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Posted February 9, 2011
do not read
this book is a total waste of time and. money.....i wouldnt wipe my ass with it. ..so upset i bought it...its not even worth half a star
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Posted January 16, 2010
New Series by Dodd is Desperately Seeking a more Substantial Plot
I was pretty excited when I heard about this upcoming series from Dodd. Heretofore she has been one of my favorite writers and while I haven't given up on here yet...this second installment of The Chosen Ones series is somehow worse than the first.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Storm of Visions - the introductory book - debuted a whiney voiced heroine named Jacquelline complete with mother issues and a martyr complex tangled up romatically with Caleb - a "hero" who essentially rapes her in the second chapter. Even if I could get past those issues, the plot holes were more like chasms, the characters less than dynamic and the overall tone of the book reeked of an amateur...something Dodd is hardly.
I gave Storm of Shadows a chance merely because I wanted to see if she had strengthened her voice and direction with the series. She did not. Again - the characters are one dimentional, the plot lacks focus and rather than leaving me wanting more - I instead wished I had never bought it in the first place.
The true irony however is learning how Dodd worried over this series- I believe on her website she discusses how she sought out other writers and friends and workshops to flesh out the plot and characters...I think she either received some extremely poor feedback or was the unfortunate butt of a competing authors joke.
Save your money for a latté or a matinee movie. This series isn't worth the paper it's prnted on.
Posted October 6, 2009
Ms. Dodd's first book, Storm of visions, was good. It had good character development, good story progression, and I found myself wishing I could have gotten to know Zusane's character more.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
But Ms. Dodd's second book to the series, Storm of Shadows, seems to me nothing more than filler. There is no story progression and the whole book is only about Aaron and Rosamond. Sure we do find out a few things, such as, Caleb and Jak. getting married. But all in all, the only significant part of the story was that Gary White came out of a coma and he confronted Irving in the end of the book. So.. if you want to find out what happens in the book, just read the last page, or better yet, the last chapter. You will find out all you need to know in the third book.
They find out at the beginning of the book that they need to look for a girl because she foretells of the "prophecy" then they find out at the end, that they are looking for the WRONG girl so they are back at Square 1. I don't feel that the characters skills are fully utilized, we have a seer for goodness sake here. USE HER, and I can't believe that they didn't figure out that Gary white was the guy in her vision "drip drip", I know I did.
One of the things that annoyed me was the classic "good vs evil". Sure it is in alot of our movies, books, etc. But, in this one, Evil is always one step ahead, always more powerful. At the end, of this book, we find out that it's "love" that conquers all. Romantic and corny I have to say with touch of clique. So.. All the Chosen have to fall in love or they loose the epic battle but what about the Others? Why are they so powerful, why is it that evil is ALWAYS like this? What challenges do they have to face to win against the Chosen?
I will not be continuing this series, I'm looking into Dobbs's other books in hopes that I wont be disappointed with those.