Published by Entangled Teen on April 2nd 2013
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.
Dante Walker is cocky and vain. He struts around with his tight-physique, wealth, and schmooze – like it’s nobody’s business. In the real world, a guy like Dante would have me turning the other cheek. But in The Collector… phew! I couldn’t get enough. Told from Dante’s perspective, The Collector has a good mix of romance, humor, emotion and action. Even when Dante was at his ass-y-ess he still exerted heat and appeal that kept me wanting more.
Novels narrated by male-perspectives normally turn me off. Off the top of my head I can’t even think of a single book I’ve recently read that featured the sole-perspective of a male. When I first saw The Collector sprouting up on blogs, I ignored it. As a severely selective reader, it’s like I’ve got firewalls in place. It takes a lot of buzz and praise for a book out of my norm to become a book I “have” to read. Sometimes less thought and more action is the key. Giving The Collector a shot – I was delighted when I ended up enjoying Dante’s POV – just as much as any females’.
Dante does a lot of questionable things and makes a lot of bad decisions in The Collector. In the beginning he felt like the villain, a near-nonredeemable character. Without Dante’s personal history accounts, thoughts and feelings, I’m not sure I’d have ever fell for him, let alone liked him. I definitely would never have 100% understood him. He recounts his life bit by bit to others such as Charlie, but it’s completely different when the person in question, personally shares with you who they are and why they do the things they do.
The relationship between Dante and Charlie was endearing, yet not completely suspenseful. Smoldering bad boy who slowly becomes smitten with sweet, innocent, and socially non-existent girl, isn’t really a twist these days. Regardless, this part didn’t deter me from loving their courtship which involved a lot of sweet, yet sorrow-filled drama.
I felt like the characters in The Collector were raw and real. Their growths and relationships were so strong and complete that merely riding on the strengths of the characters, I could have easily enjoyed this novel – without supernatural bits.
If you’re looking for a book with a lot of emotion, a dab of supernatural and a hot lead, I’d definitely recommend picking up The Collector.