Today WinterHaven Books has the wonderful opportunity to share out review of The Collector by Victoria Scott. Special thanks to YA Bound for hosting this blog tour and allowing us the opportunity to participate. To see the rest of the amazing tour lineup click HERE
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Expected Publication Date: April 2, 2013
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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.
Dante Walker is a cocky, Soul-Seal-Stickering bad boy. Being the #1 tagger for the Lord of the Underworld, Dante has nothing to prove, right...wrong. Dante wants the promotion of Soul Director so he can get permanent placement on earth. Boss Man (a.k.a. Lucifer) will forget Dante's recent downslide if he seals the soul of a particular target: Charlie Cooper. Apparently he doesn't typically pinpoint a specific person, but this time it is different, and Dante isn't apprehensive about this assignment. He's got this! So he assumed.
Charlie Cooper is as sweet as they come. Pure and innocent. She may not be much to look at, but her genuine kindness masks whats on the outside. Dante walks into this assignment with confidence. All he has to do is turn this good girl, bad.
As Dante spends more time with Charlie and her group of friends, she begins to rub off on him and he begins to question if he's doing the right thing.
Charlie was a sweet girl. I liked her character but yet, I didn't really like how passive she was. She pretty much caved into Dante's scheming ways. But, when it came down to it, that's just who she was as a character.
Dante...He was full of himself, that was for sure. He started off being the bad boy who didn't care about anyone or anything and didn't care who he crushed in his path. But as the story moved forward, I began to see the goodness underneath this characters shell and his goodness began to shine through. Of course Dante brings the heat to the pages, but what I really liked about him was that in the end, he proved he was more than Lucifers pawn.
There were some shockers threaded in the story and let me tell ya, I was thrown off by a few of them. I liked the added addition of a few key players and their roles. I was blindsided by a few.
Overall, this was a wonderful debut by Victoria Scott. I think she will be a new YA voice to keep an eye on.
About the Author:I'm a YA writer represented by Laurie McLean. Author of THE COLLECTOR (Entangled Teen, April 2013) and THE BRIMSTONE BLEED (Scholastic, 2014). I have a master's degree in marketing, and live in Dallas with my husband. When not writing, I can be found munching cotton candy and snuggling obese cats.
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