Review: The Collector by Victoria Scott

collectorThe Collector
Author: Victoria Scott
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Age Group: Teen
Source: Publisher through Netgalley
Good Reads  |  Amazon
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Challenge: Debut Author Challenge

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. 

My Thoughts

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.

Life Tidbits

  • 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!)

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About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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6 Responses to Review: The Collector by Victoria Scott

  1. Thanks for being honest with your review! I will have to check Dante out! Lol

    I also am subscribed to you and love your posts and was wondering if there was a way that I could actually get ahold of u for a cover reveal?


  2. So glad to see a different take on this book. Everyone is raving about it and I was waiting to see another perspective. I think I would probably go with you even though I haven’t read it yet. It’s one of those books that I’m not really interested in, but because of the hype you kind of feel you have to read. Sigh. Have a great day.

  3. Well, I guess I will put this on my TBR and see if I ever catch up to it. No rush, I suppose! Thanks for your review…

  4. I’ve been interested in this one for awhile. I usually like goody-two-shoe girls too, but they need to have some type of personality. I think I may check it out from the library rather than buying it, but thanks for the honest review.

  5. Merin says:

    I am jealous of your ice cream trip (and also that fabulous polka dot shirt!). Also, aww, baby panda! ♥

    I still need to read The Collector. I picked up a paperback copy from Amazon back when it was first released because I was seeing all of these raving reviews. I still think I’ll enjoy it, but I’ll probably be in the “not the best thing ever” camp.

  6. Once again your hair is so cute and your scarves! 🙂 Glad you had a great time! The book might be a pass for me based on your issues with it!

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