Review: The Collector
THE COLLECTOR by Victoria Scott will be released in the U.S. on April 2, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in paperback format only at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.
Published by Entangled Teen, the print edition is 400 pages.
THE COLLECTOR is the first book in author Victoria Scott’s Dante Walker series. The second book in the series entitled THE LIBERATOR is slated for release in September 2013.
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.
THE COLLECTOR isn’t your typical good versus evil tale. It doesn’t have a run-of-the-mill “bad boy” as its protagonist. It isn’t told in a predictable voice. It is an incredibly exciting story, with a tantalizing, dynamic and totally irresistible main character, told in a refreshingly unique voice.
Dante Walker has one purpose – and that is to collect souls. His job is fairly easy, even with the competition from the other collectors. He is good at what he does. Some would say he’s the best. He is, after all, the Boss Man’s right hand.
And that’s why he was entrusted to collect one particular soul. Charlie Cooper’s soul. A soul that is one of the very brightest Dante has ever seen. And he has ten days to make the collection. Ten days to dim its light. Ten days in which to not only please the Boss Man but to earn his promotion to Soul Director, which means a permanent place on earth.
And Dante is not about to fail. No matter how good Charlie is. Because everybody wants something. And from what he can tell she wants him.
Oh yeah, he’s got this.
From the outset readers will be captivated by Dante Walker, whose personality, if not always charming, is nothing less than magnetic. His confidence and arrogance and the very nature of his job serve to create a main character readers will want to know more about. He is someone who has much more going for him than good looks and the seemingly shallow demeanor he presents. There is a depth to Dante Walker.
On what initially appears to be the opposite side of the spectrum is Charlie Cooper. She is outwardly gawky, innocent, and a bit of a social misfit. But she is as good as they come. A loyal friend. Someone who sees the good in others. Someone who wants to make the world a better place.
And THE COLLECTOR brings them together in a story that is spellbinding, tension-filled and electrifying. A story that will keep readers on edge as they watch Dante try to make the collection, and hope that he doesn’t succeed. A story that will engage readers because of Dante’s cocky and oftentimes crude attitude and Charlie’s sweet and innocent one. And a story that is, at its core, a heartwarming one.
Author Victoria Scott has created a deliciously appealing main character, a story that feels very much an original, with a pacing that moves lightning fast. And with a few surprises that will keep readers enrapt, THE COLLECTOR is an exhilarating and absolutely riveting must read.
Reviewer gives this book…
On a personal note…
There is so much I want to say about THE COLLECTOR but on pain of being collected I have to try and refrain. Well, okay, the punishment may not be that severe, but it feels like it could be. It feels like if I even just think about giving away a few of the secrets from this story I’ll have one of those little seals slapped over my soul light.
And the last thing I want is to have my soul taken away. Especially since D… Nope, not going to trick me into revealing that.
But oh my gosh I loved this story. While it was completely the opposite of what I expected, I absolutely fell head-over-heels in love. And read it all at once. Nope, I couldn’t put this one down.
I expected a story that was dark. Really dark. But what I got was a story that was completely heart-warming. I’m talking the warm and fuzzies through and through. I expected a bad boy. I mean the baddest of the bad. But Dante was the kind of guy that could melt your heart.
And while I really can’t say why… you know, that dimming of my soul light issue… I can just say that while Dante may be cocky, arrogant, egotistical, it’s not all he is. He has so much more going for him. And I loved every single bit of it… of him… except maybe for his red sneakers. Not a fan of those. But thankfully… shoot, no I won’t say anything about that either.
What I loved as much, if not more than, the story itself was the author’s voice that came through in her character, Dante. Like I said above, in my review, it was refreshingly unique. It gave the story character. It gave it a different feel from all the other YA stories I’ve read. And it made it so easy to devour.
Just hearing the story in Dante’s voice, made me grin while reading. And seeing how his inner monologue changed at various points in the story turned my grin into a full-on ear-to-ear smile.
Of course this story is a good versus evil story. But it didn’t have that same-old same-old feel to it. I loved seeing the world the author created through Dante’s eyes. I loved the way he saw Charlie. Well, except maybe at the beginning. At the beginning he didn’t really see Charlie. But I really shouldn’t say any more about that, either.
I am so excited that this book has a sequel. I’m really nervous about where it might lead. Especially because there’s this thing that happened that I as a reader know, but one of the characters doesn’t know. And it makes me really, really, really anxious about just what the author plans on doing with this particular little tidbit. Okay, so it’s not that little. It’s actually a huge thing. Anyway….
It’s hard not to want to make this entire note about Dante, because he is sort of larger than life, even if he’s not exactly alive. But I should probably talk about the story itself. Which was exciting. I mean really exciting. The unputdownable variety of exciting.
As it unfolded, while I may have known the general direction the story was headed, I didn’t know for sure where it might lead. Which made me want to read faster so I could reach the end and find out those answers.
And for the entire read I was torn between rooting for one thing to happen – because I adored Dante – and for another – because I adored Charlie. So I wasn’t sure just how I’d feel at the story’s end. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to choose sides. I wasn’t sure I’d be happy with the outcome.
But let me just say that oh my gosh I loved how things ended. There was enough of a resolution to satisfy and enough left unresolved to make me anxious and in desperate need of book two.
I am so glad that I got the chance to read THE COLLECTOR early. And I am so happy that I did end up reading it right now, even if it means a longer wait for the sequel. While I was initially deterred by all the hype surrounding this book, I couldn’t help but to fall madly in love with it. Trash talking attitude, arrogant demeanor, red sneakers, and all.
I had a LOT of favorite passages in this book. And while not spoiler-y I’m only allowed to choose a favorite from the beginning of the book. Yep. Sorry, those are the rules on this one. So while not my very most favorite, here is one I like, a lot.
I need to get away from this house. Away from Charlie and her big, trusting eyes. Away from Grams and the look she just gave me. What am I supposed to feel? Guilt? Shame?
I am The Collector.
This review is based on an eARC I received from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.