{Review} The Collector by Victoria Scott

April 9, 2013 Reviews 10 ★★★★½

The Collector by Victoria Scott
Pages: 352
Published by Entangled Teen Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: eARC from Publisher

The Collector by Victoria Scott

Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 25th 2013 by Entangled Teen
Source: eARC from Publisher
Series: Dante Walker #1
Age Group: YA
Summary (from Goodreads):
 He makes good girls…bad.

Dante Walker is flippin’ awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence have 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 ten 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.

The Collector was a book that I just could not wait to get my hands on. I am such a character driven reader and Dante was a character that I just knew I wanted to get to know. And he certainly did not disappoint. He was everything I hoped he would be and more. The Collector takes you all over the place. I loved the amount of description that Victoria Scott writes with. She is awesome at painting a picture. I was never confused or left wanting more out of a scene.

My favorite part about The Collector was the description of the collectors and how the process works. Every bad deed gets a “soul stickers”. They can vary in size depending on the severity of the actions. And I also liked that each collector had different colored stickers. Once stickers completely cover someone’s soul they can be collected. Really interesting. Dante has a job- he has to collect Charlie. At first Dante is just not very impressed with Charlie, and honestly that gave me a bad taste in my mouth about Dante. And trust me, I really wanted to love Dante. But he seemed kind of shallow. But luckily, he totally redeemed himself pretty quickly and I was right back to loving him. As soon as he started getting to know Charlie, he started questioning why his boss wanted her collected so bad. And the more he got to know her, the more he questioned it. And with every doubt Dante had about Charlie, I loved him a little more. He was a closet softie. He stuck up for her and he looked out for her. It was so cute.

Charlie is such a great girl. She is genuinely a good person. I thought her transformation was bittersweet throughout the story because I thought she was pretty awesome to start with. But watching her with Dante was a lot of fun. You could just see her influence changing him. And it was very natural to me. That is the beauty of Victoria Scott’s writing. She has great pacing and story progression. I flew right through this book even though I didn’t want it to end. The language is very teenager authentic, but never in an annoying way. Everything just came together- the characters, the romance, the plot, and the writing and it all worked perfectly. The Collector set the bar really high for Victoria Scott. I am so glad that this book lived up to all of my expectations and to the hype. The Collector is a reaper book done right, and it is flippin’ awesome- just like Dante himself.

4.5/5 Gavels

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About Victoria Scott

Victoria Scott is a teen fiction writer represented by Sara Crowe. She’s the author of the FIRE & FLOOD series published by Scholastic, and the DANTE WALKER trilogy published by Entangled Teen. Her books have been bought and translated in eleven foreign markets including the UK, Turkey, China, Poland, Germany, Australia, Israel, Taiwan, Brazil, New Zealand, and the Netherlands.

Victoria lives in Dallas with her husband and hearts cotton candy something fierce.

Michelle @ Book Briefs

10 Responses to “{Review} The Collector by Victoria Scott”

  1. Jessica@a GREAT read

    Nice review!! I just finished this earlier today and will post my review in the afternoon. I liked it as well, but maybe not as much as I had hoped. Still you made excellent points and found myself agreeing with the majority of it!

  2. Gina @ My Precious

    I’ve been curious about this one, after reading your detailed review it sounds like something I would appreciate. The collector concept sounds a bit abstract, but at the same time enticing. Would you say this one is more romance or something else?

  3. Danny

    Hach, I loveed this book so freaking much! I especially loved the characters and their growth and change. And Charlie was one of the cutest person ever 🙂

  4. Clarisa

    Thanks for the review, I’m the type where I enjoy it more where they talk about how the process works in the world and sounds like it doesn’t leave anything out. It great to hear the bad boy turns over a new leaf natural for the girl. Thanks for not giving a lot away!

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