BLUF: I liked it.
Son took me to see the new Star Trek for early Father's Day. Good call. I do not think I have any spoilers in here.
First thing I noticed I liked: Beastie Boy's Sabotage while a young James T. Kirk was destroying his stepfather's Corvette. Shatner tie-in here. Shatner does not appear in the movie.
Odd things: the Romulans have gone all steampunk for this movie. Apparently their steampunk mining ships are made of more durable stuff than planets, because massive gobs of "red matter" take longer to destroy a Romulan mining vessle than a little drop takes to destroy a planet.
Uhura is the hottie of the movie.
They had to use some crazy "time has been changed" crap to have Spock's mother die in the transporter but still appear in the series.
The character John Tagliaferro, in Suki I, is a Star Trek fan, on the mild side. It is not mentioned in that book but will be in the series.