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Wilder: The Chosen Ones
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2012
When waiting for a long anticipated book, knowing that it will bring the story to an end a reader often has mixed feelings. One, will it live up to the hype and two does it really have to end? Oh and will I like the ending.. guess that is three questions.. In Christina Dodd's Wilder the final book of her Chosen Ones Series the answer is yes.. yes ... yes.. What a fantastic ending to a wonderful series. The Chosen ones is a series that tells the story of good vs evil in a very obvious manner. It talks about black, white and grey. It shares when characters we think are good are less than perfect and it shares when characters that we thinks should be irredeemable and yet are. I have enjoyed this series from the very beginning and yes am so very sad to see it end. But Ms Dodd, ends it exactly when she should and let me say she does it with a bang!!

Aleksandr Wilder, miracle baby.. A Child of prophecy who walked through fire at a very young age. He was chosen as a chosen not because he had powers but because of who he was. His family had already beat a millennium old contract with the devil, whose to say this generation couldn't do it again? He was still a child when he was chosen, brilliant, generous, kind but still a child. Four years into his service he went to get married and disappeared no one knew if he was alive or dead... Three years later the only thing he knows is that he doesn't know anything. He is the Guardian, a beast whose sole job is to protect those below. The homeless, the mentally ill, society's cast offs. The ones who weren't protected BEFORE Armageddon and certainly not after.

Charisma Fangorn (and no she does not live with the Ents) has heard the hearth speak to her for most of her life. Raised by a parent who took advantage of her talents she escaped to become her own woman. A free spirited woman who in my opinion was the heart of the Chosen. Smart mouthed and funky she yanked everyone's chains and yet she was always the one who held on to hope. Real hope that good would overcome evil. Charisma was traveling below searching for her missing bracelet when she was attacked by demons and left for dead. Brought to the Guardian's cave where she was able to resist the demon poison she finds more than healing.

Charisma and the Guardian tell a wonderful beauty and the beast story. In many ways it reminded me of Catherine and Vincent (oh come on you remember Ron Pearlman and Linda Hamilton's version of the story). Living in the tunnels below New York City. Seriously, I want to check out those tunnels so much happens down there.. from mysterious beasts to ancient treasures.. *grins* The Guardian knows if he goes to close to the surface he will be found so he is destined to remain below and Charisma is destined to return to her duties as a chosen one.

This story was poignant, it brought tears to my eyes several times. It was fierce, the chosen truly believed that they had a chance to ensure that good would prevail. It was romantic in oh so many ways, the most obvious in being that true love conquers all. It was a story about so much more than one man and one woman and yet in so many ways it was the story of man and woman. I LOVED this book.

I enjoyed seeing the Wilders again, who among us doesn't love Konstantine Wilder? I enjoyed some of the humor.. Rosie the bus driver especially, seriously this woman had a schedule to keep. I appreciated that Ms Dodd made sure that love conquered all for more than Charisma and Aleksandr. The story of choices and sacrifices of doing what was right above all was a truly powerful one. I could go on and on and on about this book but I keep stumbling into spoilerville and I hate doing that so I will just say.. read this book!!

This is not a stand alone book, sure you could read it as one but there is so much history, so much that came before. I suggest you not only read the Chosen Ones but you also read the Darkness Chosen Series first.. But even if you don't want to read all that came before.. read this book!!

Shauni
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2012
Let me first say this has been an exciting paranormal romance series from the first book, even if the genre is not your usual fare. The characters are that mix between human and something more that makes them just like people you may know. Rich with flaws, love, quirks, humor, and intensity, they stumble and grow as they become heroes and heroines you can't help but love. The action well-played out, and the romance beautiful and hot (fanning myself)! Wilder is a beauty and the beast sort of love story, one of the best written. Our hero in Wilder is Aleksandr Wilder, a descendant in the family of characters in the Darkness Chosen Series, joining the two in the fight against the same evil. The romance fires between him and Charisma, the only other chosen one who has not found her mate. The chosen ones are gifted with special abilities, and selected to keep a restraint on the greatest evil present in the world. They also rescue others who are gifted. This story can be read as a stand-alone book, as details are briefly interwoven from the bigger stories, but I would recommend reading both series soon because they are EXCELLENT! With such real characters and no repetition in her books, Christina Dodd remains one of the top writers of paranormal romance, and also other romance sub-genres.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 7, 2013
**Review as posted at Lusty Penguin Reviews**

Wilder, the last installment of Christina Dodd's Chosen Ones series, was definitely worth the wait. Dodd is a magnificent and brilliant storyteller, and the paranormal world she has created in this series is as unique as her characters are.

