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review 2015-11-07 00:37
“Books are one thing I love above all else. In a story, I can become anyone, travel any place. In those pages lives my only true freedom.”
Queen of Someday - Sherry D. Ficklin

Book Title: Queen of Someday
Author: Sherry D Ficklin
Series: Stolen Empire #1
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Romance
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Source: Own on Kindle


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Why I chose that quote: Who doesn’t love a good quote about the joys of escaping inside a good book?
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Overall Rating: 4.3/5 Stars

 

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Breakdown of Rating

 

  • Plot: 4.2/5 Oh…the intrigue, the dastardly deeds of royalty, it was quite imaginative.
  • Characters: 4.5/5
  • Theme: 4/5
  • Flow: 4.5/5 The story flowed right off my kindle…only some minor issues.
  • Originality: 4/5
  • Book Cover: 5/5
  • The Feels: 4/5 There are people who say this is a love triangle or should I say square, but I don’t see it that way…it’s really all about the scheming.  A historical Russian soap opera, if you will.
  • Sex Factor: Some non-explicit sex.
  • Ending: 4.5/5 The ending is quite the twist…  Cliffhanger:  No, to be continued…and I’m looking forward to beginning the second book soon.

Will I continue the series:  Yes

 

Synopsis:

 

Before she can become the greatest empress in history, fifteen-year-old Sophie will have to survive her social-climbing mother’s quest to put her on the throne of Russia—at any cost. Imperial Court holds dangers like nothing Sophie has ever faced before. In the heart of St. Petersburg, surviving means navigating the political, romantic, and religious demands of the bitter Empress Elizabeth and her handsome, but sadistic nephew, Peter. Determined to save her impoverished family—and herself—Sophie vows to do whatever is necessary to thrive in her new surroundings. But an attempt on her life and an unexpected attraction threatens to derail her plans. Alone in a new and dangerous world, learning who to trust and who to charm may mean the difference between becoming queen and being sent home in shame to marry her lecherous uncle. With traitors and murderers lurking around every corner, her very life hangs in the balance. Betrothed to one man but falling in love with another, Sophie will need to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice in order to become the empress she is destined to be. In a battle for the soul of a nation, will love or destiny reign supreme?

 

My Thoughts:

 

This kindle book came with something that I never before experienced in a eBook, it had little video’s throughout the story that explained the differences between what history says transpired and what occurred in her version of Catherine the Great’s story.  It was a nice little bonus.

 

I enjoyed this story immensely, I think if you liked the Luxe Series than you might like this too.

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review 2015-06-12 14:24
Queen of Someday
Queen of Someday - Sherry D. Ficklin
Author: Sherry D. Ficklin
Series: Stolen Empire #1
Rating: 3 Stars
 
Synopsis: This series is a soap opera like version of Catherine the Great's life story.
 

This was a quick read, coming in at under 300 pages. I found I had to read it prior to reading the sequel, Queen of Tommorow, which I was approved for on Netgalley. I didn't realize it was a series and I hate starting in the middle, so I quickly acquired the first book from Amazon.

 

I applaud Ms. Ficklin for trying to make history accessible to teenagers. I had recently read The Winter Palace so I am familiar with Catherine's story and the vague outline of it is here. Though warning to purists -  liberties are taken. Events are out of order, but the general happenings are the same. I didn't care for the beginning which had Sophie (Catherine) taking out would be assassins like Katniss from The Hunger Games. That was a little much.
 
Sophie, in this book, is the same Catherine I have read about in her early years  - young and slowly realizing she is to marry a psycho and dealing with a manipulative Queen.  The love story is very YA with a love triangle that I could take or leave.
 

The plot moved along quickly, with some threads left dangling to keep you on the hook for the second book. Though if you know Catherine the Great's story, there is little suspense.

 

In the end, this quick book was not a bad way to pass an evening.
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review 2014-10-30 05:43
So elegantly written
Queen of Someday - Sherry D. Ficklin

I received this book from Netgalley and Clean Teen Publishing to review.

Queen of Someday is an enchanting story that is elegantly written to make your heart ache and swoon. I fell in love with Princess Sophie almost immediately. The book starts off very strong and holds your attention the whole way through. This is a story filled with secrets, betrayal and the feuding between the head and heart

There were many lines of this book that I highlighted on my kindle. The writing is marvelous and really conveys the emotions that Sophie feels without spelling it out for you. I loved all of the references to different poems, I found that aspect of this story rather romantic.

Princess Sophie goes through quite the dramatic change, we watch her grow into a very different woman as the story progresses. I think that the character development was done very well, as living at court can change a woman drastically.

I feel as if many will say that romance was a little rushed and that Sophie fell too hard and too fast. But I believe that is how love happens, especially young love and especially when you find your true love. We can not forget that Sophie is only 15 years old at the start of this story. I would not say that this book contains the dreaded insta-love that we have all grown to hate.

I was initially drawn to this story because of the beautiful cover, but the words contained once you open it are twice as beautiful. I would suggest this book to nearly anyone. It is a compelling, quick read. I am very much looking forward to a sequel.

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review 2014-10-06 03:35
Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin
Queen of Someday - Sherry D. Ficklin

Fifteen-year-old Sophie leaves her beloved Germany to win the heart of Peter, future Emperor of Russia. This historical fiction is loosely based on the early life of Catherine the Great, the longest female ruler of Russia.

First of all, that cover! Beautiful. I was excited to read this novel as I love historical fiction. The story, while not entirely historically accurate, did capture my interest from beginning to end. I enjoyed Sophie's character, especially at the beginning when she fought off the bandits on her way to the Russian court. Her mother was believably portrayed as selfish and title hungry. 

My only problem with the storyline was the amount of love interests. At first Peter was immature but likeable but quickly turned to a dark character with little or no redeeming qualities. Sergei and Alexander were too similar and could have been the same character. 

I loved the description of the royal court and would have liked if there were more references to that particular era's history and lifestyle. Although I knew it took place in 1700s, it didn't read that way. It was modern in both dialogue and ideology. However, I am sure that this will appeal to audiences who are looking for a romance with a side of betrayal.

Thanking Clean Teen Publishing and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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