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To Kill a Kingdom

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 mosta human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elians 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 hobbyits his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, shes more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for goodBut can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankinds greatest enemy?...

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  • Camila Roy ••RoyIsReading••

    RATING: 5/5

    (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... wait no, scratch that, SPECIALLY each
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  • Candace Robinson

    This book was so much fun! First, you have a wicked siren, who rips out a princes heart each year for her birthday! With her bare freaking hands! I loved Lira!

    Then we meet Prince Elian, who isn’t just your normal boring prince, he’s pretty much a pirate! He had awesome integrity and was all about doing what it takes for humanity!

    Also no insta love here. Thanks the deepest depths of the ocean! There was the perfect slow build, even with all the hate going inside of Lira. But after being transform
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  • Sara➽ (Ink Is My Sword)

    4 “An awesome debut novel” Stars

    ”Pirates are liars by trade and royals are liars by blood.”


    This is a fantasy novel in I had a blast while reading it, it was such a fun experience. And recently this has been a struggle since I am shifting my reading preferences towards the contemporary genre. I was so scared to be let down by this book, and I can gladly now say, I was not. The hype surrounding this book is crazy, but it honestly deserves it.

    An adventure with my lovely Monty. I was trash and ki ...more

  • maymay❀

    this is my first proper review in forever yikes

    I am screaming into the void right now bc lately I’ve only been able to compulsively reread old favs and when I don’t I spend 16 years on A SINGLE BOOK

    But damn, this book was so bingeable I literally couldn’t stop (this is my form of apologizing to myself for staying up till 2am reading and ruining the next day)

    Just to tell you how much I loved this book, halfway through I stopped reading so I could make an aesthetic board bc someone gotta



    ^^this is

    Elian says. “When I marry, it won’t be about power.”

    “What will it be, then?”

    “Sacrifice.”

    “You’re right,” I tell him, trying to shake the melancholy from my voice. “Spending a lifetime with you would be a sacrifice.”

    “Oh?...What would you be losing?” he asks.

    “If I married you?” I stand to tower above him, pushing away the unraveling thing inside me. “I suppose it would be my mind.”


    - Its overall v dark and I was v impressed with how the author was able to pull this off (I mean, this girl takes the hearts of princes, like…actually, takes their hearts)

    - There’s a side ship that literally owns my heart, they’re fierce and hilarious and they make me believe in love again

    - My husband, elian

    - It’s a little mermaid retelling, but much more gruesome

    - The world building is incredible

    - S L O W B U R N

    - THE FACT THAT IT’S A STANDALONE FANTASY AND LIVED UP TO THE HYPE?? HOW OFTEN DO WE GET THOSE????

    - Its action packed and extremely fast paced, gotta love a book that holds your attention

    - And look at that cover

    - Honestly my only complaint is that sometimes the dialogue felt a little awkward and (view spoiler) but otherwise, an absolutely amazing book

    “Hearts are power, and if there’s one thing my kind craves more than the ocean, it’s power.”

    4.5 stars!!

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    Buddy read with the kevin to my kate

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  • Katerina

    Dark, seductive and oh so beautiful.

    Dark as a stormy night.

    Seductive as the call of a siren.

    Beautiful like the bluest sea.

    I marvel at how wonderful most of the 2018 YA releases have been. Even though the time I dedicate to reading is far less than what my heart desires (thank you adult life, really), discovering books that sing their melodies to my soul and enchant me to oblivion is a fair compensation. Reading To Kill a Kingdom was last week's highlight. A blessing. It was a retelling of the Li

    “I’ ve made a mistake. It started with a prince, as most stories do.”


    But Elian is not a prince like the others. He's a pirate at heart, and the only place he feels at home is the ocean and his war ship. His kingdom and his responsibilities suffocate him, and so he roams the seas, hunting sirens and making the seas a safer place. Lira, on the other hand, is the daughter of the Sea Queen, known as the Prince's Bane. Each year she harvests a prince's heart on her birthday, as a way to prove her ruthlessness to her cruel mother and secure the loyalty of her future subjects. Monstrous and inhumanly beautiful, the sirens only exist for power, and every other feeling is considered weakness. Until the Prince's Bane and the Siren Hunter cross paths. An unpredictable turn of events brings the Sea Queen's wrath upon Lira, and she ends up exiled, having two legs instead of a tail, and an order to rip the heart out of Elian's still warm body. Elian wants to exterminate the sirens and their Queen. Lira wants to take the throne that belongs to her. In order to achieve their goals, the two sworn enemies need each other. Until the final confrontation, that will probably end with one of them dead. Which one, well that is the question.

    “So many hearts. You'll soon run out of room to bury them all.”

    “Maybe. But a princess must have her prince.”


