Author: Sherry D. Ficklin
Series: Stolen Empire #1
Publication: October 7th 2014 by Clean Teen Publishing
Genre: Young Adult ~ Historical Fiction
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ONE GIRL WILL BRING AN EMPIRE TO ITS KNEES...
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?
The only thing that I disliked about it was the love square (not kidding), the insta-love and how all the guys in the book all seemed to be so handsome and want Sophie. In the overall picture I didn't mind a lot because the rest of this book was enjoyable. And you know, I love me some good romance with dramatical twists.
I liked Sophie as a main character but I felt at some points she came over as a bit whiny, not to mention she made some questionable decisions that made me cringe. But then again, she's only fifteen at this point so it's easier to forgive, in my opinion.
I have really different opinion on the love interests of Sophie. Sergei was my favorite and the only guy in the book that I really liked. I liked how as Sophie mentions a few times, that he's the only one she can trust. I can't wait to see what happens with him next.
Alexander on the other hand was just an okay character. He's obviously Sophie's big love but I was just not a fan of them together. I just didn't see it I guess because I thought Alexander was quite boring. But I did feel bad for them when they were caught. That was pretty awful for them.
Then there's Peter. What can I say about him without resorting to foul language. Let me just say that he's one of the biggest bastards I have ever read about. He was manipulative, obsessive and just plain crazy.
Like I said before, the writing was excellent and it really was. The author's way of writing really took me to a different time and age. I loved it. The ending was just the best ever. I was so shocked by it because I hadn't seen it coming at all. I can't wait to find out what's going to happen next. Wowza!
Amazing writing, romantic intrigue and full of betrayals, Queen of Someday was a great historical fiction. It had some minor flaws but overall, I can really overlook them because it was a fast read and I loved the drama and twists in this captivating novel about Catherine the Great!
About the Author:
Sherry D. Ficklin is a full time writer from Colorado where she lives with her husband, four kids, two dogs, and a fluctuating number of chickens and house guests. A former military brat, she loves to travel and meet new people. 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 The Gods of Fate Trilogy now available from Dragonfly Publishing. Her previously self-published novel After Burn: Military Brats has been acquired by Harlequin and will be released in 2014 with a second book in that series to follow. Her YA steampunk novel, EXTRACTED: The Lost Imperials book 1, co-written with Tyler H. Jolley is now available everywhere books are sold and her newest YA novel, Losing Logan, is due for release in 2014 from Clean Teen Publishing.