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Queen of Someday

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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?

266 pages, Paperback

First published October 7, 2014

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Sherry D. Ficklin

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Sherry is the author of over a dozen novels for teens and young adults including the best selling Stolen Empire series. 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.
Sherry also writes contemporary romance under the pen name SJ Noble. You can find her at her official website, www.sherryficklin.com, or stalk her on her Facebook page www.facebook.com/sherry.ficklin.

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October 27, 2014
I can see it so clearly, us walking through the meadow, to the edge of the pond where the wild roses are in full bloom. He will take my hand, lay me down in the soft grass, and kiss me gently. Then, years later, he will put his hands to my swollen belly, a look of awe and joy radiating in his smile. I can see a tiny face, dark like his father’s, resting nestled in my arms. I see our whole life stretched out before us.
And it’s beautiful.
This book is about Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez. I'll explain how in a sec.

But firstly, this book is just plain stupid. If Catherine the Great had lived her youth the way she has been reimagined in this book, her moniker would have been Catherine the Romantic instead. Thank god history turned out the way it did, because the Catherine (known as her original name, Sophie) portrayed in this book would have been too busy worrying about her harem of handsome men rather than ruling with an iron fist.

Two words: love fucking square. Oh wait. That was three words. Whatever. Curse words don't count. Which means half my reviews don't count, ha! It is nothing but insipid, madeing wish fulfilment with wild, improbable, overly romantic love lines that would put Nicholas Sparks to shame.
“My sweet Helen, for you I would be Paris, and for your love, I would defy God himself and then return to you for a kiss.”
You might be fooled into thinking this book is an epic tale of how Catherine the Great grew up. You'd be wrong. This book is, more or less, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez if Justin, Scooter Braun, and...say...Lil Za had all fallen in love with Selena. Seriously, some of the lines uttered in this book are as dumb and wildly improbable as the lyrics from a Justin Bieber song.
“Of the entire universe, I only wanted you,” I whisper the words against his lips, a solemn pledge.
“You have ruined me,” he whispers against my mouth, his voice thick with desire.
For example: Justin Bieber lyrics...
As long as you love me
We could be starving, we could be homeless, we could be broke
As long as you love me
I'll be your platinum, I'll be your silver, I'll be your gold
Aaaand....actual quotes from the book.
Thou art my way; I wander if thou fly.
Thou art my light; if hid, how blind am I?
Thou art my life; if thou withdraw, I die.

Justin Bieber: aka Peter the III, future emperor of Russia.

And man, is he annoying! You know how Selena and Justin are playing all sorts of games with each other, making each other jealous, breaking up and making up? There's your Sophie and Peter.
“Peter loves to play and hates to lose. I don’t think that’s changed much over the years. As you said, it’s just a game.”
Peter is a bad boy. He drinks. He frolics. He fucks around.

He flirts. He fools around with other girls, all in one grand scheme to make Selena Catherine jealous.
Beside me, I hear the shrill laugh of Elizavetta as Peter twirls her forcefully. I realize for the first time that they both seem very, very drunk.
“You should know it isn’t a slight—him not asking you to dance. It’s sort of a… game with him.”
Peter always did enjoy his games.
He is capricious. He is violent.

He is the future Emperor of Russia, and fuck if he doesn't know it. He gets what he wants, who he wants. And never does he want Sophie more than when he can't have her.

Then there's the book-equivalent of Lil Za, his name is Alexander. The sidekick. With whom Sophie also engages in a romance. And what a romance! What a bloody fucking moment of insta-love.
His eyes are glistening in the lamplight and now that I’m looking at him, really looking at him, I realize how devastatingly handsome he is. Not in a cool, sunshine way like Peter, but in a dark, mysterious way. My heart pounds furiously in my chest as I try to catch my breath.
Some fucking best friend.

Seriously. Worst best friend in the world. Selena and Justin Sophie and Peter are betrothed, but good old Alex can't help but make incredibly cheesy...
“Peter is your friend; I am just a stranger from another country. So why do you tell me these things? Or are you more part of this game than you would like to admit?”
I swear I see him blush before he looks away.
“It lies not in our power to love or hate, for will in us is overruled by fate. When two are stripped, long ere the course begin, we wish that one should love, the other win.” His voice trembles on the last line, and it does not escape my notice.
Hilariously laughable...
“If he marries you, then you can remain here, at court.” He rakes a hand through his hair in a boyish gesture. “And I would have you stay, for purely selfish reasons. So that I might—from a distance—be allowed to behold you.”
...plays, for his best friend's girl.
“Please, sweet Sophie, you must be strong now. Be strong for the promise of spring, for the chance to feel the wet grass beneath your feet once more. Be strong for the hope of joy, for the hours we can share in each other’s arms.”
And then there's the manager. Scooter Braun, AKA SERGEI DAS BODYGUARDEN, JA. Oh, wait. Ja is a German word.

Whatever, it's not like this book has any attempts towards authenticity anyway.

But back to my original point, Sergei, the bodyguard/sergeant...is also in love with her.
“Sergei. My champion.”
And likely has, since the beginning, when boldly brave Sir Robin Sophie fends off a group of attackers like a motherfucking ninja despite having been a sheltered young noblewoman all her life. And then this happens...
“Do I have your heart, as well, my dear Sergei?” I ask. It’s a bold, brash thing to say, but I have to know. We have more than a passing flirtation, that much I am sure of, but it feels safe somehow.
“I am yours,” he whispers, “always.”
Can I get a "Holy mother of god? WHY?!"

Seriously. Why the fuck there gotta be a love square?
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December 29, 2014
It's a good thing I don't know much about the Russian monarchy, or else, I wouldn't have liked this book. Because honestly, the end is what actually made me like this book, if it wasn't for that, I would probably have hated this. And here are the following reasons why, I was so sure I was going to hate it.

1. Insta-love. Oh yes. And not once, but twice? trice?
2. To make matters worse... there was a love triangle no scratch that... love square... yes... oh the horror!!!

That's just two... but they're my ultimate pet peeves when it comes to books. I don't like insta-love. They're a bunch of crap. But could forgivable on some instances (which is not so often). To add to the insta-love, a love square... and that's even worse than a love triangle! I mean come on, the main character really has to have that much admirers? Really? So... I was so ready to hate this book.. Surprisingly though, after I got passed those things on the first part of the book... I started to enjoy it , thus the 4 star rating. And that ending...oh boy.

So here's a little summary of what this book is about.

Everything changed when i turned fourteen. Though still a girl by any accounts, Mother was desperate to see me wed. I didn't learn until much later of our family's dire financial situation, or that Father was in danger of forfeiting his family properties.

Princess Sophie, being in the position that her family is at the moment, is required to marry either her old uncle or her cousin, Peter, heir to the throne of Russia. Sophie always had the favor of the Empress of Russia. So when the Empress sent her an invitation for her to visit the Russian Court, Sophie's mother didn't waste time to making sure she gets there.

On the way to the Russian court, Sophie and her mother's carriage was unexpectedly held up.

There are sounds of scuffle, and the unmistakable ring of a steel blade being drawn from its sheath. The sled rocks sideways as someone knocks into it.

They were being attacked by unknown assailants and their guards were no match for them.

Quickly, I lift the hem of my brown wool gown and slip a knife from my boot. Mother opens her mouth, I'm sure to chastise me for being such an unladylike thing as having a knife hidden on my person, but I silence her with a finger to my lips.

Sophie knew she has to defend herself and her mother somehow. Being trained by her father to handle herself in times like this, she was determined to fight back. After having the assailant chase after her for what seems like a long time, someone came to her rescue.

"Princess Sophia? I'm Sergei Salkov of Her Majesty's Imperial Court. I'm here to rescue you."

