Dreams of the Queen by Jacqueline Patricks
Series: The Brajj #1
Published by Crazy Bird on October 26, 2012
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction
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The obsessed and slightly unstable Dr. Cass Baros does the improbable; she creates a wormhole. She's convinced it will take her to the world that has haunted her dreams since adolescence. Meanwhile, she becomes more suspicious of her fiancé and co-project leader, Dr. Julian Saunders. Her boss, Dr. Janson, also has an agenda, which includes adding an Army contingent to her scientific team. Captain Lewis seems intelligent, but an Army grunt is still a grunt, right?
Once through the wormhole, they make first contact with the brajj, and Cass meets Jeamon, the man from her dreams who calls her queen. They're drawn to one another but both are uncertain of the other, and she's engaged.
Unable to return home, the team must struggle to survive as they deal with an increasingly irrational Cass and jealous Julian while and unraveling the millennia old secrets of the alien world.
Passion and love, genius and madness, jealousy and danger enough to cause the death of worlds await Cass and her team through the wormhole...
So Dreams of the Queen was interesting. There are things I liked and things I didn’t like.
I’ll start with my likes:
– The story was well thought out and intriguing.
– The characters were well developed and you could easily love, hate or feel indifferent about them.
– The twists and turns were unexpected (well for me).
– Too many descriptive words. Now I should preface this by saying I’m not a sci-fi fan. I normally/usually steer well clear of books like this. Not that they aren’t good, nope I’m just not that kind of a girl. I like to stick to things I understand. I don’t understand sci-fi. I do understand romance and love and mushy stuff.
I kind of felt dumb reading this book. I’m hoping that’s not the authors intention. LOL I’m pretty sure her intention isn’t to make the readers feel dumb. But I did. Here’s an example:
“She’d agreed to the engagement more out of an obligation to satisfy Julian’s male territorialism rather than any feminine, biological imperative.”
I read this sentence to my daughter (she’s 14 and smarter than me sometimes), she just looked at me. So I moved on to my son (he’s 19 and definitely smarter than me), he said “uh….”. So I waited for my husband to come home for work. My husband reads a lot. He reads mostly Star Wars books. Not that reading Star Wars makes him smarter, because he’s definitely not smarter than me! (love you baby) but he’s used to big words in books. He hesitated and then said “biological imperative makes me think she’s discussing her period.” I’m not lying people. You can’t make up this stuff.
So I pondered at this point “how do I proceed”? What if the whole book is like this? Am I going to understand anything? I was scared mostly because when I start a book I don’t like to give up. Even books that I don’t like I will finish. It wasn’t that I didn’t like this book. So I finally decided to plow forward. I’m glad I did.
For a long time I didn’t like any of the characters in the book. It took me awhile to warm up to Cass and once I did I loved her. Things just seemed to click with her after the book really picked up with the story. I absolutely LOVED Lewis and Jeamon. They were my favorites and I would love to read stories based around those two.
My favorite line of the book:
“Was this love in its purest form-unrequited yet all-consuming and unselfish?”
This is a great interpretation of what this book is about sci-fi, dreams, wormholes aside.
I found myself skipping words sometimes. I hate that I do that but there were just too many descriptive words and I didn’t need to read.
“She need to concentrate on her present surroundings, to avoid her terrible tendency to detether mentally, occasionally at inopportune moments as her mind problem-solved.”
I’m pretty sure that could have been summed up by saying “she was zoning out again”.
“Cass stared into lab’s bathroom mirror: tiny crimson capillaries traced the whites of her hazel eyes like a crazed Egyptian treasure map to nowhere.”
“Blood oozed maroonish rivulets over Brown’s skin, soaking his think cotton camo and coating his gloved fingers to drip like syrup onto the stone floor. The narrow beam of light exposed the truth through Brown’s cut-away clothing, and the faint glint of a pinked, cream bone peeked beneath shredded red.”
sigh….I think you get the point I’m trying to make.
So my biggest complaint about this book has to do with a few sentences that were written. I may be taking this out of context but I was so surprised I had to go back and re-read it.
“In comparison, her scientists were fumblingly inept-their helmets rolled on tables and banged into equipment while they fidgeted inside their tin can suits-and she winced. Then she reminded herself the soldiers’ combined IQ barely dented hers and Julian’s, never mind her entire scientific teams’.”
I can only speak for myself here but I found this to be offensive. Maybe because I’m an Army brat as is my husband. I just really feel like making the assumption that Cass and her group were more intelligent based on what, the fact that they’re military, is very wrong? Are we really making that assumption? I’m hoping I misunderstood.
Is any of this enough to keep me from reading the next book? Heck no! Can’t wait to see where the story goes from here.