Summary from GoodReads:
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.
The whole premise of The Collector sounded pretty interesting, but the main reason I requested this through Netgalley was because a teen girl at the library where I work was really interested in it. We talk about books a lot, so I thought I would give this one a try. Also, it have been in a lot of bloggers’ In My Mailbox/Stacking the Shelves posts, so it definitely piqued my interest. Anyway, this was a fun book. I can’t say I thought it was the most amazing thing ever, but I must admit that Dante was such a fun narrator.
This is told entirely in Dante’s POV. There aren’t many paranormal romance books told in the male’s POV, and it was a nice change. Dante has a very distinct personality. He loves to drive nice cars, wear designer clothes, and basically partake in life’s indulgences. He doesn’t really start off as the most likable character, but I think it’s clear early on that Dante will experience a big character growth throughout the story.
As I mentioned above, Dante is really a fun narrator, and he had some great lines. I did find, though, that some of the things he said hard to believe a guy like that saying. Nevertheless, he was his statements certainly were interesting and never allowed anything to get boring.
The love interest is Charlie, and I actually found her character to be a bit bland. I usually tend to really like the “goodie two shoes” character, because I am kind of like that. Not annoyingly so (I hope), but I can identify with that in a character. But I never rally felt like I knew what Charlie was like.
I wasn’t able to completely get into the story. It’s certainly an interesting story, but I had quite a few questions. I wanted to know exactly how awful Dante was as a teen to be sent to Hell after death. Because he certainly didn’t seem evil, even at the beginning of the novel. I mean, he isn’t super nice, but he didn’t seem like some evil ne’erdowell or anything. There really isn’t a cliffhanger ending, but a lot is left unanswered questions which I guess sets up the series.
The Collector is a fun, quick paranormal romance. Don’t expect to be blown away, but be prepared to get a kick out of Dante, our narrator. I think it’s worth the read just to experience Dante.
- So I just got back from a short vacation to Washington, D.C. and Fredericksburg, VA. I had a great time (even though I had a cold) and thought I would share a few photos (mostly of me at my favorite Ice Cream shop ever!)