Apr 3, 2013

{Blog Tour} Review + Giveaway of The Collector by Victoria Scott

Welcome to my stop on the 2013 Belongs to Dante’ blog event hosted by YA Bound.  Click HERE to see the rest of the blog tour schedule.

The Collector by Victoria Scott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GENRE: YA Paranormal
THEME: Demons, Angels, Romance
AUTHORS BLOG: Victoria Scotts' Site

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.

I’ve been waiting to meet this bad boy Dante for some time now and after meeting him, I have to say POW! I love this guy, some may say you won’t like him at first. But he’s isn't just an arrogant jerk, inside he really has a heart somewhere deep…deep inside.

The Collector follows Dante Walker, he is the ultimate Collector and of course a demon who works for “The Boss.” His next assignment is to collect the soul of a sweet teen girl named Charlie. As always he thinks this will be a simple job and set him up for a promotion, but something is easy when it comes to Charlie and even more so when Dante figures out this girl is more than what meets the eye.

Dante, oh Dante… I love this guy, he’s truly so full of himself and the easy way he lies just makes you smile. You may ask why? Well because this is the first male character that isn’t introduced as someone who wants to redeem himself or be the hero, he truly is a bad boy. Love it! The readers follow from Date’s Point of view; he’s a charmer and knows how hot he is. I loved watching his growth, how he learned more about this one girl and her friends, about being alive and actually caring. One of my favorite scenes is when he put this popular girl in her place, he can be really threatening if he’s pushed top far. It was such a different perspective for me and I loved every cocky moment of him and he’s POWs!

Charlie for me took me a bit longer to connect to; I loved her free spirit and how much she cared for other. I felt sorry for her on how the popular jerks at school treated her and she never stuck up for herself. It was interesting to see how she connected to Dante, who is completely opposite in every way from her. I wasn’t convinced for a while about them being “together” I felt there was no chemistry and it took longer to make me believe. I loved what Scott did with Charlie’s character,, the direction was interesting and really showed the effect Dante’s actions have on her good soul.

Overall I liked how different this plot was in the angel and demon genre, the hero is not a hero, the heroine is sweetly awkward, and the villains are unpredictable; very clever and refreshing. My favorite tidbit was how The Collectors add seals to people’s soul so that later when they have enough seals, they’ll come back for them. It gives the readers a creepy feeling thinking that these people don’t even know what direction their going to go once they pass on. There is romance, but I felt it was more focused on the change and grow that Charlie and especially Dante experience once they meet each other. The readers will get some insight into both of there past; it gives you insight in whey are the way they are. The Collector for me was exactly what I was hoping for and can’t wait for The Liberator!

This is a Young Adult novel that has lots of sarcasm, a bad boy you’ll love to hate and an awesome car named Elizabeth Taylor. Fans of Taken by Erin Bowman and The Sweet Trilogy by Wendy Higgins will want to get there hands on some Dante in The Collector by Victoria Scott.

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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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