Queen of Tomorrow
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 start to look up. As a new day dawns, Catherine thinks only of securing her future, and the future of their country, during one of the greatest political upheavals of her time. 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.
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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 start to look up. As a new day dawns, Catherine 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 that try to depose the Empress Elizabeth and put the young Prince Ivan on her throne, Catherine soon finds herself in the middle of a war brewing between her beloved Prussia and her new empire. While navigating 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, Catherine glimpses a future of happiness, only to see it vanish 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, Catherine must 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.

 

Queen of Tomorrow

Reviewed by Melanie Newton
Violence
5

Peter is shooting arrows and inuring his own guards.

Several internal thoughts mentioned about killing Elizavetta in a variety of ways.

Elizavetta slaps Peter which results in her being thrown to the floor.

Various assassination plots talked about and discovered.

Catherine (Sophie) is pushed down the stairs which causes her to lose the baby she is carrying.

Peter attacks and rapes Catherine (Sophie). It is not graphically described but there is enough detail to allow readers to comprehend exactly what happened. This violent, abusive behavior continues for a couple of months including a comment that he preferred it when she fought back.

Language
3
The language level in this book is not too bad with the few curse words being fairly scattered through the story.
Romance/Sensuality
5
Peter and Elizavetta kiss on several occasions. There is some kissing between Sergei and Catherine (Sophie) and on later occasions they have sex (although there is no description) Slight description of the Empress having sex with the Edward and it is witnessed by several people. Peter rapes Catherine violently over the course of a couple of months.
Drugs/Alcohol/Smoking
4
There are several scenes in the book with underage drinking (including in excess to where they are intoxicated) but it is set in a different time and country during which time such things would all have been considered acceptable and at times even expected behavior. The scene where Peter attacks rapes Catherine he forces a drug down her throat and he continues lacing her drink for several days.

Other: This is  historical tale and many of today’s standards would not have applied to things (such as the drinking).  Some of the scenes may be disturbing for younger readers as they deal with rape and abuse.

 

About the Author
Sherry D. Ficklin

Sherry D. Ficklin is a full time writer from Colorado where she lives with her husband, four kids, two dogs, and a fluctuating number of chickens and house guests. She can often be found browsing her local bookstore with a large white hot chocolate in one hand and a towering stack of books in the other. That is, unless she's on deadline at which time she, like the Loch Ness monster, is only seen in blurry photographs. She is the author of several YA novels ranging from contemporary romance to science fiction. In her spare time she co-hosts the Pop Lit Divas radio show and is constantly trying to take over the world.

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