Friday, January 12, 2018

Feature Friday ARC Review : To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

*Feature Friday is a meme hosted by The Tattered Page to feature YA books that have not yet been released by reviewing them. 

*Warning: This review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

Publisher: F
eiwel & Friends

Release DateMarch 6, 2018
Pages: 352
Source: ARC

The Story:

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?
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One-word Review DARING

Reading Tune Dead Man's Arms  by Bishop Briggs

My Review

Tag Line:

A princess must have her prince.

Opening Line:

I have a heart for every year I've been alive.


To Kill a Kingdom is a siren and mermaid-inspired YA so naturally, I was excited to read it. 

Princess Lira is a cold blooded murder. Broken and manipulated by her mother, the ruthless, unrelenting Sea Queen, Lira becomes the Princes’ Bane. The slayer of Princes. Every year on her birthday, she rips the beating heart from a Prince. Not a day early, not a day late... until days before her 18th Birthday, she sings an unsuspecting prince to his death.

Unforgiving, the Sea Queen crushes the Prince’s heart, harvested too soon, strips Lita of her siren power and form and banishes her to the human world.

If she wants to become a siren and heir to the perilous ocean’s throne, she must rip the beating heart out of the Siren Killer’s chest or die a human and a disgrace to the sea kingdom of Keto.

Can she make amends with her dark past?
Will her atrocities be forgiven?

Prince Elian is the siren killing, heir to the golden throne of Midas. The siren song of the sea enthralled him more than the warm call of home, of his soon-to-be kingdom.

The pacing of To Kill a Kingdom was perfectly tuned to the story. There wasn't much romance but the witty banter and tension between Lira and Prince Elian made up for it. To Kill a Kingdom world-building was well done. I felt as if I were on the ship sailing the high-seas with the characters. I was able to get into the story and get caught up with the characters and the story-line. 

All in all, To Kill a Kingdom was enjoyable, the concept of the story immediately had me hooked. The heroine of the story was not the usually good-girl, instead, Lira was a murdering siren who you can't help but sympathize with. Please read 
To Kill a Kingdom.

Character Breakdown:

The characters were a fun. Very lively and fleshed out but I'll only include one not to spoil the story.

Lira - You want to hate Lira's character . . . but you forget you do as the story unfolds. She is witty, fierce and always as a comeback.

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

“I reach out my hand to pull her up, and the look Lira gives me is nothing short of poisonous. “Do you want me to chop it off?” she asks. I keep my hand hovering in the space between us. “Not particularly.” “Then get it out of my face.” 

Here are a couple of my favorite quotes:

It was such fun going back through To Kill a Kingdom and my favorite quotes, searching for the ones I selected to post here.

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

“They celebrate love as though it's power, even though it has killed far more humans than I ever have.” 

Meet the Author:

Alexandra Christo
Alexandra Christo decided to write books when she was four and her teacher told her she couldn't be a fairy. She has a BA in Creative Writing and works as a copywriter in London, both of which make her sound more grown up than she feels. When she's not busy making up stories, she can be found buying far too many cushions and organizing food crawls all over the city. Alexandra currently lives in Hertfordshire with an abundance of cacti (because they're the only plants she can keep alive).

***Check out Alexandra Christo's website for more information about her and To Kill a KingdomHERE

Happy Reading!


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