• Mild radio silence for a few days...I was so caught up in Dark Age!
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Well I’ve now finished it and I’m not entirely sure what to do with myself now...😭
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Tonight I’m off to see my favourite person and watch more Mindhunter! We’re rewatching the first season atm💕
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There’s also a raft of new posts up on my blog including a little look at some of my random holiday purchases.
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#qotd: what book gave you the biggest hangover?
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  • I’ve almost finished Dark Age and my god what a ride! Books like this remind me why I love reading.
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I can’t imagine how this series is going to be wrapped up in the next book🙈
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I plan on finishing it off today and then going baking with my favourite person💕
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There’s an unboxing of the @fairyloot July box on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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#qotd - favourite kind of cake?
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  • A day spent in joggers with a good book is always a day well spent.
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Well, I did spend the morning ripping apart the house whilst tidying and clearing out 😂
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A little holiday purchase here. I’ve lusted after @diptyque products for ageees before I took the plunge.
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A little write up of the Vetyverio perfume is now up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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  • Who knew sipping cocktails all day and night would stop you reading as much?😂🍹
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A bit of a slower reading month but I had a lot of fun and a really good relax on holiday!
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Only 17 days till the next one with my favourite person💕
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My July reading Wrap Up is now up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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  • Spending a day on the couch again but for much less happy reasons. I am the worst patient when I’m ill 😭
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On a happier note I’m thrilled to be part of the blog tour for A Chain Against the Dawn by @drewwilliamsirl
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What an amazing novel! Think Illuminae meets Guardians of the Galaxy😍
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There’s a full review up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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  • I am not moving from the couch today😂
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I have Netflix on, a tea and a blanket...what more could you need?☕️
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There’s a new post up...another Seraph of the End review😂 (Link in bio✌🏻)
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  • What a wonderful day yesterday 😍
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And another planned tonight!🍸
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There’s a review up of THAT Chanel Bronzer (Link in bio✌🏻)
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The holiday purchases now making their way onto the blog 🙊
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  • Can’t wait to head back to Ville Franche next year with my favourite person.
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Boat loads of wine and snazzy bruschetta 👏🏻
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There’s a little TBR up for the NEWTs read-a-thon up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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QOTD: Have you got a favourite city abroad?
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  • Off to Southport today with some of my favourite people💕
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Pass me the fish and chips🍟
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There’s a new review of Volume Fourteen of Seraph of the End up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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QOTD: What makes you think of the seaside?🍭🧜🏻‍♀️🐟
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  • Still playing a little bit of catch up with content I had planned...
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Admittedly, spending two weeks drinking cocktails was well worth it😏
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Tomorrow I’m off to Southport with Sam and some friends, then this weekend we’re off into Manchester for food and a night out🙊
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There’s a review up of Seraph of the End Volume Thirteen (Link in bio✌🏻)
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QOTD: What are your plans this weekend?
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  • I’m back after a semi unplanned little hiatus😂
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Halfway through my holiday I just started to enjoy the slight disconnect from socials...then I had to unpack.
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Anyone who knows me, knows I don’t travel light😂
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Anywaaay, I have returned with a review of The Girl in Red by Christina Henry...WHAT A BOOK.
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QOTD: Are you an over-packer, under-packer or just right?🙊
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Books Reviews Young Adult Fiction

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

September 24, 2018

In all honesty I had absolutely no idea what this was truly about. I'd seen good reviews and then asked Sam to pick my next read out of about eight books. He picked To Kill a Kingdom and my god I'm glad he did. It took me about three days to read this cover to cover. It was utterly fantastic and nothing like I thought it'd be.

The Little Mermaid got darrrrrrk. This book is, I think, a Little Mermaid inspired tale but bloodthirsty. The main character Lira is a Siren, one that kills and takes the hearts of Princes on the orders of her mother The Sea Queen, who looks an awful lot like Ursula. Tentacles and all. Theres a few more nods to the Little Mermaid, like Lira's bright red hair and the fact that the Prince is named Elian. It's close enough to Eric really... Beyond that though the plots are completely different.

There were so many things about this book that I adored. The different Kingdom's and the lore that went along with it, the world building was simply incredible. Every Kingdom the Saad visited was describe in a way that it I was able to visualise it. Speaking of the Saad, Alexandra Christo has created, I feel, a squad to rival the Court of Dreams... I loved every single member of the Saad. They have such complex personalities, I only wish we were able to delve into their back story a little more. I'm praying that this isn't the only book in this series.

In fact all the characters were so complex. Particularly Lira and Elian. Their interactions were fantastic because they were always at each others throats. It's so different from what we usually see in YA. None of that insta lark. I knew how this book was going to end for the most part the minute I started reading but that didn't mean I loved it any less. In fact, I loved it more. I was waiting to see if what I had predicted came true and if so how it happened.

Alexandra Christo is an auto buy author for me now. Definitely.

INFO

Name: To Kill a Kingdom

Author(s): Alexandra Christo

Publisher: Hot Key Books

Pages: 358

ISBN: 978-1-4714-0739-0

Rating: 5/5

Have you read To Kill a Kingdom?

What did you think?

Thank-you for reading,

Katie x

  • Reply
    Pamela
    September 25, 2018 at 3:40 am

    It’s great that you enjoyed it! I did too and I hope she will write more things in this same universe. There are the other kingdoms that we got a glimpse at and seem so interesting!

    • Reply
      Katie - A Novel Idea
      October 2, 2018 at 8:30 pm

      Oh it was wonderful! I’d love to see her tackle some other fairytales… The kingdom’s were so clever!

      Katie x

  • Reply
    lauren
    September 25, 2018 at 11:10 am

    Yes! perfect review, this book really hooked me. I loved how dark it was and how the characters relationships developed.

    • Reply
      Katie - A Novel Idea
      October 2, 2018 at 8:30 pm

      Aw thankyou! It was addictive right? Like the book version of pringles… I need more.

      Katie x

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