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Book Thoughts: To Kill A Kingdom (Alexandra Christo)

Killer sirens and swashbuckling princes


Title: To Kill A Kingdom
Author: Alexandra Christo
Genre: Fiction/ Young Adult /Fantasy
First published: 2018
Edition: Kindle e-book

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.


This fantasy standalone reminiscent of The Little Mermaid did not quite manage to grab me unfortunately, but it was an easy enough read and I liked it ok.

I liked the idea of this novel more than the execution. Although the writing never annoyed me, it did not wow me either. I did not feel much chemistry between Lira and the Prince whose name I can never remember. Their relationship did not make that much sense to me.

There were some good moments, specifically the action moments, and despite the The Darker Little Mermaid vibes, it felt kind of different and interesting. It just never quite lived up to its own billing I feel.

I wish I had loved this more, but it was just an ok read. I do acknowledge I am probably not its target audience, but still.

If you like the premise of this one, go for it. You may love it.

4 out of 7 stars


CAWPILE score: 6

  • Characters: 7
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Writing Style: 7
  • Plot: 7
  • Intrigue: 5
  • Logic: 5
  • Enjoyment: 5

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