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.(Goodreads)
Hi Guys! So, first and foremost – I have to thank Clean Teen Publishing for making my day and allowing me to have an ARC of this book! They have made my day in so many ways I feel like a little child at Christmas. Since reading an ARC of Queen of Someday around September time, I have literally been in hibernation waiting for this book to come out. I think I checked out the Goodreads page basically every single day! Either way, here is for a non too spoilery review!
I feel like this has broken the second book cycle! You know, normally second books within a series or film set are sort of like a bridge to the finale or next installment. It is ok, but it is never as good as the first one. Well, not this book – in fact, I think this book is actually better than the first one! It was so good that when I had to get up to go and cook, I nearly refused and stayed on my butt to read. No, I went and cooked, but I kept rushing back to read some more!
I was Addicted. There is no other way to put it. While this book has more politics within it – political games and what not – I feel like it made it so much better! Normally I don’t have a brain for those sorts of things, but Sherry made it so easy to follow and understand! I felt connected to Sophie on a much deeper level than in the first book – which I didn’t think was possible!
Sure, there were times where I felt like screaming at some of the characters – which book doesn’t give you that feeling? – but this book also had me feeling happy alongside the characters and actually crying, literal tears rolling down my face, at some of the things Sophie/Catherine went through in this fictional world. There were times where I just wanted to step into that world and protect her from everything and everyone. Another case in which I wish a fictional world was real! I need it!
I also loved the way, without giving too much away, in which some of the characters have fallen into their natural place in regards to Sophie and her character relationships. I felt better about where some of the characters stood and the changes of relations! I don’t want to – I am not allowed to – give too much away. So I am quitting while I am ahead.
The only thing I am going to say about this book is that on some of the pages the character Grigory was spelt with a y and on others it was spelt with an i at the end. Either way you can bet your bottom dollar – or euro – that I will be grabbing a physical copy of this book as soon as it hits the shelves! I gave this book 5/5 stars!