Storm of Visions (Chosen Ones Series #1)

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First in a new back-to- back series from the New York Times bestselling author

Hailed as "a star in any genre,"(New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward) Christina Dodd delivers an exciting new paranormal romance that introduces The Seven, a secret society created to combat evil in all its deadly forms...

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Overview

First in a new back-to- back series from the New York Times bestselling author

Hailed as "a star in any genre,"(New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward) Christina Dodd delivers an exciting new paranormal romance that introduces The Seven, a secret society created to combat evil in all its deadly forms...

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Dodd (Into the Flame) kicks off a new paranormal romantic suspense series with this gripping story. Jacqueline Vargha desperately denies the gift that rates her a place among the Chosen Ones, a group of seven extrasensoried young people who will battle the devil’s minions, the Others. Under the influence of her adoptive mother, powerful psychic and tabloid queen Zusane, Jacqueline joins the other six Chosen just before an explosion kills their would-be mentors. Alone but for Caleb, Zusane’s bodyguard and Jacqueline’s former lover, and two elderly, ungifted assistants, the new Chosen seek out the saboteur. Caleb and Jacqueline’s on-again-off-again romance is a little thin, but the taut, suspenseful plot, intriguing characters and a smooth, natural style show that Dodd has earned her place on the bestseller list. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451227638
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/4/2009
  • Series: Chosen Ones Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 413,913
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Christina Dodd is a New York Times bestselling author whose novels have been translated into twelve languages. She lives in Washington with her husband and two dogs.

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  • Posted August 24, 2009

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    The only thing I loved was the beginning

    This was my first C. Dodd novel and it will probably be the last. It had a wonderful beginning, the bodyguard/ex-boyfriend who caught up to his charge who was hiding hundreds of miles from her home and responsiblity. He took her back to her family kicking and screaming. She stepped in the circle acknowledging her part as a Chosen One... And then everything went south from there.

    Eventhough the background behind The Chosen Ones and the Others seemed fascinating it took way too long to get the story moving. The Chosen Ones were a clueless bunch of misfits who haphazardly pulled their talent together and the plot was weaker than the coffee I just got from Chic-fil-a.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

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    I love Christina Dodd!

    The story is a nice extension to her previous series, Darkness Chosen which I devoured. This story is a bit slow moving at first but Ms. Dodd does a nice job with unusual and supernatural plots to make them believable. Her heroines are always strong and her heros are HOT!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2009

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    Storm of Visions is a Hit!

    Thank you so much Christina for letting me read the book before it hits the stands.

    Christina Dodd takes you on the ride of your life in this new series. I loved the new characters she introduces you to, as well as, bringing back an old one. Storm of Visions takes place after the Wilders successfully broke their 1,000 year old pact with the devil (The Darkness Chosen series). In Storm of Vision Aleksander Wilder returns and has been recently inducted as one of the new "Chosen" . Aleksander and the rest of the "Chosen" must work together if they are to succeed in defeating the devil. However, "The Others" have their own plans and they don't include defeat.

    In Storm of Visions, you are introduced to Jacqueline Vargha. Jacqueline has wanted nothing more than to be just a normal girl. She never wanted her gift and has struggled to hide it all her life. But the tattoo of an eye on the palm of her hand says differently. It seems that destiny has different plans for Jacqueline and normal just won't do! Jacqueline is destined to be the most powerful Seer the "Chosen" has ever had and as the newly appointed Seer she must come to terms with her gift and she must do this fast. For the fate of herself, the other "Chosen" as well as the rest of the world is relying on her. The battle between Good and Evil is at an all time high. Who will win?

    I can hardly wait for Storm of Shadows!!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2009

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    action-packed paranormal romantic suspense

    Storm of Visions
    Christina Dodd
    Signet, Aug 2009, $7.99
    ISBN 9780451227638

    Jacqueline Vargha rejects the idea that she is one of the magnificent seven Chosen Ones; instead she insists she has no paranormal skills. However, her her adoptive mother psychic Zusane knows better and forces a reluctant Jacqueline to join with the other six special Chosen.

    The team is shocked when their selected mentors die in a bombing. The reluctant untrained Chosen One and Zusane's bodyguard Caleb, who was once Jacqueline's lover, accompanied by two unskilled elderly assistants with no extrasensory skills hunt the assassin while dodging their natural enemies the Others and struggling with an attraction neither want but both desire.

    STORM OF VISIONS is an action-packed paranormal romantic suspense that sets the stage for what looks like will be a terrific series, but also insures the opening act contains a strong story line. Caleb is an interesting male lead, but Jacqueline is the more fascinating protagonist as she prefers to pretend she has no paranormal abilities just like she prefers to ignore her feelings for the bodyguard. Although the romance is more like a light switch being turned on and off throughout the plot, fans of Christina Dodd will enjoy her suspense laden paranormal thriller.

    Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 13, 2012

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    An easy fast-paced read

    Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi

    Storm of Visions is the first installment of Christina Dodd’s The Chosen Ones series. In it we meet Jacqueline Vargha, who’s living in Napa Valley and working at a local winery. Until one night her past walks in the door in the form of Caleb D’Angelo.

    In this book we learn that something happens when a child is abandoned. Every seven years there are seven Chosen that manifest themselves. These are people who were abandoned as children that have some kind of special gift that is only given to those that were born with no love. Then, there are the Others that were also abandoned as children, but they are taken in by evil, the devil himself. There is a war that rages between the Chosen and the Others and it’s not looking very good for the Chosen as each cycle their powers are less and less potent.

    Jacqueline is one of the Chosen, but she refuses to take her place in the war. Which is exactly why Caleb has made a reappearance in her life. It is time for the choosing when the new Chosen take their place and commit themselves to the mission. Caleb works for Jacqueline’s mother and has been sent to retrieve her. He drags her back to New York kicking and screaming for her to take her rightful place as the new Chosen’s seer, which will replace her adoptive mother’s place as seer.

    But when her first real vision is one of her mother being killed in a plane crash it sends Jacqueline reeling and makes her face a truth that she’s never wanted to face; she loves her mother. Jacqueline was also injured during her vision. Is she just that powerful that she was able to be hurt by what she saw as if she was really there or did somebody step in while she was in the trance of her vision and try to kill her? That is the question that Caleb is asking and he won’t stop until he finds out the answer and assures the woman he loves (and has loved for years) is safe.

    I really didn’t know what to think when I started reading this book, but I quickly fell in love with the story. It’s an easy fast-paced read that had me hooked all the way to the end.

    The war between the Others and the Chosen is interesting and it reminds me a lot of J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood with the war between the Brotherhood and the Lessening Society. With that comparison in my mind I found it to be quiet the coincidence that J.R. had a quote on the cover about Dodd’s writing.

    I really enjoyed Caleb and Jacqueline. I wasn’t sure I would considering the first scene in the book with them alone he seems a bit too dominating and controlling until you realize they know each other and she loses her resistance. I’m glad he quit being a jerk after that and I truly loved seeing how much he cared for her, even though he was forced by her mother to leave her alone up until the point she sent him to retrieve Jacqueline. I really loved the flashback of the first time Caleb came to Jacqueline’s rescue and the time they spent together afterwards, especially the hot sex scene!! This couple is pure electric and they left me begging for more. I also enjoyed the scene where Caleb took Jacqueline to meet his mom and between talking to Mrs. D’Angelo and the stuff Jacqueline found in the attic she discovers that Caleb really has loved her for years! And, I loved the humor as well…

    Caleb came to his mother’s side and helped her to her feet. “Besides, if you rest, then I am free to make love to Jacqueline.”

    Continued at openb

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2010

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    Disaster

    There is no plot to begin with. The story does not have substance. It is occasionally funny but in only a few places. The romance was too rushed in only 6 days. Don't waste your time or money. By far the Black Dagger Brotherhood series is the best paranormal series ever. It is not worth passing an afternoon with. So boring, predictablel, and daunting.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2009

    Not her best work

    I read the entire book but could have stopped after her bodyguard found her and she jumped into the circle. I love Ms. Dodd's body of work but this was not her best work. I understand she had to set up the characters but it became a bit tedious. This doesn't mean I will stop reading her books though. She still rocks!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2009

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    Great Start!!

    This was a good start for the fisrt book of the series. I fell in love with the characters and i would reccommend it to anyone looking for a good read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2013

    As always, I find the character development, the humor, the plot

    As always, I find the character development, the humor, the plot, the romance hard to put down. Way to Go, Ms Dodd! I love your books!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2011

    Too long

    Not worth it to start this series. You wait years for the next book. I have been waiting for the fourth book but have began to think she just can not finish. I have noticed she has started another series. I wasted money onn this because I do not see a finish.

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  • Posted February 25, 2011

    The Chosen Ones Series by Christina Dodd

    Once you start reading you wont want to stop!The series is paranormal romance. Which starts as a secret society of seven "Chosen Ones", every seven years a new group is chosen and trained.They have no idea what they got themselves into by sighning a contract that must be fullfilled. There is no way out! Half the group doesn't want anything to do with eachother, let alone find out their assignment. Once they come together tragity hits and forces them to come together just to stay alive. The story line is based on the chosen ones fighting for not only their own lives but also finding abandoned children like themselves who have special powers that ways the balance between good and evil. Christina Dodd's writting is on the same page as Sherrilyn Kenyon and Patricia Brigg's. If you like their books you'll love this series!. So far there are four books in the series and one in the making. I am not sure what the fifth books name is or when it will be published. When it's released I will be the first to buy it. It is definatly one of my fav"s!
    A must read series!

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  • Posted May 30, 2010

    great read

    This is the first time I've read one of her books and I was totally hooked. I loved the characters and the plot was funny and thrilling.

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  • Posted April 21, 2010

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    Had high hopes, maybe next time!

