to kill a kingdomTo Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
Reading: may,5th to may8, 8th 2019
Resume: 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 unsavory 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? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Plot: 4★ Characters: 5★ Writing: 5★

Did i already told you about my friend Angie ? The who always say “blue you have to buy that book” and then i do it, and i love that book ? I’m sure i already did. Well. She told me that for TKAK. And at first, i didn’t want to listen to her. For those who know me, i hate the little mermaid fairy tale, especially since I’ve read the original one where the prince marries another girl, and the good little mermaid end up dead, while the prince is celebrating his marriage. Yep. That was a cruel one, and 11yo me was definitely not ready for that ending. (i was soft back then, don’t judge okay ? )
To convince me, my friend said “the siren is a badass who kill princes and get their hearts for collection. And, the prince is a siren killer”. Well. She had me a “kill princes”. So, i took some times, but i bought it.
It was also the first book i read once my order arrived home, pushing away others.
I started it on a Sunday, and took it at work on Monday, to read during my lunch break. And when it was finally time to go back to work, i couldn’t just let it away, i wanted to read it. A colleague had to confiscate it from me. And i was thinking about that book over and over again, all afternoon long. This is the mark of a good book, right ?

So, what happens inside that book ? It keeps the markers of any retelling : Lira is a siren, she is a princess, and, she do something very wrong, and her mother transform her into a human to punish her. That’s the moment she met the prince: he rescues her from the water. Lira has now one mission : take his heart without her magical song.
The prince, on the other hand, is a siren killer – well, he only kills one during the book – and he doesn’t want to be a prince, he wants to be a pirate and a siren killer. Those two should never feel for each other anything else than pure hatred.

You know i’m always on when it goes to hate to love relationships, and that’s what we get, so i should be happy. But, i felt wronged on that one. That’s one of the two or three weak points of that book. At some point, Lira just realise that she “gave him her heart”. Without anything else to make her feel she was changing. It’s like, a minute she hates him. The next she loves him.
The other weak point i found was the final battle against the sea queen. It felt rushed. I can’t say more without spoiling what happens, and i have a “no spoiler policy” here, so i will not be able to explain it as fully as i would, but i don’t know. We have 10 or 12 chapters without the two character even knowing each other, and only one and a half to get rid of someone who was supposed to be all powerful and everything ? It felt rushed.

Without that two points, i loved the story. I was totaly obsessed with Lira and Elian. If it would have been a trilogy, i would have been as happy as i am, because it would have mean spending more time with a sassy badass siren and an irreverential prince. Alexandra Christo has such a vivid writing… I was seeing every thing that happened inside my mind, and i really, really loved that book.
I can’t say it was a “coup de coeur” as we say in french, because i spotted some weaknesses, but it was very close to that.

lesson of the day : when Angie says “buy it”, i will buy it. No questions asked.
If you have you own version of my Angie, a reading buddy who knows you better than you know yourself… Just listen to them. And read those books.

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