ONE GIRL WILL BRING AN EMPIRE TO ITS KNEES…
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? (Goodreads)
I want to thank Clean Teen Publishing for approving me to read this early for an honest review in return. Please excuse me while I try and find the words to describe my feelings for this book without giving too much away!
I love it. I love the characters, the plot, the men (but one in particular) and the entire thing. I just love it.
I am not going to lie, I was worried at first that I wouldn’t get into it. I was worried it was going to be a bit too political for my tastes – but it wasn’t! It didn’t take me long to get over these fears and I was literally pining when I had to put this book down. I hated every single moment away from it.
I felt like I could connect with Sophia. I felt her love (even if I loved another) and I felt her pain and her betrayal. I felt like she was me and I was her and I feel like this is the highest achievement an author can create is a genuine feeling of one between the reader and the main character. Well Done!
The world that Sherry created was real in my eyes. I am not entirely sure how Russia was run after the abdication of the system of the Tsar, but I loved this world. In a way it was real because girls with titles were married off to secure alliances and so – which makes it all the more better! I felt like I could have been a part of the Russian court and I could have watched the entire episode play out in front of my eyes. I absolutely love it when I am able to connect completely in a world that an author is attempting to create without having any misgivings about it.
The only bad thing I can really say (which still doesn’t lose any stars in my eyes) was that there were one or two typo’s. I had to read it again to make sure that I wasn’t just going crazy, but I am pretty sure they were there. Either way, I loved this book and I will be buying a copy as soon as it gets on the shelves! I gave this book 5/5 stars and please please please give me the next installment!!