Sophie and her mother were escorted by Sergei and his men to court. She then finds out that not a lot of people were happy with the alliance that would be forged between Russia and Perussia. There are people against this merge. Therefore, there will be people who would show her dislike, or worse, threaten her life, just so that the union between her and Peter doesn't happen.

"It's not Peter's heart you should be concerned with. You must win the heart of the empire.

To regain the honor of her family, she must do whatever it takes to not only get the heart of Peter, but also the whole Russian empire. But could she?


WARNING: This part might contain minor or major spoilers... If you have not read this, please skip this part of the review to my final ramblings.



Sophia/Catherine: She's one of those characters you either love, hate, or have mixed feelings over. And I honestly, could not determine whether I like her or not. For one, that insta-love thingy she had going on for almost all of the guys she got introduced to... except maybe her Uncle, who was disgustingly old, and was not in the book only mentioned in passing.... just annoyed the shit out of me. I mean what the hell? She was googly eyes on all three of them.

For Sergei:

Sergei smiles, winking at me behind her back. I catch his eye, and a small warmth forms in my belly.

That line right there already had my eye rolling. That was on the first chapter. I think there was a few more times with two other people: Alexander and of course, Peter. I don't want to quote all of them, but honestly, they were a bit annoying.

So putting the insta-love aspect aside, Sophie was strong-willed and smart, qualities I love in my female protagonist. Given the situation she was in, she made the most out of it. Despite her disinterest in the crown, she was willing to do it for her family and also for herself. And really towards the end, is when I really fell in love with her. I liked how she showed the bastard Peter who was boss.

Sergei: Oh boy. Did this guy surprise me. I liked how loyal he was to Sophie. I'm just not exactly sure what his relationship really was with the Empress, but as far as with Sophie, he had always been there for her, even with the little stunt she made with Alexander. He remained by her side... I'm just not sure how long on the second book, because after I read the summary of Catherine the Great's life... he seem to have vanished at some point... Anyways, I loved him on this book. But it wasn't him I was exactly rooting for.

Alexander: Now I love this guy. Seriously. First time I met him, I was smitten. I loved that he loved books and could easily quote from them. It was a bit cheesy at times, but what the heck? I love my guy sweet and cheesy and all that. Reading through this book, I felt that he was the one who sincerely love Sophie the most. When the conflict came, I was heartbroken really. The way everything had been forced on bother Sophie and him... I was brokenhearted for them both. But being the gentleman that he was, he accepted it without complain. Oh boy. I fell for this guy.

Peter the fucktard Great: Oh do I hate this guy. There are some villans that you'd love to hate but couldn't. But there are also some villans that despite not wanting to hate them, you'll hate them tremendously. And Peter belong to the latter. I strongly hate this guy. One, he's a fucking brute. Two, he thinks he's everything. Three, he's so immature. Four, he's a future king who would probably leave Russia in ruins. Five, he's a pig. Six, he's an asshole. Seven, he's a douche. Eight, do I really need an eight????

Supporting Characters: I liked the Empress, but hated Sophie's mom who was a selfish and spoiled. She wanted things for herself and not for her daughter. I could not even believe it. I could not. I get that maybe, during those times, your daughter being married to a future king might be a priviledge, but *shakes head* I could not even begin to explain how angry her mother made me feel.


Thumbs Up:

1. The last few chapters. Oh boy. There weren't any fight scenes mind you, but the exchange of words, the revelation. Oh boy I loved it. But like I said on the start of this review, if I'd known more of the story of Catherine the Great, I probably wouldn't have been too surprised. So lucky for me, I didn't read about Catherine the Great until after reading so... This book was good for me.

2. Sophie's character development. She started out as this girl who was too busy looking at boys, to a girl who manipulated the situation to her advantage.

Thumbs Down:

1. Like I said, insta-fucking-love.
2. Love-triange-of-doom
3. Peter i really hate youuuuu!!!!
4. The first few chapters of the book


Like what my friend Lola said in her review, this book is not for everybody. And I definitely agree with her on that. For those very familiar to Catherine's story, they probably wouldn't like it as much as I did, because they knew what will happen, or at least have a clue. I went into this historical fiction blind. Basically, not knowing anything what will happen so I was at the tip of my toes the entire time. I think I won't be able to say the same for others who knew about Catherine the Great.

I would have to say that the twist towards the end made this book for me more than anything else. I probably would have rated this book a 2, if it wasn't for that, and also the way Sophie's character evolved into more than just the an innocent girl who was chucked into court by her mother for marriage.

A good character development and a wicked plot twist is enough for me to disregard an unrealistic insta-love and a stupid love square.

Would I recommend this? I would probably just recommend this to people who love an easy historical fiction read, who don't mind a love triangle and insta-love.

If you've read this, please comment below on what you thought about it.
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September 16, 2015
To my utter horror and disbelief I don’t read or own many historical romances but after yet again another fabulous book, I will definitely be reading more of this genre. Whether it was the gorgeous cover or the blurb that intrigued me, I’m truly grateful. Queen of Someday is packed with deceit, betrayal, Russian fashion and politics, fancy royal balls, ruthless characters and a romance that won’t be to everyone’s tastes.

“When waging a war of the heart, you must only fight if you are absolutely sure you can win.”

This story follows fifteen-year old Princess Sophie, she has little choice when it comes to her life, her mother is determined to put her on the throne to reclaim their former glory. This is obviously done through marriage, so Sophie has two choices: marry her lecherous uncle or travel to Russia and try to win the heart of Prince Peter. Queen of Someday is a flight of fancy of Catherine the Great, now I have no idea how her story ended as I’m not really into history that much. This is definitely for people who enjoy this genre and to those who aren’t familiar with Catherine as it will still have the element of surprise.

Princess Sophie is a great heroine to read about, she’s courageous and able to keep her wits about her as she’s thrown into this vicious court were everyone has a secret agenda and will stop at nothing get results. I won’t talk about the characters as there were many but all are incredibly detailed and you are able to get to know each of them.

“Of the entire universe, I only wanted you,”

There was just one thing that I wasn’t crazy about; the love square. However she was a princess and the ratio of women to men was completely skewed so I could hardly be shocked when everyone falls for Sophie. There’s a boy she must marry, one who’s a friend and one whom she’s falling in love with. If this is off-putting to you then I would maybe reconsider, as each relationship is completely different from one another, all 3 guys don’t just sit around making googly eyes at Sophie, one is quite the opposite actually… anyway each relationship changes throughout the story and to be honest the romance was completely unpredictable, brava Ficklin!

“I think that love can indeed be many things. But the one thing it will never be is practical. Love is irrational by its very nature. It demands passion, fire, and no less than absolute surrender. It is a longing, a burning that consumes you, leaving you without reason, or defense. When love comes, nothing can stand in its way.”

I only wish this book was longer, it felt far too short to have so many characters. So the multiple love interests aside it’s truly the writing and the plot that carry this book, with amazing plots twists and addictive writing I completely devoured this book. Sophie fights until the very end, no matter what kicks her down, she refuses to give up and will definitely make one hell of a Queen. The ending was pure pure pure genius. A sure fire way that you are picking up Book 2: Queen of Tomorrow, which is sure to promise so much more scandal, surprises and hopefully the plot twists will continue.
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622 reviews949 followers
January 5, 2015
I received an ARC of this book free from the author and netgalley in exchange for an honest review. First, I was really smitten by the book’s cover. Isn’t it so stunning?

I was even surprised to find out that the book does not only tell a typical, plain story but it outlines the life of the Russian leader Catherine the Great. Honestly my knowledge about history is so poor so I paused reading it for a while and review the background of Catherine the Great so as to have a better idea about the main character. Then I returned to reading and found it even more interesting.

