QUEEN OF SOMEDAY (Stolen Empire #1)
by Sherry D. Ficklin
GENRE: Contemporary, Cultural, Historical, Romance, Young Adult
PAGES: Paperback, 262 pages
PUBLISHED: 7 October 2015
SOURCE: copy provided
ONE GIRL WILL BRING AN EMPIRE TO ITS KNEES…
QUEEN OF SOMEDAY (Stolen Empire #1)
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?
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.
Okay, so I found mixed reviews about this one. Some people actually didn’t like this.
I don’t know why.
I like the series.
Okay, I still haven’t read the third book but well, I’m dying to read it don’t remind me that I still haven’t.
Some reviews mentioned the videos embedded in the ebook but me, I ignored the links and focused on reading while promising I will watch them after I finish the next chapter and well, I still haven’t watched any of them up to now so I can’t tell you anything about them. I’m sorry I’m useless.
Okay, what you should be warned about this book:
As I said, some readers didn’t like this book which means there’s an unfortunate 50% chance that you might end up like them. BUT give the book a chance. You never know. I’m not big on historical novels or history (or herstory in this case) for that matter so, I actually enjoyed this book. I didn’t even know it was actually based on a true historical matter (Catherine the Great) until the author mentioned it on her note at the end of the book. YES, I’M THAT NOT INTO HISTORY.
The extremely messy romance. Okay, it was a messy life situation thing she got going on there and that’s why it kinda made sense to me why she had to had to be with three dudes but you know, she’s kinda somewhat already committed before soooo… Anyway, the romance is messy.
The writing was not so historical. Historical books are written in a way that they sound like the timeline but the happenings in the book was not so historical too… I don’t know. It won’t confuse anyone because it did not confuse me (and I’m confused all the time) so it’s good. It’s great. Life is all good and great.
But all other opinions aside, I really liked this book. You can only have so much complains about a certain book and this one might start out as a little, uhm, nu-uh but things happen in life right when you think nothing else will.
Yes, that was a spoiler that a big plot twist will happen and it might change your view about this book.
Just forget everything you know about Catherine for a moment and dive into the book as clueless as me and you’ll feel fine after. Maybe it’s not for historical enthusiasts but this is the world where you can be whoever you want to be and there are those days when you just wish you can change the past. Here is an example of pretending we can.
Go give this book a try because you never know.
Overall, I like this series big time, no matter what they say. It didn’t start all that great but you’ll get into it and in no time, you’ll be looking for the next book. Life doesn’t always go the way we want it to and sometimes, running is the only thing you can do. But remember that running doesn’t always solve everything. You have to stand up and show them that you are better than what they think you are. Love doesn’t always happen in the right moment, right place, right situation but it involves a lot of letting go. And even though love cannot solve every problem there is in the world, a bright mind can and will try to. A castle cannot run itself. And sometimes, the queen has to stand up and turn the kingdom into a queendom.