Author: Victoria Scott
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publish Date: April 2nd, 2013
“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 by Victoria Scott has been so highly anticipated that if you haven't heard of it before you must have been living under a rock. And let me tell you, that anticipation will not end with the first book in this series. It's a novel that's not meant to be taken too seriously, but will certainly keep you entertained until the very last page.
Maybe not all of the situations in The Collector are completely realistic, but I couldn't care less. Amuse me and I'll forgive just about anything. Make me literally laugh out loud every six words and you can do no wrong. And, apparently, Victoria Scott can do no wrong. Dante Walker, however, can do wrong like no other.
Only Dante Walker could get away with saying words like thang. Seriously, he's like the mayor of doucheville, but that's the point. I'm suddenly picturing Ryan Reynolds on My Boys. Anyone remember that? Dante is THAT kind of douche. And I love it! I swear, I think I had to stop and laugh after every other sentence.
Dante and Charlie's relationship is insta-love at its finest. And I say at its finest, because I didn't mind it for even a second. I'm more of a slow burn kind of girl, but the ridiculously sweet Charlie and the endlessly jerky Dante are just too cute together. And, honestly, if Dante Walker showed up on my doorstep, I'd be instantly taken by him too. Any teenage girl (and some not so teenaged girls) would, so who are we to begrudge Charlie, the lucky duck.
Victoria Scott has written a thoroughly enjoyable novel with The Collector. Do yourself a favor and let yourself become lost in Dante's head. Don't worry about being politically correct—he doesn't—or about minding your manners—he doesn't do that either. Read The Collector and let your inner demon out for a little while!
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I'm a YA writer represented by Laurie McLean. Author of THE COLLECTOR (Entangled Teen, April 2013) and THE BRIMSTONE BLEED (Scholastic, 2014). I have a master's degree in marketing, and live in Dallas with my husband. When not writing, I can be found munching cotton candy and snuggling obese cats.
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