To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

To Kill a Kingdom

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...

Details To Kill a Kingdom

TitleTo Kill a Kingdom
Release DateMar 6th, 2018
PublisherFeiwel & Friends
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Retellings, Romance

Reviews To Kill a Kingdom

  • Emily May
    Meet our two main characters--Lira: In one move, I plunge my fist into the prince’s chest and pull out his heart.Elian: Technically, I’m a murderer, but I like to think that’s one of my better qualities.That should give you a sense of what to expect. To Kill a Kingdom is a pretty dark fantasy for YA and it tells a compelling, vicious story without falling into all the usual tropes. I was pleasantly surprised.Lira is a siren princess, daught...
  • Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
    Oh my gosh. Oh my gosh. I am just sitting here in shock and full of feels and alskfjal;skdjfa;lksjf GO ORDER THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW. How am I supposed to write a coherent review? Gah! Okay *breathes*So if you haven't seen the description, this is somewhat of a little mermaid retelling, except there are lots of creatives spins that pull from other folklore as well! (For example, Midas ;))Lira is a siren known as the 'Prince's Bane' - and she's infamo...
  • Katerina
    Dark, seductive and oh so beautiful.Dark as a stormy night.Seductive as the call of a siren.Beautiful like the bluest sea.I marvel at how wonderful most of the 2018 YA releases have been. Even though the time I dedicate to reading is far less than what my heart desires (thank you adult life, really), discovering books that sing their melodies to my soul and enchant me to oblivion is a fair compensation. Reading To Kill a Kingdom was last week's h...
  • Melanie
    ARC provided by Macmillan in exchange for an honest review. “I’ve made a mistake. It started with a prince, as most stories do. Once I felt the thrum of his heart beneath my fingers, I couldn’t forget it.” You all, I buddy read this with FOUR of my closest book friends, and we all five starred this amazing story. Please, go treat yourself and preorder this book. Please. Do you like killer sirens? Angsty romance? A+ witty banter? Vivid f...
  • Lola
    A bewitchingly dark retelling of The Little Mermaid.In which both the siren princess and human prince want to cut each other’s throats if that’s the last thing they do. Lovely. My newfound love of dark fairytale retellings—caused by Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook—propelled me to read this book.How could I ever go back to the innocent Disney tales I read as a child that would make me dream of a boundless future? This is atmospher...
  • Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
    I HAVE A HEART for every year I’ve been alive.There are seventeen hidden in the sand of my bedroom. Every so often, I claw through the shingle, just to check they’re still there. Buried deep and bloody. I count each of them, so I can be sure none were stolen in the night. It’s not such an odd fear to have. Hearts are power, and if there’s one thing my kind craves more than the ocean, it’s power. *insert drooling face here* I can't help ...
  • Warda
    I’m disappointed with how mediocre this was. It’s described as a dark and romantic story. It was dark at the beginning, then turned into mush. By the way our main characters were introduced, I was expecting some straight-up nastiness and bravado. False advertisement that was because that’s not the tone the story carried on with (but I didn’t mind this too much since there was some introspection our characters were going through). And the ...
  • C.G. Drews
    Everything about this book was a salty swashbuckling GLORY and I loved it. I'm alllll here for pirates and sirens and (dark) Little Mermaid retellings, and this just delivered omg. Plus it was super funny, and if there's something my dark little heart beats faster for: it's people who sass each other to death so lovingly.(Also, claim to fame 😂, I have been a beta-reader for Allie in the past, so I kneeeew I'd love this and ajfdksald her writin...
  • Camila Roy ••RoyIsReading••
    RATING: 5/5I LOVED THIS BOOK!! Is it weird that I am obssessed with the two main characters? They're fkn murderers! I don't think that's ever happened before. It's not my style to include synopsis in my reviews, but I'll make an exception just this once because I really want others to read it. We got two POVs in this story: The first is from a siren princess that kills human princes. The second one is from a human prince that kills sirens. Their ...
