Review: To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

Technically, I’m a murderer, but I like to think that’s one of my better qualities.

Lira is a siren Princess, the daughter of the sea Queen and the most dangerous of all underwater creatures. She dedicated her life to hunting and killing human Princes, she’s luring them with a song, drowning ships and rips out their hearts. She was forced and educated to hate humans and never questions her mother’s orders. However, one day Lira makes a crucial mistake and is banished from the sea kingdom and the only way to come back is to bring the Queen Prince Elian’s heart. Elian is not satisfied with being just a Prince and an heir. He seeks adventures. He has a pirate’s spirit and his duty is to hunt the dreadful siren monsters and kill them one by one. He is especially driven by revenging his friend’s death and kill the most mortifying siren – Princess Bane.

They celebrate love as though it’s power, even though it has killed far more humans than I ever have.

I enjoyed this book a lot! It was a perfect retelling but with a twist that turned it into a completely new and amazing story. Forget the cute and romantic tale of the Little Mermaid, because this story is dark, cruel and wicked. The fairytales, legends, and mythology came alive in one thrilling and adventurous story. If you like mythology and fairytales retellings this one is a great one. There was an interesting plot, detailed and well-developed world. The book pulls you in and holds tight till the very last page is turned. You would still be able to taste the salt on your lips and feel the sea breeze in your hair. The characters are far from perfect, they’re multidimensional and they do not try to put themselves in the best light. Lira and Elian are definitely an intriguing couple.

I really had an amazing time reading this book. It’s a little bit disappointing it’s only a standalone, it was difficult to let the story go.

Rating: 5/5

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