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Queen of Someday (Stolen Empire) Paperback – October 7, 2014
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Gr 9 Up—Upon her arrival at the Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg, Princess Sophie of Anhalt-Zerbst immediately begins her quest for the hand of Grand Duke Peter, heir to the Russian throne. Marrying the prince will secure her family's lands and titles and save her from an unwanted marriage to her uncle. Surrounded on all sides with potential enemies, lovers, and political allies, Sophie struggles to reconcile her duties with her desires. This historical fiction tale provides a compelling, if fanciful look at the early years of Catherine the Great. A brief author's note outlines the liberties taken with the story. An entertaining, racy read that will spark an interest in the history of Catherine the Great, about whom not much has been written for this age group previously.—Sara Saxton, Wasilla Public Library, AK
Author Lila Felix rated it 5 out of 5 stars
Serena Chase, Special for USA TODAY
In this tension-filled series starter, the author draws the idea of a love triangle much wider, turning Sophia's desperation and sense of duty into an ambition to survive and thrive in Russia -- on her terms and no one else's.
If you like books with royal court drama, backstabbing politics, romance, and sexual tension, this novel will transport you into history -- or at least Ficklin's rather compelling version of it *winks* -- and leave you eagerly awaiting the sequel.
"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."
~Jennifer Davis, author of The Key(Sherry Ficklin Jennifer Davis, author of The Key)
"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!!"
~NerdGirl Blog(Sherry Ficklin NerdGirl Blog)
"Love, betrayal, adventure and hard decisions that have no "right answer"... Russian Court is an exercise in "survival of the fittest" and Queen of Someday is a beautiful start to the journey of an innocent young girl growing into one of the greatest leaders of all time."
~June Stevens, Author of Just As You Are(Sherry Ficklin June Stevens, Author of Just As You Are)
Gr 9 Up--Upon her arrival at the Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg, Princess Sophie of Anhalt-Zerbst immediately begins her quest for the hand of Grand Duke Peter, heir to the Russian throne. Marrying the prince will secure her family's lands and titles and save her from an unwanted marriage to her uncle. Surrounded on all sides with potential enemies, lovers, and political allies, Sophie struggles to reconcile her duties with her desires. This historical fiction tale provides a compelling, if fanciful look at the early years of Catherine the Great. A brief author's note outlines the liberties taken with the story. An entertaining, racy read that will spark an interest in the history of Catherine the Great, about whom not much has been written for this age group previously.(Sara Saxton, Wasilla Public Library, AK School Library Journal)
Why you should read it: You've gotta love an author whose note in the front matter actually invites a line of irate historians to form. HA! Author Sherry D. Ficklin makes no apologies for liberties taken with historical facts in the crafting of her story, and that up-front attitude made me like her even before I started page one. That feeling grew as the story unfolded.
Considering the sordid rumors and legends surrounding Catherine the Great (aka Sophia) and her reign, it is not surprising that our lead character would make some morally questionable choices. What is surprising, however, is how skillfully the author builds Sophia's character and environment, making the reader want to raise a fist in the air and say, "Yes!" when she makes some of those choices.
In this tension-filled series starter, the author draws the idea of a love triangle much wider, turning Sophia's desperation and sense of duty into an ambition to survive and thrive in Russia ― on her terms and no one else's. In the process, her heart is turned upside down and inside out before she is led to the one man who ― at least in my opinion ― was the obvious choice of to whom she should entrust her heart.
If you like books with royal court drama, backstabbing politics, romance, and sexual tension, this novel will transport you into history ― or at least Ficklin's rather compelling version of it *winks* ― and leave you eagerly awaiting the sequel.(USA Today)
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I have been very lucky to enjoy the books I have been reading lately, but this book is awesome. It is so well written that if I could, I would take sick days, burrow in my covers and read til I couldn't any longer. This book is that good!!! No joke. I am so sad I have other books to read and cannot stop to read the second one, but it has moved up the list of books I want to read, very fast.
It is based loosely on the formative years of Queen Elizabeth and what it takes to become a truly tyrannical queen. I can see how the princess, queen to be, could easily transform from a sweet, innocent girl to a merciless queen in Book One.
Sophie is instantly a great character because she is strong, smart and not afraid to take on the world to save those she loves. She is pushed into a life she is not sure she wants, but must go after to help her family. She is beautiful and skillful with weapons. She is also very kind so she makes friends fast, yet she also creates animosity because she is liked so fast. Kindness can be a weakness too. Sophie learns real fast to keep her secrets to herself. Unfortunately for her, she falls head over heels in love.
The prince is a man who she knew growing up as a child, so going to possibly marry him, may be easier than she thinks. He is however, a king, so he is spoiled and uses women to his liking.
Sophie has so many wonderful experiences at court from learning Russian to private "woman" lessons where she learns to use her wiles to seduce and conquer. She builds a trustworthy circle of friends, but this can become precarious as court is deadly because the queen will do anything to know everything that is happening.
I cannot believe how good this book was. I could see it happening while I read it and then continued to read the information left by Sherry Ficklin. Just way cool. So excited to read the second book in the series!!
I have three reasons why I wanted to read this book.
#1. It's a FREE read and everybody loves a free read!!
#2. The publisher is Clean Teen Publishing and I am all about these authors!!
#3. My local library had a paperback copy of this book!!
I am so glad that I finally had a chance to read this book, because it is incredible. I am completely speechless and yet blown away by this book. It's got an amazing main character, who I fell in love with from the very beginning. I loved Sophie's spirit, her spunk, and her courageousness, though, I would never in a million years put up with what this character had to go through. Plus, I must say I am partial to this time period. I love the ball gowns, the corsets, the frills and the balls with their kings, queens, princes, and princesses. I feel as if I was born for that time period.
Some of the characters are lovable, while others....not so much. I literally had my nose stuck in this book from beginning to end. It's a breathtakingly remarkable and refreshing story that will keep you guessing and yet keep you reading at the same time. I highly recommend this story to all ages to enjoy for years to come. I am super anxious to get my hands on the next story and read it, because I just gotta know more and I feel as if I can't live without it.
This author gets my five books review and a standing ovation for this addictive story and this will surely be one that I find myself going back and re-read from time to time!!