Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Today's Release: Queen of Tomorrow by Sherry D. Ficklin

Queen of Tomorrow
(Stolen Empire,#2)
by Sherry D. Ficklin 
Young Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.20
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Published on: July 14, 2015
Pages: 280

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

Sophie—now Catherine, Grand Duchess of Russia—had a tough first year at Imperial Court. Married at sixteen to Grand Duke Peter, heir to the throne, and settled in their own palace, things are finally looking up. As a new day dawns, she thinks only of securing her future, and the future of their country, during one of the greatest political upheavals of her time. Fighting desperately against forces trying to depose the Empress Elizabeth and put the young Prince Ivan on her throne, Sophie soon finds herself in the middle of a war brewing between her beloved Prussia, and her new empire. But even as she navigates the fragile political landscape, she quickly realizes that she has only begun to discover the tangled web of deceit and infidelity woven over the lavish court of Oranienbaum Palace.

When a strange and delicate alliance forms between the young couple, she glimpses a future of happiness, only to see it lost in a moment at the hands of those who still seek to end her life—and prevent her reign. Out of favor with the empress and running out of options, Sophie will have to sacrifice her own innocence on the altar of Russia if she is to save the nation, and herself. To survive, she will have to do the unthinkable, betray those closest to her and become something greater and more dangerous than she ever imagined she could be… a queen
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My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

Why did I decide to turn the pages? The cover. Absolutely the cover is what drew me in to reading this one.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I haven't read the first in this series, but I didn't feel lost within the story. Obviously, a lot happened in the first that was mentioned in the sequel, but I still adored it. 

Okay, this book...I have no idea where to begin. My favorite book of the year has been "The Accidental Empress." This was like the young adult version of that. 

I loved everything about this book. It was dramatic, gripping, entertaining, romantic, heart-breaking, and just absolutely brilliant. This is easily one of my favorites of the year.

I love historical fiction. Now the author admits that this book is only loosely based on fact; in fact, she said a lot of it is pure fictionalized and inaccurate. So while some people might be upset about all the historical inaccuracies, I didn't really care.

She admitted to taking real people and fictionalizing it, so that's good enough for me.

This book comes highly recommended. It was such a compelling, addictive read. I stayed up way too late finishing it and am now dying to read the next one.

I'm sure there were a lot of flaws in the novel that I missed, but I was just too into the novel to discover them. Somebody much more critical than me will have to find them. There are a few that I noticed that I will discuss below.

The Characters: Sophie aka Catherine was a great character. I didn't like her at all at times. She was definitely not a "pure heroine" or one that you just loved. She made some awful choices. And yet, I couldn't hate her for them. She was not always an easy character to even like at times.

And yet, I did like her and I loved reading about her. Her decisions were deplorable at times, yet I still kept turning the pages faster and faster to see what her end would be. 

So if you're looking for a pure character that you'll love, Sophie isn't it for you. 

Peter was a a fascinating character as well. He was so insane and yet complex at well. Expertly crafted.

Major Strengths: The drama. It wasn't stupid drama either or soap opera-ish. It was just addicting. 

Major Weaknesses: It dragged a few times, and certain elements I felt could have been explained better. 

So why 5 stars? Yes, it wasn't perfect. There were flaws, but what book doesn't have flaws. I still loved it. I was so caught up into the book that I barely noticed some of them. 

Can I read the series out of order? Yes, you can; however, this book was so great that I wanted to go back and read the first one. I think certain elements of this book would have had more of a punch if I'd read the first. Do yourself a favor and read them in order. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Fairly clean. There is a lot of sex that goes on, but it's only alluded to. 15+. No instances of strong language either. 

The Wrap-up: When can I read the next book in the series? This was fantastic!

Love,

Danica Page

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