Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Collector by Victoria Scott

The Collector by Victoria Scott
Release Date: March 25, 2013
Publisher: Entangled Publishing

He makes good girls...bad.  Dante Walker is flippin’ awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence have 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 ten 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.  -

Okay, hold the phone!  I just finished reading a couple hundred pages worth of awesome!  Talk about having me at hello... this book and Dante Walker, definitely did!  I've seen some negative reviews about the book and the main character Dante, and I'm absolutely baffled that there are people who didn't just fall in love with this book and this character.  But I'm getting ahead of myself.

Dante was a complicated character.  At first, I admit, he's not exactly likeable.  This is a guy who loves what he does (and what he does is not good), knows he has power, knows he's hot, and his personality has grown from that accordingly.  So no, when you first meet him, you may not like him.  But that's the point of the book.  You have to hang in there.  And I have to admit, even though he's not exactly likeable immediately, you still have to like him anyway...because that arrogance is done so well.  He has attitude, he has style, and all of that comes through in his narrative.  Which brings me to another point... I LOVE that this entire book was from Dante's perspective.  It's great to see books, for once, that take place in the male's point of view, and the fact that it's Dante made it even more interesting because you got to watch that ruthless arrogance slowly evolve and shape and change.

Charlie was the perfect compliment to him.  Whereas he's practically perfect physically, she is not.  This is a real girl with physical flaws, which I thought was great.  Sometimes it gets old reading about perfect people all the time, heroine's that are all beautiful, even if they don't know it.  This girl wasn't ugly, but physically, she was nothing special... she was ordinary.  But what she had was an exquisite spirit and a giving heart.  Yes, he was there to turn her bad... but... somewhere along the way, she uncovers his good.

I don't want to give away what happens because having the events unfold for you in this book is what makes it great, and I wouldn't want to rob anyone of being able to watch that gradual progression of events.   I'll just say that I loved the twist at the end.  It's not exactly a cliffhanger in the sense that there is resolution, but there is an overriding plot point that will continue into the next book and that you can't wait to find out about.

The writing was great...  this author did an amazing job being in Dante's head and portraying him in such a raw and realistic way.  This guy was sexy and good at heart.  There were such funny moments, but some heartbreaking ones too.  Bravo!!


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