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To Kill a Kingdom af Alexandra Christo
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To Kill a Kingdom (udgave 2018)

af Alexandra Christo (Forfatter)

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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 unsavoury 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?… (mere)
Medlem:Nicole_girl
Titel:To Kill a Kingdom
Forfattere:Alexandra Christo (Forfatter)
Info:Feiwel & Friends (2018), 352 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:*****
Nøgleord:Ingen

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So, in short:
I LOVED IT SO MUCH I CAN'T EXPRESS IT PROPERLY?!?!?!?!?!?

Now, the long version:
To be completely honest, this book didn't have me completely till around 30%, but after that I was engrossed!! It was actually worth it!!

I really loved the characters, I loved the story, and just WHY ISN'T THERE MORE!?!??! I just seriously love standalone books that manage to incorporate a series' worth of story in a single book, and this seemed like one of them! I love The Little Mermaid, even the one by Hans Christian Anderson, (though that one makes me cry every time I read it) and so this take on the story was really new(for me), even though it was old, and I liked the familiarity of the story.

I loved the banter between the characters, and the romance seemed really well developed. Lira and Elian were just so well written, and the secret keeping, and guilt involved made it a really good read for me( I just really really like guilt and angst that follows in any book).

I recommend this to anyone looking for a Little Mermaid retelling, or a good fantasy book with some romance woven in. ( )
1 stem trisha_tomy | Jun 1, 2021 |
Very interesting twist on the little mermaid story!

Lira, daughter of the ruthless Sea Queen, steals the hearts of princes - literally. But when she breaks the rules and gets on her mother’s bad side, she is transformed into a human as punishment. The only way to redeem herself is to bring back the heart of one particularly dangerous prince.

Prince Elian has made it his mission to kill the sirens that plague the seas, especially the red-haired demon known as the Princes’ Bane. When he fishes a strange girl out of the water, she offers him valuable information that sends him on a new quest for a mythical jewel with incredible power. As they make the journey to a place no siren and few humans have ever gone, they realize they might have the wrong idea about who is an enemy and who is a friend.

I read this in one weekend! It was fantastic! ( )
  vvbooklady | May 5, 2021 |
[[full review will be up on my blog as per usual. but i wanted to put that here too because this review is a mess because i was a total mess when i wrote it.]]

UPDATE (5/10/18):

After further consideration I had to lower the rating of this book to a 4.5/5 because there are a lot of things I wish were explained further, especially for a fantasy book. I blame all the other fantasy books I've read who have raised the bar :')

It was still really good and I would super recommend this. I wish we had more books like this
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I was going to give this 4 stars. . . but then I don't think I would ever forgive myself.

"Homes are hard to find."

I don't know where to start.

At first this just seemed to be some dark little-mermaid retelling. But then it became more than that ?!?!

Gosh, the story telling was so enchanting and dark at the same time. It got a bit startled at first because of some of the gruesome details but then at the same time it got me dreaming of the things that could be in a world of sirens. I'm so speechless because this is one of those books that isn't perfect but YOU JUST NEED TO GIVE 5 STARS. I do not want to raise anyone's expectations but this just really blew me away.

I also achieved some realisations here between Lira and Elian's dynamic (LOVE them btw). These two are already so beautiful as individuals but put them together and they can change the world. A prince of the land and the princess of the ocean. This is exactly like the little mermaid story that we never had. It also came to me that one of the reasons they understand each other so much is that they KNOW the weight that comes with being royalty. It was mentioned numerous times in the book and when you think about it, who else can really understand a prince of land that belongs in the ocean than the princess of the ocean? And who else to understand a princess who only wants to please her mother than the prince who's father has never understand his need to belong in the ocean.

Speaking of which, I love both of their characters because they were both shown as fierce characters, the fiercest of each of their own kinds even. But even thought they were presented as such, it was also written out how they have their own weaknesses, and how they aren't invincible. As this is a fantasy book, I expected a bit more show of their magic though. But anyhow, I melted with their romance and their dynamic. UGH! I want a prince.

"Everything is murkier now. And Elian made it that way in a single second.
In an action as easy as breathing: He smiled."


I am saying again that there are some more things that I wanted to see in this story, since I have very high standards when it comes to fantasy, but then this is written as a standalone and is not a series which I already appreciate on its own. So I am not complaining that much with the lack of some details. The world building is already great as it is.