I have to admit that the book is utterly brilliant. Ms. Sherry D. Ficklin has the wit to write down solid descriptions of the characters and put extra charm to them.

I love Sophia (Catherine the Great). This woman is true to her name. She’s great in every sense of a word. I admire her courage and intelligence. She’s a headstrong character who makes striking and great decisions and she has the inner power that will make women really proud. I also love her selflessness and the way she prioritizes her family rather than her own happiness. I just felt awed by the fact that she craves the feeling of being loved.

“Is it so wrong to dream of romance and tenderness? Of love?”

I also admire Alexander. I am so thankful for his existence in this book. He’s the character that’s too perfect to describe.

“There are many beautiful and wonderful things to see at court.”

“Like what?” I ask playfully.

He looks right into my eye and smiles. “Well, there’s you for one.”

“Are you flirting with me?”

Sergei. I can’t decide if he’s better than Alexander or the other way around. All I know is, he’s equally admirable.

“Be careful Princess. When waging a war of the heart, you must only fight if you are absolutely sure you can win.”

The plot is also impressive. I was honestly taken aback especially in the last remaining chapters. Goodness, that was such a twist!

As a whole, I didn’t regret reading this book. I enjoyed it and learned a lot about history, too so it’s like killing two birds with one stone. The greatest thing I also liked about this book is the profound messages of the story beyond what are written. It teaches you something about life and it simply gives you the encouragement to live and accept life’s challenges with bravery. One thing I also learned after reading it is to never trust anyone so easily.

And yes, the essence of love above all things. This book very well accentuates the true meaning of love.

No matter how many romantic poems you recite, no matter how many glorious tales of love you read, how can you really understand the condition if you’ve never found yourself in it?

My Rating for the Book: 4 Stars (For those who love historical fiction with a touch of drama, romance, and intrigue, this story will not disappoint you.) :)

Book review originally posted on my blog: http://bibliopearl.wordpress.com/2014...
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920 reviews1,333 followers
July 22, 2015
“Sometimes, we must learn to open our hearts and grow to love someone we think we might not be able to.”

----Sherry D. Ficklin

Sherry D. Ficklin, an American author, has penned a terrific tale about queens, palaces, love and war based in Russia, Queen of Someday that happens to be the first book in the Stolen Empire series that accounts a tale of destiny, power and love in a dangerous kingdom in Russia which is loosely based on the life of young Catherine the Great.


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?

Readers who were disappointed with Kiera Cass' The Selection series, will now be happy and pleased to read this Stolen Empire that is based on facts and mixed with author's imagination, reproduces an enchanting fairy-tale like story yet filled with depth and history.

The story begins with 15-year old Sophie and her journey to Russia along with her mother to become a princess by marrying the Empress's nephew, Prince Peter. Little did she knew that the Imperial Court, where the Empress resides along with the young prince, is the focal point of treachery, politics, backstabbing, political agendas, and also a game of love and throne. Whereas Peter's best friend is distracting Sophie from embarking on the path to win over Peter's heart among other girls, will she be able to resist? Will a young girl like Sophie be able to overcome the dangers lurking at every corner of the Imperial Court?

In short, this is a timeless story that will take the readers back into time to a world where bad politics, power and domination by an empire led the world. Since this is based on history, so the author didn't have to fictionally create a setting for her book, instead she vividly paints the picturesque as well as grim skyline of Russia and it's heritage and culture through this story. The timeline and the period is evident from the fashion, society, rules, food habits etc, that too has been strikingly featured into the storyline, thus giving the readers a clear glimpse into this era.

The writing style is elegant and the author's imagination plays wonder into this story which only gives more depth to the history. The pacing is fast as the storyline is layered with enough mystery, drama and lots of actions that will keep the readers on their edges till the very end. The narrative style is effective and crisp and that which is easy to comprehend with. The action scenes are all written with great vivid detailing.

The characters, even though they belong from the pages of the book, are very well-structured, realistic with their demons and flaws and thoroughly charming. Sophie- the brave young heart who braves and fights against all evil to what- to help her family from poverty by becoming the next queen or by listening to her own heart's choices? Unlike a regular 15-year old girl, Sophie shows a lot of maturity and intelligence with her decisions and moves and she knows why she was on the Imperial Court of the first place yet the author keeps a small part of Sophie's naivety and innocence till the very end. She sacrifices, she fights back, she speaks like an adult, she loves like compassionate lover- she is one of the most perfect YA heroines that I ever came across in a YA book.

Sophie's mother is one of the most interesting characters in the book who is both an evil as well as a loving mother. Well, she kind of felt quite manipulative and selfless and the author does go at a great length to explain the reasons behind her negative demeanor. The Empress is a well-developed character whose motherly love in the beginning of the story will melt away the readers' hearts.

Prince Peter is a vile character who loves to play games with the matters of heart and he is the one who constantly used to challenge Sophie with his mind-playing games and plots. Peter's best friend is another appealing character that makes Sophie fall for his caring demeanor. Yes, that sounds like a love triangle, but the author have skillfully handled it. The romance plays a huge role in the book, so the readers need to keep an eye for those passionate love scenes.

There are lots of twits and mind-numbing turns that have an ability to throw the readers off their edges. There is an air of mystery hanging in the air where Sophie is fighting hard for the throne, which the author have strongly portrayed in the story. Overall, this is beautiful as well as intriguing story that will keep the readers glued till the very end.

Verdict: If you have never read a YA historical fiction, then definitely try this book, because it sure won't disappoint you.

Courtesy: Thanks to YA Bound Book Blog Tour for the review copy.
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440 reviews290 followers
December 21, 2014

This story is absolutely horrendous and I will now caution myself to be much more careful when picking out YA novels on Netgalley. This is quite possibly the worst historical novel that I have ever read. I don't know what time period this book is supposed to be set in, but the way everyone acted was very modern.

There was such a huge strain of believability with the main character, I mean in the first 20% of the book she has a crush on three different guys. She is also tutored privately by a soldier with no proper chaperone,and has countless physical intimacies with men.She also greats men in her rooms wearing a robe.....so unrealistic. The only good thing that I can say about this book is, thank god it's short.

Note: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
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198 reviews72 followers
January 15, 2016
“It lies not in our power to love or hate, for will in us is overruled by fate. When two are stripped, long ere the course begin, we wish that one should love, the other win.”

Many are deeming this book to have a love square... I think that depends on what you qualify as love.

Sophie has been raised to believe that she is destined to rule alongside Peter, the chosen heir and pet of the Empress, a boy she remembers as the typical spoiled brat from childhood.

Peter likes games. Peter is cruel and off (think the king in Reign, and maybe a little Joffrey a la Game of Thrones). He likes women and Sophie is immediately introduced to the fact that she WILL have to share her husband's bed because he uses his power and looks to stray.

Though Sophie tries to love Peter and allow feeling to bloom, his personality and abuse of power causes her to realize that impossibility. There is no love. Love is not politics or attraction to power. An engagement does not equal love. Sophie comes to terms with that and quickly (immediately *cringe*) falls for someone else.

Meet Alexander: the one who likes theatre, poetry, dances with her when Peter's eye wanders during parties, kisses her in the corner, etc. He has the dark looks that are not common in Russia, knows her favorite poet, brings her her FAVORITE flowers. This is where the story becomes tawdry and Sophie acts like the typical sixteen year old. I did NOT like 50%-65% because of the rose-colored glasses.

I assure you that the story doesn't end with sappy romance. Sophie is to reign. Reigning means letting go of love, of personal desires.

Alexander eventually into the back of the picture (thank God). It seems he is meant to serve as a mile marker for Sophie to come to terms with just how much she wants power and to be a part of history.

During all these events, a man named Sergei acts as Sophie's confidant and is her first alliance in the Russian court. Sergei also has dark hair and green eyes, and acts as Sophie's tutor. He is an older man and the queen's former lover.

