Review: To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

To Kill a Kingdom
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication: March 6, 2018
Read from: July 5-6, 2018
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Summary:
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

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My thoughts

Despite the stellar reviews, this one’s extremely hyped.

Judging by its cover, the book is about the sea creature or siren. So I would have expected reading more POV from the siren. Apparently, that was not the case. I was also reading the bland parts from the prince. It was so uninteresting to the point that I decided to skim those pages.

The first person pov was boring as well. The descriptions were lackluster especially when they were scenes from Lira and the siren queen. I felt relieved after finishing this mermaid retelling masked as a siren novel to make it stand out among other YA retellings. I mean, the siren queen is literally Ursula in the Little Mermaid. The nicest thing she had ever done though was to still allow Lira to speak. *yawn*
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No more retellings for Claire in the future. 

I liked the split POV’s between the prince and the siren but the chapters did not indicate who’s POV was it. So unless you’re reading an action packed scene with those two characters involved and you were looking forward to the other character’s POV without realizing that you’re still reading the POV of the character from the previous chapter, then you’ll be disappointed (or at least, I kind of was). You’ll know who was speaking based on context clues. I would prefer not to play this game, thank you very much! I prefer to know which POV I’m reading next.

I was really hoping for more action and danger. Unfortunately, that doesn’t really seem to be the case for this book. For something that should pose as a clear threat, the scenes with the merman and the siren queen were like really brushed off? The battle scenes were ‘just battle scenes’ except I didn’t think it was written well. Look, I’m not a writer. I don’t know how to write well and I have never taken a creative writing course. However, I just don’t think these scenes (which were supposed to be action-packed) was neither interesting nor compelling. I was not riveted or enthralled in the world the author established. No, instead this was like a dull retelling of The Little Mermaid. Except, The Little Mermaid is now taking hearts of princes because her mother told her so. *yawn* The whole time, I was blanking out and staring into space when reading this book.

I really wanted to like this but I ended up being uninvested in the story. I was hoping for something more from the side characters but like other YA novels, they were completely put aside. The reader just assumes that everyone’s happy (and all evil has been eliminated) like in a Disney movie. *yawn*

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What are you currently reading?

Are you rereading anything this year? I recently started rereading Bloodlines by Richelle Mead because I miss my OTP. 

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Published by Claire @bookscoffeeandrepeat

Filipino American YA book blogger. Coffee connoisseur. Fond of art, films, & music. Likes to read about antiheroes and villains.

11 thoughts on “Review: To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

  1. Dang, I was looking for to reading this one! I usually have mixed feelings about multiple POV’s as well because I always care more about one character than the other and sometimes one storyline is more exciting than the other!

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  2. I 100% agree with you. I was so excited to read this because everyone loves it so much and the premise was a great idea. However, the writing was really bad in places and I found I couldn’t write a review about this as it would mostly be negative. In the end battles I felt like the author was using a thesaurus because there were so many different verbs. And the battle was confusing the way it was written. This was really disappointing.

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  4. i’m currently reading this and have been soooo disappointed thus far :/ glad i’m not the only one but i hope your next read is better!!

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  5. Wow, your review is literally everything I thought! It was just too bland for me, ha. And I just finished writing a little mermaid retelling a month before this came out. But I added a ton of Irish folklore, so it was really different. Anyway, I was excited to read a different spin on the little mermaid but it was just too bland and I didn’t enjoy the characters at all.

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