Book Review: The Collector by Victoria Scott


Title: The Collector
Series: (Dante Walker #1)
Author Info: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Characters: Dante Walker, Charlie Cooper
Age Group: Young Adult
Swoon Factor: Swoon
Genre Type: Paranormal, Romance
Publication Date: March 25th 2013
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books      
Format: Kindle Edition
Pages: 352 pages
Source: Bought
Challenge: 2013 Reading Challenge

Collecting Souls is no big deal to bad boy Dante Walker, until he meets his next assignment, a teenage girl named Charlie Cooper, whose inner geekiness ends up turning his world upside down and may just end up stealing his heart.

My Summary:

Dante is hell’s best soul collector, and his boss man has just given him his next assignment, he has ten days to collect and deliver Charlie Cooper’s soul. But everything starts to change for Dante the minute he meets Charlie. Her sweet naivety and geekiness bring out Dante’s protective emotions and makes him begin to question the validity of his assignment. Things begin to get even more complicated when Dante learns Charlie is more than just a soul to collect, and that she may be a key between an on-going battle between heaven and hell. Dante must decide which side he is on, and if he’s willing to jeopardize Charlie in order to gain his freedom from hell.

A Quote from Dante: 

“As charlie is leaving the house, she somehow trips on the threshold and nearly face-plants onto the ground. I roll my eyes. How, is it possible out of all the people in this world, this is the soul I’ve come to collect?”

The Characters:

Dante Walker is a Soul Collector from hell.  I really liked Dante, and laughed a lot at his funny quips. I knew from the book’s blurb, and all the hype around the book The Collector, that Dante was going to have some serious bad boy attitude with a enormous, self love ego, but I was ready for him to bring it on. I had a feeling this was going to be a Slap and Swoon relationship, and sure enough, one moment I would want to slap Dante and next I would be swooning over him.  Even though Dante was far from nice at the beginning of The Collector, and exuded all this bad boy charisma, there were redeeming moments when Dante displayed thoughtfulness, caring and even sweetness. By the end of the book, Dante’s character still has his swagger, but also gained had a lot of personal growth, and turns out to be an amazing hero. (So yeah, now you can say how much you really like Dante, and not feel too guilty about it.)

Charlie Cooper is a  teenage girl whose soul is in jeopardy of being collected by Dante. Charlie is such a wonderfully character, you can’t help but love her. Her quirkiness and nerdy facade can’t hide her true inner beauty, and her sweet and compassionate nature will endear her to your heart. Charlie’s character is the perfect foil for Dante, these two opposites can’t help but be attracted to each other. I was great fun to see them work their magic on each other.

The Love Interest:

The love interest between Dante and Charlie was so fun to experience while reading The Collector. Here you have two characters that are totally opposite in looks and behavior who end up not just being attracted to each other, but falling in love. It was great to see Dante and Charlie see past each others outer facade and see what was really important on the inside.

Swoon Factor:

SWOON. Oh my, The Collector contains kissing scenes that are hot and may  leave you a bit breathless. Dante’s doesn’t have that swagger for nothing.

Swoon Factor "Quote"

“I will protect this girl with everything I have, because if something happens to her, I will lose myself. I will cease to exist. And I will take everyone with me.”

What I liked:

I really enjoyed The Collector, and thought it was a fun read. I loved that The Collector was told from Dante's perspective. It’s not too often that you get to read a YA paranormal/romance told from the males point of view, and I thought it was really entertaining, and often hilarious.

What I felt could have been better:

The only thing I would have liked better was a deeper plot, I wanted to know more about The Collector’s and The Liberator’s and their background. Hopefully in book two we’ll get more details. Other than that, I thought Victoria Scott did a great job with her debut book.

The Ending:

Almost everything gets wrapped up nicely, with just enough unanswered questions to leave us eagerly awaiting for books two.

My Rating: 4 stars

Recommended if you like: Obsidian (Lux Series) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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