Book Review: To Kill A Kingdom – Alexandra Christo

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?

My Thoughts

Have you ever read a book and wished you were the female protagonist? Or, have you ever read a story and so desperately wanted to live in the world created by the author?

I have. It happens to me all the time!

I´ll watch the X Men and wish I was a mutant. I´ll watch Game of Thrones and imagine I´m Sexy Jesus ( Jaqen H´ghar ) just because he´s cool AF ( and because he wears a loose robe all day. I love loose clothes and flipflops )

I had the same experience while reading `To Kill A Kingdom` by Alexandra Christo. to kill

I desperately wanted to be a siren and desperately wanted to live in the world the author created.

But wait – The author didn´t completely offer an original story.  `To Kill A Kingdom` is actually a warped retelling of The Little Mermaid. A darkish, morbid version that´s been tweaked and bent to fit the author´s ideas.

I absolutely LOVED IT!

Get that picture of  Disney´s Ariel with her perfect hair and shell bra out of your mind because the mermaids portrayed in this book are less attractive and appealing. Even the sirens, with all their incredible beauty, have a glowing neon sign above their heads that screams “RUN, bitch! RUN!”

The synopsis spoils enough so I won´t reveal an awful lot about this story.

Just know that it has mermaids, sirens, magical portrayed human lands, a siren hunter crew and a prince who´s ready to end the evil that occupies the ocean. Things get messy on quite a few levels. Messy and exciting.

I LOVE PIRATES AND SIRENS! Mermaids… not so much anymore. Not after this book. But that´s okay. I´ve got some major siren love going on now.

Besides the fact that I was in sea heaven I couldn´t ignore the great writing. I had absolutely no troubles with anything. The descriptions were pretty good. The details were perfect ( not too little and not too much ). I was able to see, feel and taste the story.

The romance ( yes, there was a hint of a romantic flair in this book ) was subtle. Perfect for a young adult fantasy novel. Usually, I´m someone who wants the feels and adventure in equal proportions but that wouldn´t have worked with this story. The adventure was the spotlight and I´m glad it stayed that way until the end of the book.

There´s even a moral to the story! Why I´m so happy about that? Well, these days, stories often don´t have a message for readers anymore. There´s hardly anything to take away after finishing a book. With this read, though… a reader is allowed to walk away with a moral.

All in all, I have nothing to complain about.

 

Would I recommend this book? Yes! Although it´s a YA read the story still has a strong dark side to it. And some parts are graphic, which I fully enjoy. So, yes. I´d recommend this read.

Would I re- read this book? Absolutely.

 

The Cover – 4 stars ( It´s a little too dark for my taste but I do love the title. How eye catchy!)

The Story – 5 stars ( The author didn´t re- invent the wheel with the story but I did enjoy how the story was told. The magic is always in the writing.)

The Characters – 5 stars ( A vicious siren princess and a prince with a purpose. I want to be best friends with both )

My emotional state after finishing this read – I want to be a siren just like princess Lira and show off my vicious, badass side. AWESOME!

5 stars

Purchase Link : Amazon.comto kill

Mug Monday & Special Thanks

Mug

A gift

Bookish Topic

Blog Appreciation

Happy Mug Monday!

Last week was a week filled with wonderful moments and gruelling challenges. It´s been a week filled with things I´ve learned.

I´ve learned that….

  • I´d rather throw another party for 7 year olds again than for 11 year olds.
  • All 7 year olds are deaf.
  • Sympathy crying is still a thing with 1st graders.
  • Noah ( a birthday guest from my 7-year-old daughter) likes to show his one-eyed snake.
  • My husband can scream like a girl in panic when Noah reaches for his one-eyed snake.
  • My husband can´t handle Noah declaring his love for our 7 year old daughter.
  • Too many helicopter parents in my garden are more stressful than 7 and 11 year olds.
  • I´m the only person who can bake a cake that´s burnt on the outside and raw on the inside… TWICE! ( I suck at baking)
  • Never gift my oldest daughter a book because she will abandon her party guests and hide for almost an hour to read. We found her in her bathroom. ( Nice move, Mirjam)

I survived 2 kids birthday parties. I survived Noah. I can´t speak for my husband, though. All in all… I call that a success.

