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The Collector

(Dante Walker #1)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  8,629 ratings  ·  1,307 reviews
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.

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Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by Entangled Teen
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Steph Sinclair
Jan 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who like to be entertained
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

Okay, let's start this review off with some straight-up trufax. On my own, it's possible I may not have chosen this book to read. That's not because the blurb didn't sound interesting, it's just that out of all the other YA sub-genres, Paranormal Romance is the one I have a very inconsistent streak with. Which is unfortunate because when it's done right, I fall in love with the story. My start with The Collector reminds me of what happened with Obsidian . I kept seeing
Victoria Scott
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Dante is making me give his book 5 stars. I swear, sometimes that boy gets on my last nerve. You girls can have him...and his bedroom eyes...and his killer smile...and his dangerous ways...and...and...never mind! Dante is mine!!! ;)
Wendy Higgins
I loved this book from the first page. It's so unique. Victoria Scott has taken all of the normal YA conventions and thrown them out the window.
First of all, Dante isn't just your run-of-the-mill YA bad boy...he's a villain. A REAL villain, who you often won't like in the beginning. But at the same time, you can't take your eyes off him because he's hot, witty, and just fascinating. And all the while you'll be thinking, "I can't wait to see this boy's world get rocked." It's a sweet journey wat
Done. I could only wish I could go shopping like Dante. Wait, what?

Review to be posted. Promise!

UPDATE as of March 30, 2013.

Guess who's reading The Collector right at this moment.

Gueesssss whoooooo?!


All those sexy dances have paid off.

Thank you Netgalley and Entangled!



Oh dear...DANTE,

There goes my pants...

and my shirt..

I am now lying in my own puddle of sweat and nerves...

I shall pose for you to entice you

and sing for yo
Emily May
Mar 04, 2013 rated it liked it

3 1/2 stars

What's up, people. Name's Dante.

This was fun. Anyone up for some mindless fun? Then you should definitely drop into Dante's world. He's ridiculously gorgeous, he's sexy, he's dangerous... damn, the tagline says it all: He makes good girls...bad. But this book is also funny enough to balance out that huge dollop of cliche bad boy. I don't quite know how to describe this book and I agree with Wendy Higgins when she describes this as "unique", which I certainly didn't expect to. For
Kat Kennedy
If you can’t love Dante Walker then you’re probably not going to love this book. He is cocky, flamboyant, arrogant, hilarious, and sassy. Luckily for me, I absolutely loved him. Victoria Scott has perfectly encapsulated the jerky, arrogant seventeen year old who thinks he’s a straight up badass – and nothing is more satisfying than watching Dante Walker realize that not only does he have a sweet, kind side, but he’s also a good person and a good friend.

The book basically went like this:

Dante wou
Komal Mikaelson
I can't find the energy to write another scathing, negative review this week. So, this is just a..gif review.

The Story



The Love Story


This was a read along with Basuhi. You can read read her review here. She has done a much better job of hating on the book :D
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Mar 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Obsidian, Elementals, and pnr that doesn't take itself too seriously

Given my recent history with hating the influx of obscenely douchey characters in fiction, I'm surprised at how I was more amused than annoyed with Dante. He owned his douchiness to the point of being completely over-the-top with the thoughts in his head, which made for a few laughs on my end. Several of his offbeat comments were quite funny and you could tell they weren't meant to be taken seriously, although a few times his intended sarcasm missed the mark. The "you have to only use one strap"
Trisha Wolfe
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is AMAZING! I'm too excited to give a full review right now, but I'll be back shortly to rock it how it should be. Mark it to-read. Now!

Oh, and I called dibs on Dante a year ago... He's mine.


Dante is one bad mother. I fell in love with him from the first page of THE COLLECTOR. I knew going in that Dante would be a little rough around the edges, and Scott doesn’t hold back with the true bad boy character, for which is extremely refreshing. He doesn’t wobble, walking the line bet
Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness (SLOW)
“Beauty’s sister is vanity,and its daughter lust.”

even though the first 30 % was ahmazingly irritating the rest of the 70% definatley deserved its 3 stars...

i LOVED DANTE and his POV..seriously. OMG WOW..


EXTRACT : Taylor leans in even closer and lowers her voice.“I’ll say and do whatever I want,asshole. And another thing,you better watch your step at Centennial,because I could destroy you and your mutt-faced girlfriend.”

