Friday, August 9, 2013

Blog Tour: The Liberator (Dante Walker #2) by Victoria Scott - Review & Tour Giveaway


Hey everyone!! Welcome to my stop on the Liberator Blog Tour  hosted by YA Bound Book Tours. To see the full schedule click on the banner above. I have my review and the tour giveaway on my stop!

  • Publisher: Entangled Teen
  • Publication date: 8/27/2013
  • Source: eARC provided by the publisher for review/tour
Bad boy, meet bad girl.

Dante has a shiny new cuff wrapped around his ankle, and he doesn't like that mess one bit. His new accessory comes straight from Big Guy himself and marks the former demon as a liberator. Despite his gritty past and bad boy ways, Dante Walker has been granted a second chance.

When Dante is given his first mission as a liberator to save the soul of seventeen-year-old Aspen, he knows he’s got this. But Aspen reminds him of the rebellious life he used to live and is making it difficult to resist sinful temptations. Though Dante is committed to living clean for his girlfriend Charlie, this dude’s been a playboy for far too long…and old demons die hard.

With Charlie becoming the girl she was never able to be pre-makeover and Aspen showing him how delicious it feels to embrace his inner beast, Dante will have to go somewhere he never thought he’d return to in order to accomplish the impossible: save the girl he’s been assigned to, and keep the girl he loves.
Where to find The Liberator:
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My Thoughts 

Whoa guys! This was fantastic! I loved the first book and was dying to read this one, and it totally lived up to my expectations. Dante may be working for the Big Guy upstairs now, but that didn't change his arrogant and snarky attitude at all. I loved that he was still himself, but improved a bit by the end of this. We get all sorts of craziness in this sequel too. There is so much going on, it's very fast paced and will keep you on edge the whole time! All the way up to the end. My goodness that ending!!

Aspen is one tough chick!! She is totally off the wall, party girl, and doesn't give a crap about anything. Or at least that's how she comes off. She is like Dante in female form. Her and Dante are like two sides of a coin. She has some major inner demons and she acts the way she does because of it. She is used to being the center of attention, but she knows that people always want something from her. People don't care about her for her. That's what she thinks anyways. I really liked Aspen. As frustrated as I was that I thought she was going to lead Dante back down the wrong road when he was supposed to be saving her, she really was an awesome character, and I loved the change in her though the book.She really came a long way from the girl we first met.

Charlie is a changed girl. Or so it seems, but she's really the same Charlie on the inside. She does some things that she normally wouldn't, but she's just testing things out and seeing if she can let go, be more like Dante. What I like the most about her is she is honest with herself. She knows that it's not her. She was always really strong to me, but she totally whips out the kick ass in this. I loved how brave and fearless she was when it came down to things. I also love how she sees the good in everyone, especially Dante. She has the ability to make him want to be good. She didn't really change much, but she definitely seemed more grown up and mature.

It took me a while to remember why I loved Dante. I did remember that it took me a while in the first book, but I failed to see how that was possible. He seemed like the same old douch bag, arrogant, tool as he was. The thing is, that's just his personality. Besides that he is funny, tells it how it is, and he truly, really has a great heart! Once I got to see more of the sweet and charming Dante, I remember exactly why I loved him. He may be a jerk, but despite that, he is really great. I guess like Charlie, I am able to see the good in him. I would never want him to be any different. He really will do anything and everything for Charlie. Not just Charlie though. He really cares about all of the friends he has made and will fight for any of them.  He was so against his assignment to liberate Aspen, but once he gets to know her, and realizes there is so much more to it than just a girl with a tainted soul, he really does care. She becomes important to him as a friend. I love that balance between total arrogant jerk, and fiercely loyal, good guy Dante.

This was just such a fun and exciting book. I love the characters so much. I can easily fall into the story and their lives and feel all the feels that they do. The addition of Aspen, and then more of Max and Valery really made this book fantastic. I thought it was a well rounded cast of characters. I found myself holding my breath, laughing, crying, getting angry, and any other emotion you can think of, while reading this. Victoria Scott is so amazing at writing characters that seem real, and a story that is easy to get lost in. I am loving this series and am dying for more!!


