Review: Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin

Author: Sherry D. Ficklin
Series: Stone Empire #1
Genre: YA, Historical Fiction, Romance
Release Date: October 7th 2014
Book Length: 262 pages
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
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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?
~ Review ~

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.

P.s, This book may not be for everyone but for those of you who want to give it a try, the Kindle edition is free on Amazon :) .

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  1. I'm not a big historical fiction person unless it has some fantasy/paranormal element to it. But after reading your review, I'm think I might have to try to branch out a little! Awesome review Cody, and I'm loving the leaf rating system! :D

    1. I completely understand, I think fantasy has spoiled us for other books ;) it's too good!
      If you want to give it a try the Kindle edition is free on Amazon :), Thank you so much, ahh thanks I love it, it's so cute :D

  2. Love those quotes! This books seems way out of my element but I think I'll definitely try it after your review! Well done :)

    1. I know what you mean, I've been in two minds about reading it for months! There's so many mixed reviews hahah, if you want to give it a try it's free on Amazon :D Thank you :)

  3. Wow, Cody. This must be really good! I'm trying to read it now btw. :) Hope it lives to my expectations! Anyway, seeing that you've like this, you might be interested in winning Queen of Tomorrow! I'm hosting a book blitz for Queen of Always, plus a giveaway for Queen of Tomorrow! :) Wish you luck! <3

    Fiona | A Girl Between the Pages
    Latest post: Book Blitz: Queen of Always (Stolen Empire #3) by Sherry Ficklin + Queen of Tomorrow (Stolen Empire #2) GIVEAWAY!

    1. Oh yaaaayy, I hope you enjoy it!! I will definitely check out your review :D
      Oh my god, thank you so much for telling me this, I've just ordered the second book :P
      Thank you so much for the opportunity Fiona <33

    2. You already ordered it?! Oh my, was I really late to inform it to you? :( Shucks, so sorry!

      You're welcome, Cody! I hope you win. :D <3

    3. Ooops my bad, that was supposed to be 'I've just went to order the second book'.
      Sorry about that haha, so you informed me in the nick of time ;)
      I'm obsessed with the pretty covers :D Thanks again <3

  4. I read this book a while ago and I just bought the kindle version when it was free (SCORE!) and I love it every time I read it! I can't wait for the next book to come out! I really loved how Sophie was such a fighter and even when things got a little terrible with Peter, she still pulled through.

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

    1. Yaaaayy, I'm so glad! I know right it was pretty amazing, I really wasn't expecting much so it's great when a book surprises you :)
      Peter seriously scares me, I'm actually worried for the next book!

  5. Sounds really interesting, I'm glad you enjoyed it :) also, if you're interested I nominated you for the Blogger Recognition award:

    1. Thanks so much Anna!
      I love your advice to other bloggers, I'm stuck on what advice to actually give :P haha x

  6. I loooove historical fiction and I don't actually read a lot of it.... I really must read this, especially if the kindle edition is free (who doesn't love free books?)! I do have a rule at the moment that I'm not supposed to start new series, but rules are made to be broken and I have zero self control, so oh well...

    1. EXACTLY, a free book why not? and your fan of the genre... even better :P
      Oh that rule definitely won't last ;), I have zero self control with books and I hate waiting a whole years for series too, I never win haha.
      I really hope you like it!

  7. I haven't read this one yet but I want to. I haven't heard one bad thing about it! Nice review!

    1. Thanks Jazmen, definitely give it a try and let me know :) hope you enjoy it!

  8. Hmm I have mixed opinions about this book. My biggest problem is probably the cover, somehow I see it as new adult aka erotic book cover and not emperors... :( And another thing, why would you name Russian Emperor Sophie...this is so not a Russian name :/ I dunno, I see you liked it and it does sound like something I would enjoy but these two things...I'm just confused now!

    HannahCassie @

      You are SO right!!!
      Well I'm not sure if this a good or a bad thing (as I have no idea about name origins), Sophie is from Germany travelling to Russia (sorry I should have said in the review) forgive me if I've just made this 10 times worse and she's in no way german at all :P
      You could always download the free copy and just come back to it when your in a slump ;)


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