QUEEN OF TOMORROW (Stolen Empire #2)
by Sherry D. Flickin
Genre: Fantasy, Historical, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: eARC , 181 pages
Published: 14 July 2015, Clean Teen Publishing
Source: copy provided
Organized by: YA Bound Book Tours
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 favour 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.
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 Curvy Writer Radio.
A few minutes ago, I thought I was fine and calm and cool and collected over this book.
Starting this whole post and review and my laptop accidentally dying on me made me realise that I am not fine at all.
I am in dire need of the third book, so if you have any means of knowing how/where I can get that, please inform me RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW. Thanks.
Confession: I’m always having a hard time reviewing second books because I literally don’t know how to do it. Like, what if I spoil everyone? What if someone hasn’t read the first book yet and then I spoil him/her about this? I can’t live with myself knowing I spoiled someone. What to do? How to do?
Moving on from that madness, this book freaked me out so hard.
The characters. The plot. The everything. Where do I start? THIS BOOK IS MADNESS. IT’S INSANITY.
So Sophie, now Catherine, is a levelheaded woman. She started as a scatterbrain that has too much potential on who she could be (in the first book) but here, she’s more grounded, more confident, more… just more. Peter. Right from the start, I was not into him. He was just a wrong fixture in the picture. A little into the first book, I was like: “Okay guys, we hate Peter. There’s only one Peter in out lives and it’s Kavinsky. Not this dude.” Then *spoiler* And then the Empress, she just became an evil person I don’t like. Okay, at first she was likeable but then she turned into a cruel, selfish being. Basically, all the characters eventually found their places in this book. It’s interesting meeting new people, some fading into past, some turning out to be important. But what I like is how Catherine’s character grew. I guess, we all learn to live with the pain and in the end, we realize that it’s part of it, and we don’t want to live without it. Sure, we could do with a little less of it but it just puts you in a position where you’re forced to either give up or be stronger than you are.
Normally, by some odd reason, I tend to forget to read an author’s note. Mostly, I am way too stunned to read anything more and I just look at the header saying: Author’s Note and I think: How is that supposed to help me? Am I going to be able to get over these feelings I’m feeling right now by reading that? No. Get out of my face!
Yeah, I’m kind of funny when I’m pissed off and emotional.
But I read both author’s note after reading both books. And it helped me understand a little bit. This is based on history. Like real thing history. I actually read the author’s note and while it didn’t help my feelings, I was calmed.
Back to my review: So, considering I already told you that this is based on history, I guess you’ll have realised that this is pure historical royalty stuff happening. OKAY SO ONE EVENT HAPPENED HERE AND I DIDN’T LIKE IT ONE BIT. I’m not going to explain further because I feel like it’s going to be a spoiler but it just made me lose the teeny tiny bit of respect for *e***.
This is written in Sophie/Catherine’s POV in first person. The writing… I don’t know, it gave off some weird vibes to me. I was always on the extreme when it comes to the feelings. (Yes, that’s a weird thing for me.) I was either, depressed along with Catherine or highly excited or angry or mad or in love and you know those stuff. Everything. But when it comes down to it, I love the writing. It’s full of emotions for me.
Overall, Queen of Tomorrow definitely left me hanging. I NEED the third book now. I am desperate for it but I have this weird sense of calmness within my person right now and I feel like I can wait for it at the same time. The characters were chaotic and real. The plot is indescribable. It’s just awesome and just a little bit of everything and it’s fun and mindblowing and insanity and heartbreaking and heartwarming and just a beautiful mess. The character development is at its best. The friendship factor is precious. This book is so wonderful. I know everyone is into wonderful books so I suggest you start on the series already. The first book is free. Plus the cover is gorgeous. I love that cover.
In the end, life is how you take it. Some may say that your destiny is already written, always remember that your destiny is in the palm of your hands. What is life if you can’t find the little joy through the tough times. And love is never practical.
#THEFEELS #Emotions #thetearsarereal #Imcrying #imsoattached #STOPTHETEARS
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