Victoria Scott’s The Collector, the first novel in her series featuring bad boy Dante Walker, confronts ideas of good, evil, and what lies between.
Scott’s characters are realistic in the sense that they can be tempted to more…troublesome behavior.
Dante is charming and suave, but also complex and troubled. Scott immediately connects you to the character through the first-person narration, which makes it feel like Dante is talking to you. He is one of those characters who you can have mixed feelings about, but remembering his purpose in the story helps make him forgivable.
I was surprised by my emotional reactions to this novel. Scott creates some great conflicts for her characters, particularly for Charlie. Charlie undergoes some experiences that I felt were heart wrenching, and these moments drew me into the book even more.
I felt like the plot was quick paced, and kept me turning the pages. It was difficult for me to stop reading at points, especially with the multiple unexpected moments.
As much as I enjoyed the book, some little things caught my attention. Most importantly, I felt that the supernatural concept, while original and intriguing, could have used a little more explanation at the beginning of the story. Things became clearer as the book progressed, but some of the basics, (like what Dante does) could have been explained in more detail. At the same time, I appreciate that some things were left unexplained as this is the first in a series and they will probably be confronted in a later book.
Overall, The Collector is a creative and engaging novel, and I’m excited to read the rest of Dante’s story!
Dante Walker is happy with his afterlife. As a collector for “Boss Man”, he has the pleasure of sealing souls of those who fall on the bad side of humanity. Or as he likes to think of them, the fun ones.
Boss Man has given him a new assignment with a shiny promotion attached. Dante has to seal the soul of Charlie Cooper. The tricky part – he has to make this good girl go bad. But as Dante gets to know Charlie, she stirs up emotions in him which complicate the entire assignment.
Added to that, Dante is getting the feeling that there is more to this assignment than meets the eye. Dante isn’t ready to give up without a fight – the question is will he be fighting for his survival or for Charlie?
He makes good girls...bad.
Dante Walker is flippin' awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence has 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 10 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.