Hello friends and happy Friday! 

Phew, this has been a busy week. Not only have I been starting to get the house ready for Christmas but my school semester just finished so you can imagine how stressed I’ve been. But I still managed to find time for the weekly lovefest and I’ve actually been waiting almost a whole week to do this character. The idea for this character was like an epiphany in a way, purely because of a song I discovered last week and it all started to come together. I’ve talked about the book this character appears in before and it’s one I really enjoyed, and this character is a huge part of that. There are also other reasons why I love this character. They’re just so great. Trust me.

This week’s character is…..

*drum roll*

Princess Lira!


If you haven’t read Alexandra Christo’s amazing retelling, To Kill A Kingdom, I highly, highly recommend it. But do you want to know why I love this book so much? Other than it being an amazing story? It’s a retelling of The Little Mermaid and we all know how that’s my favourite Disney movie/fairytale! And while Ariel is my favourite princess, Christo’s version of her in Lira almost beats her. When we first meet her, we discover that Lira is one of the most feared sirens and is known as The Prince’s Bain, as she prides herself on only stealing the hearts of princes. But what’s interesting about Lira is how once she believed in humanity and had such a caring nature to her but because of her mother, the Sea Queen, she had to remove that part of her and turn into the kind of killer and monster fit to become the new Sea Queen. It’s also interesting how in this story, being turned into a human is the last thing that Lira would want and that it’s truly a punishment for her, which is so different from the fairytale we’ve all come to know and love. That being said, I still think Lira is a complete badass and she’s the kind of character who is able to straddle that line of moral greyness and can dip her toes into both sides. She’s the kind of character that you want to root for when she fights and kills people but also the kind of character you admire because of the development she goes through and the lessons she learns. The other thing that’s great is how she’s rescued by the very person she’s been trying to kill, Prince Elian, and then proceeds to fall in love with him. It’s fantastic. I’m honestly such a fan of Lira and how she carries herself. She also has more sass than I have, which is hard to believe, but I love it. 


“How strange that instead of taking his heart, I’m hoping he takes mine.” 


Until next time,

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