I throw my head back and laugh,long and
Lindsay Cummings
Feb 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is freaking amazing. It's dark and hilarious all at once. Dante is a bad-A, (and if you don't think so, don't worry. He'll take your soul, and you won't be concerned about this book any longer..) Victoria Scott has an amazing, witty way of writing, and I am dying for book 2! and 3! and anything else she writes.
Bring on the sexy to me, Mr. Collector. I'm ready to see you in the rest of this series.
Ash Wednesday
Mar 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ash Wednesday by: Steph Sinclair's review
4 STARS and favorite-shelved.

Like a religious experience, y'all.

I kept thinking, this author must've at one time sat and said, 'hey, there's a thirty-something girl in the middle of nowhere with a constant hankering for snarky male leads it's painful… I'm gonna write a book just for her.' Then she cranks this one out and I've found my book soulmate.

Dante Walker is a soul collector sent by The Boss Man from hell to manipulate Charlie Cooper into sinning until he can collect her soul in 10 da
Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Rating: 5 big glittery seals (if you read this you’ll know what I mean!)

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The Collector is book one in the Dante Walker series by Victoria Scott. I was first introduced to Ms. Scott when I recently read Fire and Flood and immediately fell in love with her and vowed to go back and read this earlier series. And after I finished this first book I can say that I was most definitely NOT disappointed.

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Dante Walker is a collector. He collects souls for the Boss Man that lives “downstairs!” Dante
This was me waiting for this book to come out:

This was me at the beginning of this book:

This was me at the end of the book:

I suppose I should start at the beginning because I’m having trouble sorting out my thoughts here. Based on the blurb I’d read I expected this book to be intense. I didn’t expect it to be funny but surprisingly it was, at least in the beginning. The story opens with Dante in New Orleans and we get a peek into his mind. He’s self absorbed and overconfident. Hypothetically tha
Mar 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm gonna learn how to be flippin' awesome... oh wait I already am XD

And later...

I must say, I had a hell of a time following Dante Walker. Here’s the kind of guy who can insult cats and old people in the space of a single breath, and if what I’d just said doesn’t spark at least morbid curiosity, well, then The Collector is probably not the right book for you. But besides the easily offended, for the rest of us looking for a little edge to our black comedy, it’s always refreshing to see a ch
Wendy Darling
I was intrigued by this after seeing all the rave reviews, but this story, style, and characters just aren't for me.

If you're curious about the book, I'd recommend downloading sample chapters when they're available--opening should give you a good idea whether you'll like the book.

Similarly hot guys, but with stronger characters and story, in my opinion: The Merrick boys in the Elementals series by Brigid Kemmerer.
Mary Lindsey
Mar 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What a blast. A fast-paced story told in a fresh, witty voice. Victoria Scott nails it!

Dante Walker is the kind of guy I wish I'd met when I was seventeen. And the kind of guy I'd kill if my daughter brought him home.
Jan 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, arc
Gah! I'm torn on this one and is probably more of a 3.5. On one hand, it's endlessly entertaining with great humor and character dynamics. On the other hand, Dante's conceited personality was sometimes a little to close to the "jerks we're supposed to swoon over" line to which most know by now I'm not a fan of. He's also the type who I could see talk about himself in 3rd person (he doesn't in the book though thank goodness, but... you know the type)--though this side of him is mostly amusing. Ye ...more
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Rebecca by: Ash Wednesday (Cheese and Crackers)
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Oh Dante Walker, how I love you.


This book was sooooo what I needed right now, I've had an extra awful few days (read effing mother effing eff bag terrible) and this much was much appreciated by my poor little brain.
Don't you love how a book can do that? Turn you from a broken fragile mess into someone going SEEEEEEE look at all the NICE in
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm going to be honest here and say that I was ready to put this book down after the second page. I just did not see how a cocky little shit like Dante could ever work his way into my heart. But he was clever, and he was funny, and he backed up his attitude with real charm and charisma. He made me laugh out loud several times, and I loved watching him grow.

Definitely pick this one up if you have a chance. A very fun read.
Jun 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Italian version of the review can be found below.
La versione italiana delle recensione si trova più in basso.

I waited patiently not thinking about anything else for months, the release of The Collector. So you can imagine my excitement when the book came out a few days earlier than expected.

