I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The King's 100 by Karin Biggs
Published by Immortal Work Press on July 21, 2020
Cover Design: Ashley Literski
Genres: Sci-Fi Romance, Young Adult, Futuristic
Format: digital e-book
ixteen-year-old Piper Parish, princess of the loveless, STEM-only kingdom of Capalon, is a disappointment to her citizens and to her older sister, the queen. 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 in effort to prove once and for all that she's not just the queen's defective little sister. With the companionship of Chip, a piece of tech embedded in her wrist, Piper flees Capalon and enters a world where love and emotional expression are unrestricted.
Posing as a singer for the enemy king’s court of performers, the King’s 100, Piper risks death if she is revealed to be the Capalon princess, but discovers that living a life without the freedom to love might actually be the most dangerous risk of all.
The King’s 100 is a glittering sci-fi love story woven among the camaraderie singers, drummers and magicians by debut author, Karin Biggs.
Young Adult, Sci-Fi Romance, Futuristic
First Person, female-POV
This is a standalone book with HEA, but we end with a feeling that it will become a series. There is a lot to be explored here yet.
This was a pleasant surprise!!!
The debut book of the author and it is already such a great one.
The story is unique, the main characters are easy to love and the romance is cute.
I also believe this will be a series, because we have a lot more to learn from these characters. I also got a feeling that Piper’s sister will get a story with Corbin.
Everlasting kind of romance!!!!
31/35 STARS – 4 STARS (between 28 stars and 31 stars)
Addictiveness: 4 Character: 5 Cover: 4 Freshness: 4.5 Plot: 4 Romance: 5 Writing Style: 4
Action 2/5 Angst 1/5 Darkness 0/5 Humor 3/5 Romance 5/5 Suspense/Mystery 3/5
Would I recommend? Yes, to anyone looking for a promising new author with a promising new series.
Would I re-read this book/series? Yes.
Would I read more from the author? I’m looking forward to reading more from her.
Addictiveness: 4/5 I was invested in this story from the beginning. It was a fast-paced, sweet romance that got me hooked. I couldn’t let go of the book and the characters. As addictive as pizza!!
Character: hero 4/5, heroine 5/5, secondary characters 4/5, growth 4.5/5, real 4/5 I loved them all. They were multidimensional characters with great emotional growth.
Piper was a wonderful heroine. I truly enjoyed the duality of her personality. She was very logical because of her culture, but we always got a glimpse of the emotions shining through. She had an amazing story arch with a huge personal growth throughout the book. Even though so logical, she was loyal, sweet and fun to be with. She was a strong, powerful female. I loved her!!! At the end of the day, she was a teenager through and through with doubts, jealousy and uncertainty.
Ari was a great hero. He was really sweet and caring. He was different, but didn’t really care or tried to change to fit in. He had angst in his past, but he always tried to be understanding and avoid hurting others that sometimes he was the one getting hurt. Like Piper he had a good story arch and a great evolution through out the book. I missed reading his POV, but at the same time, we learned a lot about him, through Piper’s eyes.
Secondary characters … so many amazing ones. I can’t wait to read more about all of their friends. I do have a love/hate relationship with Evelyn, but I tried to understand her culture and also age. I would love to read an Xavier book, loved him.
Villain/antagonists … this is a hard one. There is a villain, that sort of ended up envying Piper and a couple of antagonists. I have to say the biggest antagonist for this book maybe culture differences, which I totally loved how the author worked that into the story.
Characters were easy to love, connect and understand!!!
Cover: art 4/5, title 5/5, color-font 5/5, buy 4/5 I’m obsessed with book covers. I love to find snippets of the stories within the art. This one was a great cover. I love the colors and ethereal vibe given to it. The art was sweet and enchanting. It was easy to find out this would be a story about a princess. Because of the simplicity of the art work the size of the font and color worked perfectly. I think the title was catchy and I only miss a bit of subtitle. I love when subtitles entice the reader to guess more. I would easily buy this book by its cover without needing to read the blurb!!!
Freshness: 4.5/5 Unique! Even though the concept of the story is a teenager cliché, the princess that finds her prince in a commoner; the story felt new, different than anything that is out there. The world built was creative and the knowledge of the musical world gave the story a good balance of real and fictional. As fresh as mentos!!!
Plot: believable 4/5, conflict 5/5, dialogue 4/5, ending 5/5, enjoyment 5/5, opening 4/5, pace 4/5, setting 5/5, subplots 4/5, twists 5/5 Great opening and amazing ending. Believable plot, with funny dialogues and wonderful pace. Superb setting, interesting subplots with unexpected twist. High level of enjoyment!
So many good things to mention about this plot.
I love the concept of the futuristic Romeo and Juliet love story. I’ve truly enjoyed the believable vibe the author gave this musical world. I adored how we could feel both cultures differences and how the group of friends were able to adapt and learn from each other, without even knowing.
I also loved the underlining plot of a teenager trying to cope with her mother’s death in a world that was against “irrational feelings”, such as love.
Romance: believable 5/5, chemistry 4/5, description 4/5, development 4/5, steam 1/5 I loved this cute, sweet romance. From the moment they met I could feel their attraction, but at the same time their love story was a slow burning one. They truly became friends before progressing their relationship. It was sweet, it felt believable and it ended with a lot more to come. Everlasting romance!!!!
Writing Style: 4/5 I see a bright future for Ms. Biggs career as an author. In this debut novel she gave the readers creative plot, with amazing characters, cohesive writing and sweet romance. Great writing!!!
I’m a huge fan of dual point-of-view and I always miss the male-POV in most romances that only give us a one side voice. At the same time, I had authors that told me before, that sometimes they only “hear” one voice and can’t force the other. I totally understand that creative vein.
This book doesn’t say it will be a series, but I’m counting that it will be. The end was beautiful, but also there are a lot loose ends that I need resolution. 🙂