I loved Sophie's and Sergei's interaction. Their dialogue was clever and gave me a slow burn of buildable, unrequited love. It was never creepy.

Yes, there is at least a love triangle in the book. Yes, Sophie experiences insta-love. Yes, this is to historical fiction as Throne of Glass is to high fantasy.

I still really, really liked this. I enjoyed the dialogue. I enjoyed the pacing. I like political intrigue and when heroines stiffen their spines and choose to do better. Sophie reminds me of Kestrel from the Winner's Trilogy in regards to her character's growth and inner strength.

I started my kindle unlimited trial because this series is free on it. *shrugs*
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331 reviews1,191 followers
August 13, 2015
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This book is basically a better version of The Ring and the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz. It's also reminiscent of the tv show Reign. This historical fiction read was captivating and alluring. I couldn't stop reading! Filled with pretty dresses, deception, trysts, court gossip, romance, and more, this book is sure to please.

I was immediately taken with this book after reading the synopsis. I LOVE historical fiction and was thrilled to read this. I loved the book from the start. The main character, Sophie, is strong and admirable. We see her character change throughout the story. Queen of Someday is loosely based on the story of the famous Catherine the Great. This book shows her growing up and how she came to be the famous (and cold) monarch she is remembered as now. It was interesting seeing her character change and develop throughout the book. What I really liked is how well I could connect with Sophie. The secondary characters were just as descriptive and great (as in well-written, not all are great people). I wish we had more time with them though...

There's some of this:

And so many:

The romance was so sweet! There are three love interests, so it gets a bit messy. It's not a love square or a love quadrilateral, as I like to call it. It wasn't insta-love, each relationship developed (to different extents). There are cutesy scenes, awwww-inducing lines, and heartache.

Queen of Someday truly captured life at court. From the costumes to the customs, etiquette to the backstabbing, partying, drinking, romance, blackmail, opulence, this book had it all. The pacing was fantastic. For 262 pages, this book went far! The writing is lyrical and pretty. The twists and turns forced me to keep reading.

I'd highly recommend this book! It's a great historical fiction read filled with sweet romance, sophisticated writing, and courtly-intrigue.
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January 2, 2015
For me, the book started out well, the writing was really lovely and the beginning when bandits attacked the carriage was exciting... I loved how she took them on with just a knife. I did have my suspicions as to how the gowns were destroyed *looks to Sophia's mom*

I started getting red flags after Peter's birthday ball, and I know the blurb on the back does indicate a love triangle. If it's well done, it doesn't bother me but this one...

really got on my nerves...

I didn't see what Sophia 'saw' in Alexander... it seemed to happen to quickly. When they were sneaking kisses and proclaiming their love I was, well, bored. As for Alexander, he grew on me a tiny bit but I was mostly indifferent to him.

I wanted to 'feel' their connection but... I felt like I was at a distance with them (if that makes sense).

Sergei was the only one I did like... Peter was, a little shit sometimes.

It did get more exciting later on but it couldn't save the experience. It was a nice concept but it didn't work for me. It's not a horrible book and I did enjoy the setting and some bits of it but:

If you decide to read this, I wish you Happy reading *hugs*
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December 5, 2014
I'm a bit of a history buff, so this was a pretty great book for me. I don't know that much about Russian history, though but even so I did like reading Queen of Someday. It was a fast read full of intrigue and romance. Also, the writing was excellent!

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!
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June 3, 2014
I wrote this book, so of course I love it! I hope you will too!
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333 reviews146 followers
October 16, 2014
Questo libro racconta la vita della futura Caterina la Grande in chiave Young Adult, e pertanto ho gradito l'avviso dell'autrice sul fatto che la fedeltà storica fosse zero assoluto: Alla corte dei Borgia si è preso l'insufficenza perchè la Kalogridis ha detto che tutte le sue idiozie erano vere. Sfortunatamente questo libro più che ricordare Reign (geniale nella sua insensatezza) ricorda The Borgias (la noia, che seguivo per i costumi).

Queen of Someday comincia alla grande: solo nel prologo c'è lui che le scioglie i capelli mentre si baciano, cosa che qualunque donna con i capelli lunghi sa benissimo essere molto poco romantica e con alte possibilità di fare malissimo. Figuriamoci poi a metà del 1700, quando la moda femminile non era certo all'insegna della praticità.
Il primo capitolo è così pieno di dialoghi insensati, di avvenimenti ridicoli, che praticamente meriterebbe di essere citato nella sua interezza: facciamo la conoscenza di Sophie, quindicenne prussiana molto vicina all'essere data in sposa a Peter, erede al trono di Russia.
Sophie non mi ha colpita molto: è una a cui le differenza di classe non importano e che trova il lusso sfrenato irritante però la slitta chiusa, trainata da cavalli e con tende di broccato le sembra piccola e scomoda.
Sophie ce l'ha con la madre perchè per risollevare le finanze di famiglia è pronta a combinarle un matrimonio con chiunque sia più ricco di lei - chiaramente un destino che solo lei è costretta a subire. Non mi pare che la Madre sia peggio di altre, ma in ogni caso penso che il trattamento del silenzio ai genitori come vendetta sia piuttosto patetico.
E poi, in ogni caso, le farebbero sposare il futuro imperatore di Russia mica il Lord Cippalippa.
Ma passiamo oltre: vengono attaccate dai briganti, e qui Sophie deve dimostrare di essere un'action girl. Tira fuori dallo stivale un pugnale, uccide il primo brigante, lotta con il secondo, riesce a seminarlo correndo.
Indossando un abito del '700, col corsetto e in mezzo alla neve perchè siamo nel mezzo dell'inverno russo. Il tipo però non la segue e lei deve tornare indietro per proteggere la madre, si impantana e ha un'altra geniale idea. Spogliarsi. Al di là della totale stupidità della cosa sottolineo che siamo nel mezzo dell'inverno russo quindi Sophie dovrebbe essere morta, non essere beccata svestita dal capo delle guardie e far fuori l'ultimo brigante lanciando un pugnale.
A questo punto stavo per alzarmi in piedi ed applaudire, ma questa Sophie capace di prove fisiche impossibili per abbigliamento e location sparirà per non tornare mai più nel momento in cui arriverà a corte.
In effetti si può dire che una volta arrivata a corte le cose smetteranno di succedere: tanto per cominciare è vuota, a parte le scene di ballo ci sono sempre i soliti personaggi. Sophie, la Madre, l'Imperatrice, Peter, Sergei, Ekaterina, Elisavetta, Alexander. A volte viene nominato qualche diplomatico.
La trama dovrebbe essere un'appassionante storia d'amore: anche se sappiamo come andrà a finire non sappiamo come ci arriveremo, abbiamo la protagonista di fronte ad un ragazzo che deve conquistare e persone che non può avere, con la consapevolezza che Peter può scegliere un'altra donna. Ci sono alcuni che non vogliono un'imperatrice prussiana; la narrazione può giocare coi sentimenti, con la situazione politica, con gli intrighi di corte, con i tradimenti.
Oppure può non farlo.

