Friday, May 3, 2019

#WyrdandWonder #AudiobookReview: To Kill A Kingdom By Alexandra Christo

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
Publisher: Audible Studios
Release Date: March 6th, 2018
Format: Audiobook narrated by Stephanie Willis & Jacob York
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD
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?
This is one of those YA fantasies that everyone was reading, but I avoided because the Hype Monster always fails me.  I'm pretty sure this was a part of a sale on Audible, so I decided to get it on audiobook. I had no idea it was an Audible Only title, so you can only get it through Amazon. I like that from a marketing sense, but making it unaccessible to other audiobook listeners does rub me the wrong way.
I think the best way to describe this book is a dark retelling of the Little Mermaid...but the Mermaid is actually a Siren if that makes sense. A super angry Siren that eats the hearts of young Princes. Lira was such a fun character to learn about, and the narrator who does her point of view in the audiobook really made me feel all her emotions. Lira is SO angry and you can feel that rage come across with Stephanie Willis' narration. As the story unravels and Lira figures out that she can be in charge of her own destiny, you come to find that maybe that rage isn't just her Siren nature.

The book shifts back-and-forth between Lira's point of view and our Pirate Prince Eilan. Eilan was so unapologetically a Pirate. He's scoundrel, and he's a cunning schemer making plans to get what he wants. Like Lira, he has a lot of expectations on his plate, ones that he really doesn't want to have to live up to. Jacob York did a good job with the narration for Eilan's parts, and I swore I've listened to him narrate something before, but nothing on his GoodReads credentials is ringing a bell. Listening to both York and Willis in this audiobook was a real treat.

As for the romance in this book, I really enjoyed it because you know I like enemies-to-lovers! Lira and Eilan HATE each other when they first meet. It's clear why Lira hates Eilan, but Eilan is such a untrusting Pirate, which is why I loved him. They slowly start to come to see each other for who they are, and I really enjoyed that about this novel. It's a slow burn from hatred, to mutual respect, and then to love. I really like romances that are able to do that.

If you are looking for a dark YA fantasy that is really steeped in sea witch lore, I would recommend this one.

I LOVED listening to this one on audiobook, and it's ONLY available on Audible. Use my affiliate link below to use buy it from Audible yourself.

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Happy Reads!