Book Review: To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

Book: To Kill a Kingdom
Author: Alexandra Christo
Genre: YA, Fantasy

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?

My Rating: 3/5 STARS

My Review:
To Kill a Kingdom is about Lira, a blood thirsty siren who kills a prince every year and takes his heart and Elian, a prince who is also a pirate that hunts down sirens.  It’s about the two of them being thrown together and each seeking their own revenge.

I really liked the beginning of the book.  I liked the atmosphere and how the author described Lira and the rest of the sirens and mermaids.  I found that part of the story really interesting and because of that I thought Lira’s chapters were intriguing at the beginning of the book and I was interested in where her character arc was going to go.  
Without going into spoilers, I was disappointed at how her character changed into who she became.  It felt like she lost a lot of originality as a character.  I felt the main reason for her loss of originality was because of the romance angle of the story which was another thing that disappointed me about this book.  

I really wish there hadn’t been a romance, it felt forced.  There was hardly any chemistry between the characters and because of the nature of both their backstories I found the romance to be unbelievable.  When the romance angle of the storyline came more to the forefront, I felt, that the characters own characteristics and what defined them took a backseat whereas I would’ve preferred there to be no romance and have the characters actually explore their own morals and reasoning’s.

Elian was an okay character but he didn’t really stand out.  I did like his relationship with his crew.

Overall I was disappointed by this book.  Although I did like and enjoy some parts of the story I also found the ending to be anti-climatic.

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