*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.



About the Author

I’m a teen fiction writer with a die-hard affection for dark and humorous books. My work is represented by Sara Crowe of Harvey Klinger literary agency. I have a master’s degree in marketing, and currently live in Dallas with my husband, Ryan.

My first series started with THE COLLECTOR, and was published by Entangled Teen in April 2013. The second book in the trilogy, THE LIBERATOR, will release August 2013. My next series kicks off with FIRE & FLOOD and is being published by Scholastic, February 2014.

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***GIVEAWAY*** 

 1 signed copy of THE LIBERATOR and a signed copy of TWILIGHT, international.


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18 comments:

  1. There's so much hype on with this series- which is the main reason why I've been so nervous about starting it.

    Fantastic review, Amy! <33

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  2. Loved this one too! Dante is still the same fun guy and was glad he did go back down his bad path. Just a little but then him and Aspen grew so much. Aspen was a lot of fun! At first I worried I would hate her but I ended up really enjoying her character! Charlie surprised me too! Lots of fun and so many great characters! Really loved than one of my favorites ended up returning.

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  3. Great review, Amy! I'm really glad you enjoyed this one as much as the first book. Aspen was a fabulous character and I loved the role she played in this book.
    Charlie frustrated me a couple of times in this book, but overall the characters were great.
    Dante was a jerk, but he's much sweeter and more tolerable now. Anyways, I'm happy you liked this, Amy! :)

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  4. It's great when the author can make you love characters, flaws and all. I'm glad you loved The Liberator, Amy. I'll give the series a try at some point. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Thanks so much for the great giveaway! I'm super excited to read this book.

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  6. Yay I'm glad that The Liberator totally lived up to your expectations. I've been hearing a lot about how amazing Aspen is as a character, and from what you said about Dante's arrogant personality, it really makes me want to pick up The Collector. He sounds so sweet yet funny at the same time, even if he's totally a jerk during some of the book. Everybody's been raving about this book I should probably start it soon D:

    Fantastic review, Amy!

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  7. I've got to start this series!!!
    Great review :)

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  8. I can't wait to read this one! I don't really know why I like Dante so much, but I do! So glad this one was great!

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  9. Eeek! I'm reading this right now for my tour stop next week. It's so great!! I agree, the characters are fab and really make the story what it is. Great review!

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  10. So many people ended up loving Dante and I just couldn't. As "sweet" as he was at some parts his douche side was just too much for me I guess. I did like the plot itself though and curious to see where it goes from here. It sounds like a solid sequel and I think I'd really like Aspen!! Great review, doll! Props for the bug guy! >.<

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  11. I am really afraid to start this series because despite the reviews I've seen, I wonder whether I'll come out on the other side, liking Dante though he can act like an arrogant tool. It's great that you love this one though, and I have heard so much about Victoria Scott's ability to write believable, real, flawed, and compelling characters, so I will follow her work into Fire & Flood, which sounds more like my kind of thing. But I'm still undecided about this - though Aspen sounds like a side character I could really like, though Charlie sounds like a great, realistic spin on the usual sweet protagonist. Was there a point at which you started to like Dante more? Or was it a gradual thing?

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  12. I couldn't agree more! Totally loved this book.

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  13. Great review. Can't believe I haven't started the series as yet.

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  14. Sounds awesome! Can I interest you in blurbing this great review over at Bookstore Bookblogger Connection so we can help promote this series in area bookstores?

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  15. I want to read this one, but I couldn't do the tour. Glad you liked it!

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  16. I actually liked Dante a lot more in this bc he toned down his arrogance and ego, but it was also a bit too much w/how obsessed he was with Charlie. Still, it didn't bug me too much. It took me a minute to get into the story this time around tho. Liked Aspen though, she is a tough chick! This is def a character-driven book. I loved Max!

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  17. Charlie really didn't resonate with me in the first book, but it sounds like I might like her better in this one. Sounds like all the new characters were good additions. That's always fun. I like when books are about more than just the MC/love interest.

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