    To Kill a Kingdom is a dark and slightly twisted fairytale. During the first half of the book, I couldn't shake the notion that it's not a typical story about the prince saving the princess, or vice-versa. Lira and Elian were both anti-heroes, two souls who seemed beneath salvation. Lira begins her narration stating nonchalantly that she collects the hearts of princes, while Elian claims that he's a murderer, and that's not his worst trait. Their hands are stained with blood, something they do not crave, but accept nonetheless. But as the story progressed, something cracked inside of them, and thus inside of me. Lira tasted freedom for the first time in her tragic life, she tasted humanity, and compassion she could not comprehend. Elian found himself trusting this venomous girl with the secrets, and somewhere along the way realised that maybe death is not the only way. In the end, I came to the conclusion that no, it was not a story of anti-heroes. It was the story of the forging of two heroes.

    “Be the queen we need you to be. ”


    I can't pinpoint the exact moment I fell in love with To Kill a Kingdom. Maybe it happened during the very first chapter, maybe halfway through. Alexandra Christo has the uncanny ability of bringing characters and objects alike to life. My feelings are like the surface of the sea, calm and then tumultuous, and then peaceful once more. My mind is soaked with images and senses. I can taste licorice in my tongue, and inhale the salty air. I can see the deck of an enormous ship where a siren seethes and turns to foam. Two lonely figures gazing at the stars. A song that speaks of undying love and devotion. Black tentacles scraping skin, and evil laughter that pierces my bones. A sea named after the Devil with the colour of sapphires. Every description was heartbreakingly beautiful, and there was something in the narration that made me feel that I was sitting next to Elian and Lira, listening to their soft voices while the sun burned my skin and the cold water licked my feet. Alexandra Christo's prose was magical, her world-building simple yet full of imagination; her lores were entrancing, and her world pulsated with monsters and monstrous humans, brutality and violence, but also a fiery need to belong, to be the person you want to be instead of the one that was forced on you.

    “In my heart, I’m as wild as the ocean that raised me.”


    The story of Elian and Lira was pure magic. Two enemies bred in blood, two souls burdened by expectations and invinsible chains, they forged an unwanted alliance, unaware that they would both change in a way they never predicted. There were no flowers and sonnets and love declarations. There were insults, betrayal, lies and deception, that tethered their souls nonetheless. Love didn't make them mushy. It made them strong, and they emerged from their trials better, wiser, more complete.

    “He has eyes like vast pools and a jaw made from shipwrecks and broken coral. Every movement he makes is as quick and fluid as a tidal wave. He belongs to the ocean. He is made from it, as much as I am.”


    Hearts are at stake in To Kill a Kingdom, a mesmerizing, deeply enthralling story about power, freedom and love. I can't recommend it highly enough!



    P.S. My only complaint is technical. Psàriin, the language of sea, is basically Greek. Being my native language, I have to point out that, even though the use of individual words was correct (and I felt really proud because that doesn't happen quite frequently), the sentences had some issues, and to a person speaking Greek they sounded funny. That's all folks!

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  • Sana

    remember when i said this book was good?? well it is, but you know what, the more i think about it, the more i've realized that the ending was anticlimatic as fuck and Lira and Elian's relationship can choke on balls the size of my pEn!!!!

    i guess i really hyped this up and ended up giving it 4 stars in a rush because i was really enjoying it in the moment, but once the ending came and i actually used my brain to think about it, i was like hMmMmMmMmmmm NO THIS IS KIND OF A PIECE OF SHIT!!!!

    LET'S
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  • destiny ☠ howling libraries

    Let me say, first and foremost, that I am such a total sucker for books revolving around the ocean, whether it involves pirates, mermaids, sirens, sea creatures, or any mix of those things. When I first heard about this story of a vicious siren chasing down a pirate prince who slays her kind, it skyrocketed to the top of my list of most anticipated releases for 2018. I had every gut feeling in the world that I was going to positively adore this novel, and as you’ll see in my review, I was not di

    It’s the princes who hold the allure. In their youth. In the allegiance of their people. In the promise of the leader they could one day become. They are the next generation of rules, and by killing them, I kill the future. Just as my mother taught me.


    → Lira ←

    While the story alternates between two perspectives, the first one that we are introduced to is Lira, also known as the Prince’s Bane for her cruel slayings of princes. As the daughter of the Sea Queen, her task is to rip the still-beating heart from one prince on each of her birthdays. My favorite thing about Lira, right off the bat, was the fact that she wasn’t some gooey, sweet young girl on the inside; she is unapologetically vicious and coldhearted, which we quickly see is the end result of a lifetime of abuse from her mother.

