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Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of 17 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 and 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?

©2018 Alexandra Christo (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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If I could give 6 stars I would.

The story was nothing but amazing. And the narrator's made it an amazing experience. The narrator's really brought the story to life and really made me feel all of the emotions. They really made it feel like more than just a book.

I loved the darkness in fierceness of the main character. I also liked her transformation, it seemed very natural and not overdone. I also liked how language was a big part of the story.

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A fun fantasy ride

What an enjoyable debut novel! Alexandra Christo's fairy-tale-reimagined story has a strong protagonist gal, my favorite kind of pretty sailor prince, and rich world-building that made me love reading as a tween and pre-tween, while being solid enough to hold up to adult reader scrutiny. This is my favorite kind of YA fantasy novel. I'll be watching for what Christo makes in the future. I wasn't sold for the first two or so chapters, but I think that was mainly the voice actors' interpretation of the story (which quickly balanced out and became manageable by around ch. 5).

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Fairly original

The story is original and fresh, but there are a few chapters in the middle wi th some teenage love-hate banter that is sooo old, used and stereotypical that it was painful to listen to. Also the male main character could be slight less whiny. If you can tolerate those minor issues the story is innovative in its retelling of the Little Mermaid story

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Thrilling

To kill a kingdom is a twisted take on the little mermaid. Lira is a Character unlike any other, Alexandra portrays her in such a way that you really connect with her and see her truly struggle with who she really is and who her mother wants her to be. The prince Elian now he was well played by Jacob, who captured the condescending tone of someone who is royalty as well as a notorious pirate, but had a heart of Gold. I really enjoyed this book and loved the different narration, which really brought the characters to life!

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Got less than 2 hours into this awful book

This book had so much potential in my eyes! I was looking forward to listening to it, and yet this happened. The premise really peaked my interest at first, and the plot seemed fairly original, which may be why I feel like this book really let me down. The characters spent too much time focusing on how they looked and sexy they were, and the outright bland and boring writing made it very hard to get invested in the story. The narrators are both incredibly monotone, as far as i have gotten into this dumpsterfire of a book. The female protagonist puts all her energy into making her voice sexy instead of putting it to good use and telling the story in an engaging way that could keep my interest. I found my mind just kept wandering during her chapters. During the male protagonists chapters i fell asleep in less than 5 minutes. The reading was just so boring, and the writing itself was not engaging enough to keep my attention.

Badly written, worse reading. I would not reccomend this book to anyone and frankly regret spending money on it.

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A bit predictable ...

The premise of this book was intriguing. The protagonist is a siren who steals (literally ripping them out) prince's hearts for her birthday. Prince Elian is a siren hunter. And they are thrown together in a bid to defeat the sea queen.

But I have to say it was a bit predictable. Lira hides her identity from Elian. When he finds out who she is their budding romance is threatened. Adventure, danger, star-crossed lovers - yadda, yadda, yadda. This book had potential but for me it was missing the unique quality that makes me devour a book.

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Wow, just wow!

A crazy, freaky and entirely dark twist on the little mermaid. Worth the credit! Get it

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Amazing standalone retelling!

This book was AWESOME. It has everything I love, fairy tale retellings that take a lot of elements from the original but still manage to create a new unpredictable story, a slowly developing relationship (no instalove here!) where the characters go from enemies to...who knows, an awesome cast of well-developed side characters, an amazingly described and interesting world, SIRENS, and just an excellent, well-written storyline.

Plus it is SO rare to find a YA standalone like this, which is funny because for once I would have loved for this awesome story to go on and on in a series. But I also seriously respect the author for saying that she didn't want to drag out a story into two or three books when she could say it all in one. That is so different from most YA authors out there. But she did hint that there may be novellas set in this awesome world she has created and I'd be first in line to read every one.

I loved how this retelling took elements from both the Disney version of The Little Mermaid AND the Hans Christian Anderson version as well. This made it less predictable since those two stories have vastly different endings and I was on the edge of my seat until the end.

Lira and Elian were SUCH awesome main characters. Lira is not your typical main character/princess in any way whatsoever. You will not find sweet, silent Ariel here. Lira is really more of a villain in the beginning than anything. She is known as the Princes' Bane, a vicious and violent and mean siren who lures princes to their death and rips out their hearts as a trophy. Elian is not your typical prince either, he'd rather be a pirate and so he sails the seas hunting and killing every siren he can find. Both of these characters were so well written and it was incredible to see how they slowly slowly changed their viewpoints towards the other's species as well as each other.

Every kingdom and culture invented for this book, even the ones barely mentioned or just in the background, have depth and were so well thought out and developed. That's again why I'd love to read more books set in this world. I feel like we've barely scratched the surface.

I could go on and on but this is one of the best retellings I feel like I've read in a long time and I enjoyed every second of it. It's fast-paced and well-written and I just did not want to put it down!

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Awesome narration!

I thought the narration on this one was fantastic! I really enjoyed the dual points of view. Its basically a dark retelling of The Little Mermaid - so no, its not going to be 100% original but its a great story and rather dark at points - which I loved. It's a enemies to lovers trope and I'm SO here for it! Its also a standalone which is a nice change of pace from all the series. Really recommend this one if you're looking for a mermaid/siren/pirate story!

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IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL!!!

I read reviews about how the narrators made the story and it's so true. At first, it was a little annoying to me how the pacing was so slow, but they really know how to savor a story. The frequent pauses to let specific information register and the voice acting made my day. I'm scared for the next book I listen to because I dont think any narrator could top this.