ARC Review: Queen of Always by Sherry D. Ficklin

Posted September 13, 2015 by Stephanie in 3 Stars, Historical Fiction, Queen of Always, Review, Sherry D. Ficklin, Stolen Empire, Young Adult / 1 Comment

Title: Queen of Always
Author: Sherry D. Ficklin
Series: Stolen Empire #3
Publication: September 15th 2015 by Clean Teen Publishing

Genre: Young Adult ~ Historical Fiction
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo
Rating: 3/5

Review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.


If her time at court has taught Catherine anything, it’s that there is no room for weakness in Imperial Russia. With the Empress’ health failing and rumors of a change in the line of succession, her place in the royal line is once more in jeopardy. Tormented by her sadistic husband and his venomous mistress, Catherine must once more walk the fine line between pleasure and politics—between scandal and survival.
When her young son becomes the target of those rebelling against Peter’s reign, Catherine will have to rise up to protect herself, her child, and her nation from his unstable and potentially catastrophic rule. This means putting herself at odds with the most dangerous man she’s ever known, trusting those who once proved to be her enemies, and turning a nation against its sovereign. In the ultimate battle for the crown, new alliances will be forged, loyalties will be tested, and blood will be shed.
Don’t miss this breathtaking conclusion to the Stolen Empire series!
Queen of Always is a YA historical fiction based on the life of young Catherine the Great. Fans of the hit TV show REIGN will devour this scandalous glimpse into the life of one of the most dynamic women in history.

On the one hand Queen of Always is the best book in this trilogy so far, but on the other hand my heart is broken into a thousand little pieces due to some events towards the end of the story, which I won’t reveal for the sake of spoilers.

I’m not even sure where to begin with this review. I don’t want to give too much away of the story but again so much happened in such a short time. The book read super fast, I couldn’t stop reading so that’s definitely the prove of some damn good writing on the author’s part. 

A lot of crazy things happened in the story like people getting set on fire and even freaking threesomes. I’m not sure how I felt about that but at least it was entertaining. That’s for sure.

I can’t say I’ve ever really liked Catherine but I thought it was great that in this book she finally made some tough choices and stuck by them. Especially towards the end. Her journey from book one to book three has been such a huge one and you can definitely tell she changed and developed. 

So yeah, this book was good and in some ways definitely exceeded the other two but still I can’t give it four stars. Just like the previous books it’s a solid three stars for me. 

About the Author:

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. A former military brat, she loves to travel and meet new people. 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 and in her spare time she co-hosts the Pop Lit Divas Radio Show.

One response to “ARC Review: Queen of Always by Sherry D. Ficklin

  1. i know what you mean about having your heart broken, i felt the same way at the end, the burning people and threesomes didn't face me much, not after having watch the last season of game of thrones, it's no longer a shocker for me, not even in books. I love that she finally grew up on this one 🙂

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