Here’s what it’s about:
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.(Image and synopsis from goodreads.com)
I read The Collector as a group read and to be honest, if I had known it was a YA book I probably wouldn’t have joined the read. I stopped reading YA a while ago, but every now and then one will pop up that is so brilliant you don’t care that it’s YA. So when I picked this up and, only then, realised it was YA, I decided to give it a try because the storyline was really intriguing. Unfortunately I can’t say it was one of those YA books.
The storyline was really interesting and well thought out, but I just couldn’t connect with the characters. When you read books like City of Bones or Delirium you forget that the characters are young, you become so invested in their lives that nothing matters but what they will do or say next. They also don’t came across as young. Dante was the character in the book that felt older but Charlie and her friends just felt too young and immature for my liking.
Having said all that, the book wasn’t bad at all. In fact it was really well written and the story was captivating. It had great parts and a couple of curve balls that I really didn’t see coming. I also enjoyed Dante and Max’s banter and Dante’s inner musings. They were hysterical and if it weren’t for the YA side of him, I think I would have fallen hard for his character.
I did find some parts a bit boring and had to skim through it, but if you enjoy YA and don’t mind the young lingo and attitudes, then I think you’ll really enjoy this book.