Review: The Collector by Victoria Scott

August 20, 2013 Review 28 ★★★½

Review: The Collector by Victoria Scott
The Collector by Victoria Scott
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Publisher: Entangled
Source: Netgalley
Pages: 352
Release Date: 2nd April 2013
Series: Dante Walker #1
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
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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 received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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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???)

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Overall: 3.5

28 Responses to “Review: The Collector by Victoria Scott”

  1. Kezia D

    The Collector has been on my TBR for a while! I’m not too fond of paranormal though…But I think I will relate so well to Charlie. Well, socially awkward — that’s me xD

    • Bec

      It’s not really paranormal, but that’s the only genre I could think to put it in. Charlie is quite relateable and nice, I hope you like her :)

    • Bec

      Sometimes it’s good to read books out of your preferred genres. It can be refreshing. THE COLLECTOR is pretty funny.

    • Bec

      Oh, Dante is filled to the brim with sarcasm. THE COLLECTOR is available in paperback and other versions too I think, I just read it on my Kindle because I got it from Netgalley.

  2. Nara

    I agree, The Collector was a surprisingly light sort of read! I do have to say though, with the massive campaign all “2013 belongs to Dante” I was expecting it to be a lot better than it actually was. I mean, it was enjoyable enough but I don’t think it quite lived up to the hype.
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    • Bec

      There was a lot of things that could have happened to make it better, things we might see in the sequel. But yeah, it was really enjoyable.

    • Bec

      It is a really good book to get your mind off things. Dante was great for that banter! So quick and snarky XD

  3. Sunny

    Woo! I’ve seen this one a lot and I’m glad you loved it :) Dante sounds so great and I hope Charlie doesn’t make me dislike her after such a great start. But yay for entertaining books! Great review :)

  4. Tanja

    Oh famous Dante is here. I have hear so much about his character that I really have to read this. I have the first book “gathering virtual dust” as you say and I really hope I’ll get to read it. I’m so glad that you still enjoyed his character but too bad to hear that about Charlie. I wouldn’t like her either. Great review :)
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    • Bec

      I had to read THE COLLECTOR as soon as I heard about Dante’s character. I couldn’t resist. I’m hoping Charlie improves in THE LIBERATOR.

  5. Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

    Ooooohhhh your review has really excited me about the book again! Like you, I was really excited when I got accepted but actually haven’t read it yet (oops). I LOVE the sound of Dante and his cockiness, I’ve heard so much about him! Also Charlie and not being ms perfect, sounds great too. Must pick this up soon then!
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  6. tonyalee

    I have been seeing rave reviews for this one ALL over but I can’t just bring myself to read it. It just doesn’t appeal to me. :/

    Great review! And that sucks you can’t get the next one yet!

  7. Maida

    I have heard so many amazing things about this book! I can’t wait to pick it up and finally meet bad boy Dante! He sounds hot and just yummy, plus he’s hilarious..so yeah that seals the deal! lol ;p I also can’t wait to meet Charlie. She sounds like a character that I will completely fall in love with, despite her poor decision-making skills. I’m glad you enjoyed this overall, Bec! Great review! :D

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 
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    • Bec

      bahaha, seal the deal. You just made an inside joke about the book sort of without knowing XD I hope you enjoy this if you read it! Sounds like you’ll like it.

    • Bec

      Bahaha, he was! It will be so interesting and if Charlie doesn’t develop for the better I’ll probably be disappointed.

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