Queen of Tomorrow by Sherry D. Ficklin #COYER Review

July 2, 2015 Reviews 11

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Queen of Tomorrow by Sherry D. Ficklin #COYER ReviewQueen of Tomorrow by Sherry D. Ficklin
Series: Stolen Empire #2
Published by Clean Teen Publishing on July 14, 2015
Genres: Historical, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 280
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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five-stars

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

I am so thankful that someone (boy do I wish I could remember who you were so I could thank you!) reviewed Queen of Tomorrow recently, because if they hadn’t I would have compeltely missed it’s release! I read Queen of Someday in August of last year and I’ve been anxiously awaiting this book – only to almost miss it! Somehow I still got to it two weeks before it’s release and guess what? It’s so freaking great! I devoured it in one day!

This series is based loosely on Catherine the Great – I say loosely because there’s a lot of creative invention going on here – but as long as you’re approaching it as a fun historical read instead of a way to gain access to Catherine’s life there’s no reason for that to disappoint. Sherry Ficklin is quite up front about it being a reinterpretation – I’d almost call it an alternative history. Since I haven’t read alternative history (yet, I think) I could be wrong or this could be it…

ANYWAY I continue to love the characters in Queen of Tomorrow. Sophie/Catherine (we’re seeing her called Sophie less and less) has been pretty much completely stripped of her naivety. In a way it’s sad, she was so sweet and youthful in Queen of Someday but it’s also kinda awesome because she’s turning into a force to be reckoned with! I just love watching her manipulate, scheme, and practically rule – all while still holding on to something genuinely good. It will be interesting to see if she can hold onto that as the series progresses, she’s definitely going to some dark places in Queen of Tomorrow.

I love the female power in general in this series – men have an important role of course, but they are surrounded by women who have the real power. The Queen, Sophie, even Sophie’s despicable mother, and the mistress- they’re all women using the roles they have available to them to manipulate, scheme, and dominate. It makes me kinda giddy 😛

The guys are also quite great – what felt like it might become a love triangle really isn’t one at all. Sophie/Catherine is in love with only one of the men and married to another. I remember (thanks to my revivew LOL) being slightly put off by how devoted Sergei becomes to Sophie so quickly, but in Queen of Tommorrow we get to know him a bit better and understand his acutally more gradual admiration and love for her. Peter continues to be atrocious and just as Sophie/Catherine is reaching new heights of strength, his brutalitiy and sheer evilness is also growing.

Speaking of – I should mention that while this is still a YA book there are a couple scenes of sexual brutality and rape. They aren’t graphic, but they are explicit enough to make this one for the older, more mature teens. In fact, the sexual action in this book in general makes me think it’s for an older crowd – definitely one for adults to enjoy too.

I’m eagerly awaiting the final book, Queen of Always due in September 2015! This series has been incredible from the word go and I can’t wait to see how Ficklin wraps things up and who Sophie becomes in this final book!

5 stars Flipping Fantastic

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five-stars

About Sherry D. Ficklin

Sherry D. Ficklin 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 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 only seen in blurry photographs.

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11 Responses to “Queen of Tomorrow by Sherry D. Ficklin #COYER Review”

  1. Angelica @ Paperback Princess
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    Berls I saw this as part of a blog tour but I think I passed it because I hadn’t read book 1, but after reading your review I’m definitely going to be picking up book 1. I really enjoy historical stuff so I would really enjoy reading this.

    The strength of women, especially in those older years is really intriguing to me as they had it so tough compare to women nowadays, it sounds like a “girl power” kind of message but when I read books like these it makes me not want to complain so much about life now LOL

    Thanks for the wonderful review. This will now be added to my never-ending TBR list, wish I could be a faster reader or wish I had nothing else to do but read LOL
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    • Berls
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      Thanks 🙂

      LOL Angelica, I feel your pain! I need way more reading time!

      I’m really lucky I stumbled upon book 1 last year – it ended up being much better than I had anticipated and now Sherry D. Ficklin is a top author for me. I actually started grad school planning to research female power and agency in the medieval era (I ended up changing fields, but I wrote a thesis on it), so I’m particularly attuned to that theme in books. I think it’s important to show that women – depsite their obstacles – were not so different from women today and they knew how to weild power within the structures available to them. This book (series really) is an excelent example of that – I hope you get to read it 🙂

    • Berls
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      I highly recommend it. This is the third book I’ve ready by Sherry D. Ficklin now and so far they’re all 4 stars or above 🙂

    • Berls
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      Man I haven’t given you a list for Saturday yet have I? I’m going to do that right now… maybe Queen of Someday (book 1) will appear on the list 😀

    • Berls
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      I think you’d enjoy it Stormi. And the books are such fast reads! I think both times I read them in less than 2 full days.

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