It's been a tremendously long time since I've passed on a book recommendation, and that's a problem that must be solved. Okay, it's probably not that urgent, but we all know how much I like to exaggerate. Anyway, welcome to Bookanista Thursday! We've got new blood in the Bookanista circle, so make sure to check it out. We're chatting up books you might not have heard of. You can add them to your TBR pile and then blame US. We don't mind.
Today, I'm talking about THE COLLECTOR by Victoria Scott. Have a blurb! You know you want one.
He makes good girls...bad.
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.
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.
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. (Summary and cover courtesy of Goodreads.)
I think this summary says it all--I expected one of those bad boy narrators that you love to hate or hate to love or some combination of confused emotions, and that's exactly what I got. Dante is just such a rhymes-with-crass, but he does it with the kind of humor and swagger that makes you root for him anyway. I couldn't decide if I wanted the good girl to redeem him or him to bring her over to the dark-and-charming side. This was a fun, entertaining read that would absolutely appeal to people who liked Lisa Desrochers's PERSONAL DEMONS. I'm definitely looking forward to the next one.
Luckily, I have these other recommended reads to tide me over...
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