Early Review: The Collector (Dante Walker #1) by Victoria Scott

February 14, 2013 Review 2 ★★★★

*This title will be released on April 2, 2013*

The Collector

(Dante Walker, #1)
by Victoria Scott

Genre: Paranormal YA |
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Reviewed by: Abigail | Source: Publisher

  • Reading level: Ages 15 and up
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled Teen (April 2, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1620612429
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620612422

Rating

Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.

Sexual Content

Kissing

Description

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.

Review

Expectations are very high for Victoria Scott’s YA debut THE COLLECTOR.  And it’s all because of two words: Dante Walker.  Hot, arrogant, and cocky as hell.  Which is fitting considering he’s a demon.  But YA is full of bad boy heartthrobs you say, and yes, they are.  But Dante isn’t just the love interest, he’s the protagonist.  And since we never leave his head, his point of view is what makes or breaks the entire book.  So is Dante as hot as he thinks he is?  Oh yes.

HUSH HUSH’S Patch and more recently SWEET EVIL’S Kaidan are about to get some serious competition in the smokin’ hot, bad boy demon department thanks to Dante Walker.  Just ask him.  There is not a shy or humble bone in this soul collector’s body.  He is dangerously smooth, lethally seductive, and cocky enough for ten alpha males combined.  Part of what makes Dante so fun is that he crosses the line a lot.  Not enough to ever make him irredeemable,  but often enough to remind you why he’s Hell’s best.  He’s not shy with his opinions or his standards–shallow though they are at first. Some of his expressions do take awhile to warm up too and he’s a tad overly fond of old school slang, but overall it suits him.

Beyond Dante’s in your face ‘charm’, the other thing that makes THE COLLECTOR stand out is that it has a romance that is the opposite of insta-love. So much so that I kept wondering when the real heroine for Dante was going to show up long after the girl did.  Not because she wasn’t a great character–she was.  She and Dante just seemed so far from ever ending up together, but without even realizing it, they met somewhere in the middle, a middle that made them both better (okay, mostly Dante).  I loved that.

THE COLLECTOR is not without it’s faults.  I could have done without the coincidences towards the end and maybe updated a few of Dante’s more colorful expressions from the 90’s, but it’s kind of impossible to to crush on this guy even when he is ruthlessly plotting to steal souls.  This is a book that lives up to its hype and will garner fiercely devoted Dante Walker fans.  Start counting down the days till his return in THE LIBERATOR coming September 2013.

Series

  1. The Collector
  2. The Liberator

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2 Responses to “Early Review: The Collector (Dante Walker #1) by Victoria Scott”

  1. Tara SG (25 Hour Books)

    “Beyond Dante’s in your face ‘charm’, the other thing that makes THE COLLECTOR stand out is that it has a romance that is the opposite of insta-love.”

    SOLD! Adding this to my Wish List :)

    • Abigail

      I know! I mean can you remember the last YA that didn’t have insta-love at least a little? So refreshing. Hope you love it.