Thursday, August 8, 2013

Review ~ The Collector by Victoria Scott

I'm doing a few things different with this review. First of all, I'm trying a slightly different format. Secondly, I did something special (which I've never done before) for the first part of the review. I will warn you that it might be slightly spoilery.

Genre: YA paranormal romance
Series and number: Dante Walker #1
Number of pages: 352
Edition: Kindle Ebook
Link to Goodreads page

Goodreads 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.

My review:

Rating: 5 stars
Date read: August 7 to 8, 2013
Source: Bought

This is a letter that I've decided to write to the main character. I just felt like doing this to add something special to the review.

I have a few things I want to say to you. I don't usually go out my way to write to book characters, but this time I feel compelled to do so.

First of all, you're kind of a pig—a very bad, arrogant, and cocky pig. You made many judgments about people before you even knew anything about them (past their appearance). You also encouraged and pushed Charlie to sin for your own personal benefit.

But . . . you completely changed over the course of the first book you were in. You became a better guy with a much bigger heart and conscience.  Deep down, you were always a good person (don't even try to deny it)—albeit a dead person, but whatever, I still accept you—and all you needed was someone with a pure heart to help you uncover those pieces of yourself.

What you did for Charlie—the sacrifices you made for her and the observations you made about her—warmed my heart. You came to see just how beautiful she was, even though it took you awhile to realize that. She didn't look like much—in fact, she just looked like an ordinary girl—but first impressions can be misleading. We can miss out on truly amazing and beautiful people if we fail to look past those big signs of what we often consider beauty (like hair, eyes, and skin). What makes someone beautiful is often abstract—confidence, compassion, selflessness—and I want to say thank you for falling head over heels for girl with a subtler beauty.

I guess what I'm trying to say is this: you are an amazing guy, and I'm so glad I finally got to meet you.
I'm looking forward to seeing you again in The Liberator.

~A new fan~

P.S I know you think you're the center of the universe, but don't let my compliments get to your already-too-big head. Remember that I did call you a pig.

P.P.S Also, don't think you're the only reason why I loved The Collector. You're not. Don't let that bruise that huge ego of yours.

This book wouldn't be the same without Dante. Not only is he the main character who narrates the book, he is also a rare find in YA fiction. He was the sole POV and was a male. (Why are there so few first person male POV that don't alternate with a female one?) He also had a very colorful personality and voice, which is enjoyable with male and female MCs alike.

If you can tell, I loved the direction Victoria Scott took with the POV. As I mentioned at the end of my letter to Dante,though, he wasn't the only reason why I loved this book—yeah, he's great, but I'm not giving a book five stars simply because of the MC.

I loved Charlie's friends as well. Blue and Annabelle were very good to her and were true friends. They didn't care that she wasn't drop dead gorgeous, but instead loved her for her kind heart and true personality.

As for Charlie, I loved the direction that was taken with her too. She was like an ugly duckling, but she grew out of it by growing more and more confident in herself. There was a huge focus on beauty, but it wasn't "being beautiful will make your life so much better!" No. It was more about the lesser seen beauty that accompanies confidence versus the in-your-face kind that can inspire vanity. It was also about how different one could be treated if he or she didn't fit in into the standards of "good-looking," and how far someone would go to meet those standards.

The entire way the subject was handled was fantastic. I loved how Dante didn't initially find Charlie to be attractive, but realized she already was beautiful each step she took towards becoming traditionally good-looking.

Overall . . . this is one of the best books once read in awhile, and it also seems to be the one to inspire me to write the most in awhile (I don't usually write reviews this long, but hey, I had a lot to say—and I didn't even say everything I wanted to). So . . . I'll leave this by saying I highly recommend picking up this book to meet Dante Walker. I hope you like him as much as I did.

Actually, no. I'm not entirely finished. I've got one more thing to say that didn't fit in with those above paragraphs.
-I have a very small, exclusive secret club of favorite heroes ("book-boyfriends"). It takes a lot for a character to receive an invitation to join. I'm happy to announce that I'm sending Dante a congratulatory/acceptance letter to accompany the other one. I  liked him enough to place him high on the VIP list with Adrian and Kaidan, which is . . . pretty darn good.


  1. I have heard about this one before, but no one described it quite as uniquely as you did! I'm super excited for this now and MUST go track down a copy! ~Chelle

    The Passionate Bookworm

    1. Thanks. I hope you enjoy it if you get around to reading it.

  2. Nice review, I've heard a lot of good things about this book, I might have to read it soon!

    1. Thanks. I hope you do get around to reading it.

  3. Thanks for sharing about this book! I liked the letter to Dante! That's a fun angle for a review!

    1. It was fun writing it! I've never had the urge to write a letter to a character before this book, but I may try it again in the future. :)

  4. I've heard a lot about this book, but have yet to read it!


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