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To Kill a Kingdom (Alexandra Christo)


To Kill a KingdomLira 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?














This was such a fun read! I am usually all in for any type of book that hints at a mermaid. Unfortunately, those books usually leave me disappointed because they feel stale and unoriginal. Not with To Kill a Kingdom!

I enjoyed the twist on The Little Mermaid immensely. Lira was a strong, powerful force to reckon with throughout the entire book. She is everything a strong female character should be. The witty banter between characters is also an added bonus.

Great paced plot. The villainous Sea Queen was really a special touch! She was a horrid person (can we call her that?), with a rather sordid back story. I don't want to give away anything, but the history of how you get from point A to point B where the Sea Queen is involved is complicated. That particular detail also gives Lira a whole new layer to work with.

There were a few places in the book that I probably should have read a bit more slowly/carefully because I found myself asking "huh?" several times. I do not know if that was my sleep deprived brain (I did read this one in one sitting because I enjoyed it so much) or the story itself to blame. Either way, I have recommended this To Kill a Kingdom to many of my friends. It really is worth reading. 

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