In her years with the Chosen Ones, heroine Charisma Fangorn has become a strong and brave leader. Along with all of Charisma's strengths, Dodd creates believable vulnerabilities that make Charisma an endearing character. On the other hand, Aleksandr Wilder, a brilliant computer expert, abandons his duty to the Chosen Ones, is betrayed by someone he trusts, and is tortured and physically transformed into a beast. Believing he will never be forgiven or find love, Aleksandr fights evil where it lives, under the city. Dodd masterfully creates two characters who believe they are unlovable, which couldn't be further from the truth. Aleksandr's dry wit coupled with Charisma's propensity to speak her mind sparks the chemistry between these two characters, making them the perfect match. Their chemistry jumps off the page with intimate, steamy, and sensually meaningful scenes.

In addition to the ideal balance of romance and action, all of our favorite secondary characters from previous novels and Aleksandr's family from the Darkness Chosen series are flawlessly integrated into the page-turning final battle of the series. All in all, Wilder is a dramatic and action-filled conclusion to a stunning and enjoyable series.

If you are a lover of paranormal romance and you haven't read a Christina Dodd novel--do! I think it goes without saying that a series should be read in order, so start at the beginning, and you won't be disappointed.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Christina Dodd delivers another Breathtaking Masterpiece, without leaving one boring moment. This Remarkable story grabs your attention immediately and it was quite difficult to read one chapter at a time, because as with all of her books, this was was no exception. It was addicting and enjoyable from beginning to end. I loved the idea of how it reminds us so much of "Beauty And The Beast." That's why it was so entertaining. Every seven years, a group is selected to battle the evil that's attacking the world, known as 'The Chosen.' They must work together to accomplish their mission. The clock ticks fast as Aleksandr struggles to complete his mission, but his mind is filled with his own troubles, and he must come to terms with his fears. This powerfully moving story is beautifully written, the historic setting is Stunning, and the characters light up the pages. Highly recommended to all romance and suspense lovers!
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on August 7, 2012
Every seven years a group of "Chosen" are selected and these seven are to battle the evil that is attacking the world. The "Chosen" must work together if they are to succeed in defeating this evil. Unfortunately time is running out!

Aleksandr is a troubled guy. He was instrumental in helping save his family and now is struggling to do his part as a "Chosen" to save the world. So he runs from his fate. But as we all know - no one can run forever!

When Aleksandr finds Charisma being attacked - he can no longer run from fate or from himself! He must face his fears or lose his soul!

I fell in love with the Aleksandr and the Wilder family when reading Christina Dodd's "Darkness Chosen" Series. So I have been waiting patiently - well maybe not patiently - for Aleksandr's story (lol). In "Wilder" you get to revisit old favorites. You get a glimpse into how the rest of his family was getting by. I loved it!

"Wilder" was totally worth the wait!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 7, 2012
I picked up WILDER not realizing it was the last book in a series, but it stands alone and was so good, I'm backtracking to read the rest of the Chosen Ones and find out how all the couples got together. It's definitely a Beauty and the Beast type story, more like the TV show than Disney because in addition to the love story there's incredible sex *and* they get to save the world. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 5, 2014
I loved this whole series. I hate that it had to end. I love how the Author foreshadows, yet keeps you wondering in the plot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
What a great end to anawesome series. Love Christina Dodd, and can't wait to see what she brings us next.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2013
A fitting ending to the chosen one. Would love to know what happen with their children.... Read the whole series
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2013
Great way to end the series! It went full circle, yet leaves it open to yet another spinoff. You never know .
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