If you haven’t read Queen of Someday (Stolen Empire #1) Check the review here as well as the interview with the lovely Ms. Sherry D. Ficklin here.
Sophie—now Catherine, Grand Duchess of Russia—had a tough first year at Imperial Court. Now sixteen and married 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
Excitement is going through my veins right now! Introducing
Ms. Sherry D. Ficklin!
Why am I so excited? Because she wrote one of the best books I have read all year (Queen of Someday), which I reviewed (Click Here).
You are a full time writer. Did you do any jobs before then? Teacher? Customer Service? Why did you decide to write full time?
I had my fair share of jobs before I started writing. My favorite was telemarketing for a luxury resort time share. #Sarcasm #KillMeNow
I had always been a writer growing up and into my early 20’s. then I quit. Had a family and a real job. But when I left work to raise my kiddos, I found I had time to do it again. It really took off after the birth of my last baby. Once she was in school and I could go back to a 9-5, I was already hooked on writing bad publishing. it’s like a drug. What inspired your latest book “Queen of Someday”? Most importantly, what inspired Sophie?
I had been doing a lot of research into the Romanov history for my other novel, Extracted. When I found the story of Catherine/Sophie, I was mesmerized by her. It wasn’t until later when I decided to write it. Honestly, I didn’t know how a traditional historical fiction (which you almost only see in adult novels) would play to YA readers. But I went for it anyway. Why not? And so far so good.
How important is it to have a strong female lead?
I think having a strong lead, male or female, is vital to a good story. There is nothing I hate more that a boring, wimpy MC. That said, I think that’s what fascinated me about Catherine/Sophie. She was nothing, nobody. But she overcame every single obstacle they threw at her and eventually, she ruled an entire country–and she did it really well. To me, that kind of inner strength should be celebrated.
What is the most important aspect of a YA book? Why?
Again, it all goes back to character. A boring character in a great story will still fall flat, but a great character can carry off even a weak plot most of the time. I think that’s true of any book. But YA, in particular, is refreshing because you get to see a period of time when a person really start to grow and discover themselves and the world around them. It’s in those formative years when we make our best and most brilliant mistakes, and those mistakes shape us.
Finally, what sort of impact do you want to leave in the Young Adult genre?
I don’t write books to make points, or to enlighten, change lives, or create drama. I write so readers can escape with me to somewhere amazing, beautiful or terrible, so they can get a respite from the every day. Experience first loves and first losses all over again. I write to entertain, pure and simple. If I have entertained you, then I’ve done my job.
15-year-old Sophie must try to get the Russian throne at any cost.
Sophie travels to St. Petersburg with her mother at the request of Empress Elizabeth, who is fond of her family. Determined to do as her mother says and her save her family from ruin, Sophie decides to wage war to win Peter’s heart.
But when her life becomes in danger things and she falls for a man she cannot have things become complicated and Sophie must decide what is really worth sacrificing for the throne.
AMAZING! Simply an amazing read.
Sophie is badass. She is extremely smart, knows her worth and knows what she is capable of. The greatest thing about her is she isn’t a cold heartless female dog. I loved how the author decided to break that mold.
Sophie wasn’t a girl who needed to break out of her shell. She was perfect the way she was. I liked her a lot. Do I think she went dense when she fell in love? Yes. But I would be a hypocrite to think I never done that before.
The characters were really well defined as well. While reading the book, I felt that I knew each character and felt a connection to them all. The story was written with a pace I completely agree with medium to a low high (lol). The author took time to develop twist and turns and romances without making things too complicated and too predictable.
However, there are two things that bother me with this book; Sophie’s “love” and the ending. Without getting into too much detail, I don’t think she loved him at all. It was the first man that made her feel more than just a child and actually made her feel something. I also don’t think it is love because her moving on process was too fast for me. I believe she did what she did out of strategy not love.
Now the ending. . . . Ms. Sherry if you are reading this . . . Why? WHY?!?! Why do you feel ending abruptly is a proper ending? I understand this is a series and you want to keep people hanging on but there had to be a better way for that to have ended.
*Frustrated sigh* Overall, I really loved this book and it has been a long time since I completely fell for something like this. 4.5 Pickles
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