Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Dreams of the Queen by Jacqueline Patricks (The Brajj, #1)

Dreams of the Queen
by Jacqueline Patricks

My rating: 3 stars

Series: The Brajj - Book 1
Publisher: Crazy Bird Publishing (January 15, 2014)
Publication Date: January 15, 2014
Genre: Science Fiction - Adult
Print Length: 294 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble





Dr. Cass Baros is haunted by dreams of an alien world and will do anything to find it.

Relentlessly, she works her science team and her fiancĂ©, Dr. Julian Saunders. Captain Lewis’ military Spec Op team joins the scientists. Egos clash and agendas cross. Trapped, the team is plunged into a dangerous adventure beyond their control. They struggle to unravel millennia old secrets in an alien world where nothing is what it seems, especially the aliens.

Dr. Baros and her team are tossed between allies and enemies, genius and madness, and a betrayal frightening enough to cause the destruction of worlds.

Dreams of the Queen by Jacqueline Patricks (The Brajj, #1)

Dreams of the Queen (The Brajj, #1)Scientists, always pushing the envelope, searching for more, reaching beyond the known limits and for Dr. Cass Baros and her fiancĂ©, Dr. Julian Saunders, their time may have come to take one step “beyond.” For the brilliant Cass, science is her life and her greatest achievement is about to come to fruition as her team attempts to power up her in-laboratory wormhole.

When her project boss unveils his own agenda, Cass, Julian and their team of scientists must go through the wormhole along with a team of soldiers, which causes tempers to flare. Cass realizes she is being used as a puppet, but what they discover is the things dreams are made of and Cass would know, because she has seen this place and the being that greets them in her dreams. What she never imagined was the new reality she would be plunged into or that she would find the love of her life in the form of a soldier from another world. Nor would she have thought that she was destined to come to this strange planet, touted as their long awaited queen.

DREAMS OF THE QUEEN by Jacqueline Patricks screams science fiction at its most creative as we enter another world and witness the chaos of the unknown, the tensions that arise between team members and the rapid personality change that Cass undergoes.

What starts out as a riveting tale into the unknown, becomes a little muddled in an unusual romantic triangle where Cass seems almost completely removed from reality. Julian has his own secrets and betrayals that come to light as he seems to implode upon himself, turning into a jealous, spurned lover. All this during the greatest scientific experiment ever?

I honestly think the military contingent saved the day as this tale finally reveals the true villain and his dastardly plot. If not for the brilliant characterization of Captain Lewis, I would have felt these characters were all just a little too unrealistic.

I wanted to care more about the characters, but this seemed to devolve from great science fiction into an unknown world into a soap opera that was far too emotional with too many real villains and not enough heroes.

I received this book from the author through Instafreebie.

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