Monday, September 16, 2013

The Collector - Review

The Collector (Dante Walker #1)

By: Victoria Scott

Published: April 2, 2013 by Entangled Teen

352 pages

Source: Personal Kindle Library, won from Nomi's Paranormal Palace's 1 Year Bloggiversary Giveaway (Thanks!)

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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 long ago buried.
As a collector Dante shouldn't have a conscience, after all he isn't collecting souls for heaven and he knows what it's really like in hell.  None of that matters when his own freedom is at stake.  But meeting Charlie and having to corrupt her suddenly brings out emotions he hasn't felt in a long time and now isn't the time to start feeling guilty over his mission.  Not when so much hangs on his sealing her soul for hell.

Charlie is described by Dante as being beat by an ugly stick.  "Bless her", she has messed up teeth, bad hair, bad skin, wears glasses, walks with a limp and is just overly nerdy.  Ugly AND nerdy don't equal a good combination in the social circles of high school.  Dante however, is the complete opposite, exuding (maybe too much) confidence and is extreme hotness incarnate.  In order to seal Charlie's soul he has to befriend her and make her trust him so he can persuade her to be bad, bad enough to earn seals on her soul.  In the mix of his scheming it only takes a matter of days for him to see her, really see her, not what is on the outside but her heart and soul which are both good and pure.  Is it too late to turn back the plan that's well on its way to his collecting her?  Is it too late for her to forgive all the lies he told her in order to gain her trust?

I did enjoy The Collector and look forward to seeing what happens next for Charlie and Dante in The Liberator.  Fans of book like the Existence Trilogy by Abbi Glines are sure to enjoy this one!

Favorite Quotes:
"I choose the latter, because that's what I do.  I choose me.  I choose the ease of sin over hardship."

"...she has every reason to become spiteful and sinful...just like me.  But instead she turned disaster into benevolence."

Final Rating - 3.5 stars


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