Publisher: Entangled Teen (April, 2 2013)
Genre: YA, Paranormal
Format: eBook (400 pages)
Source: Author for Blog Tour
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Rating: ★★★½☆ ( 3.5 stars)
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.
At A Glance
I loved the characters bunches and bunches but aspects of the story were just okay.
It seems like almost everyone starts out their The Collector review with, “You will not like Dante at first.” What!!!!??? I loved that MoFo. Dante was awesome from beginning to end. He wasn’t just an anti-hero in the beginning, he was also mean, funny mean, but mean all the same. He was (and still is) conceded. Life revolves around him. He’s got swag and he knows it. He’s a smooth talker who knows how to get his way. And though some of this sounds bad, it so worked for this book. It was perfect, it was different. What’s better than reading about a main character who is sooooo not a hero? Maybe it’s just me but I sometimes need this kind of change in my books. I don’t want to always read about the perfect couple, or perfect character. So sure, prepare yourself for Dante. He’s manipulative, he’s full of himself, and he’s full of awesomesauce. He’s the shiz! He’s Dante Effing Walker.
But Dante also has his sweet side. His feelings for Charlie are like the sweetest ever. He’s kind in an messed up way. And his heart is so big but he never realizes it. His evolution as a character was fascinating. I just can’t see how anybody couldn’t love this guy, even with all his faults.
The other characters are just as amazing. Charlie was literally so caring, sweet, and endearingly geeky it was ridiculous. Her innocence is almost unbelievable, but you believe it in Charlie. And I loved that she wasn’t pretty, or that she was ugly if you want to be harsh. It was nice to see someone so focused on helping other people and caring for her friends instead of focusing on herself. Her friends were also great characters. Annabelle was amazing with comedic relief. She is a popular/sexy/conceded girl at heart even if she is an outcast like Charlie. But even with her wanting to be more than what she is, she cares for her friends just as much as Charlie does. Then Blue. My poor, sweet, brooding Blue. I never really knew what to think of him. His obvious love for Charlie leaves him between a rock and a hard place with Dante’s pursuit of her and Charlie’s attraction to Dante. It’s Blue who surprises me the most in this book. He ends up being an accidental badass…and hero. Then there was Dante’s best friend, Max, who was just down right hilarious.
I really had fun reading this book. Every character had a great sense of humor. Of course nothing could beat Dante’s one-liners. The Collector really is a great book that will see you laughing often. The mystery was pretty good. The emotion was often intense. I felt it as Dante’s heart broke. I felt it as Charlie thought Dante cared nothing for her besides changing her looks. The concept was also very interesting. I am excited to see where this all goes. There is still so much for this series to get to.
OMG, I just realized what this book reminds me of. It’s like a YA Bad Santa. If you saw that movie, then you would totally get it. Of course this book has more of an endearing romance.
It’s kind of hard to pinpoint exactly what I didn’t like. I think the story building lacked a great deal. Certain things aren’t explained well or at all. And some things are just unbelievable. Like having 6 Collectors for the entire world but they stick close to each other. How does that work when they are suppose to be collecting bad souls everywhere?
The ending was meh. So generic and predictable. And nothing is really resolved. We are left with more things needing to be explained than anything.
Though I feel like Dante doesn’t deserve Charlie, I really liked them together. Their relationship was rocky at first, obviously. Dante spends the majority of the book trying to make Charlie change herself, make herself into someone “pretty” instead of ugly. Yeah, yeah, we all know Dante is kind of a douche in that respect. Making Charlie feel ugly. It was his job, give the boy some slack. But as they grew on each other, their relationship really bloomed. I loved Dante’s inner struggle with falling for Charlie. And that damn trusting Charlie was so puppy dog eyed over Dante, it was hard to watch. It all worked for some reason. It was like a beautiful disaster you couldn’t look away from.
Though the plot and story as a whole could have been better, I still had a lot of fun with The Collector. These were the best band of characters I have seen in a long time. I had some great laughs and held back a few tears. I would really like to read the next book in the series to see what is going to happen next. A recommended read.
“In this trunk,” she says with a serious face, “is God’s gift to women.”
“Stop guessing,” she says.”
“I’ll never understand the friendships Charlie has. Friendships where it doesn’t take cash or hookups, or saying the right things to stay in the circle. No, Charlie’s friendships are different. She tries to protect her people, and they in turn protect her. They accept each other’s imperfections and support one another. My friends weren’t like her friends, which makes me wonder if I ever had any at all.”
Annabelle laughs. “Oh, so you think you’re hot, do you?”
“Girl, I got swag for days.”
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.