Monday, 24 November 2014

Review - Queen of Someday (Stolen Empire, #1) by Sherry D. Ficklin

Title: Queen of Someday (Stolen Empire, #1)
Author: Sherry D. Ficklin
Pages: 265
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Release date: 7th October 2014

Blurb from Goodreads: 
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?

My Review:

*I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Sherry Ficklin and NetGalley*

2.5/5 stars

Fifteen-year-old Sophie is travelling from Prussia to Russia with one goal - to marry the heir to the throne and become Queen. Sophie wants nothing more than to return home but as her mother keeps telling her, Sophie must win the heart of Peter, the heir to the throne, in order to save her family from losing their lands and title.
Can Sophie survive life at court? Will she win Peter's heart and secure the throne?

This historical novel is about the origins of Catherine the Great.
I felt sorry for Sophie and I liked how determined she was. She did, however, annoy me at times, especially when she kept saying how handsome all the Russian men were. It was sad that she didn't have a good relationship with her mother who was using Sophie for her own gain.
I quite liked the Empress even though she wasn't that nice. I hated Peter who was cruel and wished that Sophie could have ended up marrying whom she'd wanted.
I liked the historical setting but I would have liked there to be more scenes outside the palace.
The writing style and the pace were good but I did find the plot predictable and nothing that happened shocked me.

Overall this was a unique read but I found it predictable.