That was the stressful part.

The wonderful part was when I hopped on to the computer Sunday evening and saw the little surprises left in my notification box on WordPress. Tucked between all the lovely comments and replies was this:

love post

This. I was totally flashed when I saw this. What a wonderful shout – out from another book blogger! I expected the fan – fiction mob wanting to kill me with their death threats but I didn´t expect anything this heartwarming.

Thank you, Debby  @alwaysbooking 

You´re a doll for taking your time to check out my blog / posts and for wanting to spread the word. These shout – outs don´t happen often so I am grateful for the support and love. ❤ ❤
People! Go and check out Debby´s blog. Her “About Me” is a da bomb!

It then occurred to me that Debby wasn´t the only one supporting me. Other blogs have been doing the same with their comments, retweets, likes and shares lately.

A big fat THANK YOU goes out to:

5171 Miles Book Blog 5171

For some time now, these 2 ladies have been supportive in more than one way. Ashley and Sabrina have wonderful minds and kind hearts and you can feel that kindness and lots of love on their blog. No matter what social media we bump into each other… we have fun. Do check out their AMAZING Instagram feed! ❤

 

Books, Vertigo & Tea books vertigo

Danielle is a power woman on so many levels. Not only does she write fabulous blog posts ( I love her style ), she also leaves so much positivity and encouragement in comments. ❤ Whatever you´re looking for- Danielle has it on her blog. She´s a tea and book enthusiast.  ❤ Go and show this woman some love because she deserves it all. ❤

 

Of All The Books In All The Libraries   

of allSuziey´s blog is what it´s supposed to be. A place for all her thoughts regarding books ( and maybe a non bookish topic ). AND I LOVE THAT about her blog. She´s a wonderful blogger with a sharp mind and great style. Suziey has been nothing but wonderful and supportive and for that I thank her dearly. Follow her! Pronto!

 

TheWebWeaverstheweb

Hands down – This blog is lit. Arachnid Weaver and Spinette Spyder have created something out of this world cool! Love their style. Love their posts. Love everything they put out there. If you´re looking for entertainment and humor then you need to follow this blog immediately. Check out their posts. I´ve sat a few nights crying from laughing so hard.

 

The Cozy Pagescozy pagres

I just recently discovered this lovely blog and can say that I´m sticking to it like glue now. Nina has a colorful collection of blog content and she´s just such a joy to chat with. I´m looking forward to see what else she has in store for me / everyone else! Now it´s your turn to give this woman some love.

 

As for all the other blogs who have been super supportive –  I haven´t forgotten you. My body and mind haven´t fully recovered from last week´s birthday escapade. I hope I´m forgiven…

Still, before I set off into the land of blissful snores I want to leave an even bigger THANK YOU to the people who have had my back and supported me.

Even the silent ninjas who appreciate from the dark corners of the book world… THANK YOU for… staring / stalking.

It´s time for the Mug Monday presentation.

Are y´all ready? I hope you are. Just don´t get your hopes up because my lack of creativity has suffered a bit ( let´s blame that on Noah a.k.a the One – Eyed – Snake hunter)

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There you have it. The mug is gray and the book, `To Kill A Kingdom` by Alexandra Christo, was just the right book to read after my mentally challenging week. Review will be up this Thursday. ❤

But what I can do is leave my favorite quote from `To Kill A Kingdom`…

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

Doesn´t that sound awesome? It does. Sirens, humans, mermaids and…. pirates!

Okay. That´s enough. I need to stop right here before I end up spoiling the whole story.

 

Book bloggers,

I love you. I appreciate you. I think we should marry soon.

 

Yours truly,

Morgana ❤ ❤