To Kill a Kingdomby Published 06 Mar 2018
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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?
"To Kill a Kingdom" Reviews
“His face makes no difference.” I drop her hand. “It’s his heart I’m after.”
“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!🤪
Lira and Elian are awesome, funny, sarcastic, intelligent and badass. I love the dynamic that they have and the relationship development was fantastic.
“We are not naïve little heirs to be molded as they wish. We are warriors. We are rulers”
The villain of the story was great and real and really after all a freaking villain to the core!!!
“She is a performer as much as she is a queen.”
The side characters are amazing and the friendships are so funny.
And how they didn’t try to justify every bad thing they did and they forgive each other is just life💘.
The writing, literally everything was just on point in this one!!
I had all of my questions answered, and for a Single book, a lot happened and all made bloody sense. Which it may be hard to find in a standalone.
One scene in particular that I can really say (spoiler) just made me so happy 😍😁. I was smiling so hard. It was just an entertaining read!!
“I smile at that, because Elian of all people should know better. He should know to have more faith in myth and fairy tale”
BR with Ronak(Pihu) Gajjar💕.
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!
So if you haven't seen the description, this is somewhat of a little mermaid retelling, except there are lots of creatives spins that pull from other folklore as well! (For example, 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 their hearts. Not to mention, she's the daughter of the mighty Sea Queen who is pretty much terrible all around. She's Ursula if Ursula was chewed up, spit out by the devil himself (but still manages to be attractive). Poor Lira's upbringing, and the reason she is a killer, is actually horribly sad.
Annnyyywayyy, Lira is unashamedly brutal and hunts with vicious intent.
Elian is a prince whos pastime is piracy. Yep, you heard me. We have a pirate prince on our hands, ladies and gentlemen. Nikolai Lantsov, meet your brother from another mother. Anyway, Elian is hilariously sassy and all around amazing. But why does he patrol the seas, you ask?
He hunts sirens. And he kills a great deal of them.
So we have a prince killer and a siren killer - the makings of a perfectly delicious story.
Anyway, after an event that royally pisses of the Sea Queen, she changes Lira into a human as punishment and orders her to go kill the siren-killer prince (but without her siren powers.) Elian finds Lira, who looks like an ordinary girl at this point, conveniently drowning in the ocean. But instead of trying to kill him right off the bat, Lira has another idea - and decides to stick around for a while.
That's all I'm going to say.
Here's what you need to know:
Elian is everything. His crew is everything. The WRITING is everything. (Seriously, all aspiring authors need to read this and revel in its beauty. I have SO MANY LINES highlighted.) There is romance, banter, pirates, action, drama, adventure, strong character arcs, and lots of fun kingdoms. I don't want to spoil anything else. Just read it.
Alexandra is a master of creative writing, character, and storytelling. I honestly loved every bit of this book, and you can bet I'll be shoving it at everyone I know.
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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:
Damn, I loved how dark and vile they were. I don’t like retellings and I also don’t like children’s books -Disney and whatnot-, they’re not the sort of books I grew up reading; I didn’t like them when I was a child myself and I certainly don’t like them now so I had a very restricted knowledge of the Little Mermaid story going in. Thus, for me this was refreshing. They were just deliciously dark and sinister which I had a joyous time reading.
✨How Lira and Elian started off:
The other thing I loved was how unrelenting and ruthless both Lira and Elian were, at least at the beginning. They were both sharp-witted and set in their ways to accomplish whatever messed up goals they had: Lira, to kill and take the prince’s heart and Elian, to rid the world of sirens. At least, that was the case...😒
- I also loved the banter and snark between all of the characters, not just Lira & Elian. It was as if they were incapable of having a straightforward conversation. Each comment was met with an equally snarky and snide comeback, and I was here for it.
Now to the dreaded drawbacks, (had to be done).
✨The unnecessary, unrealistic, unreasonable romance. That’s right. 🤦♀️
I get it. This is YA and in YA, the term platonic does not exist. All roads have to lead back to a bloody romance! I’m sick of it.
I just don’t get it; where, in what (stupid) rule book, does it say that two people who start off as strangers have to end up as lovers!? Why not end as comrades? As friends? Or even stay enemies while helping one another further their personal agenda?
This could and would have been a fantastic book if it hadn’t been ruined by their sudden newfound “love” for each other. All that ruthlessness, from both characters, that I was so attracted to instantly dissipated the moment they started getting all weak and sappy (I am, by no means, saying romance makes you weak but some semblance of believability makes all the difference).
I was promised a ruthless siren and relentless prince on a murdering rampage - obviously, not the case here at all.
✨Lira’s change of heart:
This’s a continuation to what I’ve just said above but for whatever reason, I found her change of heart even more irksome than I did Elian’s.
She’s born a siren. Raised as a siren and was only a human for, what, just a few days? So, what, that’s all it takes to change one’s nature? Just a few days for her to suddenly forget everything she’s known, her very nature as a siren and grow human emotions? Again, I’m not saying these are bad, not for a human. But not in this particular situation, with a siren.
This, I had the biggest problem with.
I had such a hard time believing his crusade as the saviour of humanity, as “the deadly siren hunter”.
