Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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.
What I Liked: 1) My favorite part of this story was Dante (and that was predictable, wasn't it?) He is an unapologetic badass with a big ego and a tongue as sharp as whiplash. Author Victoria Scott definitely knows how to write a bad boy. The voice she's given him is funny and enticing, as his character is supposed to be. Snarky and sarcastic with a healthy dose of egotism made him a very fun and attractive. Overrun with swagger and charm, he's the kind of guy a girl like me is drawn to, while my head is screaming for me to run in the opposite direction. This is characterization done at it's finest! For those of you who love a good bad boy, this one is definitely for you. 2) The idea. Stealing souls...that's something that has been explored a couple times in paranormal fiction, but it all comes down to different means and motives. And both the means - Dante and his blood-red seals, and the motive...well, it's a job after all, these are just a few of the things that make this book so unique. 3) Valery. Valery was my favorite girl in the book, and she doesn't show up until close to the end. With her long red nails and her clothes that can only be described as seductive, she's quite the opposite of what I imagine. I knew there had to be more to her than what we initially learn, and I was so excited when I was right! (Hahaha, read it to find out!) 4) I'm going to compliment Charlie in the fact that she was written well as Dante's polar opposite. But she was a little boring, so I can't say that I just loved her as an MC. But she is the complete opposite of Dante, so their romance is very...opposites attract. It's a sweet fall, though you sense it a lot more from Charlie's side, and Dante is so intent on his job that it's hard for him to tell when he switches from using her, to having real, serious feelings. Ah, bad boys. They just don't know what's good for them. 5) The humor. There are some parts of this book (most of them are Dante's snarky comments) that are snort-out-loud funny. Yeah, he'd totally make fun of me, but oh well. Dante's sarcastic and quick-witted humor is exactly the kind of humor that makes me roll on the floor. I loved it. 6) The ending. YES! OMG, I can't wait to see how Dante is going to handle everything that happened at the end. I was hoping this was how it was going to end up, because no matter how bad Dante's been, I just wanted good things to happen for him. And this is going to be hysterical (in The Liberator).
What I Didn't Like: Well, I already mentioned that Charlie was kinda boring, so there really is no need for anything else here.
Overall Thoughts: The Collector is a vivid, funny and unique story with one of the most interesting main characters in YA lit. Not only does the plot move at a breathtakingly fast pace, but Dante brings an overwhelming amount of ego and snark to the pages of this "flippin' awesome" debut. And after the incredible ending, I can't wait to see how Dante's life is going to change in the upcoming followup, The Liberator. If you haven't had the chance to pick up this book yet, I highly recommend it!
My Rating: 4 shots