Monday, February 4, 2013

The Collector by Victoria Scott ~ Early Review

Available April 2nd 

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Source:  Received an eBook copy from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

From Goodreads:

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

My Thoughts:

5 stars : What a wild ride - totally love Dante Walker!

How does one explain the brilliance that is this book?  I totally loved it.  I love the bad boy Dante Walker.  I loved reading from his POV.  I loved the premise of the book, demon collectors sealing souls for the boss man.  I loved the fresh writing style that was funny, unpredictable, and captivating.  I loved Charlie in all her sweetness.  I loved the relationship between Dante and Charlie from the very first moment down to the last word.  I loved the secondary characters, Max and Valery were the best.  I loved the ending and cannot wait for the next one! If you think April is too long to wait, book 2 doesn't come out till September!

Dante Walker is the the ultimate bad boy.  But there is sooooo much more to him than his bad boy image.  He may not want to admit that there is something good in him but it's so there.  Charlie can see it.  She sees the real Dante.  And Dante learns to see the real Charlie.  I truly loved the messages that are so easily communicated without a direct word in this fabulous read.

Charlie is perfect.  I cannot say too much without giving things away so I'll just say I was proud of her.  Her loving, giving and devoted personality was so refreshing.  She had suffered so much and didn't let it make her bitter.  But more than that, she was real.  She still understood how others saw her and it did affect her.  Her choices were real.  Her decisions were real.  I enjoyed her so much.

I started this book during a particularly difficult week for me.  It was my refuge.  I could have read it straight through but needed to savor it over a few days.  I will reread this one for sure.  I'm pre-ordering my copy to put in my classroom.  This book will need to be shared for sure.

If you love YA, then you should read this one as soon as you can get your hands on it!


  1. OMG!! I love your review! I cannot wait to read it and sell this bad boy at my bookstore! I have a feeling that this is going to be a bestseller and based on your review I want this now!

    Thank you for this!

    Tt @ NeverEndingStoires

  2. Awesome review! So glad to see you loved it! This is one of my most anticipated reads of the year. I can't wait!! I feel like I've been waiting for this one for so long, so the fact that we get two books in one year is great! :-)

  3. Ah....I can't wait to read this one! I have an ARC and after I read a few for blog tours, I'm going to dive into it! Great review!

    YA Sisterhood

  4. Wow! I seriously have to read this one now!! :)

  5. I'm so happy that you're loving this book. I seriously need to read my copy, but have quite a few ahead of it. Sigh. I'm hoping it lives up to all the hype :) I'm sure it will though if you like it! LOL

    Confessions of a Vi3tBabe
    Deity Island

  6. I am so excited for this book! *flails* I can't wait for its release! So glad to see that you loved Dante Walker...this just makes the book more appealing to me :3 Fantastic review!

    Millie @ Millie D's Words

  7. JEALOUS!!! I can't wait till it's released!! I'm sure Dante'll be my new YA supercrush after Daemon!!

  8. You have me super excited for this one, Val! I love that your getting a copy for the classroom. I can't wait to read The Collector. Great review!

  9. Yay!! So glad to see that you loved this one. I am super excited for it!! I woke up to an email from Heather that I got chosen for a review copy so I am totally diving in after I finish the book I am reading now!!

  10. Great post. I CAN NOT WAIT TO READ THIS BOOK!!!!

  11. Glad you enjoyed it so much! Can't wait to read it!

  12. LOVED Dante so much! Loved that he was really a bad guy. Duh, he's supposed to be. He was a jerk at times but he was doing his job. Can't wait for book 2!!!