28 April 2013

Review: The Collector by Victoria Scott

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 long ago buried.

I requested a copy of this from netgalley because I'd heard so many good things about it and everyone was excited for it to come out. Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy it at all. I was really disappointed that I didn't enjoy it. I just didn't have a connection with any of the characters and to be perfectly honest, I didn't really care about what was happening in the story either.

Dante was my main reason for not liking this book. He's an arrogant prick. Seriously. I didn't expect him to be that bad but he was, and he just got worse and worse throughout the book. He's so shallow and full of himself. He was constantly calling people "losers" and "douchebags" and it started to piss me off. He thought he was so much better than everyone else. I actually lost track of the amount of times I rolled my eyes at things he said. There was one point I actually thought my eyes were going to fall out of my head because I was constantly rolling them! And what was with him going off on tangents about pointless stuff? I'm pretty sure he started talking about Winnie the Pooh at some point. And his obsession with the colour red was annoying me. 

Charlie was another major part of me not liking this book. She was such a weak character! She let Dante manipulate her and wished for herself to be beautiful just so that Dante would like her! I actually couldn't believe how spineless she was. She actually seemed pretty pathetic to me. So what if she wasn't 'beautiful' in the general sense, she had friends and her life was actually alright. So I don't understand why she let Dante weasel his way in and change her in 10 DAYS! She didn't even know this guy, but she was letting him call the shots on how she looked? That pissed me off more than anything.

Don't even get me started on the romance. They've only know each other for 10 days, 10 DAYS, and they suddenly love each other? Give me a break. I can usually handle insta-love, but this was just too much. Dante basically tells her she's ugly and makes her wish to be beautiful, but she falls in love with him anyways? Is she stupid? I actually think she must be. If anyone told me that and then tried to get close to me I'd punch them in the face, repeatedly. He doesn't even deserve her after what he did. But she's willing to forgive him? No. Just, no.

I actually thought the storyline sound pretty good from the synopsis, but when I was reading I just couldn't get into the story. There were times I wanted to scream in frustration and times I actually threw my kindle away because I couldn't stand to listen to Dante being an arrogant ass. I just couldn't get interested in it. I kept pushing through and hoping that it would get better and that maybe Dante would redeem himself and I would start to like him. But none of that happened and I'm really disappointed. It had so much potential to be an amazing book. The only emotion I had when I was reading this book was anger. I could tell when I was supposed to be shocked or cheering on one of the characters, but I just didn't feel anything for these characters or the story. 

I debated for awhile on what to give this book and I finally settled on:

I definitely won't be continuing with this series because I really didn't enjoy this one.


  1. I really enjoyed this one, but I've seen a lot of mixed reviews about for it. I think you either gel with it--and Dante--or you don't. Sorry you didn't enjoy it.

    1. It must be. I really wanted to like it, but I just didn't.
      I'm glad you enjoyed it though :)