Book Review | To Kill a Kingdom

To Kill a KingdomTitle: To Kill a Kingdom
Author: Alexandra Christo
Genre: YA / Fantasy
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Format: Paperback
Pages: 358 pages
Spoilers? Nope

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.

Princess Lira is siren royalty and revered across the sea until she is cursed into humanity by the ruthless Sea Queen. Now Lira must deliver the heart of the infamous siren killer or remain a human forever.

Prince Elian is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world and captain to a deadly crew of siren hunters. When he rescues a drowning woman from the ocean, she promises to help him destroy sirenkind for good. But he has no way of knowing whether he can trust her…



Going into this book with almost to no expectations was the best thing I did, especially taking into account how disappointed I was with the previous mermaids book I’ve read.

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To Kill a Kingdom had a pretty good balance between action, politics, relationships and character development.

🧜 Lira was pretty fun to follow, especially because of the whole siren murderer plot.

🚢 Elian sounded hot af and the thing I appreciate the most about the two of them is how they’re so similar but, at the same time, come from completely opposite sides and experiences.

Lira wants to prove herself to be the queen of all the sea while Elian wants to get away from his responsibilities as the future king. They grow up despising each other without knowing the exact reasons why they should do it. And when they come together… I really like good romances and this one was amazing. It was not insta-love, it relied heavily on Elian and Lira’s character development, their banter is super fun and it’s hate to love, one of my favorite tropes.

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The only “bad” thing I can point out is that some of the action scenes seem a little messy and I couldn’t easily follow what was happening.


This was a really enjoyable read and I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did. I will definitely be checking out other works by Alexandra Christo from now on.

5 Stars


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