Book Review: The Collector by Victoria Scott

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.


"Two years ago, I was just an average seventeen-year-old guy. That's a lie. I've never been average. I look like a movie star and move like an athlete."

The buzz around this book has been crazy. Everybody seems to want Dante as their next boyfriend and honestly they can have him. Don't get me wrong I like Dante, but he doesn't make swoon or anything like that. Victoria Scott tries to portray him as the ultimate bad boy, but to me he's just arrogant, being all "I'm better than everybody else.". There is nothing wrong with some cockiness until it's more arrogance and no longer endearing. So Dante does have these great one liners, to portray that characteristic, but sometimes that feels a bit forced.
"My 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 I get the fun ones."

The author explains really well how all that collectors stuff works. It's easy to understand. Still Dante being a Collector, doesn't make him evil in my eyes. The guy is just doing his job, it's your own fault if you go to hell. If you do good things, you'll go to heaven and if you do bad thing your soul belongs to the devil. It's not like the guy is killing people. So Dante being a bad boy, I'm not convinced, the boy just got attitude for days.

Also there are some things that don't make complete sense. Dante is practically the right hand of Boss Man and he has trained all the other collectors, which makes you thing the guy has been doing this for decades, maybe even centuries, but apparently it has only been two years. For being so arrogant about all that, you would think he had more experience. Besides being a collector might not be that awesome, okay you're not stuck in hell and all you have to do is mark people, but they don't have any cool powers except becoming invisible. At least let them be able to teleport, now they have to rely on plains etc.
"Great, I've come to collect Mother Teresa."

I do love that it is told from Dante's POV, very refreshing. The character grows a lot during the book, looses some of his arrogance and tries to understand what feelings are. Of course there is a girl mostly responsible for that transformation. Charlie is a very regular girl, remotely no perfect beauty and indeed she pretty much has the heart of a saint. Now Dante has to corrupt that if he wants to collect her soul, but if he's not careful she might corrupt his soul (but in the good way). The more time he spends with her, the more trouble he has with completing his task.

All in all a very fun book to read, Dante's one liners are very original and funny, Charlie is endearing (reminds me of Bambi skating on the ice), the guy's POV made it very interesting and stand out from all the other stories like this (guy has trouble completing task, because he might like girl).

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