Here’s the thing, yes, sirens are deadly in this world BUT not exactly deadly enough to have all the neighbouring kingdoms come together and “fight the big fight” because unless you invade their space which obviously is the seas, they pretty much can’t do anything to you or your land.
Even his father, the king, doesn’t really take Elian’s crusade as seriously and only considers it a sort of, ‘get this adventure out of your system before you take the throne’ kind of a thing. So, for me it felt almost like a child’s play. There was just no urgency to it. It wasn’t like the world was going to cease to exist if Elian didn’t “stop the sirens”.
Aside from these tiny issues, great, great read. Really. 👍
(I'm a big fan of caps so you'll see them a lot in my reviews)🙈
WOW...two 5 star ratings in a row?! March just started and it's already been a great reading month. Anyways, let's get down to buisness, shall we?
I LOVED THIS BOOK!! Is it weird that I am obssessed with the two main characters? They're f***ing murderers! I don't think that's ever happened before. Well...they're not THAT bad. Although they did threaten to kill people-and each other-at least a dozen times. But I don't care because Lira and Elian are awesome 👏.Both together AND separately.
We got two POVs in this story: The first is a siren princess that kills human princes. The second one is a human prince that kills sirens. Their paths cross and then...you'll have to find out the rest for yourself 😉
This was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and I'm sooo glad it didn't disappoint. Once I started I could not stop. It felt so real, which is ironic because it's a fantasy. Something about Lira and Elian was addicting and I couldn't get enough.
I do have a couple of complains, though. The big reveal-when one of the characters found out about the other's identity-was too simple. I don't know what I was expecting, honestly. Maybe a little more yelling? Or just a heated argument? Whatever, I can overlook that part. However, Elian's decision at the end is kind of hard to process. Maybe I'm just used to fantasy characters being overly complicated and I can't settle for simplicity.
Best thing about this book? The EPIC plot. I don't have much experience reading retellings but I definitely felt a Little Mermaid vibe from this. Mission accomplished, author. 👏
''Tha pethánete'' she barks
''Sorry'' I rub my hand over my throat. “I don't speak bitch''
Elian, I'm going to have to steal that quote from you, okay? It's just too good.
In conclussion, this is definitely a favorite of the month and possibly of the year. Was it worth the wait? YES. Would I recommend it? Hell yeah!❤️
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 seawater ahhh I'm so happy!
It's dual narrated by both Elian and Lira. Elian is an anti-prince (like "here is a crown but I don't want it) and Lira is a siren (like "here is a prince what if I ate him"). He's hunting her and she's hunting him, which is obviously the recipe for a perfect romance. And their romance was A++ like this is enemies-to-lovers at its finest! It wasn't rushed or awkward. Seriously such perfect fun to see them go from distrust to distant admiration to snarking at each other to "accidentally" "saving" each other's lives. Like YEAH that's no indication of liking of courseeeee, Lira.
(Lira was in such denial the whole time. So cute.)
I also loved them just as individual characters! Lira is a murderous siren, but also with a soft streak. She takes care of her murder-little-cousin, but she also enjoys the thrill of killing princes. But she totally won my heart too, just by being so complex and compelling. And Elian?! He was the sass pirate of your HEART. I swear. That boy. He was smooth and sassy and absolutely allergic to the idea of being king. Bless him.
+ This makes you truly fall in love with the sea too!
Which is ironic, given that the sea was super deadly but oh well. I love it. I love the descriptions! I could actually see the gorgeous settings, taste the salty sea, and absolutely lose myself in the world. There's plenty of sailing too! And although I KNOW they were all claiming the "pirate" title lol lol Elian you sweetheart. He was a siren killer and really didn't do anything piratey (except for fight with other pirates). But I love pirates. I'll let him have it.
+ Like world building gets a hella yes.
There are SO many different places they went to! Kingdoms and mountains and palaces! It was INCREDIBLY well done too. No getting swamped with mega-long passages of description, yet I could see each setting so clearly. (Plus they were excitingly unique?! With kingdoms of frost and blue-lipped kings, and queendoms of love, with cursed queens on heart thrones.) My opinion is: yes.
+ Also it keeps you entertained with sassy banter the whole time.
This part I truly adored. And smiled a bit like the dork I am. I also loved that Lira/Elian were sassing each other to death, but also the secondary characters were too! Madrid/Kye's banter was amazing!
"If the necklace is that precious," I say, "we should have just killed Tallis to get it."
"You can't just kill everyone you don't like."
"I know that. Otherwise you'd be dead already."
"Remind me not to get on your bad said," Elian says.
+ Was it dark?
It was very bloody (although not gory) and I would definitely say it's a dark one. So pleased. (I'M NORMAL I SWEAR. DON'T BE WORRIED.)
This is definitely the kind of book of sea and ruination that I've been longing for. I'm in loooove. It was perfectly written, with scenery and prose that just leap off the page to DEVOUR YOU (go the siren life) with a fantastic combination of pirates and princes, sirens and curses, and a journey that's always fascinating and fast-paced. With buckets of sass and salt along the way. 😍