To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo (non-spoiler review) // Sirens, Pirates + Lots of Stabbing

Book: To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis:

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?


INITIAL THOUGHTS

I’d been seeing this book float around and then I saw someone (hey Ellie it you) post a quote from this book that said, “I don’t speak bitch”, and it just made me laugh sooo. That makes me sound horrible ahaha but I did look up the synopsis and sirens and pirates? Yes Yes Yes.


PLOT

Lots of fun action and stabbing. I loved the action scenes + had so much fun reading it!

I also love the trope (is it a trope?) of ‘you can’t judge someone based on their parents/you can better than said parents’. It’s an important message and that doesn’t even have to be related to parents. You can just relate it to the fact that we can try harder to be better and do better in this world.

I love when you can draw important messages like these from books!!


EXECUTION

This world was beautiful and reading about the magic and the sirens was so interesting. I loved how cruel and dark they really were. Also this was a debut? How amazing. Not to mention all of this was fit into a standalone. I left the book feeling satisfied and it just felt really solid.


CHARACTERS

My sister asked me what my book was about and I compared The Siren Queen to Ursula and I’m not wrong. That’s basically it.

Lira: YES. I loved her development. Her banter. Her ruthlessness. Such a fun character.

Elian: No one compares to Nikolai but I wouldn’t punch you if you did compare Elian to him. He’s a prince and a pirate and I loved him and his wit. His crew was awesome and his values of loyalty and friendship ahh.

I also loved how Elian shows us that chosen family can be just as important, if not more important than your blood family.

*Low-key read his name as Elain (every. single. damn. time)


ROMANCE

It worked and I enjoyed it immensely. You could see that they understand each other and that they’re quite alike, but they’re still different in a way and balance each other out well.

The romance + their connection made them see each others strengths and ultimately was what led to the character growth for both of them. (my favourite kind of romance!)


TL;DR I enjoyed this even more the the Daughter of the Pirate King duology and really recommend it if you loved that.


A shorter, bullet point review can be found on my Goodreads here.

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Talk To Me

Have you read To Kill A Kingdom? Is it on you TBR? Are your opinions the same as mine? Or are they totally different?


Until next time,

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18 thoughts on “To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo (non-spoiler review) // Sirens, Pirates + Lots of Stabbing

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  1. I’ve heard this one is really great! Awesome review! It sounds like a lot of elements worked really well for you. I especially am hooked by that comparison to Nikolai haha. 😛

    Awesome post title by the way! Lots of stabbing in a book is always very promising. 😉

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