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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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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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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).

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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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

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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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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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.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Best YA I've read in a while!

This book was surprisingly gritty, deliciously wicked and amazingly heart-warming! What Alexandra Christo did with the little mermaid story is out of this world perfect!

I'm simultaneously happy it's a stand alone (it REALLY didn't need to be more), and sad I won't get to see more of this world. As a matter of fact, I hope Christo does write more stories using different characters within this world. There is so much there to be explored!

I would only not recommend this if you don't like romance. But if you do, or even don't mind it, it's a very very good one, complex and full of nuance.

I will definitely look forward to what this author comes up with next!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Loved it

Totally got blindsided by this lovely weird book!

I listened to it on audible and put a lot of life on hold so I could continue to listen and devour this gem. The voice actors were AMAZING.


I’m a fan and will definitely re-listen or actually buy it to read it.

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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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An exelent retelling of an ancient story

I want to underline that the performance of the two narrators is stunning, really remarkable.
The story is beautiful and I enjoyed every chapter of it.

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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.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful