Dante Walker #1
by Victoria Scott
YA Paranormal Romance
Published March 25, 2013
*Ebook Obtained via NetGalley in
exchange for an honest review*
Synopsis via Goodreads:
Dante Walker is flippin’ awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence has 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 10 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 long ago buried.
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Oh my my my... Dante Walker is such an ass - he's conceited, totally full of himself, thinks he is above everyone else, shallow as hell, and totally a prick.... You totally hate him because he's such a bad guy.
However, you can't help but fall totally, madly in love with him - he's hot, dresses amazing, is full of confidence, has a conscience that he tries to hide, suffered from a horrible accident that took his life, misses his family, and has always done what he had to in order to look out for himself and survive the wrath of his Boss Man...
Dante is given the task of bringing the Boss Man Charlie's soul. He thinks that it'll be easy-peasy but he doesn't like the fact that he knows the name of his next target - it makes it too personal. Little does Dante know - this will be the hardest task of his entire afterlife profession.
I loved this novel. At first, it took a bit of reaching to grasp the concept of the whole marking the soul thing... Once you get it, you totally get it though.
Ug, I totally wanted to smack Dante when he kept talking about how ugly Charlie was. I was totally pissed at him. Seriously - dude was totally shallow. But then he starts to change... his conscience starts showing and he starts to feel guilty for his actions. He starts to see the bigger picture and decides, for once, he has to look out for more people than just himself. I wanted to hug him, and cry, and hug him again and again - you know, post smacking him upside his head. LoL
I really enjoyed this novel - great YA Debut. I read it in 2 days because I couldn't put it down. I loved the twists and adored all of the characters.
Great paranormal read and I cannot wait to get the second book in my hands!!!
Overall Rating: 4.5 Stars
Cover Rating: 5 Stars
Characters: 5 Stars
Plot: 4 Stars
Climax: 4.5 Stars
Ending: 4.5 Stars