Author: Victoria Scott
Series: Dante Walker #1
Published by: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: April 2, 2013
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.
Oh, Dante Walker. You delicious demon, you! I have to admit, I was worried the hype over this guy was too much. You know what? He’s worth it. The Collector sucked me in right from the start and kept me hooked the whole way through.
Dante is Satan’s right hand man. He’s one of six soul collectors, but he is top dog. When The Boss offers him a promotion if he collects a certain soul for him within 10 days, Dante jumps at the chance. Promotion = no more underworld crap and getting to live permanently on Earth. He’s going to do whatever it takes to collect the soul, but it should be easy peasy. He is Dante Walker after all, the best collector there is.
The story is told from Dante’s point of view, and I enjoyed every minute of it. Yes, he’s a crass, judgmental jerk at times, but he’s a DEMON! He drinks, smokes, curses, and is selfish to the bone. What I love though, is he’d sometimes make a rude assessment about a person’s looks, but then actually like them once he gets to know them. Not too far off from what a lot of people do every day. And yes, he’s cocky and arrogant, but in the most amusing way. He had me laughing all the time, and I make no apologies for liking his blunt and brutally honest thoughts. But there is more to him. A lot more. It just takes something or someone special to pull it out of him.
Correction: Charlie wouldn’t have judgmental thoughts of people, but she is a very rare and special case. Charlie isn’t exactly what most people would deem beautiful. She’s a 17-year-old geeky high school student who has bad teeth, frizzy hair, glasses, bad skin, and a limp. The girl is good to the core, so Dante can’t figure out why his boss wants her soul collected so badly. As his ten days dwindle down, he begins to understand just what kind of power she possesses. Charlie gets under his skin, and that could have detrimental consequences to his plans.
Honestly, the characters were my favorite thing about this book. Charlie has two fiercely loyal best friends: Annabelle and Blue. I loved Annabelle, especially when she would talk smack with Dante. She was pretty funny, but she was also very protective over her friends. Even Dante knew when not to mess with her. I wasn’t sure about Blue at first, because he was always so pouty. He turned out to be a pretty great guy, and I got a kick out of his relationship with Dante too. I love when the four of them were together.
I’ll be honest, I didn’t necessarily swoon of Dante. He’s more like a fun-to-get-in-trouble-with and partner in crime type of guy for me. Believe me, though, I still love the dude and am fully aware of his all mighty awesomeness. However… Max was more my kind of guy. The moment he made an appearance, I was done for. When you read the book and get to that part, you might think “Really, Christy? Really?” Yes, dear readers, yes. I love me some Max!
The story itself was interesting, though it did have me questioning a couple of things. Don’t get me wrong, it was a lot of fun and well-paced. In fact, I didn’t find myself bored or distracted once. I do have a lot of very specific questions regarding the collectors and their seals, but I’m pretty sure those won’t be answered. They probably aren’t meant to be answered, I guess. I will give the author props though, for a move she made with a certain loveable character at the end.
The Collector kept me interested from beginning to end. A battle between good and evil, with lots of laughs along the way. I am very much looking forward to the next book, The Liberator!