Author: Sherry D. Ficklin
Series: Stolen Empire #2
Publication: July 14th 2015 by Clean Teen Publishing
Genre: Young Adult ~ Historical Fiction
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Sophie—now Catherine, Grand Duchess of Russia—had a tough first year at Imperial Court. Married at sixteen to Grand Duke Peter, heir to the throne, and settled in their own palace, things are finally looking up. As a new day dawns, she thinks only of securing her future, and the future of their country, during one of the greatest political upheavals of her time. Fighting desperately against forces trying to depose the Empress Elizabeth and put the young Prince Ivan on her throne, Sophie soon finds herself in the middle of a war brewing between her beloved Prussia, and her new empire. But even as she navigates the fragile political landscape, she quickly realizes that she has only begun to discover the tangled web of deceit and infidelity woven over the lavish court of Oranienbaum Palace.
When a strange and delicate alliance forms between the young couple, she glimpses a future of happiness, only to see it lost in a moment at the hands of those who still seek to end her life—and prevent her reign. Out of favor with the empress and running out of options, Sophie will have to sacrifice her own innocence on the altar of Russia if she is to save the nation, and herself. To survive, she will have to do the unthinkable, betray those closest to her and become something greater and more dangerous than she ever imagined she could be… a queen.
I think I liked this book a little better than the first one. I'm still not Catherine's biggest fan, but she didn't quite annoy me as much as she did before. I guess she's growing up more.
I don't know if it's just me but I felt like Queen of Tomorrow was more focused on the political aspect. There was still romance of course, but it just felt like that.
Speaking of the romance, I still like Sergei, but it was like he let Catherine step all over him. Or maybe he's just completely blinded by his love for her? I don't know, but at one point I was just like, dude grow a pair...
Peter was still a complete asshole, so that part of the story did make me feel bad for Catherine. But she remained strong and I really admired that.
The writing was really good. Probably my favorite thing in this book. It flowed easily and the story read very quickly, like I said, a lot happened.
And just like the first book, Queen of Tomorrow ended with a bang and I gotta say I'm really excited for the next and final book!
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 several YA novels and in her spare time she co-hosts the Pop Lit Divas Radio Show.