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text 2017-04-30 23:24
April Re-Cap
Daughter of Deep Silence - Carrie Ryan
Queen of Always (Stolen Empire Book 3) - Sherry D. Ficklin
Unknown - Wendy Higgins
The Edge of Everything - Jeff Giles
The Hooker and the Hermit - Penny Reid,Luci Cosway
Ten Thousand Words - Kelli Jean
How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back - Diana Rowland
The Roanoke Girls: A Novel - Amy Engel
All In: (The Naturals #3) - Jennifer Lynn Barnes
GHOST (Boston Underworld Book 3) - A. Zavarelli

(Audiobook) Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan

Finish Date: 04/03


(eBook) Queen of Always by Sherry D. Ficklin

Finish Date: 04/04

4.3/5 STARS

(eBook) Unknown by Wendy Higgins

Finish Date:  04/09


(eBook) The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles

DNF on 04/12

(Audiobook) The Hooker and the Hermit by L.H. Cosway & Penny Reid

Finish Date:  04/13


(eBook) Ten Thousand Words by Kelli Jean

Finish Date:  04/19

3.8/5 STARS

(Audiobook) How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back by Diana Rowland

Finish Date:  04/22


(Audiobook) The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

Finish Date:  04/24


(eBook) All In by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Finish Date:  04/26


(Audiobook) Ghost by A. Zavarelli

Finish Date:  04/29

3.3/5 STARS



10 Books Total for the month of April (3,331 Pages)

(5 eBooks and 5 Audiobooks)

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review 2017-04-14 15:03
Queen of Always (Stolen Empire Book 3) - Sherry D. Ficklin

♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

Leader of the Broken Hearts by Papa Roach  --Catherine is tasked with some difficult decisions that leave her not so lucky in love. Ultimately, she did it all for Russia…

And now I finally know what it feels like

To risk everything and still survive

When you’re standing on the battlefield

And all the pain is real

That’s when you realize

That you must’ve done something right

'Cause you’ve never felt so alive

*note:  all the lyric video's for this song were not quite the right one, but this one's at least visually engaging…but some of the lyrics are wrong.


Book Title:  Queen of Always

Author:  Sherry D Ficklin

Series:  Stolen Empire #3

Genre:  Older YA, Historical

Source:  Kindle eBook (Library)


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Overall Rating:  4.3/5 STARS (GRADE=A-)


My Thoughts


She's ruthless, because she has to be…she's loved because she's fair.  She's the queen because she took it.

A stunning conclusion to the Stolen Empire Series…a sometimes poignant, sometimes encouraging, with some serious OMG moments leading up to her stealing the crown from her asinine (and that word doesn't even cover it) husband, Peter.  For such a short book it really packs a punch.


⇝Sex Factor⇜ This is older ya for sure because of the graphic content and the sex.  Especially, one scene in particular…wow (maybe a little TMI).


Ratings Breakdown


Plot:  4/5

Main Characters:  4.3/5

Secondary Characters:  4.5/5

The Feels:  4.3/5

Addictiveness:  4.2/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  4/5  Cliffhanger:  No


Will I read more from this Author?  Yes, I would

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review 2016-06-06 20:49
Gone is the innocent girl named Sophie...replaced with the ever evolving Catherine...
Queen of Tomorrow (Stolen Empire Book 2) - Sherry D. Ficklin

Book Title:  Queen of Tomorrow

Author:  Sherry D. Ficklin

Series:  Stolen Empire #2

Genre:  Historical Fiction, Older YA

Source:  Own Kindle E-Book


☆My Pick for Book Theme Song:  I Will Not Bow by Breaking Benjamin  --For Catherine (Sophie), because she's sooo ready to kick some ass.



Ratings Breakdown


Plot:  5/5

Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  4/5

Theme:  4/5

Flow:  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  4/5. Cliffhanger:  more or less


Will I continue this series?  Yes!!! I even requested it from the library, and they purchased it like three days later. 



4.7/5 STARS


My Thoughts


First off…I'm not going to lie, I really missed the video's that book One had.  That being said I was totally blown away by book Two.  I love this intriguing an imaginative tale of Catherine the Great.  How much this follows the real and actual story of her life really doesn't matter to me.  I believe this is toted as being based on truth with embellishments along the way to fill in the blanks, or something like that…My only real complaint is the length of the book, I wanted it to be a little longer.  


