To Kill a Kingdom
Lira: In one move, I plunge my fist into the prince’s chest and pull out his heart.
Elian: Technically, I’m a murderer, but I like to think that’s 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 ...more
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!
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 the ...more
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 Li ...more
ARC provided by Macmillan in exchange for an honest review.
“I’ve made a mistake. It started with a prince, as most stories do. Once I felt the thrum of his heart beneath my fingers, I couldn’t 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 ...more
I HAVE A HEART for every year I’ve been alive.
There are seventeen hidden in the sand of my bedroom. Every so often, I claw through the shingle, just to check they’re still there. Buried deep and bloody. I count each of them, so I can be sure none were stolen in the night. It’s not such an odd fear to have. Hearts are power, and if there’s one thing my kind craves more than the ocean, it’s power.
*insert drooling face here* I can't help it. I'm a wee bit bloodthirsty and I love these types of he ...more
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 don’t have B&N levels of money honey) and then I’m disappointed and I hate it and it’s honestly bad for all of us.
This law is for the good of the people, you know?
In which both the siren princess and human prince want to cut each other’s throats if that’s the last thing they do.
Lovely. My newfound love of dark fairytale retellings—caused by Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook—propelled 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 Elian’s hate for each ...more
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 that’s not the tone the story carried on with (but I didn’t 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? ...more
“Technically, I’m a murderer, but I like to think that’s 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 sev ...more
(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 s ...more
I LOVE IT.
Reading this book was an amazing experience, I absolutely flew through it. To me this book doesn’t feel like a standalone because I have grown to care for these characters impossibly fast, and I will miss them dearly. The ...more
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 and...you'll have to find out the rest ...more
Lira's a siren princess whose ruthless Sea Queen mother teaches her to steal power & the futures of kingdoms by taking the hearts of princes. (PS the sea queen has tentacles, a trident, and is amazing... she's kind of like Ursula on a bad day).
Lira has flaming hair and is referred to by huma ...more
“So many hearts.” Her voice is angelic. “You’ll 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 ...more
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!!!!
Am I going to add this awesome book that seems to feature not only a siren but also a handsome pirate prince?
✨ You can now find my full review here! ✨
I finished reading this very hyped book—and I wasn’t 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.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s 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 vario ...more
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 it’d be - fun. That’s it, it was a fun and engaging read that had its ups as well as downs.
It would’ve 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:
”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 ki ...more
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 ...more
“Technically, I’m a murderer, but I like to think that’s 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
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 ...more
no one is more disappointed as I am...
I was hoping for some amazing shit but tbh IT WAS BORING????
LIKE IT WAS GOOD BUT IT WAS BORING?? THE PLOT IS WOW BUT THE EXECUTION IS MEH
God it was so boring. starting from page 100 something sweet lord I'm SO DISAPPOINTED. OVERALL IT WAS MEH
WOW I HATE READING IM DONE I WAS SO LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS FUCK.
ok fine it's boring but I still want to hop on Elian like a pogostick.
I am screaming into the void right now bc lately I’ve only been able to compulsively reread old favs and when I don’t I spend 16 years on A SINGLE BOOK
But damn, this book was so bingeable I literally couldn’t 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
Anways, po ...more
Thanks Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
"Some people burn so brightly, it’s 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 I’m pretty let down, but this honestly exceeded anything I could o ...more
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.
Alexandra has a BA in Creative Writing and currently lives in England with an abundance of cacti (because they’re the only plants she can keep alive).