  • Cait • A Page with a View
    That was absolutely brilliant. I'll read anything that has even a hint of a retelling, but this is probably one of the best I've ever found... it's what I never knew I wanted The Little Mermaid to become!Lira's a siren princess whose ruthless Sea Queen mother teaches her to steal power & the futures of kingdoms by taking the hearts of princes. (PS the sea queen has tentacles, a trident, and is amazing... she's kind of like Ursula on a bad day).Li...
  • Sabrina The Trash Queen
    “His face makes no difference.” I drop her hand. “It’s his heart I’m after.”“So many hearts.” Her voice is angelic. “You’ll soon run out of room to bury them all.”I lick my lips. “Maybe,” I say. “But a princess must have her prince.” This book is so unique and fun to read.SIRENS 🧜♀ and PIRATES, just how freaking awesome is that?!? I have an unhealthy obsession with sirens and pirates 🤪Lira and Elian are aweso...
  • Sana
    remember when i said this book was good?? well it is, but you know what, the more i think about it, the more i've realized that the ending was anticlimatic as fuck and Lira and Elian's relationship can choke on balls the size of my pEn!!!!i guess i really hyped this up and ended up giving it 4 stars in a rush because i was really enjoying it in the moment, but once the ending came and i actually used my brain to think about it, i was like hMmMmMm...
  • Maria
    3.7/5 Stars ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐“Technically, I’m a murderer, but I like to think that’s one of my better qualities.” This is a very hyped up book. You all know it. You all did it. Everyone is reading it and I just couldn't resist. Fantasy is not the genre I prefer but a book about mythology and sirens and pirates is right up my alley. I truly enjoyed this book, it was a very strong debut novel, but it contained its faults.Princess Lira is sir...
  • Shreya (☆High Lady of The Night Court☆)
    Two kingdoms that come with responsibilities we each have trouble bearing. Him, the shackles of being pinned to one land and one life. Me, trapped in the confines of my mother’s murderous legacy. And the ocean, calling out to us both. A song of freedom and longing. I LOVE IT. Reading this book was an amazing experience, I absolutely flew through it. To me this book doesn’t feel like a standalone because I have grown to care for these characte...
  • ❄️Nani❄️
    3.25⭐This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2018 but for some reason I still went in with some doubts, and I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised -for the most part-.If I could sum this up in one word it’d be - fun. That’s it, it was a fun and engaging read that had its ups as well as downs. It would’ve also been a sold 4-star read had it not been for the unnecessary, far fetched romance that completely ruined the entire narrativ...
  • emma
    Really starting to think you guys all just pretended this book was good and got me all excited to read it as some sort of elaborate, cruel prank.IT WAS BAD AND NOW I'M to come once I recover from this (read: NEVER. I'LL NEVER GET OVER IT)--------CURRENTLY-READING UPDATESI hadn't picked up this book in a couple days and assumed I was like 1/4 of the way into it, since nothing has really happened yet.NOPE.I'M MORE THAN HALFWAY D...
  • Sara➽ (Ink Is My Sword)
    4 “An awesome debut novel” Stars ”Pirates are liars by trade and royals are liars by blood.” This is a fantasy novel in I had a blast while reading it, it was such a fun experience. And recently this has been a struggle since I am shifting my reading preferences towards the contemporary genre. I was so scared to be let down by this book, and I can gladly now say, I was not. The hype surrounding this book is crazy, but it honestly deserves...
  • destiny ☠ howling libraries
    Let me say, first and foremost, that I am such a total sucker for books revolving around the ocean, whether it involves pirates, mermaids, sirens, sea creatures, or any mix of those things. When I first heard about this story of a vicious siren chasing down a pirate prince who slays her kind, it skyrocketed to the top of my list of most anticipated releases for 2018. I had every gut feeling in the world that I was going to positively adore this n...
  • Lily ☁️ {semi hiatus}