Sophie è la candidata preferita dell'Imperatrice. Le prime "avversarie" che vediamo sono due sorelle descritte come la sorella buona e la sorella stronza, che diventano sue dame da compagnia e sono troppo poco nobili per essere concorrenza seria. Peter è affascinato dalla protagonista ma è il tipo a cui piace la sfida e che perde interesse nelle cose che ha, quindi Sophie deve destreggiarsi nell'antica arte del negarsi-ma-non-troppo. Tipo che quando Peter la invita a colazione risponde "Dopo, ora ho altri programmi" e lui la vuole come nessuno mai.
Quando arriva Charlotte, bellissima principessa sassone, le cose si fanno ancora più ridicole: la nostra non fa in tempo ad ideare un piano che qualcuno la avvelena. Mentre è a letto malata non può vedere Peter quando lui desidera... cosa che porta Peter a volerla di più. Intanto Charlotte viene rispedita a casa dall'Imperatrice, nel caso qualcuno si fosse dimenticato che il voto definitivo ce l'ha lei.
Io sono sempre confusa da storie dove l'autore prende la via più semplice per arrivare alla fine: come lettrice mi piace essere sorpresa dalle svolte narrative, mi piace non sapere come andrà avanti la storia e non riuscire a vedere la soluzione.
Ritrovarmi a pensare ai dodici modi in cui la storia sarebbe stata più interessante non mi soddisfa.

L'avvelenatore di Sophie viene trovato a tempo record, imprigionato, seviziato da Peter, curato da Sophie e tenuto alla corte perchè... boh, non lo so. Se non lo fai giustiziare all'istante, almeno spediscilo lontano.
Di base non c'è nessun ostacolo sulla strada della protagonista: tutto quello che vuole, tutto quello che le serve, le viene servito su un piatto d'argento. Questo non è un bene per il semplice motivo che il finale è noto, e arrivarci senza intoppo alcuno è noioso.
Per fortuna se n'è accorta anche la Ficklin ed ecco il triangolo: nonostante Peter sembri una persona normale, sia pure viziata, siamo informati che si tratta di un simpatico individuo alla Joffrey Baratheon. Per buttare dramma addosso a Sophie che non solo deve sposare Qualcuno Che Non Ama, ma pure un violento (quando riesci a rendere la realtà una svolta narrativa scontata hai raggiunto un nuovo livello di fail).
E a lei piace Alexander, un tipo che ha incontrato due volte e che parla per citazioni. Il loro romance è l'ulteriore prova che per rendere credibili le cose improbabili devi essere bravo: non ho mai dubitato che Romeo e Giulietta si amassero, ma questi due... sì, ne ho dubitato molto.
Provano a scappare insieme, però vengono sgamati dall'Imperatrice che invece di fare la cosa più sensata (rispedire Sophie in Prussia a calci nel deretano) ha questa malvagissima reazione: confermare il fidanzamento tra Sophie e Peter (rendendola di fatto la futura Imperatrice) e far sposare Alexander con La Sorella Buona (gentile, bella e di buona famiglia), limitandosi a minacciare ritorsioni in caso di condotta sconveniente della ragazza.

Questo è il punto in cui Sophie scopre che il mondo è ingiusto, che nella vuota corte imperiale nessuno è ciò che sembra (?) e che tutti mentono e manipolano per il proprio tornaconto (??), e io pensavo che questa cretina non solo camperebbe pochissimo in vere corti machiavelliche, ma anche contro Blair Waldorf.

È così stupida. Non si rende minimamente conto dei privilegi che ha: a seguito di uno sproloquio su come non abbia scelta o controllo nella propria vita, questa è la conclusione:
I will please the empress and learn to bend Peter to my will. I will wear the crown of Russia, secure my father's lands, and my brother's title. These things, at least, are within my power.
Dici nulla. Anche a me piacerebbe avere come unica scelta diventare l'Imperatrice della fottuta Russia. Obbiettivo che per lei, in ogni caso, è solo conseguenza di non aver sposato Alexander perchè sia mai che una donna abbia ambizioni o progetti o desideri che non siano legati a doppio filo all'aMMore, o un piano b se non lo trova.
Ad ogni modo prima di portare a termine i suoi piani Sophie deve fare i conti con la perversione di Peter: innamoratosi fuori scena della Sorella Stronza, il futuro imperatore decide di liberarsi della moglie. Non facendola ammazzare, ma in questo modo: non consumare le nozze, dire a tutti che le hanno consumate, aspettare qualche anno, dichiarare Sophie sterile e ripudiarla.
Invece di scoppiargli a ridere in faccia per poi chiedere testimoni della consumazione fino a concepimento dell'erede (o l'annullamento), lei rimane sconvolta e terrificata dalla genialità del piano.
In una folle gara a chi tira fuori l'idea più idiota Sophie decide che l'unica soluzione possibile è farsi mettere incinta da un'altro (Sergei), e convincere Peter che hanno concluso - scommettendo, peraltro, sul 'one shot one kill' di Sergei.

Ma adesso basta raccontare la stupida trama, e passiamo alle perle nella scrittura. Sono così pregiate che sospetto che la Ficklin l'abbia fatto apposta: tanto per cominciare regina e re sono considerati sinonimi di imperatore e imperatrice, sono molte le volte in cui Sophie viene indicata come futura "Queen of Russia". E nonostante ci sia un personaggio che si chiama Ekaterina, quando Sophie deve scegliere il nuovo nome sceglie Catherine. Non è nemmeno costante sulla lingua in cui sono adattati i nomi... ma questa è solo la punta dell'iceberg (o la ciliegina sulla torta).

Parlando ad un'amica incinta:Do you know yet, is it a boy or a girl?"[...]"Oh, it's too soon to know for sure."
Troppo presto di qualche secolo.

I feel myself blush, and I don't try to conceal it.
Il solo modo per nascondere il rossore è indossare il trucco da geisha o girarsi. Considerando che tre righe sopra viene detto che lui le tiene il mento, come pensava di fare?

"How are you settling into court? It must be very different than where you're from." I'm not sure whether I should be offended by the remark.
Perchè dovrebbe essere offesa? Non ha detto che è meglio di casa sua, ma che è diverso, e il tono non lascia intendere insulti.

Every room we pass is rich with color and finery.
Notare la finezza della scrittura, e la bellezza delle descrizioni.

Golden yellow hair.

Perhaps the rolling hills of Anhault-Zerbst are not as grand as the palaces of Berlin, where she grew up.

In tutta onestà non lo consiglio: al massimo scaricate il primo capitolo, l'unico che merita davvero di essere letto. Oppure, se volete un libro di neanche trecento pagine che sembra ne abbia mille, è perfetto per voi.
Però sono curiosa: questo libro significa che gli Young Adult si stanno spostando sulle biografie, dopo aver esaurito il filone distopico?
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1,154 reviews437 followers
June 25, 2017
Even though this series has been published for a while, when I first heard about it, I was completing an Imperial Russia module at uni, and wanted to read anything I could about Imperial Russia. Catherine the Great, though not a monarch I studied during my degree, has always intrigued me, because of how badass she was, in a world run by men. To have an origin story for Catherine was like a dream come true.

In Queen of Someday, our MC, Sophie (great name ;)), is preparing herself to be married to the Tsarevich of All Russia, Peter. She will face the Imperial Court, and all the political intrigue and danger that goes hand in hand with that lifestyle, all the while, being a naive 15 year old girl. As she realises that her husband's Aunt, Elizabeth, rules the court, and Sophie will find herself being broken and moulded into something she isn't, she starts to fight back. We soon see Sophie become the magnificent Catherine the Great, and stand up for herself.

Now, I'm writing this review over 9 months after I read the book, so some details are a bit hazy. I remember thinking that the book was good, but was lacking something. I don't know what, but I just kept wishing for more. I have the sequels, but haven't yet read them, because I wasn't sure if the series was worth continuing? Any ideas, I'd appreciate them.

I do remember that I enjoyed Sophie. She was naive to start with, but definitely had the building blocks to become Catherine within her. I may finish the series just to see how Sophie becomes Catherine, because I still love the idea of Catherine the Great running the empire over her weak husband.

