The Collector (Dante Walker, #1) by Victoria Scott
Review by Tempest.
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.
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I did not expect to like this book as much as I did. It sounded interesting and funny, so I figured why not give it a shot. I'm so glad that I did. Dante is witty and, well...bad. But also oh so good, if you know what I mean. Despite the fact he starts off as a total jerk, there are still redeeming qualities that slip through his tough guy act. Getting these glimpses really helped draw me into the story, as well as hope that he could somehow find redemption at the end. The first couple of chapters, where everything is just beginning to be explained, are a little slow. Don't let it stop you though, because fifty pages in I was hooked. There were also enough twists within this story to keep me on my toes. Just as I thought I knew where one aspect was going something else happened to prove me wrong. Charlie was vastly unique in comparison to most of the other female characters being portrayed in young adult novels now-a-days. She wasn't "beautiful" or secretly gorgeous yet hidden behind glasses and messy hair. For all intensive purposes, she was actually not very attractive on the outside at all. Which is what really helped drive home the fact that internally, she was beautiful enough to attract a demon. I loved that Scott went the whole nine-yards with her outer appearance. At first, even I was a bit turned off by what Charlie looked like, so it's no wonder that she isn't very popular in school. However, she easily won me over with who she is, and how she treats others. The duality of these two characters--the physically attractive having the ugly personality and vice-versa--was amazingly portrayed here. Often that's attempted and ends up coming off more cliche then truthful, but with this book it was totally believable. I'm very interested in reading the second book, and I can't wait to find out what happens between Charlie and Dante, as well as all the other characters. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a little action, romance, and a lot of laughs. Seriously, this book is hilarious almost 99 percent of the time. Scott's definitely perfected dry humor down to a T.