Series: Dante Walker #1
Publisher: Entangled Teen on April 2, 2013
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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.
“My eyes widen at the sight of her. This is the girl Boss Man is after? She looks like a porcelain doll…beat three times with an ugly stick.”
“‘There’s the guy who trained me, you sexy son-of-a-bitch. I knew you could do this. I told the assistant,’ I said, ‘Do you even know who you’re dealing with here? Pfft. Pfft.’ ‘You definitely didn’t say that.’ ‘Nope. I sure as hell didn’t…’”
Favorite Character: I loved Charlie. She was sweet and kind, and even though she wasn’t that pretty on the outside, she was on the inside, which is a valuable trait.
“I’m in a slump, off my game, throwing up bricks, swinging and missing.”
My Musings: Victoria Scott’s debut novel was everything I was hoping for and more. I enjoyed this novel immensely, especially the interesting narration voice of Dante Walker. This novel is a must read for those who enjoy your typical bad boy and a whole lot of action.
Dante Walker is our narrator for this novel. His voice is very interesting. At first, it was hard to get into. That is, until I realized that this was your typical teenage boy talking. Scott did a fantastic job in capturing the essence of a typical boy. Dante’s voice was hilarious, arrogant, and just overall entertaining. For example:
“At the end of the walkway is a cat. It struts with arrogance. You’d think it just won the Nobel Prize. But it didn’t. Know why? Because it’s a freakin’ cat. In case you missed the memo, I. Hate. Cats. I loathe them. They’re built with little teeth and finger blades. I don’t know about you, but I’ll pass on that freak show.”
Dante was an amazing narrator, and it was interesting to see a story written from a guy’s point of view, as many novels are written in the girl’s point of view nowadays. Dante had me cracking up so much that I had family members coming in to check on me. I highlighted so much in this novel, and it was a pain going through to see what few quotes I would share with you!
Charlie is the girl that ends up changing Dante from bad-bad boy to good-bad boy. It was a slow change, making it realistic in my eyes. Charlie slowly wormed her way into Dante’s heart. What I liked a lot about Charlie was that she was far from perfect. She wasn’t model beautiful for a majority novel, and although that turns Dante off a lot in the beginning, her personality and kindness had both me and Dante falling in love. Charlie was a great, strong female character, and I cannot wait to see her confidence grow even more in The Liberator.
I also enjoyed the supporting characters of Blue, Annabelle, Valery, and Max. I absolutely adored Annabelle. She was a strong girl and she looked out for the confidence-depleted Charlie. Their little threesome of friends was supportive of each other, and their interactions were realistic to the max. As Dante describes:
“I’ll never understand the friendships Charlie has. Friendships where it doesn’t take cash or hookups, or saying the right things to stay in the circle. No, Charlie’s friendships are different. She tries to protect her people, and they in turn protect her. They accept each other’s imperfections and support one another. My friends weren’t like her friends, which makes me wonder if I ever had any at all.”
Blue was a sweetheart. He really liked Charlie and would do anything for her and Annabelle. He was cute and on the quiet side, but Dante was able to get him to come out of his shy shell by the end of the novel, and they developed a weird friend-like friendship. The sacrifice that he made had me in tears. Valery was absolutely hysterical. She reminded me of a female version of Dante, maybe with a slightly less arrogant attitude. They were able to keep up with each other’s insults and their interactions had me getting laughing cramps. And Max. Max is Dante’s best friend, and their relationship was the time when we saw Dante’s caring side. They really care about each other and I’m would do anything for each other, as we see in the novel. I cannot wait to see more of this pair in the upcoming novels. Scott managed to create amazing, dynamic characters that I wish were real and in my life.
I really enjoyed the plot in this novel. As of late, there are not many demon oriented novels, and I’m pretty sure that I have never read a novel centered on soul collecting demons! Victoria Scott created a unique world that drew me in from the very first page. I am anxiously awaiting the second installment, so that I can see how Dante acclimates to the changes that happened at the end on this novel. There was a lot of action in this novel near the end of the book. The beginning was a bit slower action-wise, but at that time we were getting to know the characters and the mystery and suspense of Dante’s stalker was growing. Scott climaxed the book at the perfect time, in my opinion, and the events that took place had me absolutely stuck to my screen until the end.
Victoria Scott’s The Collector was a hilarious tale of demons and stealing souls. It was a great read, and anyone how loves paranormal action would fall in love with it, just like I did. Pow!