The Collector by Victoria Scott
Published: 25th March 2013
By: Entangled Teen
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
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 with guilt. This didn't quite fit the guy that I thought I was going to be reading about.
I didn't build up much feeling towards Charlie, the girl whose soul Dante is supposed to take, either. When they first met she came across as being very immature and childlike. It annoyed me how she never questioned Dante, just trusted him, this complete stranger who just arrived at her door one morning, in everything he said. The whole book takes place in less than ten days and yet we have the 'L' word being thrown around. This annoys me no end.
Annabelle, Charlie's unlikely, in my opinion, friend is probably the most likeable character in the book, the little we know of her. Annabelle, nor their other friend Blue, who are fairly significant, are not very well fleshed out. I couldn't say the plot thrilled me too much either. The romance, if you could call it that, was boring and stank of insta love. And I felt a lot was vague and unanswered.
One thing that really bugged me about this book was how many times Charlie's 'ugliness' came up. Complete strangers commenting on it?? Does this happen? Are people really this shallow? I understand a lot of the plot was based on how she looked, but come on. Really?
Anyway, I feel there is little else I can say about this book. As one of my most highly anticipated reads for this year, to say I'm disappointed would be an understatement. Do I need to state the fact that I won't be continuing with this series?
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