Queen of Someday

Queen of Someday

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Before she can become the greatest empress in history, fifteen-year-old Sophia 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 Sophia 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 - Sophia 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, Sophia 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?show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 249 pages
  • 139.7 x 213.36 x 17.78mm | 317.51g
  • Clean Teen Publishing
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1940534909
  • 9781940534909
  • 390,420

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Gr 9 Up--Upon her arrival at the Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg, Princess Sophie of Anhalt-Zerbst immediately begins her quest for the hand of Grand Duke Peter, heir to the Russian throne. Marrying the prince will secure her family's lands and titles and save her from an unwanted marriage to her uncle. Surrounded on all sides with potential enemies, lovers, and political allies, Sophie struggles to reconcile her duties with her desires. This historical fiction tale provides a compelling, if fanciful look at the early years of Catherine the Great. A brief author's note outlines the liberties taken with the story. An entertaining, racy read that will spark an interest in the history of Catherine the Great, about whom not much has been written for this age group previously. --Sara Saxton, Wasilla Public Library, AK -School Library Journal -show more

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(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Clean Teen Publishing and NetGalley.) Sophia is going to Russia with her mother as a potential bride for the Empress’s son Peter, although she is bound to have competition. Can Sophia win Peter? And does she really want to? Let me just start by telling you that I know very little history, and therefore have no idea how factually correct this book is. That being said, this was an enjoyable story, and I loved Sophia’s little deception at the end! Sophia was a real kick-ass girl in disguise. While her mother tried to fob her off, and get her married for status, Sophia spent her time more productively on knowledge and physical skills, to the extent that she was able to cleverly plan her moves, and defend herself when necessary; skills that served her well! The storyline in this was pretty good. It did have a bit of a feel of ‘The Selection’ to it, with several girls all competing for one prince, and there was a little bit of politics in there, but thankfully not enough that I was bored (I don’t like politics). I loved the way that Sophia was able to manipulate a situation to her advantage though, even if some of her decisions were not good ideas at all. There was some romance, although it developed into a love square? Let’s just say that there were a lot of different potential couples in this book, and it was a little complicated at times! The ending was really good. Sophia’s deception at the end was just brilliant, and I really want to read the next book in the series to find out what happens now! Overall; clever little historical romance, 7 out of 10.show more
by Sarah Elizabeth
Thank you very much to NetGalley for my review copy. I loved reading this! It is not common knowledge that Empress Catherine the Great of Russia was originally a little German princess called Sophie but this book was spot on! I loved the way that the author showed off the characters but still gave us the history of the time without boring the skirts off us. The story and the characters were rich and I honestly can't wait to get my hands on a physical copy as this one is one of my new favourite historical reads that will sit proudly alongside Alison Weir and Philippa Gregory.show more
by Abbey Clark
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