To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
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?
I read this both on audible and the physical copy. The audible had such great narrators so it made the story even more interesting to read!
This was a very quick and easy read for me, I loved that it’s a fantasy contemporary, it had everything I could have asked for when describing a mythical creature. Crazy different and amazingly detailed into a new version of Sirens.
The author did so well with the parallels between the two main characters. While they’re both so different from each other, they both have similar qualities that draw them together. Coming from two different worlds, I expected the characters to have nothing in common and I was sorely wrong about that!
A downside to me would be the romance. There isn’t really a connection between our main characters, it felt a little bit forced and became ultimately cheesy at times. It also really took away from our strong female character, she is this badass Siren and the romance just kind of stripped her of that title. I can say for the first time I wasn’t really egging on the romance between two characters for once.
Also something I want to touch on for a quick moment. There is one scene where it does describe self harm and I’m surprised only one other reviewer has mentioned it. While yes, Lira isn’t human and she uses a method a Siren may use but just because she isn’t human doesn’t mean this action isn’t damaging. So please be aware that there is a scene that quickly talks about this method.
Lastly, the plot twists were a tad predictable in my eyes.
Overall, I wish the book had a bit more spice to it, but I very much enjoyed it anyhow due to its uniqueness!
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