    ✨ You can now find my full review here! ✨I finished reading this very hyped book—and I wasn’t crippled by disappointment? To quote May: “omg, lily liking a popular book?? is the world still spinning??” It may have stopped for a second, or two.But, in all seriousness, To Kill a Kingdom is brilliant.Don’t get me wrong, it’s not perfect by all means; in fact, I found the initial chapters that introduce us to the world of sirens, merm...
  • Alana • thebookishchick
    “Technically, I’m a murderer, but I like to think that’s one of my better qualities.” Rating: 5/5 stars Sirens. Princes. Betrayals. Oh my!Have you ever read book before that you could describe as delicious? Because that is the first word that comes to mind when I think about this book. From the very first page until the very last I was hooked.First of all, if you give me any type of Little Mermaid retelling it's pretty much guaranteed tha...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    Pretty damn good peeps! Mel 🖤
  • Nanly
    I am in shock.Could this be real? Could this really be my first five-star read - one that's not a children's book - of 2018? Because after a string of dnf's, I honestly thought this day would never come. And yet, here I am, completely head over heels over To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo.This is Alexandra's (I can call her by just her first name, right?) first book (to my knowledge), and I want you to remember her, because she is freaking f...
  • may ❀
    this is my first proper review in forever yikesI am screaming into the void right now bc lately I’ve only been able to compulsively reread old favs and when I don’t I spend 16 years on A SINGLE BOOKBut damn, this book was so bingeable I literally couldn’t stop (this is my form of apologizing to myself for staying up till 2am reading and ruining the next day)Just to tell you how much I loved this book, halfway through I stopped reading so I ...
  • Beth
    ALL OF THE STARS!Thanks Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review."Some people burn so brightly, it’s impossible to put the flames out.”GUYS. This was EVERYTHING! I mean, I went in with pretty high expectations, when I heard it was a re-telling of The Little Mermaid I was like okay I want to read this, I need this in my life. Normally when I go in with some form of expectations I’m pretty...
  • Nadhira Satria
    Buddy read with bitter✨ no one is more disappointed as I am...I was hoping for some amazing shit but tbh IT WAS BORING????LIKE IT WAS GOOD BUT IT WAS BORING?? THE PLOT IS WOW BUT THE EXECUTION IS MEHGod it was so boring. starting from page 100 something sweet lord I'm SO DISAPPOINTED. OVERALL IT WAS MEHWOW I HATE READING IM DONE I WAS SO LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS FUCK.ok fine it's boring but I still want to hop on Elian like a pogostick.
  • Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
    I FINISHED THIS AT 2AM (ON A SCHOOL NIGHT)Yes, I should have been asleep because I wake up at 5:00. Well, who cares? This book was fantastic (as I've already mentioned before) and I had a good 3 hours to spare! I can totally run on 3 hours of sleep, psh. (Yes, I fall asleep during classes. Shhhh.) ANYWAY. This book had me crying at 2AM and here's 5 kick-ass things I loved about it:*drumroll*1. It is daaaark. *cue evil laughter*The Amazing Allie C...
  • Candace Robinson
    This book was so much fun! First, you have a wicked siren, who rips out a princes heart each year for her birthday! With her bare freaking hands! I loved Lira!Then we meet Prince Elian, who isn’t just your normal boring prince, he’s pretty much a pirate! He had awesome integrity and was all about doing what it takes for humanity!Also no insta love here. Thanks the deepest depths of the ocean! There was the perfect slow build, even with all th...
  • Angelica
    You guys! Go read this book! It was so good. Like, sooooo good and I just finished reading it like ten minutes ago and I'm dying right now. And AAAAAAAHHHHHH, I literally can't even! Seriously though. UUUGGHHHH!!!But anyway, now that I got my incoherent rambling out of the way, let's talk about this book and the fact that I loved it. This here isn't your typical Little Mermaid retelling. There's no sweet princess with romantic ideas about the hu...
  • Yusra ✨
    guys guys the hype surrounding this book is real I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many people on my goodreads feed reading the same book ? it honestly makes me really happy that it’s getting the love it deserves and I cannot wait for this author to come out with some more brilliant works <3initially this was a 4 star read but after a few days I’ve realized that maybe it needs be pulled down to a 3.5 bc I don’t know, I’m confused to k...