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