Mermaids and Sirens | To Kill a Kingdom | Review

Another day, another review of a book that’s somewhat like a Disney re-make.

Today, we take on The Little Mermaid.


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?

I really enjoyed this book. I picked it up from work, enticed by the cover, itching to dive into a fairy-tale world much like I remember from my childhood.

Lira is a stubborn, over-achieving teen, with a over-bearing and powerful mother. But when Lira takes it a step too far, she’s cursed to a life of being a human and set’s out to steal the heart of the siren killer, and, over time, to over-throw her mother.

Elian is determined to hunt the most well-known siren, the one that’s been killing all the Princes, but fate will throw her right into his path – without him even knowing. But in the end, can they work together to bring about peace and end the torment of the seas?

There’s Magic, Mermaids, Royalty throughout the book, adding another chapter to well-known fairy-tales and their dark sides – yes I’m look at you Grimm Brothers!

A fast-paced read for readers who enjoy all things fantastical, Disney inspired or who just wanted to be a mermaid when they were younger.

As always, let me know in the comments below if you’ve read the book and what you thought about it. And if you haven’t, will you be adding it to your TBR?

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