Monday, February 26, 2018

Review: To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

Title: To Kill a Kingdom
Author: Alexandra Christo
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Feiwel & Friends (March 6, 2018)
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: ARC Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
My Rating: 4 Stars


Book Description:
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?











To Kill a Kingdom is a deliciously dark atmospheric read that will have you captivated from the very first haunting chapter.

Set in a world of sea life, danger, deceit and treachery, this debut novel is sure to capture your attention and give you an unsuspected thrill ride as you dive both below the waters and on land in this tale riddled with both classic lore and a new darker take on sirens, mermaids, and the great unknown. 

Riddled with complex characters, witty banter and characters with depth, this is a tale that will surely suck you in and have you wanting to sail the seven seas right along with it. 




*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

50 comments:

  1. It could be interesting! I'll keep it in mind

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    1. It was definitely a fun one and unexpected!

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  2. I'm so happy to see that you ended up loving this book too, this book was just so dark and wonderful!

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    1. Yes! It really was. It was definitely a surprise!

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  3. I just finished reading this one over the weekend, and it was wonderful! I loved how dark and atmospheric it was too. And how great that it was a standalone!

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    1. Yes Nick! It was so freaking nice to have a stand alone in this genre. I loved it!

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  4. I need to check this one out. I need a good standalone, and it has been awhile since I read a book set in the sea.

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    1. There have been quite a few this year that I've really loved.

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  5. Sea life, danger, deceit and treachery sound like the makings of a very interesting book!

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    1. It definitely was interesting, I think you might like it too.

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  6. There are not enough great books about Siren's and the sea! This looks awesome!
    Tori @ In Tori Lex

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  7. I'm so excited for this one Ali!! Hopefully I'll enjoy it as much as you did :)

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  8. I think I want to get this one. I love the idea of sirens and I've seen a few good reviews now...

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    1. Hope you love it Greg! It was something different if nothing else. ;)

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  9. I usually don't read that much YA fantasy but this sounds really different. I'll add it to my wish list. Thank you!

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  10. Oh wow. This sounds really good. I haven't read stories with the ocean as a setting before so this one sounds exciting. Adding this to my list ;)

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    1. Woot! It was a nice change of pace from the norm for sure.

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  11. I keep reading awesome things about this series. YA Fantasy usually works for me, so this is going on my list :)

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    1. It's just a stand alone so that is even better. ;)

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  12. Characters with depth! Witty banter! Love it! haha Glad you enjoyed this one. :)

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  13. oh so excited that you loved this :D it looks soo good sea and mermaids? yes please

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  14. Not usual kind of read but it sounds pretty good.

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    1. It's really not mine either but it was a nice change. :D

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  15. Glad you enjoyed this one. I have been wanting this one and now I need it! Mermaids FTW! :D

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  16. Oh yum, a dark fairytale. Glad that it has some depth and complexity to it.

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  17. Yaaay I'm so glad you enjoyed this one! The witty banter was definitely one of my favorite things about the book as well. <3

    - Aimee @ Aimee, Always

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  18. I've been seeing this book everywhere and it's gotten so many good reviews! I might have to give it a try. Great review. :)

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    1. If you do try it I hope you like it and thanks!

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  19. I do like the sound of this and the fact that it's a standalone. Wonderful review! :)

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    1. I've noticed there have been a lot more stand alones this year so far and I'm loving it.

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  20. I'm so glad you liked this one! I've seen it around and love the premise. I read a lot of mermaid/siren books a few years ago, but haven't read a really good one in awhile. This sounds wonderful!

    Do You Dog-ear?

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    1. I read a few years ago as well and then nothing lately so it was nice to read something again and actually like it.

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  21. This sounds pretty cool--and I love that cover. Nice review!

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  22. You had me at dark, atmospheric, and haunting. I wanted to read this one before, but now I really NEED it. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one! :D

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  23. Ooo does sound so tempting. Nice to see a strong debut like that!

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    1. Nice that it was a stand alone too, we need more of those. ;)

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  24. Glad to see this was good read! I'm usually not a mermaids/sirens kinda person but I'm definitely intrigued by this! Lovely review!

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    1. Thanks so much and you never know until you try it. ;)

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