Sex Factor:  This has some graphic scenes (but not too graphic), but, they are a part of the story and it wouldn't have had the impact on me that it did without them.


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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

Why I chose that quote: Who doesn’t love a good quote about the joys of escaping inside a good book?

Overall Rating: 4.3/5 Stars



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




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 an 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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text 2015-09-15 06:30
Book Blitz: Queen of Always (Stolen Empire #3) by Sherry Ficklin



Queen of Always by Sherry D. Ficklin

(Stolen Empire #3)

Published by: Clean Teen Publishing

Publication date: September 15th 2015

Genres: Historical, Young Adult



Synopsis: If her time at court has taught Catherine anything, it’s that there is no room for weakness in Imperial Russia. With the Empress’ health failing and rumors of a change in the line of succession, her place in the royal line is once more in jeopardy. Tormented by her sadistic husband and his venomous mistress, Catherine must once more walk the fine line between pleasure and politics—between scandal and survival.


When her young son becomes the target of those rebelling against Peter’s reign, Catherine will have to rise up to protect herself, her child, and her nation from his unstable and potentially catastrophic rule. This means putting herself at odds with the most dangerous man she’s ever known, trusting those who once proved to be her enemies, and turning a nation against its sovereign. In the ultimate battle for the crown, new alliances will be forged, loyalties will be tested, and blood will be shed.


Don’t miss this breathtaking conclusion to the Stolen Empire series! Queen of Always is a YA historical fiction based on the life of young Catherine the Great. Fans of the hit TV show REIGN will devour this scandalous glimpse into the life of one of the most dynamic women in history.


Excerpt: “I have done dreadful things, Dash. I have made mistakes that I will never be able to atone for, and I have allowed myself to be selfish in ways you might never understand.” The bitter memory of sprinkling the poison in the Empress’ tea floats into my mind. I think of every lie I’ve told, of every misstep I’ve made. “I’m not proud of my choices, but neither would I retract a single one,” I say finally.


“Sometimes, the only choices you have are horrible choices,” she says. “But you must still choose.” I glance at her, admiring her quiet fortitude. She is, in so many ways, like Rina. So wise for her years. Wise and kind and good.


“You are a good soul, Dashka. I wish I were as good.”


She shakes her head, “Don’t say that, Your Grace. You are a good soul as well. Not innocent as or naive as I, but nevertheless good. You will be a good queen.”


“I hope so,” I mutter around another bite. There’s a cup of what looks like pitch black tea. I pick it up, examining the contents. It smells burnt somehow. “What on earth is this?”


She nods to it, “That’s a new drink the cook thought you might enjoy. It’s called coffee. It can be bitter so there is cream you can add to it. She says it’s all the rage at French Court.”


“Coffee? Odd.” I take a sip and nearly gag. It’s strong, so much more bitter and heavy than tea, but, still… I take another sip. “It’s quite good, I think.” I say, admiring the warmth of the cup in my hand.  Dashka beams.


“I thought you’d enjoy it.” As we begin the tedious process of dressing and grooming, I sip on the beverage, asking for a second cup soon after the first. Soon I feel my heart speed up, my face flushes, and I feel more awake and alive than I’ve felt in weeks. I let my mind drift. Someday, sooner than later, I will be queen. What sort of queen do I want to be? I know I will have to decide. Will I be loyal? Faithful? Will I be kind or courageous? Will I be content sitting quietly, or will I stand boldly against those who oppose me? Suddenly, things seem very clear.


“It’s the coffee,” Dashka smirks.


Somehow, I think it’s more than just that.







Purchase at: Amazon / B&N




Sherry D. Ficklin is a full time writer from Colorado. She can often be found browsing her local bookstore with a large white hot chocolate in one hand and a towering stack of books in the other. That is, unless she's on deadline at which time she, like the Loch Ness monster, is only seen in blurry photographs.


She is the author of over a dozen novels ranging from contemporary romance to science fiction. In her spare time she co-hosts the Pop Lit Divas radio show and is a contributor for Fangirlish.com.


Connect with Sherry on her: Website / FB / Twitter / Goodreads



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