Author: Victoria Scott
Series: Dante Walker, #1
Release date: April 2nd 2013
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Paperback, 352 pages
Source: Publisher for review
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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.
Does everyone remember Dolores Umbridge and that wicked quill of hers? Of course you do, why am I even asking? How could you not remember poor Harry writing in his own blood. Well, I need Professor Umbridge right about now, only instead of I must not tell lies, I’d like her to force me to write I must not believe the hype. A few pages, a nasty scar, and voila, I’d be fully reformed.
While I’m ready to admit that The Collector has a lot going for it (its laugh-out-loud humor being number one on that list), I don’t think the good outweighs the bad, I’m afraid. Dante Walker, collector extraordinaire and ultimate bad boy isn’t nearly as charming as I’d been lead to believe. He is, at times, hilarious, I’ll give him that much – but that kind of thing loses its shine quickly, and what remains is just another bad boy with a good heart, waiting for the right girl to come along and save him.
Nevertheless, this could have been quite entertaining if not for Charlie’s physical appearance at the beginning. It didn’t bother me that she was unattractive, but that she needed to be unattractive in order to emphasize Dante’s later transformation. Everything was depending on him accepting her for who she was – and who she was was exaggerated to the point of being ridiculous. All the squealing, the crooked teeth, the awful skin, the limp… I mean, really? Did Scott have to go to such extremes? And then, of course, just as Dante finally noticed her inner beauty, the ugly duckling became a swan, so no self-sacrifice on his part was necessary after all. Ugh.
Truth be told, paranormal romance is never my first choice, or my second… or my seventeenth, really, but I wanted to like The Collector more than I actually did. As it is, I won’t be continuing the series unless other reviewers somehow convince me using their evil mind tricks. It’s been known to happen, you know. :)