The Liberator is the second book in the Dante Walker series.
If you are new to this awesome series, check out my review of the first novel, The Collector HERE
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Release Date: August 27, 2013
Age Group: YA
Series: (Dante Walker #2)
Source: eARC from publisher
From Entangled TeenSummary from Goodreads:
Bad boy, meet bad girl.Dante has a shiny new cuff wrapped around his ankle, and he doesn’t like that mess one bit. His new accessory comes straight from Big Guy himself and marks the former demon as a liberator. Despite his gritty past and bad boy ways, Dante Walker has been granted a second chance.
When Dante is given his first mission as a liberator to save the soul of seventeen-year-old Aspen, he knows he’s got this. But Aspen reminds him of the rebellious life he used to live and is making it difficult to resist sinful temptations. Though Dante is committed to living clean for his girlfriend Charlie, this dude’s been a playboy for far too long…and old demons die hard.
With Charlie becoming the girl she was never able to be pre-makeover and Aspen showing him how delicious it feels to embrace his inner beast, Dante will have to go somewhere he never thought he’d return to in order to accomplish the impossible: save the girl he’s been assigned to, and keep the girl he loves.
I really liked The Collector and I totally fell in love with bad boy, smart mouthed Dante Walker. So I was pretty psyched when I got my hands on an ARC of The Liberator. I loved the concept of soul stickers and the collectors and liberators that I met in the first book. The second book picks up shortly after the first one left off. The Collector was more of Charlie’s story, and the Liberator focuses more on Dante, which you know I enjoyed.
Dante does a lot of soul searching so to speak in this novel. (See what I did there? I just couldn’t resist.) He battles with himself over whether he is good enough to be a liberator. He just doesn’t know if he has what it takes to be a “good guy”. Charlie totally believes in him. (but I wouldn’t expect anything less from her since she is a complete sweetheart.) But Dante really carries the book. He is so much fun to read. He is funny and one heck of a mouth on him! Holy cow, some of his one liners actually had me chuckling out loud in public.
Aspen is a new character in this story and when I first met her I thought I was totally going to hate her. I was all ready to be on team charlie and boo Aspen because she is some tough trouble making girl. But, the more I got to know her, the harder it was for me to dislike her. She is one interesting cookie. And so spunky! I can’t wait to learn more about her in the next book. And I was so excited that there was zero love triangle in the story. Very refreshing change of pace from other sequels that introduce new characters.
I was a little worried when I first started reading that this book would not hold up to the first one. The plot was a little slow at the beginning, but once you get about a 1/4th of the way through the plot picks up immensely and I found myself completely engaged in the story. So if you are like me, then keep reading! The Liberator just keeps getting better and better as the story goes on. There are all sorts of twists and turns and lots of great romance to keep my interest. I think I might have even ended up liking this book more than I liked the first one. And that is really saying something. I just loved how Dante is with Charlie. He will do anything for that girl and it kind of makes my heart melt. I am such a sucker for a tough guy with a gooey romantic center. If you liked the Collector and Dante Walker, you need to get your hands on a copy of The Liberator. You won’t be sorry!
I’m a teen fiction writer with a die-hard affection for dark and humorous books. My work is represented by Sara Crowe of Harvey Klinger literary agency. I have a master’s degree in marketing, and currently live in Dallas with my husband, Ryan.My first series started with THE COLLECTOR, and was published by Entangled Teen in April 2013. The second book in the trilogy, THE LIBERATOR, will release August 2013. My next series kicks off with FIRE & FLOOD and is being published by Scholastic, February 2014.
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