Title: To Kill a Kingdom
Author: Alexandra Christo
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Audience: Young Adult
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 wasn’t sure what to expect heading back into To Kill a Kingdom as it has been quite a while since I read it the first time, and while I certainly didn’t enjoy it is as much as the first time, it was a solid read. But I do think that the theme of this review is going to be that I wanted more.
When it comes to all of the characters, I liked them enough, but it just felt as if something was missing. I didn’t really get a lot of chemistry from the two main characters, and it was only right at the end that I could start to see their relationship. I would have much prefered that we got quite a bit more build-up and some more romantic scenes throughout the book rather than leaving it right to the end. Individually I thought that they worked well, but as a pairing, not so much. I would have also loved to have had some more interactions with some side characters as I think there was a story to tell there, especially when it came to Elian’s crew, which would have kept me more intrigued.
The main problem that I had with To Kill a Kingdom was the lack of atmosphere. It didn’t feel as if there was any tension throughout the course of the book until the last couple of chapters. This led me to putting it down quite a few times because I kept finding myself getting bored. I would have loved for there to have been a little bit more tension throughout the book, which would have made the ending much more intriguing.
I liked Alexandra Christo’s writing style because while it was quite simplistic, I feel like she was really able to capture the world that she was trying to create. The only minor problem that I had was she seemed to do quite a bit of telling and not showing. Alexandra Christo told quite a few of the important moments to us rather than allowing us to discover for ourselves.
Overall, I enjoyed my time re-reading To Kill a Kingdom, and it was a very solid three star read. I am definitely going to pick up some of Alexandra Christo’s other works because I found To Kill a Kingdom a fun time, even if I did have some issues.
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