Saturday, December 26, 2015

{Review} Queen of Tomorrow by Sherry Ficklin

Queen of Tomorrow by Sherry Ficklin
Published: July 14th, 2015 by Clean Teen Publishing
Series: Stolen Empire #2
Source: Netgalley (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA, Historical Romance
Pages: 280

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.

This book was just as great as the first.  This was the book series that got me addicted to reading historical fiction.  After having read the first book in this great series, I ran out and bought as many YA historical fiction books that I could get my hands on.  I can’t wait to see what happens in the concluding book in this series.

The writing in this book was amazing.  It was full of beautiful descriptions without being too wordy.  The book flowed so perfectly, with fast-paced thrills and dark intense scenes.  I can’t believe that Ficklin was able to squeeze so much plot into such a short book.  I felt like so much happened in this book, which was great because there was no fluff that didn’t drive the plot forward.

I really love the setting of this story, although I know very little about the real Catherine.  I really liked the politics in this book, but I got confused several times because the book was written as if the reader already should know the history of the countries.  I wish that there was more set up so that I could have fully been absorbed into that aspect of the book.     

I loved the character development in this book.  This book has some of the best character development that I have ever read.  Catherine’s personal character growth is inspiring.  I love how gracefully she is able to navigate court politics and forbidden romance.  I also liked that this book gave a little more insight into Price Peter’s character.  In the first book, I really didn’t feel anything toward Peter other than distaste, but this book made me feel more empathetic towards what he has had to endure.   

Overall, I really liked the second installment in this wonderful series.  I think that this book series would be a great introduction into YA historical fiction.  I am also really excited that Ficklin has other books she has written that I am planning on picking up. 


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