The Queen of Someday is a fictionalized account of Catherine the Great. I knew nothing about Catherine prior to reading this, but I have done some research since and think she is fascinating. The summary of the book says it is perfect for fans of the TV shows Reign, which I love and would have to agree with.
This book is not perfect, but I do think it is a good setup for what I am hoping is a great series.
The story follows Sophie – who later becomes known as Catherine – who is the princess of Prussia. She travels to Russia in the hopes of winning the heart of Empress Elizabeth and her nephew Peter who is to become the next king of Russia. She does not count on falling in love with someone else.
The book started out strong and I was hooked. Sophie is so cool and courageous in the first chapter. I knew I was going to like her. I found the first few chapters really compelling as I waited to see who the love interest was going to be, though I already had my choice picked out. However, things went downhill quickly.
The story went in an unexpected direction and the romance was not what I was expecting or wanted. The romance was not believable because it happened too quickly and did not have much development at all. The two characters suddenly loved each other and I did not really understand why.
Also, there were interactions between two characters that confused me and seemed unrealistic for the times. However, I am not familiar with the societal norms of Russia during that time, or it could have just been the author taking liberties. I often didn’t understand Sophie’s mind or motivations during these interactions.
The book is short, which might be why it didn’t work that well for me since there wasn’t much time for a relationship to fully develop. I do think the book could have worked, despite its size, if the story had gone in a different direction.
My opinion might change after I read the second book, which I am very excited about! The ending of book one did bring my opinion back up and I am hoping book two brings more drama and a better romance.
There are so many specific things I want to say about this book, but I don’t want to give spoilers so I am going to leave it at that.
I would recommend this book if you like: forbidden & royal romances, the TV show Reign, and fictionalized accounts of historical figures.
I would not recommend this book if you dislike: insta-love, love triangles/squares, historical inaccuracies.