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Title: The Collector
Series: Dante Walker, #1
Series: Dante’s Website
Author: Victoria Scott
Published: Entangled Teen, April 2013
Format: paperback/ ebook, 400 pages
Source: received a copy from publisher
Links: [goodreads][amazon.com][barnes & noble]
What comes to your mind when you read something that says “he makes good girls … bad” ?
I must admit when I first read the book summary, my reaction was not very enthusiastic. I kinda guessed the story would give us an innocent girl, someone beautiful, smart and naive, and she’d be persuaded by this Dante guy to try and do something sneaky, something bad, something unforgivable. And then we’d probably see them kiss and because they’re madly in love, they’d have to either do something radical to get out of the mess that they’re in or they’d be forced to pick a choice that would alter/ change their lives forever. So, was my guess spot-on, you may wonder? Well… no, my guess was not spot-on (I only guessed a few elements right) and I’m happy that Scott wrote a story that offers us something a little different, something refreshing.
Dante believes he has his job mastered – as a soul collector, his duty is to mark those who have done something bad with a seal. He knows sealing souls is nothing personal and he knows if he gets his job done and does it well, he’ll be rewarded by Boss Man. So, what could possibly go wrong when Boss Man hands him a new assignment? With an eagerness to prove that he can finish the job swiftly, Dante accepts his challenge and heads out to find this girl named Charlie Cooper. It’s interesting to see this soul collecting business through Dante. Because he is confident and materialistic, it’s easy and fun to tune into his character and imagine his routine while reading the book. Normally, I don’t find much resonance with characters that have an arrogant attitude but in this story, I’d say Dante deserves to feel proud of what he’s capable of doing. I like that he has a soft, charming side and while he is not as careful as I’d want him to be, he does uphold an authenticity that makes it hard not to like him.
What can I share about Charlie? I’d say she is different from many of the female YA characters that I’ve met. She is plain, ordinary and without much fashion-sense. And while she does not have an attractive physical appearance, I like that she is observant, sincere and kind. She has a good heart. Reading about how she loves and adores her family and friends brings a big smile on my face and I feel really uncomfortable when she gets tricked into doing something that she believes is good but isn’t.
As the story progresses, I feel delighted by all the things that are revealed. Things aren’t just as shallow as they seem and I like that I get to know the secondary characters in ways that I have never expected.
Overall, I like The Collector. The story is not exactly formulaic and I have lots of fun reading it. I hope you’ll like it too.
Dante Walker, #2, The Liberator, will be out in August 2013.
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