Queen of Someday

Queen of Someday

by Sherry D. Ficklin

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Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin

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 Sophia 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 - Sophia 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, Sophia 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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940534909
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Series: Stolen Empire
Pages: 262
Sales rank: 849,545
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Sherry is a full time writer from Colorado where she lives with her husband, four kids, two dogs, and a fluctuating number of chickens and house guests. A former military brat, she loves to travel, eat exotic food, and meet new people. 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 often only seen in blurry photographs.

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Queen of Someday 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Christina80 More than 1 year ago
I first came across this novel by reading a preview at the end of another novel. I quickly devoured the first chapter, which was the end of the preview, and was completely hooked. The first chapter was full of interesting characters, action, danger, and even a hint of romance. I couldn’t stop thinking about it, and was disappointed to find out that the book had another month before it would be published. I was fortunate enough to receive a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was well rewarded for my persistence. I easily fell in love with the characters and was eager to see how the story would unfold. Queen of Someday is the story of fifteen-year-old Sophia, whose family has been struggling financially in spite of her father being a prince. Sophia is traveling with her mother to the Russian Royal Court in the hopes that she can be reacquainted with the crown prince Peter, who she once met as a child, and the Empress in the hopes that she will be chosen to wed Peter. The Empress wishes to unite Russia and Prussia while also ensuring a royal heir is born soon. Not everyone at court approves of this possible match, which could prove dangerous for Sophia as she gains favor with the Empress and Peter. I didn’t realize at first that the inspiration for this novel was taken from history. I don’t usually read historical fiction but there was something from this story from the very beginning that drew me in and wouldn’t let me go. The chemistry and dialogue between characters was wonderfully written. Reading this novel really piqued my interest in reading more about the history of Princess Sophia. I am usually a strictly fiction reader but after reading this novel I was hungry for more insight into her life. The author does take some liberties and change some facts and dates. It is fiction after all. I found the overall heart of Princess Sophia’s history was well represented in this fictional novel. I am definitely excited to read more by Sherry D. Ficklin in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, this book is amazing. Great historical fiction. Lots of romance, and the end! OMG! Dying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had me from the beginning. While I know it is fiction with some fact, it gives me insight in a way I never have thought of history. Those times were so different, it is hard to imagine! The author did an amazing job of helping us see behind the scenes of history. I highly recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I devoured this e-book and especially loved the video clips at the end of the chapters. There were a few issues with incorrect/misspelled words and one video clip was duplicated but I thought it was very well written and grabbed me from the beginning. I'm looking forward to the next installment!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Few editing issues, well-paced!
Anonymous 6 days ago
Loved it.
Anonymous 13 days ago
Great read for those who are into historic novels. It was a good romance book. Well written.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Definitely a page turner! Want to read more from this great author!
Anonymous 9 months ago
Entertaining and well written, I'm excited for book 2!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is a believable, well written, back story of one of Russia's Greats. the historic accuracy and artistic license seam beautifully into a tale that leaves you with a fullness of heart for the hierarchy as you see them for the people they were.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book.
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Love it!
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Couldnt put it down, very good book.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
CherylandMattD More than 1 year ago
LOVED this book! I'm so glad it became a series. All of the books are amazing! I had no idea this was the story of Catherine the Great. This is one of my all time favorite series and I read a lot!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once i finished it i could'nt stop thinking about the ending! Is there a sequel? There should be a sequel
