**I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review**
Title: To Kill A Kingdom
Author: Alexandra Christo
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Published: March 6th, 2018
Genre: fairytale retelling, fantasy
Page count: 384 pages
Goodreads synopsis: 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 liked the premise of this book. I was excited about a dark, Little Mermaid, type story. I did enjoy this book, however, there were things I didn't enjoy which led me to give it only 3 stars. First what I liked: the plot I felt was fast paced and it did keep my attention. I felt it flowed nicely and I really had no trouble finding motivation to read this book. I did not find any part of the plot slow or dragging. However, I felt the ending was too rushed. Tons of events took place over the last 10 or so chapters that I was sort of on sensory overload. The action sequences felt muddled and it was hard to get a grasp on what was going on most of the time. I really did not like the character development either. At first Lira and Elian are not very trusting of one another and eventually they do come around to being allies, however, I didn't see enough exchange between the two to make me care enough about their relationship. I needed more scenes between the two of them that really set a solid foundation for their relationship. There was only one scene in particular they were actually being decent to one another but I wish there had been more moments like that. I also really wished there was more dialouge between the characters. Often times the author would just write in a paragraph about conversations being had. I wish, as the reader, I could have seen those conversations play out. I think this would have helped with the character development a little more. I did really love the world building in this book. I appreciate good world building and I liked getting a glimpse into other kingdoms and rulers. I would recommend this book. I was sorry to see it's not a series but I do love a good stand alone as well. I feel like this book may have benefited from being a series, though, because it was a lot of story to tell in one book.
This book comes out March 6th, 2018.