To Kill a Kingdom – Book Review

To Kill A Kingdom

Author : Alexandra Cristo

Publisher : Bonnier Publishing

Pub Date: March 6th 2018

Source : Own copy

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You can find my review in Goodreads page as well.

Book Blurb

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?

My thoughts

If you love fantasy like I do, then what are you waiting for ? This book’s got it all – sirens, Sea Queen, Pirate Prince who also happens to be a siren killer, mermen and mermaids and royal families with secret treasures.

I really liked the writing – simple, whimsical and perfect. No difficult plot lines to follow, just straight to the point without beating the bush. It did get a tad slow in the middle of the book but there were bigger things to consider like no instant love and too-much-romance. No sir, it was just enough, with a little banter here and there and no funny business.

Characters

Lira is the anti-heroine, sass personified and is a ruthless killer. She is of royal blood and goes only after the hearts of Royal blood – young princes, who are promised to rule a kingdom only to have their life snatched away and the kingdoms doomed. Thus she earns her name – Prince’s Bane.  But let me remind you, she is the heroine after all, so has a tiny bit of humanity in her saved for her little cousin Kahlia, whose mother’s life Lira had to take. (Ruthless killer for you!!).

“Hearts are power, and if there’s one thing my kind craves more than the ocean, it’s power.”

She wants to succeed her mother the evil Sea Queen because of which she is bound to please the queen by going after Royal hearts. (Do check the blurb for more!)

Prince Elian – though he prefers to call himself a pirate captain, loves the sea and adventure and wants to take revenge for all the royal blood wasted. Together with his unusual crew and his mission to kill all sirens, he is a murderer himself. His character is of the noble guy who gives up everything for the sake of a better world.

There are numerous side characters too – Princess Yukiko, Madrid, Kye – and there’s a tiny background story for all of them.

The writing

As I already mentioned, the writing is easy to follow, no big tough names to remember, and goes with the flow. The descriptions of the various Kingdoms and the sea journey in itself is beautifully written. The action scene with a pirate captain was the best written of all, better than the final war.

The only negative that I would say is, the little pit stops they make during the adventure were a bit dragging. Some might have found that zero tension between the two main characters was a little on the downside, but I felt that this was okay because these two were enemies and any sappy romance would have just spoiled the plot.

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All in all, I loved the easy writing and its a good fantasy not to be missed.

4.5 stars out of 5

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Song of the Current #1 – Book Review

Author : Sarah Tolcser

Publisher : Bloomsbury Children’s

Pub Date: June 2017

Source : Own copy

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You can find my review in Goodreads page as well.

Book Blurb

Caroline Oresteia is destined for the river. For generations, her family has been called by the river god, who has guided their wherries on countless voyages throughout the Riverlands. At seventeen, Caro has spent years listening to the water, ready to meet her fate. But the river god hasn’t spoken her name yet—and if he hasn’t by now, there’s a chance he never will.31450960

Caro decides to take her future into her own hands when her father is arrested for refusing to transport a mysterious crate. By agreeing to deliver it in exchange for his release, Caro finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies, with dangerous pirates after the cargo—an arrogant courier with a secret—and without the river god to help her. With so much at stake, Caro must choose between the life she always wanted and the one she never could have imagined for herself.

From debut author Sarah Tolcser comes an immersive and romantic fantasy set along the waterways of a magical world with a headstrong heroine determined to make her mark.

My thoughts

Ever since I read ‘Daughter of the Pirate King, I seemed to develop a love for pirates and sea monsters and mermaids. So I had high hopes when I started reading this book, which is first of the series that is to come. I received this book as part of a book box so I didn’t read the blurb beforehand.

The day your fate comes for you, you’ll know….

The book follows the story of Caroline Oresteia who is from the riverlands and isn’t favored by the river God yet and is forever waiting for a small sign from the God to captain her own wherry. The story is about the adventures of Caroline where she is supposed to take the journey of her life time for delivering something important which would otherwise negatively impact her father’s life.

Caro and Tarquin

The book gives the sort of feeling that Caro is spirited and strong and brave, which she is. And the male love interest of the book, Tarquin, is exactly the male version of damsel in distress and that sort of thing really annoyed me. I mean, he is a prince after all! There was zero chemistry between the two and the budding romance felt like too much effort. Also can I say one more time how I HATE that tomboyish girls when MADE to wear a skirt or dress look absolutely beautiful to the guys! A girl is beautiful in every way!!

World Building

Did y’all see the map at the beginning of the book? There isn’t a book map which was as difficult as this, atleast for me. The river and lands were hard to distinguish 😛 There was too much sailor and sea jargon which I knew nothing of, and which became the main reasons for me losing interest in the book. I mean c’mon how many times do I have to google the different terms used. It was difficult, period!

This is supposed to be a fantasy, so cue the dragons and shadowmen. It was a little hard to keep up with the other characters – Nereus, the wherry folk, Caro’s mother’s family and the supposedly villainous pirate gangs. A lot of sub-plots started and left in midway cause you need some to fill in the next books.

Like I said this book is supposed to be a series, and I’m not sure whether I will be getting the next one, That’s for the blurb to entice me into buying it.

If you love reading about female badass characters and their adventures, you will love this book.

I give See the source imagestars.

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Daughter of the Pirate King – book review

Author : Tricia Levenseller

Publisher : Feiwel & Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers

Pub Date: February 2017

Source : Own copy

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Book Blurb

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When the ruthless pirate king learns of a legendary treasure map hidden on an enemy ship, his daughter, Alosa, knows there’s only one pirate for the job—herself. Leaving behind her beloved ship and crew, Alosa deliberately facilitates her own kidnapping to ensure her passage on the ship, confident in her ability to overcome any obstacle. After all, who’s going to suspect a seventeen-year-old girl locked in a cell? Then she meets the (surprisingly perceptive and unfairly attractive) first mate, Riden, who is charged with finding out all her secrets. Now it’s down to a battle of wits and will . . . . Can Alosa find the map and escape before Riden figures out her plan?

Oh I loved this book and finished it in a SINGLE day!!! Yep, I’m excited about that because its been such a long time that I finished a book on the same day.

This is the first pirate based book I’ve read and it being about a female pirate is even more amazing. Alosa is such a kickass character and even though the book is a dead giveaway that its gonna be about a female protagonist, it was much more amazeballs to read it. I loved the magical elements that were infused in it (I’m not giving them away) and how they stuck well with the story and its sequel which is gonna be released next year (long wait!!).

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Two things that kept gnawing at me – one was the age of the characters. How can 17 year old pirates be this sassy and strong and confident. When I was 17, I didn’t even know what I wanted to do with my life. The other thing is – Alosa’s manipulation technique. That was kinda against the whole feministic thing that was going on, you know, showing her as all powerful, unrelenting and then bammm!!  she manipulates using sex.

But seriously, I love this book and give 4.5 stars !

If you haven’t read this book, please drop everything and just go read it!..

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