I first came across this novel by reading a preview at the end of another novel. I quickly devoured the first chapter, which was the end of the previeI first came across this novel by reading a preview at the end of another novel. I quickly devoured the first chapter, which was the end of the preview, and was completely hooked. The first chapter was full of interesting characters, action, danger, and even a hint of romance. I couldn’t stop thinking about it, and was disappointed to find out that the book had another month before it would be published. I was fortunate enough to receive a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was well rewarded for my persistence. I easily fell in love with the characters and was eager to see how the story would unfold.
Queen of Someday is the story of fifteen-year-old Sophia, whose family has been struggling financially in spite of her father being a prince. Sophia is traveling with her mother to the Russian Royal Court in the hopes that she can be reacquainted with the crown prince Peter, who she once met as a child, and the Empress in the hopes that she will be chosen to wed Peter. The Empress wishes to unite Russia and Prussia while also ensuring a royal heir is born soon. Not everyone at court approves of this possible match, which could prove dangerous for Sophia as she gains favor with the Empress and Peter.
I didn’t realize at first that the inspiration for this novel was taken from history. I don’t usually read historical fiction but there was something from this story from the very beginning that drew me in and wouldn’t let me go. The chemistry and dialogue between characters was wonderfully written. Reading this novel really piqued my interest in reading more about the history of Princess Sophia. I am usually a strictly fiction reader but after reading this novel I was hungry for more insight into her life. The author does take some liberties and change some facts and dates. It is fiction after all. I found the overall heart of Princess Sophia’s history was well represented in this fictional novel. I am definitely excited to read more by Sherry D. Ficklin in the future....more
Kaitlyn's life has been stuck in neutral- a lonely girl trying her best not to stand out. But by not standing out, she never really fit in. When an imKaitlyn's life has been stuck in neutral- a lonely girl trying her best not to stand out. But by not standing out, she never really fit in. When an impulsive decision leads her to the local wild child and her quirky group of perfectly imperfect friends, she's immersed in a world she never knew existed. In this summer before college, she learns about friendship, falling in love, heartbreak, and how sometimes you just need to take a leap of faith in order to soar. Through unlikely friendships, she'll finally find the spark to chase her dreams and to live life, not just survive it.
I enjoyed this book. Was it my favorite? No. Would I read it again? Possibly. More importantly, would I recommend it to a friend? Yes.
After reading the book, I would say the synopsis for the book is excellent. Kaitlyn is everyone's friend yet no one's friend. She is the girl you remember from high school as a person who was nice but that is all anyone really knew about her. Kaitlyn realizes this about herself during high school graduation and spontaneously decides to take a chance. We follow Kaitlyn further down the rabbit hole as she leaves some of her passive ways behind and embraces change. You get the feeling from the very beginning that each of Kaitlyn's new friends has his or her own story to tell. Mackenzie Herbert has created a cast of characters with enough range to them that each one could easily each have his or her own book. Each time there was a glimpse into another character's back story, I found myself interested in learning more.
During the first half of the book, I felt a little disconnected at times from Kaitlyn. Every time I thought I was starting to connect with her, the style of writing would push me back away again. That might not be the case for other readers. I have found that I have a hard time connecting with books that use a lot of descriptive words. For example,
"We wandered into a hazy basement, where beams of syrupy light shone on sweaty bodies, swaying against each other. The music played loudly through the walls and the hallway. People were crammed against each other in the corners of the room, possessed by the music. I could feel it, too. The music and the mood snaked its way down my throat and into my veins. It was all so dreamlike, beautiful, and distorted."
This style of writing for me is like a delicious dessert that ended up being so oversweet that I could no longer fully enjoy it. I think for this reason, I wasn't completely drawn into the story until the second half of the book but when that happened, I was hooked. There was a little more dialogue between characters and fewer descriptive phrases, which helped me invest more fully in the characters. The second half of the story is where the author uncovers more of the other characters’ backstories. I think I also started to become more used to the author’s style of writing and started to skim some of the descriptive phrases to get to the heart of the story.
This is a quick read, being only 212 pages, but don't let the length fool you. Mackenzie Herbert manages to create a story with a lot of depth in a short number of pages--enough depth that I think this book would be a great addition to any book club or classroom.
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. As I stated in the beginning of my review, I enjoyed this book and I look forward to reading more by Mackenzie Herbert. ...more