Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Review: The Collector by Victoria Scott

  • Publisher: Entangled Teen
  • Publication date: 4/2/2013
  • Source: eARC provided by the publisher for review
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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.

My Thoughts

Okay, I am always nervous when going into a book that is super hyped up, but I had no need to worry with this one!! This completely lived up to my expectations! It had a little bit of everything!! Action, suspense, romance, humor, and some parts that will almost bring you to tears. (Well, I do tend to be totally over sensitive.) The characters were so great that I couldn't help but fall in love with them and become invested in the story and what happened!

Dante was every bit as amazing as I was hoping he would be. Actually, more than I hoped he would be!! He can come try to take my soul any day! Not only is he drool worthy, he's charming, funny, and yes, he is actually sweet too!! Now he doesn't start off very likable. (Okay, I lie. Even though he was  a total douche, I still liked him.) He has a beyond huge ego and arrogance that makes you want to smack him, but you can't help being drawn to him anyways. When you know you are awesome, why not flaunt it! Besides, he loves red and hates cats! My type of guy right there! Anyways, I am getting way off course. So he's not all Mr. Tough Guy really, he tries to be, but Charlie makes him want to be a better person. I loved watching his emotions change and seeing the good side of him come out while he left parts of the bad boy behind.

Charlie was great!! She was the nerdy chick who doesn't fit in. She has some awesome friends, but she's not in anyway popular. She's pretty much a nerd without super good looks and designer clothes. She has a pure soul and hasn't really done many things that would taint her soul. She truly cares about people and the world in general and does what she can to make a difference. She is happy with herself the way she is, but she starts to want to be hotter and better for Dante and it was actually sad watching her go through that. She may not have looked perfect on the outside, but what is inside was pretty close to it!

I really enjoyed the interactions and the relationship between Charlie and Dante. She is totally different than what he expected, and he has his work cut out for him, but the more time he spends with her, the more he questions himself and if it's right to do this. He has never let a job become personal before, but Charlie is different somehow. She sees the good in him even though he doesn't even think it exists.

The storyline was awesome. I loved the cast of characters and how much growth they had. There are also a few secrets that get uncovered and a twist ending that although didn't shock me, was a pleasant surprise. I am now dying for the next book already. This book hooked me and I devoured it as fast as I could! Victoria Scott has created a world and characters that you can easily fall in love with!!


20 comments:

  1. I am probably the only YA reader who is completely turned off by the book description and cover...I sometimes like the bad-boy asshole, but Dante irritates me just from the pose of the cover model and the "flippin' awesome" quote! I think it's just me being weird...I am still going to read it because I'm curious about the hype, and maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised!

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    1. OMG, he is a total douche to begin with. Way full of himself and super arrogant, but it makes the growth he has that much better.

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  2. A wonderful review! I am soooo eager to read this book, the characters and storyline sounds amazing; I'm always nervous when a book receives a lot of hype but the past few reviews I have read for The Collector have been 5* from bloggers that have similar tastes to my own so it's a good start.

    Thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. I was nervous going into it too, but I wanted to read it so bad and I am so happy that it was as awesome as I expected!

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  3. I've heard a lot about this book, bough I've never been interested in reading it. But it looks like it might just be worth it:)

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    1. This was a really fun book to read.

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  4. I'm totally over sensitive as well. I love red but WAIT he hates cats!!! NO I LOVE CATS!!! LOL Glad Dante came through as so many things besides a douche. I love arrogance, humor, snark, but sometimes if comes off as too much and I need a good balance to still like the character.

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  5. I'm excited to read The Collector, but have to say I'm a little nervous about the hype. And Dante's ego. It does seem like a fun, awesome story. So glad you loved it!

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  6. Can't wait to read this one! I'm glad you enjoyed it, I'm sure I will, too!

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  7. Based just on the blurb, I was a bit nervous about this because it sounds likeit has so much potential to be cheesy and silly. But I love that Scott was able to sell the premise and the characters, especially Dante. It's so rare that an author is able to make a doucheface character likable.

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  8. I just finished this today! I too totally LOVED it! Actually your review is my thoughts exactly! I'm glad I wrote up my review before visiting any blogs today cause it seems like everyone it reviewing it and raving! Dante actually pulled me right out of a reading funk!

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  9. It really does live up to the hype and it is awesome! Great review.

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  10. I agree with Stephanie, the cover/synopsis *especially* originally turned me off, but now after reading your review, I seriously need to read this book! Dante sounds uber-smexy. I love that he totally exceeded your expectations. Great review chickie!

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  11. YAY! I'm glad you loved it so much! I always hate when a really hyped-up book doesn't live to my expectations so I'm so happy that wasn't the case for you! Dante and Charlie's interactions sound SO great and so do their individual characters, even if Dante was an egotistical jerkwad at first ;)

    Awesome review Amy!

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  12. I have not read a review of The Collector that wasn't raving about it or Dante! I must get my hands on it. And sometimes, yes i have to admit, i need to read about that egotistical guy who is a douche but we can't help but like him!

    awesome review,
    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

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  13. Yay! I'm glad to hear that you loved it, Amy! I can't wait to read it now. Since I'm already going into the book expecting Dante to be a douchebag at first, I don't think his jerkface attitude will bother me too much. Still, I'm happy that he has a sweet side to him and that Charlie brings out that side of his! I'm so excited to meet Charlie. She sounds like my kind of girl.
    Awesome review, Amy! :)

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  14. Oh I am thrilled you liked this one so much Amy! Dante sounds super yummy (though he hates cats - BOOO!) and the concept of this one sounds really intriguing. I wasn't initially planning to read this one but after reading your review I may just give it a go :D Wonderfully written review girl ♥

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  15. I always get nervous about books with a lot of hype, so I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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  16. I really enjoyed this book. It did feel a bit too much for me, like it was trying too hard to be funny & Dante was trying too hard to be arrogant, yet slick, but I still loved it. I def liked Charlie as the female lead. Can't wait to read the next book. Great review!

    Vivian
    Confessions of a Vi3tBabe
    Deity Island

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