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


    Lira’s interactions with Elian, once she finds herself stranded on his pirate ship, are the definition of enemies-to-lovers behavior: she’s feisty, angry, mean, and conniving, without ever going overboard enough to become genuinely unlikeable. The fact that she has such a difficult home life awaiting her under the sea makes it hard to view her as an outright “villain”, and at many times, I found myself struggling to determine who I wanted to root for: the cutthroat siren, or the vengeance-seeking prince.

    In my heart, I’m as wild as the ocean that raised me.


    → Prince Elian ←

    Early in the story, we learn that Lira isn’t the only one trying to live up to their parents’ expectations; while Elian’s family wants him to embrace the kingdom and his future throne, all the young prince wants is his ship, his crew, and the ocean breeze in his sails. I have a total soft spot for these sorts of pirates, whose days are filled less with pillaging and plundering, and more with adventures, heists, and a healthy appreciation for families that are composed not of blood, but of loyalty and friendship. Elian is the single most lovable pirate lord I’ve ever read about, and his crew is an extension of that. They are so fun, snarky, and loyal to a fault.

    Royalty cannot be unmade. Birth rights cannot be changed. Hearts are forever scarred by our true nature.


    Much like I enjoyed the three-dimensionality of Lira’s spiky exterior, I loved the fact that Elian could have so easily been degraded to a run-of-the-mill “good guy”, but is instead a fantastic antihero. He’s clever, a little callous, and capable of fantastic scheming and thievery. He’s a prince, and arguably the lesser of the evils in this batch of characters, but the author never lets us forget that he is still a pirate – not a hero. (I’d also like to take a moment to point out here that Elian is either black or biracial – we know that his father is black, but his mother’s ethnicity is never confirmed, as far as I recall – which I thought was a fantastic reprieve from the stereotypical “Prince Eric”-inspired guy in stories like this.)

    “I’d be flattered,” I say, “that you would look for an excuse just to hold my hand.”

    “Perhaps I’m just looking for an excuse to shoot you.”


    → romance ←

    There are three things that I absolutely never get tired of in romantic subplots: 1) good, witty banter, 2) enemies-to-lovers tropes, and 3) slow burns. This book checks all three of those boxes magnificently. The back-and-forth chatter between Lira and Elian is so fun and sharp, and the way they shift from distrust and a touch of loathing to something more is so delightful to watch. I was rooting so hard for both of them not only to succeed, but to find a way to succeed together. Best of all, this particular dose of enemies-to-lovers doesn’t breach into abuse territory or a gross power imbalance, as these tropes are so prone to falling into in a lot of YA/NA titles.

    Every queen began as a siren, and when the crown passed to her, its magic stole her fins and left in their place mighty tentacles that held the strength of armies.


    → sea lore ←

    I don’t think I could pick just one favorite thing about this story, but if I had to make a list of the traits that would tie for first place, the lore would absolutely make it into that tie. The sirens aren’t depicted as some frail, beautiful creatures; while gorgeous, they’re otherworldly, haunting, wild, fanged things who show no mercy and are powerful enough to wipe out grown men with a single blow. The mermaids are differentiated solidly from the sirens, as inhuman, grotesque creatures with unhinged jaws and bizarre bodies – they’re fabulously creepy and dark, and I loved every single interaction with them.

    The truth of what I am has become a nightmare.


    While this story never feels like a simple retelling, there’s one aspect that definitely paid homage to some very old and well-known stories, and that is the Sea Queen. The backstory given explains that the power of becoming queen turns sirens into these terrifying, tentacled beings that are incredibly powerful and magical. Lira’s own mother wields her power with pure brutality, and while I won’t spoil for you the curse she places upon her daughter, it’s a delightful twist on the classic tale and made me downright giddy.

    I’ve become so used to being brutal, that I almost forget it didn’t begin as a choice.


    → final thoughts ←

    As I mentioned in the preface of this review, To Kill a Kingdom was, hands down, one of my most anticipated releases of 2018, and not a single sentence of it disappointed me. I was captivated from the very first page, and am so delighted to have been granted the opportunity to read it early. I buddy read it with a few friends, who I’ll link to below, and if it tells you anything about how wonderful this story was, every single one of us 5-starred this book at the end of the reading. I think I was only a few chapters into the ARC when I pre-ordered my finished copy, because this is a beautiful stand-alone that I could easily see myself picking up over and over again.

    Content warnings: abuse, violence, murder, self-harm, sexual harassment.

    All quotes are taken from an unfinished ARC and may differ from the final publication. Thank you to Feiwel & Friends for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

    You can find this review and more on my blog, or you can follow me on twitter, bookstagram, or facebook!

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  • Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥

    Can I afford to add another book to my ever growing to-be read pile?

    No!

    Am I going to add this awesome book that seems to feature not only a siren but also a handsome pirate prince?

    ABSO-FREAKING-LUTELY!!!! <333