Let me know if you think this series is something I should persevere with.
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566 reviews45 followers
December 20, 2022
I absolutely loved this book. I have a thing for history, especially great kings and queens, and this retelling of Catherine The Great was just what I needed after Omega. It was at times a bit cliché, but the book gripped me from start to finish. I loved Sophie's strong personality, her quick wit and her ability to rise above even when things were going to hell. She kept her head, had clever solutions for her dilemmas and was a true queen from the start. I felt super sorry for her for what she had to go through in this book and what she most certainly will have to go through in the next installments, but man this girl is strong! No wonder she was one of the great Empresses of the Russian Empire!

The fact that, at the end of every chapter, there would be a link to a bonus content video, with bits of info about the real Catherine, and how the author though to interwoven the facts with her fiction in this book, was just genious! It made the reading experience even better, even though it slowed my reading a bit, because I wanted to move on and see what happened in the next chapter, especially if the previous one ended in a cliffhanger, but I also wanted to watch the bonus content from that chapter, because the information there would add to the experience as well.

The art for the book was also so gorgeous! From cover to the graphic details at the beginning of every chapter. It was a pleasure to plow through the pages of this bb! Amazing read and I can't wait to get my hands on the next book of the trilogy!
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Author 16 books318 followers
September 28, 2014
Okay I have to share this awesome news! For anyone who loves Reign on CW, this book will rock your socks!

QUEEN OF SOMEDAY by Sherry D. Ficklin!


Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin won't be your average young adult book. No, this book will have something extra special within it. Queen of Someday will be enhanced with embedded videos throughout the story. These videos will give you behind the scenes looks into the life of Catherine the Great, as well as author commentary. Enhance your reading experience with this new enhanced young adult book! Enhanced e-books are fairly new, and Clean Teen Publishing is excited to be able to offer one to you! Queen of Someday is scheduled to release on October 7, 2014. Watch the video below to hear more about this exciting announcement from Author Sherry D. Ficklin. Make sure to hop over to her website before you leave to enter her giveaway and definitely don't forget to pre-order your copy today and save $2. The price of Queen of Someday will increase on the day after release! 


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Release Day: October 7, 2014

Published by: Clean Teen Publishing

Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Series: A Stolen Empire Series

Before she can become the greatest empress in history, fifteen-year-old Sophia 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?



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179 reviews184 followers
December 30, 2015
Oh god, this book.. where to begin?

The thing that got me to read this book was the cover. Just look at it! I know I shouldn't judge a book by its cover but, I couldn't resist reading it at the end and it was totally worth my time.

The main character, Princess Sophia of Prussia, is fifteen years old and has two options to save her family's reputation: marry Prince Peter, a handsome guy of 16, or her uncle of 40. The difficult path will be to convince Peter and the rest of the Russian Court, and if she doesn't make it, her uncle awaits.
It may sound easy, except Peter is very possessive, disturbing and abusive. If that wasn't hard enough, two more attractive Russian guys enter the picture. Now it turns into a love square. There's Peter, Alexander and Sergei. I, personally, saw Sergei more of a brother to her and I loved Alexander ♡.

''When waging a war of the heart, you must only fight if you are absolutely sure you can win.''

Now, if you already know the history of Russia and something of Catherine the Great then you will know slightly more than the ones who don't. If you don't know, no worries, it won't be necessary :).

Sophie is not written as a ruthless killer nor as a delicate flower who can get manipulated by men. I liked her a lot, she's very young and so smart. She's a little badass. And we can totally see her development.

''If you think [his rudeness] in any way damaged my heart, then you are mistaken. I am made from much sterner stuff than that. I'm not the sort of girl to flitter at the attention of a man, nor to weep at the callousness of one.''

What I disliked was the end. The damn end. I was soooo mad, I don't think many twists were such a good idea. When you think the worst thing just happened, boom, another twist. Prepare yourselves to suffer.

If you watch Reign, you will love this book. The writing is beautiful, and easy to understand.

Big thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.
All quotes or excerpts used could change in the final publication.

This book comes out in October 7th, 2014!
Make sure to go out and buy it, you won't regret it :)
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71 reviews2 followers
July 6, 2015
Currently free on Amazon

This book is so bad it makes a rotten egg looks eatable. My feelings for this book is a four letter word, do not let the sample on kindle deceive you. It did that to me and i will not let it do it again.
Look at me expecting another type of selection. it has everything i wanted-A prince, a princess, Marriage proposal, guard, castle. But unfortenelately all the characters here are crazy and insane in their own way.

So i will just give the world shortest summary of this book.
Princess Sophie, the princess of Prussia does not want to married off to her old uncle---Excuse me but ewww disgust much.
So instead she took her selfish and greedy mother advice to marry the prince of Russia except many bastards do not want an alliance between Prussia and Russia but the empress love prussia and would love to see an alliance.

When we reach court everything change and i mean EVERYTHING okay even before court stupid main-character was starting to lust after a guard because he was "Kind" to her, you see the air quote.
Yes then when she reached court, she started fantasisig about the prince and their wedding blaming it on "Shes doing this for her family" i hated it. Just say it, you wants the crown. Okay she said it and also said love is practical all some bullshit.
Prince was chill and cool if not stupid but when we reached the middle, something began to stink in my room and it was this book. It became rotten, every body was cruel she was having some affair a "Helen and paris" love with another guy---which was annoying by the way. Then she was having some feeling for the guard remember that guard i first mentioned, yeah him. There were a lot of backstabbers, but i wouldnt call them that since the main character is also one.
Then our calm empress i started to love went beserk and cruel when she discovered, did i say most of the characters were crazy and cruel only thinking of whats under each person clothes.

If you read this book, i would understand. Its so bad its funny. Very ridculus and probably why i will be reading the next--God save me.
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4,723 reviews1,278 followers
October 10, 2014
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Clean Teen Publishing and NetGalley.)
Sophia is going to Russia with her mother as a potential bride for the Empress’s son Peter, although she is bound to have competition.
Can Sophia win Peter? And does she really want to?

Let me just start by telling you that I know very little history, and therefore have no idea how factually correct this book is. That being said, this was an enjoyable story, and I loved Sophia’s little deception at the end!

Sophia was a real kick-ass girl in disguise. While her mother tried to fob her off, and get her married for status, Sophia spent her time more productively on knowledge and physical skills, to the extent that she was able to cleverly plan her moves, and defend herself when necessary; skills that served her well!

The storyline in this was pretty good. It did have a bit of a feel of ‘The Selection’ to it, with several girls all competing for one prince, and there was a little bit of politics in there, but thankfully not enough that I was bored (I don’t like politics). I loved the way that Sophia was able to manipulate a situation to her advantage though, even if some of her decisions were not good ideas at all.
There was some romance, although it developed into a love square? Let’s just say that there were a lot of different potential couples in this book, and it was a little complicated at times!

The ending was really good. Sophia’s deception at the end was just brilliant, and I really want to read the next book in the series to find out what happens now!
Overall; clever little historical romance,
7 out of 10.
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432 reviews154 followers
July 13, 2014
I received this book from Netgalley and Clean Teen Publishing to review.

Queen of Someday is an enchanting story that is elegantly written to make your heart ache and swoon. I fell in love with Princess Sophie almost immediately. The book starts off very strong and holds your attention the whole way through. This is a story filled with secrets, betrayal and the feuding between the head and heart

There were many lines of this book that I highlighted on my kindle. The writing is marvelous and really conveys the emotions that Sophie feels without spelling it out for you. I loved all of the references to different poems, I found that aspect of this story rather romantic.

Princess Sophie goes through quite the dramatic change, we watch her grow into a very different woman as the story progresses. I think that the character development was done very well, as living at court can change a woman drastically.

I feel as if many will say that romance was a little rushed and that Sophie fell too hard and too fast. But I believe that is how love happens, especially young love and especially when you find your true love. We can not forget that Sophie is only 15 years old at the start of this story. I would not say that this book contains the dreaded insta-love that we have all grown to hate.

