by Victoria Scott
Series: Dante Walker #1
Publication date: April 2nd 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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.
I have been dying to get my hands on this book; it was one of my Waiting on Wednesday posts several weeks back. I fell in love with the cover immediately and the synopsis made it even more difficult to wait. Following Victoria Scott on Facebook and Twitter didn’t make that wait any easier, watching her post pictures of the book and talk about the upcoming release. Ugh. I wanted to strangle her for taunting me. But I remained strong, held my head high, and made it until release day. That’s a lie. The Collector was released a few days early. I’m not certain I would have lasted otherwise.
I clicked on the gorgeous picture of Dante staring up at me from my Kindle and I began to read, fingernails firmly planted between my teeth. The excitement was overwhelming! Page one, page two, page three… my hand slowly recoiled from my mouth at the realization that I was not happy with these first few pages. I felt a sharp pain invade my chest at the idea of not liking this book after all the waiting. I felt that Dante was far too cocky and I wasn’t sure how I would be able to stomach his insolence dripping all over the rest of the pages. I wondered how so many readers could post about being in love with this arrogant bastard. I continued reading because I wasn’t giving up that easily, and before long Dante wasn’t so intolerable. A few more pages, he was almost likable. By the time I was a few chapters in I could feel the hook slowly penetrating my skin. I did fall in love with Dante! I did!
Seriously though, this book ROCKED! Victoria Scott is one talented author. I can only hope to be this brilliant as a writer. It’s hard to believe this is her first published novel. The character development is the work of pure genius. Her writing style is so modern and easy to relate to. The more I learned about Dante, the more I fell for him. Every character in this book is a blast to read about. Charlie Cooper is such a charming girl who becomes even more so as the story goes on. To simply say The Collector is entertaining would be a gross understatement. I am so glad I don’t have to wait too long for the second installment. The Liberator is expected to be released in August 2013. That’s months away, I know, but it’ll go by quickly. I promise.
The Collector is a book I will recommend to everyone. There is a little bit of everything in it — the paranormal, romance, suspense and drama. I laughed, I cried, my heart raced, my nails became little stubs of nothing on the end of my fingers. Victoria Scott is an author to watch!
About the Author
Victoria Scott writes teen fiction and is represented by literary agent, Sara Crowe. She’s the author of THE COLLECTOR trilogy (Entangled Teen), and the FLOOD AND FIRE trilogy (Scholastic). Victoria has a master’s degree in marketing, and lives in Dallas with her husband. She hearts cotton candy and chubby cats.
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