Friday, March 22, 2013

Review: The Collector (Dante Walker #1)

The Collector (Dante Walker #1)
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.
(Cover & Description from Goodreads. Source.)
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: April 2, 2013

Kat's Review

This book is so much fun I don't even know where to start.  The story is told in the first person from Dante's point of view and he is hilarious.  Listening to his inner dialogue made me laugh out loud at times, and watching him navigate the world of his assigned mark was endlessly entertaining.  Charlie is everything that Dante has no idea how to handle: plain, nerdy, kind, funny and despite not being popular, has two best friends who would do anything for her.  She suffered through tragedy in her childhood, and instead of coming out bitter and angry, she came through grateful, happy, and more determined than ever to help others.

Dante doesn't stand a chance.

The book isn't all sarcasm and laughs, though.  There is a complete story arc here, following Charlie's transformation as well as Dante's.  Charlie has everything she could ever wish for dangled in front of her, and Dante works hard to break down her defences, to chip away at her confidence, until she begins to doubt herself.  She begins to change, and Dante is startled to find himself conflicted about those changes. As he struggles to bring in her soul by the deadline, he also begins questioning why her particular soul is so important in the first place.  He's stunned by what he discovers, and he begins to question everything.  Including his loyalties. 

I try not to give away spoilers in my reviews, so I won't, except to say that Charlie affects Dante in ways he didn't think possible.  As the deadline winds down, he finds himself forced to make some difficult choices.  He's also forced to face some personal truths that he has been avoiding. 

As I said earlier, this book is a fun ride.  Dante is a snarky, sexy main character who is more complex than even he believes himself to be, and Charlie is a force of nature wrapped up in an unassuming package.  The supporting characters run the gamut from human best friends, to fellow collectors, and even a liberator, Heaven's equivalent of a collector.  Everyone has their sights set on Charlie, for different reasons, and no one is sure who they can trust.  For the reader, it's one satisfying ride. 

Rating: A Good Read

This book is certainly worth spending some time with.  It's got a great cast of characters and a story that takes the familiar concept of angels and demons and puts an original spin on it, including a twist at the end.  I liked Charlie as much as I liked Dante, and although there are some messages here, they didn't feel preachy or over the top.  I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.  A recommended read.

I was provided a complementary copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.

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1 comment:

  1. Great review! I can't wait to read this book, it sounds so good and funny! And I'm looking forward to meeting this Dante everybody is talking about :)


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