The Collector (Dante Walker #1)
He makes good girls...bad.
Dante Walker is flippin’ awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence has 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 10 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.
Source: Publisher(Thanks Entangled Publishing!)
I have been DYING to read this book for ages! Before even the cover was out I was begging the publisher for a review copy.I think I screamed in excitement when I got this ebook for review. Needless to say my expectations were very high.
Let me start with the writing style. It is different.It took me some time to warm upto it . I'm not very upto date with American slang so it took me some time to get what the main character was saying.Of course I was totally immersed in the story very quickly so I barely noticed it after the first chapter but it took me a little while to get my bearings.
Dante is a character that comes off as self obsessed and uncaring about anyone beside himself. The fact that this novel is told from a male's point of view was refreshing. Dante doesn't hesitate to call people ugly and weird.It was fun to be in his mind. Some people might find his "Oh I'm so AWESOME.Everybody should bow down to me " attitude a little irritating but his attitude made some scenes very funny. Dante's not my favorite character but he's different,honest and refreshing. I think this is what makes his character more real.
I really liked Charlie. It's been a long time since I've read a book in which the female didn't magically transform into a social butterfly after she starts hanging out with any hottie. Charlie is a plain and normal girl and I loved that about her. Dante never describes Charlie as pretty (Well for the majority of the book anyway) and I LOVED that. I'd love to find out more about Charlie and hear her thoughts. Usually I'm dying to read about the male's POV but this time I wouldn't mind reading about what goes on in Charlie's head. She and I could easily become BFF's .
Charlie and I should be doing terrible,soul searing activities.Instead she somehow swindled me into volunteering. (Quote from E-ARC changes might take place)
I was hooked to the book from the second chapter itself or whenever Charlie entered the scene. Even though some parts of it didn't go down that well with me I couldn't put it down! The world Victoria Scott introduces us to is also fascinating. I want to know more about these collectors and their evil boss and all that.
There are some pretty epic one liners in this book that really made me smile so hats off to Victoria for that.
Overall, I don't know how to rate this book. I'm eagerly awaiting the sequel and I couldn't put it down but some parts were a little irritating as well. This might have something to do with my sky high expectations.I'd definitely recommend my friends to get my hands on this book but I'd warn them that the main character isn't exactly modest so if bad boys just get on your nerves you might want to stay away.
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- The first 100 people who pre-order THE COLLECTOR will receive a free digital copy of my short story, FOUR HOUSES. After this contest is over, FOUR HOUSES will be unavailable for an indefinite time period, so this is your last chance to read it…and for free!
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