To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

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Title: To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

Publisher: Feiwel Friends

Published: March 6, 2018

Average Goodreads rating: 4.2

My rating: 2.5

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?

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Here I am, once again, with a ridiculously hyped book and a pocket full of opinions. For months leading up to this book’s release I couldn’t get on any bookish website without To Kill a Kingdom smacking me in the face. The hype was pulling me in so what did silly me do? I pre-ordered it. Sometimes a hyped book gets talked about for good reason. Other times, it is better to watch that hype train from the platform and wave at it as it chugs away.

What I Liked

  • Well, I am a sucker for a good retelling and one I certainly haven’t seen much of is Little Mermaid. How could I resist? Page one of the book Christo makes sure that the reader is very aware that the book is going to be about sirens, not mermaids, and I was good with that. When I think of sirens my mind goes straight to The Odyssey which is brilliant so that was good. Also, the Sea Queen herself was flat out darkest part of the ocean Ursula which was pretty cool.
  • Pirates! Argh, matey, and all that. It is nice to see a YA novel try to tackle the pirate theme without things getting too blood thirsty and out of hand.

What I Didn’t Like

  • Pirates. Yes, sure, YA novels need to be a little more cautious about the stab stab drown drown thing but for goodness sake these pirates were only pirates in the sense that they had a boat and said that they were. No plank, very good boy honor code, followed the rules… I needed a little bloodshed and rule breaking. These weren’t pirates, they were a bunch of friends sailing around the world getting their jollies.
  • The leading man, our dear Prince Elian who wants to be a “pirate” instead of inherit the crown, has all the personality of a stale cracker. My bearded dragon has more spunk than this limp noodle of a man. He always does the right thing and things always go his way. Give me a break.
  • I am 100% down to clown with a well done romance but this, my friends, wasn’t it. Elian’s goodboy-ness turns our siren turned human, Lira, into a goodgirl. Yes, how very nice that Lira wants to now inherit the siren kingdom and turn it from a world of bloodshed and horror into a nice place people want to vacation but boy howdy was it annoying. Our rough and tough Lira falls for wuss baby prince and turns into a sack of rainbows and warm feelings. Way to have your own personality, Lira, instead of bending over backwards for a man whose LIFE GOAL WAS TO KILL YOU! No. Thanks.

 

Overall

I wish I hadn’t wasted perfectly good money on this thing. In fact, I had initially rated this book a 3 but I’m bumping it down to a 2.5. While reading this I legitimately had to force myself to finish it because I really, really wanted it to get better. It didn’t and I just suffered page after page of this once mighty, strong siren being turned into a puddle of mush because of a goody two shoes prince man playing at pirate…and failing. This book wasn’t worth my time and, in my opinion, it isn’t worth yours either.

As a side note, I will probably pick up a book by this author in the future. I hated the story but her writing style itself was good. It was easy to follow and had strong details to make the story clear in my head. I just didn’t like the story, but the storytelling was spot on.

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