Okay here we go: the main reason I gave this story 5 stars is actually because of the world it conjured up in my head and the way that it was not exactly one vibe the whole book. It was pretty diverse when it comes to the mood of the story that one description is not enough. It is not just dark, not just romantic, not just fantasy. It's all three with a twist. Which was amazing. It shows true loyalty and friendship, how it cannot just be taken with magic. It can make you feel that dreamy, floating, kind of love. This review is a bit messed up due to me just finishing this book as I type this down. IT MAKES YOU FEEL WHAT IT WANTS YOU TO FEEL.

“In my heart, I’m as wild as the ocean that raised me.”

This is literally the break down of how I would describe what the book was talking about in different parts and what it made me feel (this is in the order of how you read it):

PHASE 1: Dark, Mysterious, What does it mean to be royalty

I was like, if this is suppose to be some kind of little mermaid retelling, is it suppose to be so dark? there were so many discussions about our two main characters on the demands of royalty and price that has to be paid to rule a kingdom. This was just an essential part of the book for me because it showed that even our all powerful, fierce MCs have just as much on their shoulders, more, as the other characters.


PHASE 2: Magic, Family, Friendship, Family

This was very different from the first part and I was thrown off at first. In the end I embraced it and, oh, IT WAS BEAUTIFUL. This was the lighter side of the book but it still created just as much as impact. The fact that these four topics were very evident throughout the whole of the book but focused more on the middle. . . it was a very right choice for the author to pace the book like this.


PHASE 3: the Dream of what could be

I was shookt when they started mentioning about dreams and dreaming of what the world could be. I never expected the book to go down that path because it started pretty dark. But wow did it give the book the balance it needed to earn the 5 stars that so many readers have been praising it with.



I needed to do that short list because I think it is one of the most accurate ways I could have expressed just how much my feelings for this book changed as i went on reading. I wanna keep this dream and fantasy of a story. It was romantic just as it was magical just as it was dark. It really is perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Sarah J. Maas. This book could have been told in a trilogy of some sort if the author wanted it to last that long, but it was perfect as a single story and I am happy that the she did not drag it because if it were to have been longer than a single book, I'm afraid that it might be pushing the story.


Thank you for getting this far into my review. The meaning of this book grows more for me each second it stays with me from the moment I finished reading it. ( )
  themoonwholistens | Aug 31, 2020 |
"If you get shot," Lira says, "I'm going to treat you like you're incapable of doing the simplest tasks. See how you like it when I hold out my arm to help you walk, even though you're not shot in the leg."

"I'd be flattered," I say, "that you would look for an excuse just to hold my hand."

"Perhaps I'm just looking for an excuse to shoot you."


(Okay, technically a 3, if we go by the "I liked it" guide. But sometimes I just wanna... Be more supportive and encouraging. I don't know. I had a lot invested in this book and even though I didn't really get the payoff I wanted I still want to recommend it.)

This book was, like Diabolic and And I Darken, another case of, "oh, you're so up my alley. We are going up this alley together. Totally in sync. Pirates? Yes. Sirens that are actually evil? Yes. Bloodthirsty female protagonist? Absolutely. Banter, banter, overwhelming perfect romantic banter? EVERYWHERE.

Wait. No. Don't drift. No, stay in this alley. Keep being heartless. NO COME BACK - "

And then the end happens.

So I didn't end up liking it as much as I'd really hoped... But it was still a good book. It was an inspiring debut honestly. Hence the four stars.

The worldbuilding was incredible, especially the languages and names - I love a good phoneme scheme! damn! It was a beautifully vast world that felt vast even though we didn't get to see all of it. The politics were really particular and well-done as well. That and Lira were the best parts for me. Lira was so cool, goddamn. I am hype for this new YA age of mermaids just for more chances to meet more Lira's.

It got a little heavy-handed and dramatic near the end, and felt a little long however. But it was a tricky dynamic to pull off between the two main characters and I think it all resolved as neatly as possible, while still doing some appropriate knife-twisting (though it was easy to guess how it'd end up). I still can't get over my pet peeve of "witty clever cliche banter during life-threatening situations" though. WATCH OUT FOR THE TENTACLE MONSTER, STOP CHARMING EACH OTHER WITH YOUR WIT. GOD.

Overall I wish I'd stuck through it the first time, and it's very very likely just a book that I had too many hopes for and so, though it was solid through-and-through, it just fell below the mark for me.

(also: PRESENT TENSE! BRING PRESENT TENSE INTO THE GENRE! HEARTS FOREVER!) ( )
  Chyvalrys | Aug 5, 2020 |
I tried truly, but I abandoned it close to the middle.. Just, please, please, if you plan to use Greek in a book, don't use google translate. My eyes and my brain were not happy AT ALL. ( )
  0minous20 | Aug 1, 2020 |
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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 unsavoury 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?

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