Tuesday, July 9, 2013
The Collector by Victoria Scott
NOTE: I received the eARC from Netgalley.
Can I say that I really enjoy reading about hot snarky reapers? I really do. Starting with Tod and then Finn and now Dante, I just can't get enough! Their stories are, of course, way different, but the guys are all strikingly swoon worthy, and it makes you want more and more, and ... more.
So, here we meet Dante. He's a collector, a.k.a., a reaper for the bad guy. He calls him Bossman, which is funny, really. God here is referred to as Big Guy. And that was just hilarious! I cracked up laughing the first time I read it. Anyway. Dante's voice is bright and strangely compelling. As the narrator, it's easy to get a hang of his thoughts and emotions and the way they change as the events unfold. He's spent the last two years working for downstairs(as he calls it) and he hasn't regretted a single second of it. In fact, he largely enjoys it.
Until, of course, he meets Charlie Cooper.
Now Charlie is his special assignment. As in, bring her in and he gets a promotion - a really big one too - out of the dark confines of hell. But Charlie is no ordinary girl. In fact, she's so far from ordinary, that she manages to warm up the heart of a ruthless reaper such as Dante.
Then there's that mysterious person, who appears out of nowhere to stalk Dante and (perhaps) cancel out his seals... Could this person be Charlie or someone else entirely?
As the story unravels and guilt seeps into Dante's mind and heart, he realizes one thing. A world without Charlie would be as nice to live in as hell is. So, he just has to figure out what (if anything) to do about it.
All that is good and swell, but I just kept on feeling that something was missing in the story. Like why was Dante presumably Bossman's closest collector? And was he really? Also, how could Dante trust Bossman when he knows full well what and who he is... And Charlie... what she did was sort of selfish and she never gave off vibes of selfishness. It just wasn't like her to do such a thing. But then again, she was doing it for Dante, so yeah. The reason why Charlie was thought to be so important felt foolish. It was way too insignificant in my opinion, to actually matter in the great scene of things.
Anyway, I enjoyed The Collector very much, and I think you will too. So stop reading reviews and just go buy the book. It's worth it.
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