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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
I think I would because I know a lot of people like this kind of book even though I only thought it was OK.
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This was a real hit and miss for me. There was 2 main things that I didn't like and these really brought down the overall story. Ill start with what I didnt like -
I HATE insta love and love triangles and this has both. It seemed that every guy Sophia saw, she fell in love with and it really really annoyed me. She "loved" 3 guys!! I mean, come on, she is 15, she shouldnt even love one guy never mind say 3.
The second biggest thing was Sophia herself. She started strong but over the course of the book became weaker and let everyone walk over her.
Now onto what I liked -
I liked Sergei. He is Sophias rock and is there when she needs him.
I also liked Alexander. He is kind and nice and I liked seeing his relationship with Sophia grow.
I like the Queen, even though she is mean at times, I think she really cares for Sophia.
Anyway, overall The Queen Of Someday was an OK read. I liked seeing Sophias story but I didnt like parts. The one redeeming quality and what really made me enjoy the experience of the book was Elan O' Connor. She was the perfect choice for Sophia because her voice was so regal. I will definitely check out more that she read.
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Historical romance has always been one of my favorite genres, but never have I read anything like Queen of Someday. It is a very fictionalized account of the early years of Catherine the Great. Born Sophia, and later taking the name of Catherine when she converts religions, Sophie is 15 when we meet her in QoS. Though young, Sophie is put into very adult situations (just as the real Sophia likely was). It is easy to fall in love with her youthful innocence and both morn and cheer as that innocence is gradually scraped away as she is forced to become harder and more calculating just to survive.
She starts out as a typical 15 year old, starry eyed and easily swayed by a handsome face and sweet words. But for her, the stakes are much higher than for any other young girl of the time. Obeying her heart can literally mean her death. And the only way to survive is to learn how to scheme.
Ficklin's vibrant and intriguing storytelling and O'Connor's soft, elegant narration blend perfectly into a wonderful listen.
Queen of Someday is the first in a trilogy and is just the beginning of story. I can't wait for the sequel to find out more how sweet, young Sophie becomes Empress Catherine, one of the greatest rulers of all time.
Another pleasant treat is the note at the end where Ficklin owns up to "making something up" in relation to Catherine's story. She is unapologetic about the liberties she has taken in fictionalizing the story. I found, as I think many readers will, that reading this fanciful account makes me want to read more about the real Catherine. Considering that this is a great read for teens, that aspect makes me want to give the book 6 or 7 stars. Because what a wonderful thing to make teens interested in history.
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