I could't believe to be able to finally make the acquaintance of Dante Walker. I had high expectations for this book, a new bad boy and a story that seems to have all the right cards have this kind of eff
Update: I initially rounded to 4 stars, but the fact that weeks later I CANNOT STOP quoting this book and thinking about it cemented that it's worthy of that extra star. :)

4.5 "Oh, Dante" Stars!

“Dante. Oh, Dante. Seal me! Seal me so hard!” He grabs my hips and pumps his toward mine. “Oh, Dante! You’re so hot when you seal souls.”

Damn you, Max! You took the words right out of my mouth.

Oh, Dante… Dante, Dante, Dante… how I love you, you arrogant, self-centered, ass.
I am The Collector. It’s no
I am The Collector. It’s not as bad as it sounds. I’m kinda like Santa Claus. We’re both jolly guys with a passion for frosted cookies, the color red…and sorting souls.

Christ on a cracker, I loved this book! The Collector is the most entertaining story I’ve read in recent memory and I was sorry to see it end. Dante had me laughing out loud from the beginning with his snarky observations and well, I’ll just come right out and say it, total douche bag behavior. From word one Dante’s a self-cen
The reason I loved this book is pretty obvious, I’m a sucker for 'bad boy gets the nerd' type of books. I think this book was really different, most books I’ve read always portray the heroine as models *signs* but this author chose not to. Charlie was portrayed as not good-looking and the author really showed all her flaws. I loved the H in this book too, at the beginning I did not like him much but he made me laugh with his comments. He didn’t plan to like Charlie but slowly, overtime it all ch ...more
Jun 05, 2012 marked it as to-read
HELL NO... You do not put a freakin HOT guy on the cover and give us the SEXIEST NAME DANTE and say the book comes out in a YEAR!

Every single blog I go to mentioned this and I had to check it out.. and guess what I see? PUBLISHING IN MARCH 20-FREAKIN-13 ughhhh that's just not fair, you can't do that... not to me... oh golly why couldn't I see this book next year in March? WHY GOD WHY?
:/ I LOVE THAT NAME... Dante... gyahh sounds so friggin sexxxxxayyyy. This is definitely one of the books I a
Robin (Bridge Four)
3.5 Taste the Rainbow Stars

This novel has ‘something’, there are so many reasons why it shouldn’t quite work and yet it totally does. I had a great time reading it. Whether that is because of Dante, the Demon with an ego the size of a jet liner, or the goody-two-shoes Charlie who is absolutely saccharine sweet I’m not really sure. It could even be the side characters or the mythology created in the story. This just has a little something that makes it an enjoyable read.

I shouldn’t like Dante. Fo
Dante Walker is arrogant, sarcastic, cocky, self-centered, selfish, over-confident and ... well ...he's a weird cross between Daemon Black and Snoop Dog (Or Eminem, or Coolio ... dunno ... my knowledge of rap music is limited to the 90's) with a bit of swag. So he's something like this but with BOSS shirts and red chucks.

My first reaction was

But then, he began to grow on me ..... even though he was doing things like ...

And that just made me want to ...

I mean, he was the typical anti-hero, h
Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it

Dante Walker is the bad guy.
He is conceited, self-absorbed and thinks he is the best think that ever happened to the world.

He did at first get on my nerves but then made me laugh like crazy...

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So, in case you're wondering, Dante Walker is a soul collector. Working for the guy downstairs, he goes around earth to "label souls". When he gives someone his stamp, it means that person did a bad action and so, a step closer to hell.

Now, to get a promotion with Boss man, we most collect Charlie's s

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OMG OMG OMG. I have read THE COLLECTOR. After lusting for it for months now, I finally got to read it. When I got the email, I just screamed. Yep. And my parents thought I was getting attacked. Great. But the point is, you have NO idea how much I want this book. It's one of my top most anticipated books this year and not to mention, have a buttload of expectations for it! And it passed all of my ridiculously high expectations and more!Lemme tell you know, this book will
Mar 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reapers
I was highly anticipating meeting Dante Walker. We've been hearing about him for a while now and I thought he sounded like an awesome, swoonworthy character. I felt he might resemble Patch from the Hush Hush series, with his bad boy attitude that I would love. But this wasn't what Dante was. I found him to be rude and ignorant moreso than bad boy. He was actually more good! Almost straight away he's looking out for and trying to help Charlie. And for anything bad that he does do, he's riddled wi ...more
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