Storm of Visions (Chosen Ones Series #1)

Storm of Visions (Chosen Ones Series #1)

by Christina Dodd

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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...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451227638
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/04/2009
Series: Chosen Ones Series , #1
Edition description: Original
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 640,638
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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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Storm of Visions (Chosen Ones Series #1) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 126 reviews.
Atlanticia More than 1 year ago
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.
winterreading27 More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
LauraT83634 More than 1 year ago
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!!!!
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Centuries of conflict stretching back to the earliest days of the Roman Empire have resulted in a present-day stand-off between the forces known as the Others and the Chosen. The Chosen, seven heroes with special powers, are selected from a group of orphans known as the Abandoned Ones every seven years. And for seven years they stand committed to oppose the machinations of the Others, who serve the Devil.Unfortunately for this particular group of newly Chosen, the company known as the Gypsy Travel Agency - their cover - is nothing but a smoking hole in New York City skyline. With little help and only the most basic idea of the task ahead of them, seven strangers must learn to work together to save the world. The opening novel features reluctant seer Jacqueline Vargha whose love for her mother's bodyguard may save her - or see her dead.Not exactly strong. But an interesting enough premise that I tracked down the sequel.
Jenson_AKA_DL on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jacqueline is the adopted daughter of the world famous glamour girl Zusanne and has spent her life resenting that her mother seems to love her whirlwind lifestyle more than the daughter she kept leaving behind. Not only that but Jacqueline resents the fact that Zusanne only took her in because Jacqueline is a "Chosen One", a seer who is destined to fight against the evil of the world.Living in California Jacqueline is convinced she has left everything of her past behind, including Zusanne's bodyguard and Jacqueline's former instructor and lover, Caleb. But now is the time that the new 7 Chosen are to gather in NYC and Zusanne and Caleb are insistent that Jacqueline take her place along with them, whether she wants to or not."Storm of Visions" is the start of a new series for this author and as such this book has a lot of world building and character introduction which sometimes make for a drawn out read. However, she does a good job of keeping the plot going with lots of action worked in and around the introductions. My favorite part, and favorite character I think from the story, was the small bit told from the point of view of Aaron, one of the other Chosen. Neither Jacqueline nor Caleb had personalities I could identify with or like very much. Caleb was certainly one of those muy macho types who is a bit of a know it all. I couldn't help feeling that his attraction to Jacqueline was completely born of his loyalty (bordering on obsession) for Zusanne. Jacqueline swung from feeling contempt for all those most important in her life to absolute guilt and we never seemed to actually see who she is, except from the small part at the beginning in the vineyard.This was an interesting enough beginning and set up for a new series and the story did move along quickly, but ultimately I don't think it is one that I'll continue on with. I think that perhaps Aaron's story is next, and I did like his small part, but I have a feeling that should I pick it up, I may not like him afterward.
littleflwers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
New series by Christina Dodd. Great first book in the series. This story has to do with Jacqueline one of the special Chosen Ones. She denies her paranormal psychic visions and hates that she has to actually finally acknowledge that yes she does have the ability. Her bodyguard Caleb who also used to be Zusane's bodyguard (Jacqueline's mother) has a high romantic interest in Jacqueline. It seems sometimes rocky but the relationship is all there whether she wants it or not. It is a thriller which is action packed! There really isn't much romance in this particular story. It is more about the Chosen Ones and the attempts at protecting them. I think this is a pretty good start to a new series. Looking forward to the next one.
TXBookjunkie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Storm of Visions" is the first in Christina Dodd's new series, "The Chosen Ones". It's a paranormal romantic suspense novel about a group of people with ESP (called the Chosen Ones) who battle a group called The Others (who carry out the work of the devil). This first book introduces us to the psychic of the group, Jacqueline. Jacqueline is (literally) dragged back by her former lover, Caleb (her adoptive mother's bodyguard), to the group of six newly appointed Chosen Ones just before an explosion wipes out all the previous Chosen Ones. This new group has the duty of trying to work together, fight the Others, and figuring out who among them is a traitor.The first few chapters were a bit confusing until you realize that Jacqueline actually knows the man who shows up in her house. It was also a bit slow going through the first half of the book, but I consider that a given since this is the first book of a new series. The author has a lot of world building to lay down while not giving away too much of future storylines. The next book in this series looks intriguing (it's the story of the mind controller of the group), and I look forward to seeing how this series plays out.
onyx95 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Knowing that she is suppose to be some great psychic and that she is expected to become part of the `Chosen Ones¿ didn¿t mean that Jacqueline Vargha had to like it. She had had enough of (her mother) Zusanes control, so she ran away from it until Zusane sent her top body guard (Caleb D¿Angelo) to bring her back. Loving Jacqueline had not been easy for Caleb. First his loyalty to Zusane was all that stopped him. Now going back to her, loving her the way he wanted to would have to be on mutual terms. Meeting the newest of the `Chosen Ones¿ and finding out that they were in danger would only complicate the relationship, if there was one at all.Book 1 ¿.. All about the set up. As a romance this one fell a little short, mostly straight to it, down and dirty sex, even though it was called love making . The relationship had already started, I didn¿t feel the connection to the love affair, even with the memory flashbacks - is was a pre-existing condition. There were a lot of characters introduced, the larger concept of the `Chosen¿ vs. the `Others¿ and all of their gifts. The main characters didn¿t stand out to me (maybe that was because the book was all about the set up). Christina Dodd is a new author for me, so I am interested in reading another (maybe book 2 of `The Chosen Ones¿ series), just to see if it is the writers style or because it is just about the set up for the rest of the series.
Tieras on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Chosen series by Christina Dodd is good. How good? I read the first four in four days. The contemporary concept is completely original in this world of cookie cutter paranormal romances. I liked it! The heroes, while not exactly normal like you and me, deal with some fairly normal issues not just pertaining to the paranormal world. How often do we see the hero overcome their doubts, get the girl and save the day? All the damn time. But is that real? Not to me. Floored, I read how the characters fight not only bad guys but themselves as well as they struggle to save the day. I loved it and you will too!
Chandra-of-Red on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I made an attempt to read this book and put it down for awhile. I finally completed reading approx a month later after I had read other books in between. I found it difficult to read without clarifying up front the talents of so many different characters. I found the book to be too mysterious, jumped around all over the place and did not make too much sense. When I started reading the second, I gathered more of an interest. I enjoyed how the book ended and am curious enough to read the second book. look forward to seeing whether or not the plot becomes clearer in the second book
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I've read other books by the author that kept me more engaged than this did. It wasn't bad but not that great either. The prologue grabbed my attention immediately as did the 1st few chapters then it became a bit boring.
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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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Openbooksociety_dot_com More than 1 year ago
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
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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.