The Collector by Victoria Scott
Dante Walker is a badass and he knows it. As a Collector for Hell, he’s good at his job. That is – until he meets Charlie, an unusually sweet girl whose soul the Devil seems to want.
Publisher’s Description: 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 long ago buried.
Possible spoilers beyond this point.
Kat Mandu says…
I’ve never read a cockier SOB than Dante Walker – especially as the main character. Often, you see side characters with the same attitude and they’re the antagonists or annoying characters you want out of the story. So it’s very unique that Dante is the lead and you don’t want him to go away at all. Victoria Scott does a wonderful job of making you love Dante’s bad boy manners and selfish behavior because you know under that facade is a heart that just wants to be loved.
As a collector, it’s Dante’s job to label the bad guys and send their souls off to hell. But he doesn’t have a clue what to do once he meets Charlie. It’s not love at first sight for Dante but as the week he spends with her passes by, you begin to realize that all the little things he does – stands up for her against the bullies, spends time with her and her friends, takes care of her Grams – are just little things on the pathway to a wonderful romance.
And then he kinda screws it up because at first, he doesn’t find her physically beautiful. And she feels the same way about herself, a weakness he senses and preys upon. Soon, Charlie finds herself wanting to be beautiful and that means her soul is his. But as it comes closer to collect his due, Dante is changing and changing for the better at the worst of times. I like that he struggles with his own internal demons while bringing out the demons hidden in others.
Dante is arrogant and very high-tempered (an idea which really presents itself in the second one) but he’s got a side of himself hidden away that comes out to play once in a while and makes him a good guy.
I actually thought Blue was the bad guy for a while, being so overprotective of Charlie, I figured he was the one messing with Dante. I also thought Max was the culprit for a bit. He was the one, after all, to bring Dante the contract, which I found suspicious. But I guess I was very wrong.
The only reason I gave this book a four rating was because some of the details were a little bit fuzzy for me until I read the second one (a review that shall come soon). I didn’t know how old Dante was (or appeared to be) because he seemed to talk about his past like it was a super long time ago, even though in the second one, you find out he’s only been a collector for two years. From the way he talked about all the people he’d trained and how good he was, I was thinking he’d been around for a LOT longer.
And there are some things that just…popped out at me. Like, they could be one place doing something and then somewhere else in the next paragraph and it didn’t have a lot of flow for me. Like, in the last scene, I didn’t realize he was in a hospital because it never says. Maybe it’s a given – or maybe he could have been in the upcoming “Liberator” hiding spot. Things like that.
But I liked it either way. Recommended for fans of angels, demons, and bad boys.
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