The Collector (Dante Walker #1) by Victoria Scott

The Collector (Dante Walker #1)
by Victoria Scott






Format: Kindle, Netgalley
Published: March 25th 2013, by Entangled Teen
Genre: YA, Paranormal

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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 long ago buried. -Goodreads.com

Review:

"I'm a collector sent from hell to manipulate you into sinning until I can collect your soul." (loc.994)

This book really did have me hooked from the very beginning, I'm impressed. Victoria Scott provided a great story on how someone who goes in to change someone else, ends up getting changed themselves.

"Charlie Cooper had something terrible happen to her [...] Anyone would say she has a right to be angry. To be reckless. To weave a string of sins, each one worse than the last. And yet she somehow manages to have this... this innocence." (loc.952)

I love the characters in this book, especially Dante and Charlie, seemingly polar opposites of each other who find a way to meet in the middle. Dante's cockiness felt was both hilarious and genuine, which made him even more likable... even when you really wanted to hate him. Okay, so the book sort of got a little sappy and maybe predictable (when you take in the fact that it is a Young Adult genre book) but the characters and their individual traits are really what made this book pop. For me, the story was veering on unique, with it going on a demon's point of view as opposed to the usual angel's point of view, but I'm sure with The Collector's ending, the next book may be very different.

"Second chances- they were never for me. But Charlie, she just gave me one. She just saw something in me. And maybe I can be the thing she sees." (loc. 2015)

In all, this was a great book to start off a very hopeful series! I love Victoria Scott's writing style and how she really brings life to her characters with their background, speech, thoughts and actions. I definitely look forward to The Liberator to see what everybody gets up to!

First Line: "I'm in a slump, off my game, throwing up bricks, swinging and missing." (loc. 30)
Last Line: "Bad to the bone." (loc.3602)
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*Quotes

"My job is simple: weed through humanity and label those round rears with a big red good or bad stamp." (loc.34)

"Some people say the Amex Black card is a myth. Those people are also referred to as poor. Even thinking the word makes me itch." (loc.611)

"In my life, I've done awful, selfish things. Things I can never take back. But I could change who I am now, couldn't I?" (loc. 2392)

"I will protect this girl with everything I have, because if something happens to her, I will lose myself." (loc.2879)

Galley provided by NetGalley via Entangled Publishing, LLC


*Quotes are from uncorrected advanced galleys and may change before going to press. Please refer to the final printed book for official quotes.

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