Sherry Ficklin continues to thrust us directly into the
turbulent machinations of the life in the Romanov Court.
The Hollow Queen is the latest novel in the Stolen Empire series and it does not disappoint. We were introduced to Elizabeth in the novella Winter Queen (link to Winter Queen review) and now, we join Elizabeth as she travels deep into the perilous world of Russian royalty.
With her fiancé and mother both dead, Elizabeth—daughter of
Peter the Great—is returned to court in St. Petersburg where she’s been
stripped of her title, lands and jewels—all of which now belong to her nephew,
Peter the second. Elizabeth understands the peril she faces, her mother has
just been assassinated, there is no Romanov heir after her nephew, and there
are many—including Prince Menshikov—who would prefer to use the crown of Russia
toward their own benefit.
Elizabeth vows to support the reign of Peter, and thereby
the Romanov line. But although he’s entitled to the throne by blood, it’s
Elizabeth who truly understands how to rule. As her affections for the new Tzar
grow, so does the danger to them both. Will Elizabeth be able to overcome the
threats from both within and without her country? And will she continuously
have to sacrifice her own desires and happiness for the sake of her family’s
Once again the story is steeped so deep in political
intrigue, danger and desire that I just couldn’t set the book aside. This is
truly one of my favorite series to get lost in and can’t wait for more.
The Hollow Queen is available September 28, 2019 preorder now on Amazon or Barnes & Noble
**I received a complimentary copy of The Hollow Queen from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Aria Dupree is a bad-ass demon hunter whose senior year could be her greatest challenge yet.
Aria is traveling the world, closing gateways to the demon realm while on the hunt for the demon who killed her mother. In Red Prairie, TX she has two goals: end the demon she senses there and graduate high school. Both prove a challenge as high school is…well, high school, and the demon is a bit different than the ones she’s used to. But, Aria can’t let surprising alliances and cute boys distract her from getting revenge for her mother’s death.
Demons Lie (A Girl’s Guide to Witchcraft and Demon Hunting) is a witty, fast-paced action. It’s easy to relate to the main character–or, I imagine I could relate if I were a demon hunter with a bone to pick. Aria is clever and sassy, I love the banter between the characters. Can’t wait to read the next in the series.
I received an ARC of Demons Lie in exchange for an honest review
Get Demons Lie (A Girl’s Guide to Witchcraft and Demon Hunting #1) from Amazon
Sherry is the author of over a dozen novels for teens and young adults including the best selling Stolen Empire series. 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.
Sherry also writes contemporary romance under the pen name SJ Noble. You can find her at her official website, or stalk her on her Facebook page
Expected publication: October 16th 2017 by Clean Teen Publishing
*I received a copy of The Canary Club in exchange for an honest review.*
I’ve had the pleasure of reading each of The Canary Club novellas while waiting for the release of this novel. I loved each of them and really felt like I got to know the characters, but each novella was leading up to something bigger…this novel!
Masie is the golden girl daughter of a mobster. Benny is just trying to get by and do whatever it takes to help his family. Each of them are pawns in the fight for power that has gripped the city, and tossed Masie’s family into chaos.
With rival gangsters, Prohibition agents, and even a murderer in the mix, Masie and Benny may be pulled apart just as they’ve found each other.
I can’t tell you how much I love this novel. Sherry Ficklin has done an amazing job of fully immersing readers in the time period. The music, the clothes, & the dialogue: everything seems so authentic to the period. The excitement of the jazz age just jumps from the pages. The Canary Club is equal part sweet romance and gritty gangster-era drama.
The characters are unique and interesting and I found myself rooting for (almost) every one of them. I finished the book wanting more and I hope there are sequels in the works, because I need to know what happens to them all.
You can preorder The Canary Club from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Google Play & other book vendors
The Canary Club
Sherry D. Ficklin
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: October 16th 2017
Genres: Historical, Young Adult
“Bad Luck” Benny is a boy from the wrong side of the tracks. Recently released from jail, he has vowed to keep his head down and stay out of trouble. But he also needs to care for his ailing sister and the rest of his struggling family, and he’ll do anything to make that happen—even if it means taking a position with a notorious crime boss. He soon finds himself in over his head—and worse still—falling for the one dame on earth he should be staying away from.
Masie is the daughter of a wealthy gangster with the voice of an angel and gun smoke in her veins. Strong-willed but trapped in a life she never wanted, she dreams of flying free from the politics and manipulation of her father. A pawn in her family’s fight for control of the city, and with a killer hot on her heels, she turns to the one person who just might be able to spring her from her gilded cage. But Masie is no angel, and her own dark secrets may come back to burn them both.
Two worlds collide in this compelling story of star-crossed lovers in gritty prohibition-era New York.
Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes & Noble
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.
Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter
Gilded Cage by Sherry D. Ficklin
Series: Canary Club
Publication Date: December 1, 2016
Genre: Teen, Young Adult, YA, Historical, Romance
Summary (from GoodReads):
Masie, the flaxen-haired daughter of notorious boot-legger Dutch Schultz, returns home from boarding school to find her family in crisis. Her mother is dangerously unstable, her father’s empire is on the brink of ruin, and the boy she once loved has become a ruthless killer for hire. To keep her family’s dangerous secrets Masie is forced into a lie that will change the course of her future—and leave her trapped in a gilded cage of her own making. As she watches her world fall apart, Masie must decide whether to take her place in the hierarchy, or spread her wings, leaving the people she loves, and the life she despises, far behind her.
Two worlds collide in Gatsby era New York, in a time of dazzling speakeasies and vicious shoot-outs, of gritty gangsters and iridescent ingénues, where not everything that sparkles is gold.
*This is the first of the Canary Club series and is a short story introduction into the forthcoming novels.
LINKS: Buy on Amazon | Goodreads
Why I’m waiting: I am absolutely obsessed with anything having to do with gangsters and I adore prohibition era based books.