Release Date: 2nd April 2013
Series: Dante Walker #1
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
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.
THE COLLECTOR is one of the numerous books that have been waiting in the Netgalley collection of my Kindle for months gathering virtual dust. I’d mean meaning to get to it for eons, it was one of the books I freaked out at being accepted for, but then I left it there. Until a week ago. And it pretty much delivered what I expected it to: a funny novel that’s nice and easy to read in the midst of all this study I’m suffocating in.
Dante is our main character and, if you can’t judge from the summary, he is a sarcastic smart alec. I loved him because of it. He starts of so selfish and rude and makes the best comments. I snickered a lot. Dante also had depth to him. Guilt over the circumstances in which he died, a conscience that questions his actions. He is really reasonable and developed nicely throughout the novel. His hilarious narration was continuous though. I am so glad. So entertaining he is.
Charlie is our other main character. At the start I loved her! She was so relateable. Social awkwardness, bad skin, and lack of self confidence when it comes to self appearances and preferring to stay on the side line (but occasionally wishing we were in the spot light) are all things I have experienced. I was so good to find a character like that! And then she just had to go make a deal and her character develop in the opposite direction I wanted her to. If she becomes annoying and vain I don’t know what I’d do.
Things moved pretty quickly in the ways contemporaries do. Plot points are revealed, some shocking me, but you’re never entirely sure of the end destination. A bigger plot was hinted at and I wish we could have learnt more about it.
THE COLLECTOR was a thoroughly entertaining read. I loved Dante, he had nice development and was hilarious. Charlie I had issues with, particularly her decisions, but there are many redeemable qualities to her. I’d love to get my hands on THE LIBERATOR to see where the story goes, but may not be able to because silly Australian amazon rights or something. (Why can’t we access the same Kindle ebooks as the Americans???)