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Sunday, 4 August 2013

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

Release Date: April 2, 2013
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Rating: YA 15+
Genre/s: Paranormal, Romance, High-School 
Pages: 352

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.

I'm actually scared as I write this review. Dante fans are so hardcore and some of the most, err... passionate I've ever come across. So, tomatoes are fine, but please not the hair! I just got it done. ;) The Collector has so little going for it, I almost couldn't finish the book. Unoriginal, cliché, desperately  grasping at straws and trying to be something it's not, I don't think I've ever been so disappointed with a book!

Dante Walker is the guy your mother warned you about; whom your father eyed with barely disguised disapproval and wouldn't let you even leave the house with alone. Supposedly, he's 'flippin' awesome'. Guess what? HE'S NOT. I have no idea why men think it's okay to act like the World's Biggest Douche Bag just because you're good looking. News flash: if a girl happens to look your way it does not mean she's checking you out! Gods, get over yourself! Loads of bloggers I know are Delirious for Dante (a terminal condition DfD is), but I seriously have no clue why. I feel like I'm missing something, or like I got the duped version of this book. Sure, he comes around in the end infinitesimally, but I couldn't excuse his childish, arrogant behaviour at the beginning! I don't care if he looks like Zac Efron- (well, maybe a tiny bit) he's a pompous, horrible jerk who I would never find attractive. He immediately checks Charlie off as ugly and worthless when he first meets her without so much as a second glance, and I'm supposed to just forget that because in the end he realises she has 'potential'? Hell to the no.

Okay, I think I'm done with the ranting... For now.

Charlie Cooper is the only redeeming feature this book has. She was the spoonful of sugary goodness that made it easier for the vile medicine to go down. Authentic, honest, good to the bone- she's everything Dante's not. So of course she's drawn to that monster. Go figure. She was perfect just the way she was, and then Dante came and messed everything up. Even after he'd constantly put her down and brushed her off, manipulated and lied to her time and time again, she still found it in her heart to forgive him. It was super infuriating and bothered me relentlessly, but I couldn't get mad at her. She's like a puppy who's never been told about puppy mills, a baby who has no clue that the world is an evil place full of cruel, selfish people. Perfectly impressionable and naive.

Even though the concept of Liberators and Collectors was fascinating, it wasn't that unique or special. I'm definitely curious to see what happens next with Dante being a Liberator, but I can manage just fine if I don't. There wasn't anything bad or wrong with it but I just didn't find it that gripping or memorable; not in the same league as some of the other Paranormal angel books I've read recently. Maybe I would've liked the book better if Scott had delved in a little deeper with the idea and spent more time explaining and expanding it rather than on the romance.

I really do regret not being able to connect with this book as a whole, because it seemed  like my type of read. Hopefully things will pick up in The Liberator, but the blurb has set my expectations moderately low. 

If you like this, try:

Acid by Emma Pass

Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy, #1) by Wendy Higgins

Dark Kiss (Nightwatchers, #1) by Michelle Rowen


  1. I've been curious for ages about this Dante Walker! However, I totally don't understand why he's so swoon-worthy to others if he's just a cocky jerk! Not attractive at all.... Charlie seems so sweet though, I'm glad you liked her! Come to think of it, I haven't actually seen many reviews that talk about the paranormal already of this book, so I'm glad you did! I'm going to reconsider reading this book, but thanks for your honest thoughts, Riya!! <3

  2. I would never find Dante attractive in real life (never ever ever!), BUT, I have to admit... I found him quite entertaining here. There were a few times when he was too much of a jerk and said some really disgusting things, though I didn't really dislike him in the end. I was a little underwhelmed by this book too, though, but mostly because of the plot. Sorry it disappointed, Riya, but lovely review! :)

  3. BAHAHAHA! I have been meaning to read this one but I'm really nervous about it. I'll probably leave it for later, lol.

    Great (and humorous) review, Riya! <33

  4. I didn't finished this book too. Actually, I have it on hold for so long now but I still haven't got the urge to get back to it. Underwhelmed, like Sam said, is the exact word. I didn't really dislike Dante too but I didn't exactly like him too. The plot too was a little boring, it really lost my interest around the second half. Sorry this one disappointed you, Riya. Great review! ;)

  5. I'm sorry that this book didn't work out for you Riya, but it's great to read a differing opinion on this book, and I hold your opinion in such high regard, so can totally feel how disappointed you felt for being in the minority with this. I think I still will end up giving this book a go, but not right yet, I hope you end up enjoying The Liberator a lot more.

  6. I don't get why people love Dante so much either, but I didn't dislike him as much as you did. I pretty much went into the book expecting not to like him because he sounded like a douche from the synopsis itself.
    I'm sorry this didn't work out for you, Riya, but I completely understand your POV. The way Dante would act at times had me cringing.
    Charlie was the one who really frustrated me. I hated how she just willingly did whatever Dante told her for the sake of being attractive. I mean I get why she wanted it, but I would have thought better from someone as her.
    I read The Liberator and it's a lot better than this one. I hope you'll like it more if you decide to try it.
    Great honest review, Riya! :)

  7. Oh good. I'm not the only one then whose baffled with the rash of fan girls worshipping the ground of any douchebags walking the literary world.

    Thanks for your honest review! I'm giving this book a pass.

  8. I'm definitely not one of those people that love the jerk guys in novels. However, books/movies, etc. are different from real life and I can find them amusing or entertaining when they aren't people I have to actually deal with. LOL Therefore, I do want to check this one sounds fun and amusing if nothing else.

  9. Oooh, interesting! A lot of the reviews that I've read in this one go all googly-eyed over Dante and are far less complimentary over Charlie. I wonder if the differences of opinion are related in some way.

    By the way, I've heard that the blurb for The Liberator is misleading, so take that as you will.

  10. The blurb was actually a turn-off, so I wasn't planning to read this book in the first place. I'm happy, because based on your review I'd totally hate it. I can't stand boys like that.

  11. I really don't like arrogant boys too. I do like bad boys who change but never ones who constantly ridicule and keep hurting another person. Fantastic review Riya! And yes to more exploring the supernatural aspect, romance is good, but story as well is much wanted by me.

  12. I haven't read this book so there will be no tomatoes from me, I'm afraid! ;) I only throw tomatoes if you dislike Harry Potter, John Green or Cassandra Clare..... you don't hate any of them do you? Because I have a bucket of tomatoes.... *evil grin*

    Such a shame when books let you down! I don't like arrogant boys either. When they're joking, it can be really funny and swoon-worthy but Dante doesn't sound like my type of fictional guy. Thanks for the honest review, Riya! <3


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