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Although this book has a somewhat interesting plot, much of it is simply written and lacks the necessary characteristics to keep anyone but young girls truly interested in it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It keep me captivated.
AngelaRenea More than 1 year ago
I received this as an advanced reading copy from Clean Teen Publishing through NetGalley, so first of all I'd like to say a big thank you so much to them! Did you love season one of Reign? Are you itching for a historical fiction about a younger historical figure? Allow me to introduce Queen of Someday. I was initially drawn in by the beautiful cover of this book, and the interesting summary. This book follows the life of Catherine the Great before she was Catherine the Great, so obviously it's a historical fiction. Who is Catherine the Great you say? Well in this book, she is the young Sophie, who has been invited with her mother as a guest of the empress Elizabeth in Russia. It sounds so cliche but I could not put this book down. I expected to take a week and read this book and it ended up taking me two days. Fast paced, and full of twists, I found myself one-more-chapter-ing all night until I realized that I had no more chapters. I already can not wait for the next book in this series (Stolen Empire). I actually know very little about historical Russia, Catherine the Great, or most of history for that matter, but even I found a few references that I understood. There is an author's note about historical accuracy and creative liberties, and I'm not sure how a history buff would feel, but with my casual knowledge level I enjoyed this book very much. One of the things that I really enjoyed about this book was the way that the romance aspect played out. It did not feel rushed, or forced, but it was also not drawn out or exaggerated. Sophie's love life felt natural, and of course passionate! Something that I felt was not quite as natural feeling was Sophie's mother. I wasn't sure if I was just frustrated with her, or if it seemed like a skewed point of view. I would have to say that my favorite part was the beautiful way the author gave the feeling of time drifting past our dear Sophie in the way that she went from a day to day description, to a faster week by week chapter. Well done!
AllBookedUp More than 1 year ago
Wow, what a thrilling ride!  Who can resist a royally good story?!  Laced with slight history but packed with a punch of adventure, heartbreak, drama and political games Queen of Someday by Sherry Ficklin is sure to have you falling in love! I really had to take a step back from this one because O-M-G this book really has it all!  From the get-go the world building absolutely took my breath away.  From her idyllic childhood to the thrilling journey to Russia, Ficklin really does an outstanding job setting the scene and fully immersing the reader. I’m not sure what’s going on but recently all of my favorite books or rather most YA books in general are featuring a kick ass heroine who is faced of course with adversity and tough choices that affect not only her but those that surround her.  This one does not fail me on that front.  Sophie really has her set of enemies throughout and one of her greatest enemies is herself.  Will she find the courage to take destiny by the horns?  She definitely is one spit-fire of a girl destined to be a queen!  Without giving too much away, I can honestly say that I FULLY recommend this one!  Filled with so much good that will have you on the edge of your seat until the very last page…and even then I secretly was wishing the final pages would start to fill themselves in with more!  I can’t wait for #2! 
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Heather Osborne for Readers' Favorite Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin is the first book in the Stolen Empire series. The book, aimed at young adults, is the fictional account of Sophia of Prussia. It’s based loosely on the life of Catherine the Great. Sofia, also called Sofie, comes to the Russian court as a potential bride for the nephew of Empress Elizabeth. Peter is a temperamental young man, fawning and flirting one moment, and vicious the next. Sofie must traverse this dangerous court to win the heart of not only Peter, but the Russian people. With enemies around every corner, will she manage to survive to her engagement day? Queen of Someday is certainly a creative outlook on the early days of Catherine the Great at the Russian court. As the author states, it is by no means a historically accurate account, but nonetheless, it is an exciting interpretation. I found Sofie to be a bit flighty, however, this is understandable for a sixteen-year-old girl thrust into royal politics. Catherine the Great was one of the most formidable Russian rulers and you can see traces of this developing in Sofie’s character. I like how Miss Ficklin went about capturing the tumultuous relationship between Peter and Catherine. Being Russian, I have studied the history of Tsarist Russia with great interest so I do know the true story of Catherine the Great’s time at court. Miss Ficklin does not stray far from the possible truth. My only suggestion would be to tailor the language more to the time. In parts, I felt as if I were reading a modern book instead of historical fiction.
