Blogtober: Queen Of Someday Book Review

19 October 2014

Release Date: October 17, 2014
Book: Queen of Someday
Author: Sherry D. Ficklin
Number of Pages:262
Source: Netgalley  (I received this in exchange for an honest review)
The Basics:
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?
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My Musings:

If i'm going to be totally honest today, I was dreading reading this book. No, not dreading, but I really wasn't looking forward to it. I thought it was going to be some cheesy romance novel with a couple of history moments here and there. I'm glad to say that this book proved me wrong. It's not the best book i've ever read, but it's actually pretty good.

Character wise, the author did an amazing job making the characters realistic and developed them in a way you could relate to.  I loved how kick-ass Sophie was. She's a good fighter, archer, horse rider, and yet she can also be the epitome of ladyness. The only thing that kind of caught me of guard was Peter's turn to the darkside, if you will. I thought that it was kind of unwarranted. Not really set into his character, you know. Like he's supposed to be this spoiled kid who doesn't know any better, and then he just looses it. I mean I know that the synopsis says he is sadistic but you don't really see it until the end of the book. I guess it made sense, but I wish there had been more development and not just a spontaneous twist. I loved Alexander and Sergei. They were pretty solid characters, nothing really too special about them.

I think the author did a pretty good job with the plot. At times it was a bit predictable and other times I was just sitting there with my jaw open, in shock. It was a  pretty good balance. This was more plot driven. Which I think is why the neglected developing Sergei and Alexander further, or making Sophie's relationship with Rina more evident. But I think those weaker aspects are okay because the plot was pretty strong. The path the book to end was perfect and well written. The ending definitely left me wanting to have the next book to read.

I usually just do a romance bit, but I feel like for this book I'm going to relationship type of paragraph thing. Okay, Ficklin, like I said before, put some aspects of the book on the back burner because the book was more plot driven. There are four fully developed relationships in the book. Sophie and the Queen, Sophie and Alexander, Sophie and Peter, and  Sophie and Sergei. Everyone else's relationships are established but you never really delve into the relationships. Like Sophie and Rina are best friends but I didn't feel like they were. I felt like that moved a bit fast and wasn't developed enough. 

I liked the romance. Was I the only one who at the very beginning thought that she was going to fall for Sergei and not Alexander? I was biased to this thought for more than half the book. As a result I didn't really appreciate the relationship between Alexander and Sophie. I think at one point I though Alexander was messing around to get Sophie sent away. After I accepted my ship wasn't going to happen I definitely rooted for Alexander and Sophie. It wasn't insta-lovey, but there wasn't some great lead in to it. *sigh* They were a cute couple. 

I'm not a fan of surprises but i'm glad this book surprised me. I'm glad that it exceeded my expectations and proved itself to be a good book. I recommend this book to those who like Historical Fiction or read those Dear America books as a kid. 

Coffee For this Book: A nice warm Macchiato. 

My Rating

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