I was initially drawn to this story because of the beautiful cover, but the words contained once you open it are twice as beautiful. I would suggest this book to nearly anyone. It is a compelling, quick read. I am very much looking forward to a sequel.
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Author 28 books1,014 followers
July 21, 2014
One of the best books I've read. I absolutely LOVED it!!!! Queen of Someday is a brilliantly told story filled with romance, action, and intrigue. I absolutely adore the main character, Princess Sophie, who is fiercely intelligent and witty (think Katniss or Tris, only in a ball gown). When Sophie faces the brutal Russian Court, she quickly discovers that danger lurks at every corner and no one can be trusted. Sherry D. Ficklin has outdone herself in this heart-pounding story that will leave you breathless and clamoring for more.
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1,076 reviews631 followers
July 23, 2019

Yup, this book might be about Catherine the Great of Russia. And yes, many of the people and the things that happen are historical as well. But that's just about it. The author takes great liberty with history, but, to her credit, she fully owns this fact. She intended it, even. So, as long as you keep that in mind, this is actually quite enjoyable.

"Of the entire universe, I only wanted you."


Alternative history: Sometimes it is just nice to read alternative history, especially when the author is very open and not apologetic of the fact.

Catherine: Catherine is a very likable character; she is fierce, intelligent and witty. And more than able to take care of herself, which is something I greatly appreciate.


Pace: This is a very short book, so of course the plot unravels very quickly. But it was just too quick, too many things happened (or not enough, I am actually very unsure of this) and the entire book felt a little shallow.

Catherine and Alexander: Perhaps because of the fast unraveling of the plot of this book, Catherine and Alexander's romane went from 0 to 100 in absolutely no time. To me, it lacked depth and sincerity.

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566 reviews30 followers
July 24, 2014
Well Sherry Ficklin has really done it this time. I was lucky enough to get my hands on an ARC and just couldn't put it down.

Loosely based on the history of Catherine the Great this YA historical novel hooks you from the first page.

Fans of the tv show Reign will devour this series and with good reason. The characters are vibrant and demand you give them attention, the setting is royal and the history is ......... Well there's some history in there ..... But if I wanted accurate I would read a history book. Think more along the lines of the Tudors than a documentary and you won't be disappointed.

An easy 5 out of 5 stars from me!! Bring on book 2!!! V""V
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Author 6 books1,823 followers
May 29, 2017
I forget who recommended this book to me but whomever it was, I totally owe you! This historical romance brings Russia to life. Filled with drama, romance, intrigue and royalty, I loved this book! Fans of Reign will love this one! Highly recommend!

My Rating: 5 Rating
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373 reviews445 followers
February 7, 2015

I understand that this is historical fiction and the events in the book sort of reflect the actual history of the era. I get that. But these characters were hot then cold. Malicious then sweet. I trust you. I hate you.


Sohpie starts off as a strong character. She knows her role. She knows where she stands. Sophie is a political pawn and nothing more. Let's not kid ourselves. Love in her life was never a real thing. And I can understand that as soon as she meets a nice guy, it would be easy to fall in love with him. But don't lose sight of what you are there for. You were brought in to marry a prince. Not to go all ga-ga over a friend of his.

She immediately loses all credibility to me when she is going to throw everything away. Love is all encompassing and important but your family is much more valuable to you than a guy you literally just met.

This is effing Russia we are talking about. They would not only kill you and your lover but also your families.

Sophie screwed herself over in all of this. You can't do anything about falling in love with someone but if you are already set to get married to someone else in order to secure not only your future but the future of your father and little brother, get over it.

I'm a romantic at heart but I'm also a realist. I get that she is 16 and everything feels like the end of the world when you can't be with the person that you love. Been there, done that. But you knew that you weren't going to be able to be with anybody but Peter. That's like sitting there in front of the bakery display and licking the glass, knowing you can't have the cake.

Sophie allows herself to get waylaid by love and turns from a solid character into one that wallows in self pity. Not someone I can get behind.

I adore stories about Catherine the Great but this one just missed the mark for me.
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1,323 reviews802 followers
July 16, 2015
5 Words: Duty, love, passion, deceit, royalty.

This book was a bit hit and miss. Some bits I loved, some bits I hated. But by the time I got to the end I'd pretty much decided that it was a hit and I'll definitely read on.

First off we've got Sophia. This was a character I'd judged just from the name. I couldn't help it. One of my sister's is called Sophia and it's an unusual name. She a bit kick ass rebel, a bit dutiful daughter, and I loved how her character changed as the story progressed. I loved what she became at the end.

Sophia's mother is a bit of a bitch. She's more than a little obsessed with power and wealth, and a bit of a backstabber.

I loved the queen. She was calculating and powerful and she was in control. She was a fantastic character.

What I didn't like was the insta-love. It didn't fit with how perfectly paced the rest of the story was.

This story has drama and intrigue set against the lavish Russian court. It's a great setting, with so many ways for trouble to arise. The setting was used to great effect in the story.

I will definitely be reading more of this series!

I received a copy of this for free via NetGalley for review purposes.
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407 reviews24 followers
February 6, 2017
The book was enjoyable, yet not. It was predictable, yet not. It had its moments, but only a few. And then it was compelling, then not.

Spoilers below:

Sophie or who I should call becomes instantly interested in everyone, but not to the man, whom will become king of Russia and whom she is to wed.

Complete instalove to the point that I believed , but it didn't happen.

Then of course, if one handsome Russian is out of the picture, and the mad prince is unwanted, there's always another handsome Russian that just happened to love you. And of course, you simply .

I don't know the history of Russia, but I shall continue the series just to find out how history played itself out.
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October 9, 2014
My love affair for historical fiction began at a very young age. Enthralled by the tale of Marie Antoinette, I set out to fulfill an aching desire to know more. There is only so much solace that can be found in history for there are also so many unknowns. I like to see fiction as the concrete that binds the bricks together; the foundations together are afflicted by spaces of the unknown and only truly take form once bounded together by the cement. You see, I’ve since expanded my thirst for knowledge, the period bound by the borders of ancient and modern history attracting my attention the most. Thus when this glorious story appeared on my radar, the name “Catherine the Great” happily ignited curiosity within me.

Now, historical fiction is hard to get right, despite whatever nonsense people may say. In essence, the foundations are found in history, however, one must always take care in order to evoke a story that is original, yet plausible and concurrent with the truth (keeping in mind that the truth is subjective). You’re probably wondering, “But what you’re saying conflicts with one another”, and to which I say “Exactly! Thus the complexity.” But it is not impossible and when achieved, it is a sight to behold.

Queen of Someday depicts the tale of a sweet, young Princess Sophia of Prussia and her tale of evolvement amongst the facades that shawl Russian Court. From birth, Sophia is destined to be a wife—should it be to a man of 40, or a prince of 16. It was the predetermined role bequeathed upon women. Chosen for a chance to woo Russian Court—the Empress and the heir to the throne—Sophia must learn to manipulate the metaphoric game, and secure an alliance through a marriage to the heir of Russia, Peter.

Whilst on the veneer this is a story of the heart, the overarching story depicts the progressive growth of Sophia into her persona Catherine. Upon entering court, she is distinctly foreign, segregated by a barrier of language and burdened with the responsibility of not only her family’s sake, but that of the alliance between Russia and Prussia.

”Don’t let them make you something that you’re not”

Despite grappling with retaining her own sense of self, Sophia is burdened by the constraints of time, and the weight of her duty.

What I believe Ficklin addresses to perfection is the role of a woman in such an age:

”We are little more than property, bargaining chips, or chains that hold alliances together. That is the price we pay for comfort, riches, and title”

Sure, this is sick and terribly unethical, but unfortunately it was also very much true.

