Monday, April 1, 2013

Blog Tour ~ The Collector by Victoria Scott Review + Giveaway!

Welcome to my stop on the '2013 Belongs To Dante' 
blog tour event hosted by YA Bound!
Follow the full tour HERE

The Collector (Dante Walker, #1)
The Collector by Victoria Scott

Release Date: April 2, 2013
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pages: 400
Genre: YA Paranormal
Source: Author
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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.

Dante Walker's job is to put seals on people for the bad things they have done. When people have enough seals their soul can be collected. Dante loves his job and why shouldn't he? He makes sure bad souls go to the right place and he gets to look good while doing it. Then his boss sends him after Charlie's soul. Charlie is an awkward, frizzy haired, lime green back pack wearing mess. Dante's suave Versace wearing, Escalade driving awesomeness should be able to turn her bad in no time. Seals galore then collect her soul. Except Charlie is so sweet and Dante can't help but start to feel guilty and protective.

I love being inside Dante's head. Some would say he is a douche but I still found him likable. I felt he was more brutally honest than mean. In his head he thought some terrible things but he would never say them and when others did he would get mad. He is very matter of fact. He is awesome and others need help to be as awesome as he is. LOL But really it came off more hilarious and honest than douchey, at least to me. Dante also had a ton of character growth. For most of his career he puts seals on people who did bad things. I don't think anyone made him think twice about his actions until Charlie.

At first I thought Charlie was an odd love interest and that I wouldn't really feel chemistry between them but my mind changed quickly. Charlie was so unbelievably good that Dante felt bad every time he tried to make her do wrong. Often he would end up wanting to protect her. He couldn't understand why anyone would be mean to someone so innocent. It was adorable. Dante went from wanting Charlie to change to missing the old her when she did. He saw her inner beauty.

The story got a little bit slow for me about 3/4 through. Dante begins really pondering what he should do about collecting Charlie's soul. If he can't bring her in then someone else might. The big reveal at the end didn't pack as big of a punch for me as I would have liked because I didn't feel like I got to know the other collectors and characters well enough to care who was behind messing with Dante. Still an exciting conclusion and the story wraps up well with no cliffhanger. Dante has big changes ahead of him and I am dying to see how he handles them. I loved the unique take on demons and angels, the quirky romance, and of course the deliciously suave and hilarious Dante!

"There's a security guard, like, ten feet away. I could have you kicked out of here."
"For what? Being awesome?"

"She's nervous. And she should be. I doubt this girl has ever visited first base...or even been to a game."

Rating: 4/5 

The Liberator (Dante Walker #2) Releasing August 7th 2013
The Liberator (Dante Walker, #2) 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'm a YA writer represented by Laurie McLean. Author of THE COLLECTOR (Entangled Teen, April 2013) and THE BRIMSTONE BLEED (Scholastic, 2014). I have a master's degree in marketing, and live in Dallas with my husband. When not writing, I can be found munching cotton candy and snuggling obese cats.



  1. Awesome! Can't wait to read this one! It's in the mail somewhere now!

  2. I have heard such great things about this book, I need to make time for it!
    I am so glad you loved Dante!!

  3. I am so glad you liked this Jen, I pre-ordered this and cannot wait for all the banter, and Charlie seems like an unlikely heroine but i am all in!

  4. I think Dante seems fun, but I'm also wondering if his attitude ever gets tiring. It doesn't seem like it based on your review. I'm more interested in Charlie. She seems like a great heroine! I'm glad you liked this!

  5. I have a friend who read the first book and tell me that is ¡amazing! She love The collector, so, I hope I can read the book soon like the second one. Sounds really good.

  6. sounds fantastic! thanks for sharing!

  7. I think some people missed the mark on Dante. He’s supposed to be an ass! He’s a freaking demon. Since when are demons good? I thought he was awesome. Loved his douchery :)

  8. Can't wait to read the book! I've read so many amazing reviews and I'm glad you liked it as well. Great giveaway :)

  9. I think I would very much like Dante. I always enjoy people who are straight shooters and tell it like it is. I am sure he is an interesting guy! I can't wait to meet him!

  10. Heard so many good things about The Collector, must read asap.

  11. I agree, I loved his thoughts. And it was so funny when he got mad at those 2 characters and said something like he's the only one allowed to be judgmental. lol. I hope he doesn't change TOO much in the net book though. I love his bad ways.

  12. I cannot wait to meet Dante myself, thought I love that his is a know what :) I prefer the alpha type males of his in the books. Thought love it !!

  13. Wonderful review. I just started this last night and I am interested to see what is going to happen with Dante and Charlie.

  14. I had the same thoughts about Dante! Very direct and matter of fact. lol I liked that about him. Great review! :)

  15. I can't wait to read this and finally finally meet Dante! I love his bad boy personality and I love that he really starts to like Charlie for who she is. I love that when a hero does that. It really is adorable. As for Charlie, she sounds fantastic. I love that she's innocent and that she makes a great couple with Dante. I just can't wait to read this book! Sorry that it got a little slow, but I'm glad you still ended up enjoying it! :D

    Awesomesauce review, Jennifer! :)

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

  16. I have an e-ARC of The Collector and I'm really excited to start reading it. I just don't have the time right now but I'll start it very soon. Great review!

  17. I love it when I book lives up to its hype, I'm going to have to grab this one when I get the chance.

  18. This is such good news!! I've been anticipating this read for months and months!!! I can't wait to finally read it. Sounds like it's epic!

  19. Just started the book today and loooving it so far! Excited for The Liberator! :) Thanks for a giveaway! :)

  20. I have seen this book around everywhere. At first I didn't really want to read it because I didn't think I would connect with Dante, but after reading your review and seeing all the amazing hype it's gotten I will definitely give this book a chance. I love the quotes you picked, if the whole book is like that I'm going to love it :)


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