To Kill A Kingdom | my thoughts

To Kill A Kingdom
Alexandra Christo
YA, Fantasy, Re-telling
Hot Key Books
6th March 2018
368 ( paperback version)

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?


How does one go about describing a book that made me feel like i was under the water with the charecters?
It was almost like i had to scrape the sand from the seabed out of my nails when i finished reading!

This genre of books are new to me, I have never really read about stories that take us underwater, I have wanted to read more about Mermaids etc, so jumped at the chance to read this, so thank you Netgalley!
This being my first venture underwater, I have no others to guide myself. This is taoted as a LITTLE MERMAID retelling, and I can see the resemblance, but I wanted to read this with fresh eyes and not go into it with the shadow of another story hanging over me.
However, I have always been a reviewer that talks about THE BOOK and not what the reader might want it to be, so went in blind as it were and I do say myself that it was a like a spalsh in the face with some refreshing sea water, I liked it!
Whilst reading it, I was ” I can figure out what is going to happen” and then “oh, didn’t expect that” so it did keep me on my reader toes.
I loved Lira, she was sassy and vicious, a heart collecting Siren, who had a perchant for princes.
Talking of Princes, Prince Elain comes along, he is not an ordinary prince … oh no!… he is a pirate Prince who likes to spend his time on the high seas catching sirens.. well I’ll be damned!:P
Without leaking too much and spoiling the whole plot, I can say that there are alot of adventures, great world building and descriptive text, there is sass and a smidgen of romance, no typical YA insta love crap which is a breath of fresh air, or should I say a breath of fresh sea water?!
The writing style is crisp and clean and easily read, it was pulled into the water as soon as I started to read, sometimes I have to get to at least page 100 to get invested, but it was practically after the few couple of pages, I knew that I was in a for a good read.
I had vowed that I was cutting down my YA reading for this year to try and get back to my grass roots of reading, but I am glad that I made space for this little gem.
My advice is just to read it, do not try to second guess the plot, sit back and enjoyed the great charecters and witty banter, that takes place on the princes ship the SAAD
Will look forward to seeing what this author has to offer next.
I will be buying this to adorn my shelves and will re read at some future date. If an audiobook comes out, then I shall try this format too!

Have a booktastic day and see you again soon!