”…his property and possession. There is nothing else for me in this life”

And yet what I admire about Sophia is her utter determination, and endearing strength. She vies to turn the tables, to become the manipulator as opposed to the “manipulatee”; it is this that segregates her from her peers.

Women in such a period did not have the semblance of power that we have nowadays. The son of the family was idolized, and the daughter was simply expected to earn her worth—marry respectably, and hopefully above her station.

”My duty is to my family”

This is a hard fact that Sophia must contend with. She is split between an ignition of passion, and the possibility of freedom, and the duty of marrying well, a duty ingrained from birth.

Firstly I must address one issue: this is only based loosely on the history of Catherine the Great, in the sense that the book is free from the constraints of specific dates and times. This addressed in the author’s note, which cleared up much of the confusion that I had. If you are expecting to be able to gauge a specific time and period, then you will be disappointed. Time is poorly established, and it will be hard to conjure an exact image of the court and it’s current trends and customs. This has at times caused the events of the book to unfold in a bustled manner. There is little scope for careful detail, and that does make it hard to erect empathy in the audience.

There is instant love. You are forewarned. In fact, we progress one step further from the “mainstream” triangle of love and evolve into the “square of affection”. The thing is, I have no qualms about multiple love interest, purely because I am taking into account the genre. Historically speaking, having multiple lovers, or sharing a multitude of affections, was not an uncommon concept—especially within the ranks of the royal. What is interesting is the nature of the three male characters that are elected as “love interest”; each are distinctly different. Sergei remains an enigma, yet is undoubtedly loyal; Alexander is progressively “Romantic” and a man ruled by passion; Peter is afflicted by the spoils of power and absence of care. As many young girls were, Sophia’s innocence and lack of exposure to court has left her heart vulnerable and tumultuous in the wake of the surge of attention.

I like to think that I am an easy reader to please. I read a miscellany of genres, each of which vary in characterization, writing style, and nature of character. The only difference that separates what I find delightful from what I find distasteful is simple: the flow of the written word. Despite the absence of time, Queen of Someday is written with a soft fluidity, one that is bar of disjointed phrases and tangential lines. However, when writing historical fiction, there needs to be care taken to ensure that the showing overrides the telling—an issue that I am hopeful that will be taken care of in the next of the series. It was often quite hard to conjure the image of Russian Court (especially as this is my first encounter with it, being much more accustomed to reading of English and French Court), therefore I would have preferred a little more description (simple things really) of life at court (unless it mirrored that of England’s, but honestly I am by no means a historian, and at current time, google has been unable to answer my curiosity).

I did not expect to finish this in one sitting, so perhaps you can gauge what you will from that. It’s a sweet treat to read of a woman in history who took what was expected of her and turned it into what she expected of others.

Many thanks to the publisher for providing an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. All quotes were obtained from an uncorrected proof that is subject to change in the final publication.
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631 reviews264 followers
October 20, 2014
There was one reason and one reason only I picked up this book: Nobles. Empress. Princess. Political intrigue. I will read anything where high nobility come into play and where alliances and betrayals are made in secret--and that's exactly what Queen of Someday gave me.

There's something oddly fascinating with these kind of books. I went from loving it, to hating it, to loving it again. And then realizing one of the best things about this book was also one of the worst things.

So we'll start with the that. The romance. Sophie is to be engaged to Peter--or at least, that's the plan. Her mother's a scheming princess who only really cares about status and riches, and will do anything to see her daughter on the throne. The daughter who jeopardizes that by falling in love with Peter's friend at first sight. And having, possibly, another guy on the side. All these boys! All this insta love! All this talk of marriages and running away! I loathed the book at this point. What I'd thought to be a historical fiction filled with conspiracies had been ruined by the wishes of a starry eyed heroine.
Until I passed that part of the book and realize that it was one of the amazing parts of it. Because if anything, the history of European nobles has been fraught with illicit affairs, romances, and the sudden irresistible pull of someone they weren't supposed to have. Which pretty much summed this part of the book up.
I'm not sure if you can really call this the romance. If anything, the romance seemed more of a plot device than it's own element--and somehow that completely and utterly worked for me. (Also? Team Sergei.)

Sophie. Sophie was an amazing character. In the beginning she's a bit innocent (though deadly with a knife and bow.), but she grows accustomed to the Russian court, where she has to fight for her position and fight for someone she doesn't like, much less love. She has to survive in a court of cutthroat nobles where there are few she can actually trust. Sophie turns more manipulative as she stays in the Russian court and it was interesting to see how she grew. Ficklin does a fantastic job with Sophie's character, making her a consistent character, despite her growth. And how heartbreaking it was, seeing Sophie turn into someone who was willing to do anything to maintain her position--turn into a true Russian princess, you could say.

And ah, the history. I knew absolutely nothing about Empress Catherine of Russia, but after reading this, I went to my old friend Wikipedia. And it seems like Ficklin was very on point with characters, names, relations, and pretty much everything else. To which  I reply, GO YOU! Meaning that the history is authentic while maintaining an intriguing pace and a surprising plot that had me at the edge of my seat (or rolling off the bed, as it were. This happened.) And the end! What an ending.

I absolutely recommend Queen of Someday, especially to fans of The Ring and the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz. With a similar atmosphere and just as much intrigue, Queen of Someday has leaped to the top of my favorites list. You have to love royals--their lives so full of rich happenings that seriously make for a fascinating YA book!


7 Stars
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July 10, 2016
Check out my review of Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin at Books Equal Awesomeness!

*Received a free copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Let me start off by saying that I do not typically read historical romance novels. So I may have been a bit judgemental based on my preferences. However, this book did not seems like a historical romance because other than the dialogue, everything seemed pretty modern.

For me, this book went through several phases. The first phase was the boring phase.

It was annoying how the main character, Sophie, was trying so hard to impress the empress and she just wanted to get to Peter because of selfish reasons, not because she loved him. Another problem I had with the first phase of the book and the main character: she had 3 different guys she was crushing on when she first met them! 3! What the hell. Is this a freaking love square?! And also: insta-love. Do I really need to say anything else?

The second phase was even worse than the first phase for me. Ok so the main character plays hard to get to attract Peter's attention. Yadda yadda yadda. Wait. Let's read that again: "the main character plays hard to get to attract Peter's attention." What does that say about Peter?

He wants what he can't get. If anyone with common sense knew that, they would get the hell away from him and avoid marrying him, right? But the main character apparently doesn't have common sense, so I'm pretty sure we can all guess what she did. And since we know this much about Peter's character so far, what else does he probably do? Well if he wants what he can't get, then he'll probably not want his wife after marriage because she is something has he "has" and he only wants things that are unattainable to him. Like other women.

The third phase was the interesting phase. Things picked up a bit during this part and I went through this part quickly. I think this was like the only part that I actually truly enjoy in this book. But of course the thing that I did like, had to be over…at some point.

The fourth phase was basically the phase where the main character is full of sad emotions and is just trying to get past life with all her grief. I mean, seriously, just stop. Stop. Yes, I did feel bad for the main character but I personally think that instead of just moping around, she should go and…I don't know…? Do something about what was happen? Stop her marriage with Peter if she doesn't want to marry him? I mean, in the beginning she was brave and courageous, and then during the fourth phase she's all weak and mopy. Snap out of it and go and save yourself somehow! I really expected do that, but I was unfortunately disappointed.

The last phase was the surprising phase. And by surprising I don't mean it in a good way. I totally expected what was going to happen after she and Peter got married, but I didn't really expect what happen after that, I mean, like where on earth did that come from?!

This book was not what I expected it to be. And I think I would have liked this book a lot more if the beginning and ending of the book wasn't there.
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