The King’s 100 by: Karin Biggs

” Sixteen-year-old princess, Piper Parish, is a disappointment to the citizens of Capalon, a STEM-structured kingdom where innovation is valued above all. Her older sister, the queen, views Piper’s tears during their parents’ funeral as a weakness, not to mention her strange affinity for singing. When Piper receives an anonymous note stating her mother is still alive and living in the enemy kingdom of Mondaria, Piper chooses to risk death and flees Capalon to prove once and for all that she’s not just the queen’s defective little sister. Posing as a Mondarian citizen named Paris Marigold, Piper bumps into a cute black-haired boy named Ari who encourages her to audition for the King’s 100, an esteemed performance court of singers, magicians, and drummers. Piper lands a spot as a singer and dives head-first into a world of glittering dresses, girl-code, sugar, blackmail, and physical contact-all while taking direction from an evil maestro. Under Mondarian law, Piper will be killed if her identity is revealed. But living a life without the freedom to love might actually be the most dangerous risk of all. “

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***I received an ARC of this book, from the author, in exchange for an honest review. ***

Piper hasn’t felt loved or accepted since the death of her parents 3 years ago, so when she get’s a mysterious note stating her mother is still alive and being held within the enemy kingdom’s castle…she has to investigate. Raised in a kingdom where intelligence is the only thing that matters…Piper has struggled to fit in, her “outbursts” of emotion and her love of singing have all led her kingdom to look down on her, and feel she needs to be medicated and “set right”. She believes, once she finds and returns with her mother, all the differences and difficulties with her sister, the current Queen, will be long forgotten and they can finally be happy again.

Stepping foot outside of her own kingdom proves harder than Piper imagined. The people of Mondaria are so different from her home kingdom of Capalon she struggles to blend in. She quickly realizes there’s only one way to gain entry to her enemy’s castle…to audition for The Kings 100, a competition of drummers, magicians, and singers. Piper jumps into this competition and soon finds herself realizing…maybe Mondarian’s aren’t the horrible, and uneducated, people she was raised to believe…maybe in some ways, they had a more full life, than the ones led back in Capalon.

Piper is constantly challenged with fear of being discovered, getting very attached to those around her, and desperately trying to find proof that her mother is still alive.

This book, and Piper were incredibly easy to relate to. Honestly, I was hooked from the very first sentence…

” I handled my relationship with my sister the same way I handled a glass microscope slide- with as few fingerprints as possible and an irrational fear that one misstep could shatter everything.” ~Piper

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Although the world was created by the author, and not one we currently live in, (thank goodness!) the emotions and difficulties Piper face are very real and relatable. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a YA book filled with adventure, friends, family, and a little mystery.

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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