REVIEW: Queen of Someday (Stolen Empire #1) by Sherry D. Ficklin

Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin
Series: Stolen Empire #1
Published by Clean Teen Publishing on 7th October 2014
Pages: 262
Source: *Received from NetGalley exchange for an honest review*


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?
For me, this novel was sadly not what I expected. It felt rather slow, but mainly it felt as if nothing was really happening. The cover is absolutely beautiful, so ethereal and magical yet for me is an example of a 'don't judge a book by its cover' moment.

When Sophie is faced with the choice of marriage, she only has two to choose from. Her old uncle or the future King of Russia. But first she must impress the Empress, and capture Peter's heart, though such things are tougher than she first anticipates. Now she must sacrifice everything to give her family a comfortable life, but also one for her.

"If you think his rudeness in any way damaged my heart, then you are mistaken. I am made from much sterner stuff than that. I'm not the sort of girl to flitter at the attention of a man, nor to weep at the callousness of one."
Queen on Someday by Sherry Ficklin, Paperback page 56

Sophia was a frustrating character. She appeared rather selfish and rude but was also, despite what she thought, was naive and expected everyone to like her and do as she says. And the love interests! Goodness, the girl cannot make up her mind; the poor men! She continually stringed them all along, but they were also the usual stereotype: Alexander was handsome and kind, Peter was handsome and childish and annoying and immature… you get the point! Then we had Sergei who was also… handsome and kind! It was like a 'love square'?!

The plot of this novel sadly did not live up to what I originally expected as it states 'ONE GIRL WILL BRING AN EMPIRE TO ITS KNEES…' eh? Where in the world did that come into any of it? Originally, there appeared to be a mound of danger as someone was trying to kill her, but it sort of dissipated into thin air. And we were simply left with her and the romance. It was sadly rather slow and uneventful.

Sadly this novel did not live up to my expectations and was sadly rather slow and uneventful alongside frustrating characters.

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