Berls More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars. My Initial Reaction... I had no idea that Queen of Someday was a fictional biography for Catherine the Great when I started it! The synopsis hints with "the greatest empress in history" and the references to Russia and the Imperial Court, but I thought it was straight up historical fiction - not a reinvention of real people. I didn't know until the end and that knowledge made a good book even better! This is a series I will be following VERY closely. The Characters... I love reading about strong young women and Queen of Someday is chock full of them! Sophie (AKA Catherine the Great) is our main character and Queen of Someday is told entirely from her point of view. I loved Sophie immediately. She starts off as a bit of a tomboy (though usually dressed in gowns) - battling off thieves that attack her and her mother as they travel to St. Petersburg, where Sophie is to *hopefully* marry Peter, heir to the throne. I thought Ficklin did a really great job showing how Sophie was strong and intelligent, and yet still youthful - meaning sometimes naive. The Imperial Court is a tough place for the innocent and Sophie endures quite a bit as she grows into a fierce young woman. Her path is punctuated with intense love, intrigue, and devastation. Two other strong women in Queen of Someday are Sophie's mother and Empress Elizabeth. I absolutely hated Sophie's mother and in so many ways she actually seems weak. She's so determined to restore the family's wealth and status and is willing to use her daughter to do so. She acts quite dumb and selfish - most often an embarrassment to Sophie. And yet, I call her strong, because it is she - not her husband - who made the dangerous journey with their daughter. It is she - not her husband - who is actively working to secure her daughter's marriage alliance. Oh and she's up to something else (I won't spoil for you) that you wouldn't expect from a woman of this era. I much preferred Empress Elizabeth - since she's more like the grown up - less innocent (and somewhat less likeable) - version of Sophie. She's intelligent and fierce - definitely not a woman to trifle with. And yet I feel confident that Sophie will be so much more than Empress Elizabeth. I'm really curious to see how Sophie's two ladies in waiting - sisters Rina and Elizavetta - will develop over the series. Rina is so sweet and Elizavetta is so not, lol. I can't wait to see the ways that Sophie will *hopefully* manipulate the hell out of Elizavetta in future books! I think they both will have an intrical part to play as the series continues and I find myself wishing I knew the history better so I had some guesses! As great as the story is, it's really the intricate and complex characters that make Queen of Someday so great, in my opinion. I don't want to go on and on and on, but I have to tell you about the male characters! There's three that we HAVE to talk about. Peter, Alexander, and Sergei. The quick version? Peter sucks. Alexander is so sweet. Sergei is the man. So Peter is sadistic. He likes to play at emotional torture at best and from what I've seen physical torture will probably become his favorite game if it isn't already. Thank goodness Sophie's so smart! No other way she could survive that bastard. Alexander is so incredibly sweet. Poetic even (literally, he writes poetic love notes!). Too sweet, unfortunately. He doesn't belong at the Imperial Court, especially not waiting on Peter. I hope he gets far away - though I'd miss him - because I don't see a good future for him if he stays. Sergei, though, is perfect for Imperial Court. He knows how to play it smart and he has the right people on his side. He's a great advisor to Sophie. The only thing that didn't really sit with me was that he was IMMEDIATELY devoted to her. Why? I don't know what motivated him to like her so much right off that bat. He shows up to save her and her mother at the beginning, only to find that she's pretty much already saved herself. So perhaps he just admires her independence. But I felt like his loyalty, even when it wasn't necessarily to his advantage, came too easily. It's a good thing, though. Sophie's gonna need him... The Story... At first the story for Queen of Someday felt a bit... silly? I'm not sure that's the right word - but when it starts, we're basically just watching a girl (Sophie) try to win the affections of a brat (Peter), working against other women, just to secure her family's wealth. But then the stakes kept gradually increasing. Until suddenly, wedding a brat - who turns out to be a sadist actually - is more than just about wealth. It's about life and death, for more than just herself. Since I didn't realize this was the story of Catherine the Great, I didn't see the developments coming. But I don't think it would hurt to know - in fact, it would probably help you understand what's really going on earlier than I did. Concluding Sentiments... I know only bits and pieces of Catherine the Great's story - and what I do know well is from later in her life, so most of Queen of Someday was a complete surprise for me and I have no idea how much is Ficklin's creation. But she definitely took an interesting historical character and brought her to life. I CANNOT wait for more! This is one of those moments where you're so glad you got to read a book early and yet devastated that it's going to mean waiting even longer for the next one...