Parents' Guide to

To Kill a Kingdom

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Bold, imaginative sea-faring fantasy has unusual characters.

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age 14+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 16+

Addictive dark fantasy

I found this book to be very enjoyable but I don´t think that it is appropriate for younger teens. It is pretty dark, there is some swearing a quite a lot of violence. Romance: There is no explicit content but a lot of sexual tension and some innuendo. There are around 3 kissing scenes, one of them pretty passionate. Language: Words like hell, b*tch, wh*re and sh*t are used a few times. Violence: This book is pretty dark. Main characters are a siren, who takes peoples´ hearts, and a siren killer, so there is obviously violnce described. There also some fight scenes and a character is shot. There are some mentions of drinking but not too much. Good message: I liked the development of our MC. Despite the fact that she is raised a certain way, she tries to do what is right and safe for everyone.

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Great messages
Too much violence
Too much swearing
3 people found this helpful.
age 13+

Pirates of the Caribbean if the mermaid was the main character.

To Kill a Kingdom is a fresh, exciting young adult novel with an adventurous premise, well-rounded characters and enough lust and betrayal to keep you roped in. This novel has one of my favourite YA tropes - enemies to lovers. While most books with this trope are shy about making the two characters enemies, Alexandra Christo does not hold back... and I'm sure glad she didn't. A siren, and a siren-killer... they were born to hate each other. The chemistry and passion between these two made me not want to put this book down. Throughout the course of their quest the two fight their growing attraction for each other. This book reminded me of a mix between Pirates of the Caribbean and one of my favourite underrated films: Sinbad. I've always been so intrigued about mermaids and here they are, explored beautifully in one beautiful book. I love it!

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Great messages
3 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4):
Kids say (18):

Choosing a siren for a protagonist is a bold choice for a fantasy, but this oceanic romance makes the most of its imaginative conceit. In To Kill a Kingdom, author Alexandra Christo takes an original tack for this tale of star-crossed lovers. Elian and especially Lira are multidimensional characters who undergo interesting transitions over the course of the book, and the monstrous Sea Queen proves to be a formidable antagonist at the climax. The story is neatly self-contained, with no need for a long wait for resolution.

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