Thursday, 31 May 2018

Review - To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

Title: To Kill a Kingdom
Author: Alexandra Christo
Pages: 352
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Release Date: 6th March 2018

Blurb from Goodreads: 

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 unsavoury 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?

My Review:

*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Bonnier Zaffre and NetGalley*

Princess Lira is a siren and the daughter of the tyrannical Sea Queen. She keeps the hearts of princes under her bed, earning her the name of the Princes' Bane. A series of events leads to the Sea Queen punishing Lira by transforming her into a human. Lira must deliver the heart of Prince Elian, a siren killer, to the Sea Queen or stay human forever.
The unwilling heir to a golden kingdom, Prince Elian much prefers to spend his days on his ship with his loyal crew, hunting sirens.
Then one day Elian rescues a young woman from the sea. She claims that she can help Elian in his quest to destroy the sirens for good.
Can Elian trust Lira?
Will Lira be able to deliver the Sea Queen his heart?

Luckily for me, this was one hyped book that didn't disappoint.
I really enjoyed having Lira and Elian as protagonists. They were both heirs to a kingdom, struggling to be what their parents wanted them to be. I loved reading the scenes where they were together. Their banter was witty and made me smile often.
The romance was just right for me- I much prefer a slow burn.
The world was very interesting and I would love to find out more about the different kingdoms.
The plot was interesting and held my attention. Towards the end I read very quickly, eager to find out what would happen.
I definitely got Little Mermaid vibes, but this was a lot darker (than the Disney version anyway) and I liked how brutal the sirens were.
I liked the writing style which was easy to follow. I'm looking forward to reading more by the author.

Overall this was an enjoyable read that I would recommend.