Lira is a princess in the siren kingdom and Elain is a prince in the human kingdom famous for hunting sirens. When the two royals collide, all hell will break loose and things will never be the same.
Oh this book was everything I wanted and more. The last few books have been a little disappointing, but this book was definitely a breath of fresh air. It had adventure, sassy characters, pirates, mermaids, sirens, devious royals, and the call of the ocean. I just wish it was longer!
First of all, I loved the book world that the author created. The world of sirens was so interesting and very true to the original myths of the Greeks. These mermaids definitely were not Disney characters. They were bloodthirsty, terrifying, and blackhearted. I loved it! I was fascinated with their kingdom, their traditions, and their stories of horror. I also really enjoyed the pirates and their ship. This book combined two of my favorite things and it was so beautiful.
The plot was undoubtedly a retelling of the story of the Little Mermaid; however, it was so much better. I mean it had the princess of the sea that desperately wanted a prince. Yet, the twist was beautiful because the mermaid didn’t have love in mind when she wanted this certain prince. I also enjoyed the homage that the prince played the Greek tale of King Midas, but I wish we got to see a little more of it.
I really enjoyed the characters as well! Lira was no Ariel, but I really enjoyed that a lot more than I thought I would. She was no damsel in distress, she had her voice (a sassy and spunky one at that), and she didn’t depend on any man to save her or her kingdom. Elian was so dashing and swoon worthy that I was in love with him from the moment he was twirling his dagger around. He reminded me of the man, the baby of Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain John Smith. Lira’s mother was also an amazing tribute to Ursula in the most perfect way. She was just plain evil, but she served as a way to make sure that Lira turned into the opposite of her in the end. I also loved the banter that Elian’s crew swapped back and forth, but I wanted more than I got.
The only thing I was a little upset about was the romance. I mean there were some heated scenes between Lira and Elian that made me swoon, but I just felt that there weren’t enough of them. I enjoyed their enemies to lovers banter, but it was a little too PG for me I guess. I craved the smut because it would magic between them. I mean this is only me having a tantrum because I always wanted more, but I felt the romance was a slow burn and then too quick of a finish.
Overall this book was the The Little Mermaid retelling that I have been waiting for and I never wanted it to end. I wish there was a sequel because I would have loved to see Lira and Elian’s relationship grow and Lira as a queen, but I’m okay with what I got.
My Book Rating
5/5 Book World
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
Published by Hot Key Books on March 6, 2018
Copy Read: Paperback