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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 mosta human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elians 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 hobbyits his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, shes more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for goodBut can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankinds greatest enemy?...

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ISBN : 9781250112682
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Number of Pages : 342 pages
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To Kill a Kingdom Reviews

  • ❄️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 narrative for me.

    Starting off with what I liked:

    ✨The sirens:

    Damn,
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  • Maram

    I haven't binged a book in what seems like forever so I'm literally jumping in joy for how amazing it made me feel. To Kill a Kingdom is dubbed as a retelling of The Little Mermaid with a twist and you can bet your ass that I didn't need to know anything else. The writing was very compelling yet easy to read. I easily fell for the morally grey characters and absolutely loved their banters. It's packed with adventure and action. It had just the right touch of swoon-worthy romance. I shed many tea ...more

  • Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥

    Can I afford to add another book to my ever growing to-be read pile?

    No!

    Am I going to add this awesome book that seems to feature not only a siren but also a handsome pirate prince?

    ABSO-FREAKING-LUTELY!!!! <333

  • maymay❀

    this is my first proper review in forever yikes

    I 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 BOOK

    But 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 could make an aesthetic board bc someone gotta



    ^^this is

    Elian says. “When I marry, it won’t be about power.”

    “What will it be, then?”

    “Sacrifice.”

    “You’re right,” I tell him, trying to shake the melancholy from my voice. “Spending a lifetime with you would be a sacrifice.”

    “Oh?...What would you be losing?” he asks.

    “If I married you?” I stand to tower above him, pushing away the unraveling thing inside me. “I suppose it would be my mind.”


    - Its overall v dark and I was v impressed with how the author was able to pull this off (I mean, this girl takes the hearts of princes, like…actually, takes their hearts)

    - There’s a side ship that literally owns my heart, they’re fierce and hilarious and they make me believe in love again

    - My husband, elian

    - It’s a little mermaid retelling, but much more gruesome

    - The world building is incredible

    - S L O W B U R N

    - THE FACT THAT IT’S A STANDALONE FANTASY AND LIVED UP TO THE HYPE?? HOW OFTEN DO WE GET THOSE????

    - Its action packed and extremely fast paced, gotta love a book that holds your attention

    - And look at that cover

    - Honestly my only complaint is that sometimes the dialogue felt a little awkward and (view spoiler) but otherwise, an absolutely amazing book

    “Hearts are power, and if there’s one thing my kind craves more than the ocean, it’s power.”

    4.5 stars!!

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    Buddy read with the kevin to my kate

    honestly i havent seen 1 (one) NEGATIVE REVIEW FOR THIS BOOK. needless to say, my hopes are sky high ...more

  • 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 let down, but this honestly exceeded anything I could o
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  • 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 novel, and as you’ll see in my review, I was not di

    It’s the princes who hold the allure. In their youth. In the allegiance of their people. In the promise of the leader they could one day become. They are the next generation of rules, and by killing them, I kill the future. Just as my mother taught me.


    → Lira ←

    While the story alternates between two perspectives, the first one that we are introduced to is Lira, also known as the Prince’s Bane for her cruel slayings of princes. As the daughter of the Sea Queen, her task is to rip the still-beating heart from one prince on each of her birthdays. My favorite thing about Lira, right off the bat, was the fact that she wasn’t some gooey, sweet young girl on the inside; she is unapologetically vicious and coldhearted, which we quickly see is the end result of a lifetime of abuse from her mother.

    Technically, I’m a murderer, but I like to think that’s one of my better qualities.


    Lira’s interactions with Elian, once she finds herself stranded on his pirate ship, are the definition of enemies-to-lovers behavior: she’s feisty, angry, mean, and conniving, without ever going overboard enough to become genuinely unlikeable. The fact that she has such a difficult home life awaiting her under the sea makes it hard to view her as an outright “villain”, and at many times, I found myself struggling to determine who I wanted to root for: the cutthroat siren, or the vengeance-seeking prince.

