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Book review: To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

Plot – 4
Writing style – 3.5
Characters – 4
Romance – 3.5

In which a siren and a pirate, both royalties end the long feud between the sea creatures and humans.

Plot – when I first read the synopsis, of course, I was intrigued. “A Little mermaid” retelling with an awesome twist.

Of course, I had some issues with the elements of the story especially the monologues.

The ending too was a complete disappointment for me. I think they are still unanswered questions. I get it, I don’t expect the couple to marry in the end like in the “Little Mermaid” but a girl could dream, right?

Nevertheless, the novel is exciting. who wouldn’t want to read stories with an involvement of pirates and princess-in-disguised?

Writing style – a bit slow paced especially in the beginning. Many dull moments, to be honest. The monologues and the dialogues don’t sit well with me.

Though I have to applause the author for writing two POV because we don’t always get to stumble upon more than one POV in ya.

Characters – I was merely intrigued at the fact that the heroine was somehow described similar to Ariel from the little mermaid. But wait, forgive me but I just can’t remember the color of Ariel’s eyes. Was it blue?

Anyways, I do appreciate the heroine’s backstory. Lira is an eighteen-year-old siren who has a reputation of killing human princes. I do admire her bravery throughout the book. Really.

Now for the male protagonist, I have to be honest with you, I just can’t connect with him. I find him really cliche. A prince who doesn’t want to be a prince in the first place. Ugh.

I was really, really bored when reading his POVs. Whining and thinking highly of himself are the only think he does. Truth be told.

Anyways, when the author introduces the male lead, I was excited because I thought he has a dark skin like his father because let’s be real, not everyday do we get to read male protagonist who isn’t fair.

Romance – I love that it’s not love at first sight but also, I hate how it became forced at the ending.

Sorry but I failed to see a chemistry between the two protagonists. Like I said, it felt forced. Heck, they didn’t even exchanged i-love-yous to each other, not that it’s important but still…

Throughout the whole novel, the author rarely hints about their romance. As soon as the heroine saved the Jeri’s life, suddenly, they have feelings for each other like what the hell?

There was no development in their romance. They were fighting and the next thing we know, they’re kissing while freezing to death.

Alexandra Christo decided to write books when she was four and her teacher told her she couldn’t be a fairy. She has a BA in Creative Writing and works as a copywriter in London, both of which make her sound more grown up than she feels. When she’s not busy


I am a typical 17-year-old reader and I love to read books and if you have a problem with that then why are you even here?

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