    I've read the Darkness Chosen series and I fell in love with them but with Storm of Visions (The Chosen Ones series) I was a little disappointed, her steamy scenes were there but I felt it needed more action. Hope Storm of Shadows is better.

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  • Posted October 6, 2009

    Not What I Was Looking For!

    As a fan of Christina Dodd, I was very disappointed in this book. Her paranormal series seem to be degrading further and further. This book stems off of her Darkness Chosen trilogy and takes the "deal with the Devil" one step further to a blood feud between good and evil. The premise was a little dark for my taste, but I decided to wait it out anyway. Unfortunately, my effort was for naught. Dodd flitted from sex scene to sex scene filling the limited space in-between meaningless violence. I still don't know what the point was! At the very least, this book should be re-categorized from Paranormal Romance to Bloody Erotica. Now if that is what you're looking for, this book fits the bill!

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  • Posted October 4, 2009

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    Interesting mythology.

    I enjoyed the book, but felt it could have been improved. I find the underlying premise a bit confusing. I wish the author had spent a little more time fleshing it out. I thought the chemistry between the two lovers was a bit shallow. All in all, it was a light read, but not one of her best.

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  • Posted September 4, 2009

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    Amazing

    The book is filled with passion, detail, love, loss, pain, suspense and "the supernatural." A great read cover to cover! I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2009

    Worth reading..enjoyed it...but not as good as I expected.

    I would recommend reading this book. I did enjoy it and will absolutely read the rest in this series. I did expect to like it a bit more, however, just because of how much I've loved Dodd's other books. Looking forward to the others.

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  • Posted August 17, 2009

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    In the middle with this one

    I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series. However, I was disappointed that the charaters wasn't commisionate enough for me. From my view Suzanne daughter was self centered. There was no humor in her, it was all about her not wanting to be like her mother.

    This book wasn't additive. However an interesting read.

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  • Posted August 17, 2009

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    Spellbinding and Explosive Tale of Paranormal Romance & Suspense

    The supreme test for a new league of The Chosen Ones has begun. They are a powerful force for good and "light" in a fearful, troubled world and their mission is to use their unique gifts to courageously confront and vanquish the evil forces that flourish in our contemporary society. But the peril is great because the Devil's treacherous minions The Others are out there lurking in the shadows. They fanatically serve their evil master and won't hesitate to use their powerful gifts to ruthlessly destroy anyone who stands in the way of the devil's complete world domination.

    In her latest undertaking into the paranormal romance genre, author Christina Dodd again pens a fast paced, high stakes adventure that explores the ever fascinating conflict between the forces of Good and Evil. Set mainly in present day NYC, in STORM OF VISIONS the talented Ms. Dodd plunges readers headlong into a sinister, spellbinding and explosive tale of paranormal suspense that's intricately blended with a blazingly provocative, passionate and emotionally charged romance. telling a story that kept me firmly on the edge of my seat and definitely wanting MORE.

    The Story's heroine, Jacqueline Vargha is intelligent, physically fit, beautiful-and angry. She wants to choose her own path in life, but she was born with the mark of a seer-an eye-in the palm of her hand. It's something not seen since the first of the Abandoned Ones and might be an indication she may be destined to become one of the greatest psychics the Chosen Ones have ever known. But adamantly denying her gift, Jacqueline's been on the run for a couple of years, and now the time has come for her to accept her responsibilities. She must confront her fears and the reasons for her anger, and recognize that her visions-and Caleb D'Angelo-are an inevitable part of her destiny.

    The hero, Caleb D'Angelo shows the world a hard, intimidating, aggressive and dangerously tough exterior-a necessity in his work as a bodyguard-but he's also quite honorable, dependable and extremely protective of those he feels responsible for and loves. And, though he was at times domineering and heavy-handed with Jacqueline, I felt the gravity of their situation called for it. There was no doubt in my mind that Caleb loved her-and if necessary, would die to protect her.

    I thought the main characters were very well written. Ms Dodd created two good, strong, compelling and relatable characters-realistically imperfect people-with a full range of human emotions, faults, failings, doubts and fears. And during the course of the story we see their growth as they become more emotionally resilient, wiser and willing to make concessions for the greater good. I really liked them both.

    As with any series of this type there were several supporting characters introduced-all were crucial to the development of storyline-and we're given a necessary and enlightening peek into their individual personas, temperaments and special abilities. However, I felt the main focus of this book was on Jacqueline and Caleb, and their journey toward declaring their love. I also think Jacqueline will play a pivotal role in future stories and Caleb will continue to be her support and her anchor. She'll need his love to ground her; for the ultimate confrontation between darkness and light is on the horizon... and battling the Devil is not for the faint of heart.

    Wonderfully executed; an altogether winning first installment!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2009

    Great Read

    I loved this book. If you like Christina Dodd you will love this new series. It gives you the in-depth feel of characters that her other series have given. I enjoy meeting all of the characters in the first book and getting to know them as the series goes on. She does a great job of not forgetting characters. I can't wait for the other books to come out.
    Thanks.

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