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


    → Prince Elian ←

    Early in the story, we learn that Lira isn’t the only one trying to live up to their parents’ expectations; while Elian’s family wants him to embrace the kingdom and his future throne, all the young prince wants is his ship, his crew, and the ocean breeze in his sails. I have a total soft spot for these sorts of pirates, whose days are filled less with pillaging and plundering, and more with adventures, heists, and a healthy appreciation for families that are composed not of blood, but of loyalty and friendship. Elian is the single most lovable pirate lord I’ve ever read about, and his crew is an extension of that. They are so fun, snarky, and loyal to a fault.

    Royalty cannot be unmade. Birth rights cannot be changed. Hearts are forever scarred by our true nature.


    Much like I enjoyed the three-dimensionality of Lira’s spiky exterior, I loved the fact that Elian could have so easily been degraded to a run-of-the-mill “good guy”, but is instead a fantastic antihero. He’s clever, a little callous, and capable of fantastic scheming and thievery. He’s a prince, and arguably the lesser of the evils in this batch of characters, but the author never lets us forget that he is still a pirate – not a hero. (I’d also like to take a moment to point out here that Elian is either black or biracial – we know that his father is black, but his mother’s ethnicity is never confirmed, as far as I recall – which I thought was a fantastic reprieve from the stereotypical “Prince Eric”-inspired guy in stories like this.)

    “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.”


    → romance ←

    There are three things that I absolutely never get tired of in romantic subplots: 1) good, witty banter, 2) enemies-to-lovers tropes, and 3) slow burns. This book checks all three of those boxes magnificently. The back-and-forth chatter between Lira and Elian is so fun and sharp, and the way they shift from distrust and a touch of loathing to something more is so delightful to watch. I was rooting so hard for both of them not only to succeed, but to find a way to succeed together. Best of all, this particular dose of enemies-to-lovers doesn’t breach into abuse territory or a gross power imbalance, as these tropes are so prone to falling into in a lot of YA/NA titles.

    Every queen began as a siren, and when the crown passed to her, its magic stole her fins and left in their place mighty tentacles that held the strength of armies.


    → sea lore ←

    I don’t think I could pick just one favorite thing about this story, but if I had to make a list of the traits that would tie for first place, the lore would absolutely make it into that tie. The sirens aren’t depicted as some frail, beautiful creatures; while gorgeous, they’re otherworldly, haunting, wild, fanged things who show no mercy and are powerful enough to wipe out grown men with a single blow. The mermaids are differentiated solidly from the sirens, as inhuman, grotesque creatures with unhinged jaws and bizarre bodies – they’re fabulously creepy and dark, and I loved every single interaction with them.

    The truth of what I am has become a nightmare.


    While this story never feels like a simple retelling, there’s one aspect that definitely paid homage to some very old and well-known stories, and that is the Sea Queen. The backstory given explains that the power of becoming queen turns sirens into these terrifying, tentacled beings that are incredibly powerful and magical. Lira’s own mother wields her power with pure brutality, and while I won’t spoil for you the curse she places upon her daughter, it’s a delightful twist on the classic tale and made me downright giddy.

    I’ve become so used to being brutal, that I almost forget it didn’t begin as a choice.


    → final thoughts ←

    As I mentioned in the preface of this review, To Kill a Kingdom was, hands down, one of my most anticipated releases of 2018, and not a single sentence of it disappointed me. I was captivated from the very first page, and am so delighted to have been granted the opportunity to read it early. I buddy read it with a few friends, who I’ll link to below, and if it tells you anything about how wonderful this story was, every single one of us 5-starred this book at the end of the reading. I think I was only a few chapters into the ARC when I pre-ordered my finished copy, because this is a beautiful stand-alone that I could easily see myself picking up over and over again.

    Content warnings: abuse, violence, murder, self-harm, sexual harassment.

    All quotes are taken from an unfinished ARC and may differ from the final publication. Thank you to Feiwel & Friends for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

    You can find this review and more on my blog, or you can follow me on twitter, bookstagram, or facebook!

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    Buddy read with Melanie, Lilly, Wren, and Jules! ...more

  • 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 infamous for killing princes. Yep, that's what she does.
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  • Lily ☁️

    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, mermaids, and the Sea, as well as the world above water with its vario ...more