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review 2018-12-11 00:07
I bet the Borg Queen never got invited over for slumber parties
Gods of Night (Star Trek: Destiny #1) - David W. Mack

Star Trek Destiny #1: Gods of Night by David Mack is the first part in a trilogy which was a journey from beginning to end. Firstly, let me start by saying that when I initially ordered these I did so not realizing that they were written quite a few years ago which did cause me some confusion early on. (I bought them at a discount rate as an ebook set so I really should have put 2+2 together.) Secondly, let me give you the heads up that I didn't have (because I really went in blind, ya'll) that you need prior knowledge about The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, AND Nemesis (which is the one I had not seen (and still haven't seen)) if you want to have any hope of following along. If you haven't seen these you are going to be 1. lost and 2. very much spoiled for future events. 

 

Now that that's all out of the way let's delve into the meat and potatoes of the plot of this book. Like most books that begin a series Gods of Night really lays down a lot of foundation for future action. And there is a lot of information to get through because there is a mess load of time travel back and forth with many, many different characters. (Hint: I didn't love this.) The reader follows 4 different Starfleet crews through multiple time periods which are denoted at the start of each new chapter. You have to be paying a lot of attention and since I read these as ebooks I found it a bit more challenging. Basically, the Caeliar are chanced upon by the Columbia and her crew and found to be so much more technically advanced that there is no chance of overpowering, negotiating, or escaping. The Borg are back and instead of assimilating they have changed their mission to one of annihilation. The Federation is trying to muster up the forces to stop the Borg without any success and the crew of the Columbia are just trying to get back home. SO many characters and so little time (ha time travel pun). I didn't love this book but I did continue the series because by the time I'd gotten to the end of this segment I was too invested to stop...and I'm glad I kept going because by the third book the action was intense, guys. (Wait til you get to the end!) For Gods of Night a 6/10 but check for the reviews of Mere Mortals and Lost Souls in the coming weeks to see what I thought of those and my overall series rating. ;-)

 

Quick rundown of details:

The Columbia captained by Erika Hernandez, the Aventine captained by Ezri Dax, the Titan captained by Will Riker, and of course the Enterprise captained by Jean-Luc Picard. The aliens encountered: the Borg and the Caeliar. The times explored: too many to recount.

 

What's Up Next: Robot Dreams by Sara Varon

 

What I'm Currently Reading: Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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url 2018-12-10 14:45
My one hundred and twenty-seventh podcast is up!
Churchill: Walking with Destiny - Andrew Roberts

My latest podcast is up on the New Books Network website! In it, I interview Andrew Roberts about his new biography of Winston Churchill. Enjoy!

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review 2018-12-09 11:28
REVIEW BY MERISSA - Powerful Destiny by Tricia McGill
Powerful Destiny - Tricia McGill

Powerful Destiny is a two-tone story - the first half is set in 850ad, and the second in contemporary times. Both feature a man called Rolf, and a woman called Brigid, and tell you how the two of them meet, both in ancient times and now.

Three quarters of the book is set in 850ad, with only a small part being in current times. This is partly what brought down my star rating from a four to a three. The contemporary side of it felt very rushed, compared to the first part. And the conversations between modern Rolf and Brigid seemed quite stilted at times. I found the premise of the book to be fascinating, and would love to read more about Rolf and Brigid. I just think I'm best to stay in 850ad with them.

If you like books about reincarnation and soulmates, then I can still most definitely recommend this one.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

Source: archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2018/12/08/Powerful-Destiny-by-Tricia-McGill
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text 2018-11-14 10:14
NEW ROMANCE - Our Sweet Destiny by Addison Cole Author
Our Sweet Destiny - Addison Cole

NEW ROMANCE
Our Sweet Destiny by Addison Cole Author (Sweet with Heat: Weston Bradens)
Discover the magic of the Bradens, and fall in love with Addison Cole's rich and romantic storytelling.

Now available...
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"From feuding relatives to determined hearts, Cole spins a tale of broken dreams, new hope and fresh starts. Rex and Jade wrap themselves around the heart so intensely, it's hard to break free." ~ Isha Coleman @ I Love Romance

"One of my favorite things is how strong Addison Coles women are. They stand their ground, push their men to do the right thing, and make choices for themselves. Jade is no exception and she helps Rex open his heart, making the right decisions where the two of them are concerned. Rex is a pureblood, rancher with strong family ties and it hurts him to be sneaking around behind his dad but love wins out every time in an Addison Cole book." ~ A Soccer Mom's Book Blog

Find more on the #book, series and author here...
https://beckvalleybooks.blogspot.com/2018/09/our-sweet-destiny-by-addison-cole-sweet.html

In OUR SWEET DESTINY…

After ditching a troubled relationship—and her veterinary practice in the process—Jade Johnson returns to the safety of her small hometown and finally finds her footing. That is…until her horse is injured and the son of the man her father has been feuding with for more than forty years comes to her rescue. She’s spent forever trying to deny her attraction to headstrong, too-handsome-for-his-own-good cowboy Rex Braden. The last thing she needs is that particular man complicating her life.

Fiercely loyal Rex Braden has never put anyone or anything before his family. Despite the irate family history, sparks fly between Rex and Jade, unleashing fifteen years of stifled, forbidden love—and causing the rebel in each of them to rear its powerful head. 

Loyalties are tested, and relationships are strained as Rex and Jade find out if true love really can conquer all.

Our Sweet Destiny is a Sweet with Heat novel and conveys all of the passion you'd expect to find between two people in love without any graphic scenes or harsh language. If you're looking for a more explicit romance, pick up the steamy edition, Destined for Love, written by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster. Addison Cole is Melissa's sweet-romance pen name.

 

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review 2018-11-10 21:04
Our Sweet Destiny (Sweet with Heat: Weston Bradens #2) by Addison Cole
Our Sweet Destiny - Addison Cole

 

 

Life consists of multiple twists and turns. It knocks us down, only to lift us back up. The tragedies we face and lessons we learn, shape us into the people we're meant to be. Our Sweet Destiny is an emotional tale of battle scars, heartache, second chances and the power that love yields. Jade is learning to be human again. A troubled relationship has eaten away at her self worth and she needs a change. Returning home begins a chain of events that will change the course of her life and heal her broken heart. From feuding relatives to determined hearts, Cole spins a tale of broken dreams, new hope and fresh starts. Rex and Jade wrap themselves around the heart so intensely, it's hard to break free.

 

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