By: Victoria Scott
Release Date: April 2, 2013
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Summary (via Goodreads):
He makes good girls…bad.
Dante Walker is flippin’ awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence has made him one of hell’s best—a soul collector. His job is simple, weed through humanity and label those round rears with a big, red good or bad stamp. Old Saint Nick gets the good guys, and he gets the fun ones. Bag-and-tag.
Sealing souls is nothing personal. Dante’s an equal opportunity collector and doesn’t want it any other way. But he’ll have to adjust, because Boss Man has given him a new assignment:
Collect Charlie Cooper’s soul within 10 days.
Dante doesn’t know why Boss Man wants Charlie, nor does he care. This assignment means only one thing to him, and that’s a permanent ticket out of hell. But after Dante meets the quirky, Nerd Alert chick he’s come to collect—he realizes this assignment will test his abilities as a collector, and uncover emotions deeply buried.
I have to preface my review by saying that I was so eager to get my hands on The Collector. I’d read all the hype surrounding this book and I needed to read it as soon as possible. I got to meet Victoria Scott at Montgomery County Book Festival and she was so incredibly personable and funny. I literally jumped up and down and screamed when I got an electronic ARC, thank you Entangled Teen for giving me the opportunity to read The Collector early.
Once I started The Collector I was completely captivated and immersed in the story and characters. I loved reading from a male point of view and even better he wasn’t a nice guy-he was our story’s villain. His thoughts and comments are funny but always at the expense of someone else. Surprisingly, this did not detract from my continued desire to read or my enjoyment. I will say that Dante’s slang was a bit over the top for my taste but it fit his personality and gave him an unique voice. I enjoyed watching some of his less dominant characteristics surface and how he reacted to them and the characters instigating his changes. Victoria Scott has created a character that stands out amongst his fictional peers and I know that I’ll be interested to see where she takes him.
Charlie, our female lead, stands out too. She is anything but perfect, but she’s got the characteristics you’d look for in a friend: inspiring and loyal. Though I could understand her character’s motivations I had trouble connecting with her at times and questioned her gullibility. I might have found it more difficult because I wasn’t seeing the story from her POV. Overall though, I really enjoyed getting to know her personality and especially her backstory.
Scott took time to create well rounded secondary characters that I found realistic in their desires and flaws. The interactions between them were amusing which helped push the story line along. As the story progressed I found some of the coincidences to be a tad too convenient, but this didn’t take away from my overall enjoyment of the novel. I was left wanting to find out where the story would take us in the following book.
The Collector was a fast paced, highly enjoyable book, though it had a few flaws, none stopped me from being thoroughly entertained. Scott’s writing style flowed smoothly and completely sucked me into the story she created.
Check out Dante Walker’s website
Book 2, The Liberator, expected to be released September 2013 (YAY!)