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Monday, October 28, 2013

The Liberator by Victoria Scott


It's the last Monday of the month, therefore the last Costumed Character Monday! I've chosen something particularly awesome for today: Victoria Scott's The Liberator! I was anticipating this book from the moment I closed the last page of The Collector, and as I read it, I knew it would be perfect for some Halloween costume ideas!

Here's the summary from Goodreads: Bad boy, meet bad girl. Dante has a shiny new cuff wrapped around his ankle, and he doesn't like that mess one bit. His new accessory comes straight from Big Guy himself and marks the former demon as a liberator. Despite his gritty past and bad boy ways, Dante Walker has been granted a second chance. When Dante is given his first mission as a liberator to save the soul of seventeen-year-old Aspen, he knows he’s got this. But Aspen reminds him of the rebellious life he used to live and is making it difficult to resist sinful temptations. Though Dante is committed to living clean for his girlfriend Charlie, this dude’s been a playboy for far too long…and old demons die hard. With Charlie becoming the girl she was never able to be pre-makeover and Aspen showing him how delicious it feels to embrace his inner beast, Dante will have to go somewhere he never thought he’d return to in order to accomplish the impossible: save the girl he’s been assigned to, and keep the girl he loves.

What I Liked: 1) So...I love Dante. I loved him from the very beginning. He is so snarky and confident that his whole personality just oozes off the page. I'm so glad that all of that was still there in The Liberator, despite the major change that happened at the end of The Collector. His bad boy charm just draws everyone in, and now that he is trying to deny his urges (well, sort of), he's even more amusing. I know I said it before, but Victoria Scott really knows how to write guys! It's so rare to find a guy written this well by a lady author. So good! 2) Charlie really came to life in The Liberator. One of my chief complaints about The Collector was that Charlie was just a snoozefest. Not at all interesting, downright boring. But she has a spark now! Being in love with Dante has given her a fire that she didn't show in The Collector, and I so enjoyed getting to know her in The Liberator. 3) Aspen. Oh.Em.Gee. What a great new addition to this series. She's like the girl version of Dante. She's funny and clever, and really knows her stuff. She's strong and very brave, racing into danger if she thinks it will save someone she cares about. I understand why she fits into this group so quickly and easily. I love Miz Scott's characterization. The growth I've seen from The Collector to The Liberator is just phenomenal. 4) The plot. The whole storyline was pretty much a surprise to me. I mean, I knew what happened at the end of The Collector, so I sort of knew how Dante's life was going to change, but I just wasn't prepared for the direction that it took, and I loved how I was surprised by something on almost every page. There was so much going on, yet it never felt bogged down or confusing either.

What I Didn't Like: OMG, I need more!!

Overall Thoughts: READ. IT. The Liberator is an absolutely fantastic book from all angles, bad boys, good girls, bad girls...sorta good boys. Great plotlines, surprises, new settings, all in one, neat, leather-clad package. I loved it, and cannot wait to find out what's next!

My Rating: 5 candy corns

And now for the costumes! I have three for you today, because there is this one scene with a dinner party, and it really gave me some great ideas! So grab your buddies and y'all can all be characters from The Liberator!
For Annabelle's Dinner Party getup, she dons a lovely red gown and drips with emeralds. Red shoes complete the ensemble, but I must say, these won't be very comfortable for trick or treating!
Aspen's dress is a short navy dress and nude heels. And of course she is never without her her signature fingerless gloves. She tops it off with a sparkly headband.
Charlie's dinner party outfit is my favorite, because I love the pink and black together. I couldn't find a skirt exactly like what I wanted, but something similar to this one. And she can't be without the ivory horn around her neck that Dante's father gave them. I hope y'all have got your costumes all picked out, because the big day is coming up!

1 comment:

  1. I was overjoyed with The Liberator and really, the amping up of the series. Can't wait to see how Victoria Scott concludes with The Warrior. If anything, if you haven't started the series, read The Collector so you can enjoy The Liberator!

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