low because I didn't know what to expect and I just wanted to read it. I thought that at least this would be a 3 star read for me but nope, that didn't happen or maybe this book just isn't a cup of my tea.

To be honest, I rarely read books about sirens or pirates and I don't know
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Let me say, first and foremost, that I am such a total sucker for books revolving around the ocean, whether it involves pirates, mermaids, sirens, sea creatures, or any mix of those things. When I first heard about this story of a vicious siren chasing down a pirate prince who slays her kind, it skyrocketed to the top of my list of most anticipated releases for 2018. I had every gut feeling in the world that I was going to positively adore this novel, and as youll see in my review, I was not ...more
Sara➽ Ink Is My Sword
4 An awesome debut novel Stars
Pirates are liars by trade and royals are liars by blood.

This is a fantasy novel in I had a blast while reading it, it was such a fun experience. And recently this has been a struggle since I am shifting my reading preferences towards the contemporary genre. I was so scared to be let down by this book, and I can gladly now say, I was not. The hype surrounding this book is crazy, but it honestly deserves it.

An adventure with my lovely Monty. I was trash and kind
alana ♡
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, retelling

Technically, Im a murderer, but I like to think thats one of my better qualities.

Rating: 5/5 stars

Sirens. Princes. Betrayals. Oh my!

Have you ever read book before that you could describe as delicious? Because that is the first word that comes to mind when I think about this book. From the very first page until the very last I was hooked.

First of all, if you give me any type of Little Mermaid retelling it's pretty much guaranteed that I will be on board with it. But pair it with Alexandra

Nadhira Satria
Buddy read with bitter✨

no one is more disappointed as I am...

I was hoping for some amazing shit but tbh IT WAS BORING????
God it was so boring. starting from page 100 something sweet lord I'm SO DISAPPOINTED. OVERALL IT WAS MEH

ok fine it's boring but I still want to hop on Elian like a pogostick.
may ❀
this is my first proper review in forever yikes

I am screaming into the void right now bc lately Ive only been able to compulsively reread old favs and when I dont I spend 16 years on A SINGLE BOOK

But damn, this book was so bingeable I literally couldnt stop (this is my form of apologizing to myself for staying up till 2am reading and ruining the next day)

Just to tell you how much I loved this book, halfway through I stopped reading so I could make an aesthetic board bc someone gotta

Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am in shock.

Could this be real? Could this really be my first five-star read - one that's not a children's book - of 2018? Because after a string of dnf's, I honestly thought this day would never come. And yet, here I am, completely head over heels over To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo.

This is Alexandra's (I can call her by just her first name, right?) first book (to my knowledge), and I want you to remember her, because she is freaking fantastic and she will definitely go on to write my

Thanks Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

"Some people burn so brightly, its impossible to put the flames out.

GUYS. This was EVERYTHING! I mean, I went in with pretty high expectations, when I heard it was a re-telling of The Little Mermaid I was like okay I want to read this, I need this in my life. Normally when I go in with some form of expectations Im pretty let down, but this honestly exceeded anything I could of
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Alexandra Christo decided to write books when she was four and her teacher told her she couldnt be a fairy. When shes not busy making up stories, she can be found organising food crawls over London and binge-watching Korean dramas.

Alexandra has a BA in Creative Writing and currently lives in England with an abundance of cacti (because theyre the only plants she can keep alive).

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