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

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Book Review: Glitter ( Glitter #1)- Aprilynne Pike

About The Book

Outside the palace of Versailles, it’s modern day. Inside, the people dress, eat, and act like it’s the eighteenth century—with the added bonus of technology to make court life lavish, privileged, and frivolous. The palace has every indulgence, but for one pretty young thing, it’s about to become a very beautiful prison.

When Danica witnesses an act of murder by the young king, her mother makes a cruel power play . . . blackmailing the king into making Dani his queen. When she turns eighteen, Dani will marry the most ruthless and dangerous man of the court. She has six months to escape her terrifying destiny. Six months to raise enough money to disappear into the real world beyond the palace gates.

Her ticket out? Glitter. A drug so powerful that a tiny pinch mixed into a pot of rouge or lip gloss can make the wearer hopelessly addicted. Addicted to a drug Dani can sell for more money than she ever dreamed.

But in Versailles, secrets are impossible to keep. And the most dangerous secret—falling for a drug dealer outside the palace walls—is one risk she has to take.

My Thoughts

The book cover for `Glitter` ( Glitter #1) by Aprilynne Pike, is beautiful to look at. The synopsis sounds really interesting.Glitter

I had a feeling I would be reading an out – of – my – comfort – zone novel so I dove into the book with no expectations at all. I wanted to be as open-minded as possible.

I enjoyed the first few chapters but then my interest from before wavered. The story became… dull, and in the end I had more question marks floating above my head than ever before.

But the main question had nothing to do with the story, per se. I had more of a tough time categorizing this special read into a specific genre. How do I recommend a book when I can´t even define the genre?

Technically, `Glitter` isn´t fantasy nor is it dystopian. It´s not historical, either. It´s not entirely Sci-fi but it´s futuristic with a dash of everything wrapped up in a young adult fancy package.

It sounds interesting but it´s hard to digest.

Politics and court intrigue set in the future where people dress in the late French Baroque fashion.

The writing was great but the story itself? Not my cup of tea. If I can´t relate to a character or fully understand and accept their trail of thoughts and / or justify their actions then a story doesn´t hold much worth for me.

The main character, Danica, wasn´t what I would call an interesting figure. There were so many things wrong with her. When you hit a point where you dislike a main character then it´s double hard to enjoy a story, no matter how good it is.

I´m going to be smart and say that the odd genre of this book and I weren´t a good match.

Would I recommend this book? Yeah. I can see others liking this type of read. It´s mash – up of Marie Antoinette and Breaking Bad.

Would I re-read this book? Probably not.

The Cover – 5 stars ( Stunning. Love the colors. A total eye catcher.)

The Story – 2 stars ( It wasn´t for me, although I tried. Too futuristic for my taste.)

The Characters – 2 stars ( Not likable.)

My emotional state after finishing this book – Indifferent.

2 StarsGlitter

 

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Review- Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Book Description

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart .

My Thoughts

A good read, but not something I would go nuts over.

I hate to say this- It´s another bold duplicate of past popular stories I´ve read before.

The only difference was the writing style, which was (in my opinion) rather great.

Victoria Aveyard´s storytelling ability is remarkable and so catchy… I really had no troubles what-so-ever with anything. The complete story was well-balanced.

So what was my problem with the story? Well, for one- I´m not a huge fan of dystopian. I have to be completely convinced before I even go near anything sci-fi-ish / dystopian book. The synopsis sounded great, though, and the hundreds of instagram features convinced me enough. so I thought I´d give it a go. And the story was…okay. But not okay enough for me to give it a full rating.

`Red Queen` ( Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard wasn´t my cup of tea.Red Queen

I liked everything except nothing tickled me senseless. Nothing about the story flashed me nor did I feel the moments that were supposed to be nail-bite-worthy. I didn´t like the story enough.

Maybe the reason for that were the main characters and how they were portrayed. Mare / Mareena ( Heroine ) felt an awful lot like Katniss from The Hunger Games. Not a complete unlikable character but there were definitely moments when I was thinking „Okay Katniss, time to reel it in. Let Mare take over again“ . Mare was strong, foolish and in sometimes even a little annoying.

Mare, the Red, became some sort of a prodigy. Not human nor Silver. Something in between. Something everyone feared because no one understood what Mare was but they knew she was powerful, more than some of the other Silvers who carried special abilities ( and there were quite a few Silvers who had some badass moves ). But then again, the Silvers knew what Mare was. They used her. Tricked her. Played her and everyone else. By „they“ I mean the Royal family and by „everyone else“ I´m referring to the many Silver Houses, Silver folk and Reds.

Yes. The `Red Queen` is political. Lots of mind games, upholding etiquette, keeping secrets, lies, spies and everything else. And in the middle of politics you can even spot a romance. It´s subtle, but it´s there and it´s also good.

The story as a whole is more of a „this is an unfair world and I´m going to play the chosen one and try to make everything better again.“ story. Right the wrongs and create peace.

As I´ve said- It´s a good story but not really what I was hoping for.

`Red Queen` is the first installment in the Red Queen series. I think it´s safe for me to say that I won´t be continuing the series. For me- The story ends with book #1. There isn´t enough interest on my part.

Would I recommend this book? Yes. I would. I can see many YA, dystopian fans gushing over this story. It has a strong Heroine and great Hero(s).

Would I reread this book? Probably not.

The Cover – 5 stars ( Absolutely brilliant. Love the crown & blood and the stark contrast of the white and red. Very eye catchy.)

The Story – 3 stars ( an okay read.)

The Characters – 3 stars ( Practically perfect but a little too similar to other popular fictional figures. Cersei= the Queen, Mare= Katniss, etc. )

My emotional state after finishing this read: Indifferent.

I´m giving `Red Queen` ( Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard 3 out of 5 stars.

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