I have to admit that when I got this book I was a bit nervous to read it. The first book was so good and I didn’t want to sequel to disappoint me. Not to mention that in the synopsis, it seemed like Dante would have trouble from his past. Despite my fears, I finally had the guts to read it….Folks, it is magnificent.
Plot: I love the way this plot goes straight back into the story but also has some growth in it. We all know that even if we leave our past, our past does not leave us. In time, Dante learns this and has to make some hard decisions. This plot leads to very brain-engaging questions. I mean, asking questions is good. It helps you think and really analyze why your are doing what you are doing. Dante finds what he is fighting for. And that fight is worth everything.
Love: This area had me nervous. I love Dante and Charlie and seeing them fall apart is hard. Like all couples, they fight and must find the strength to make it through together. The obstacles in their way may seem at first little, but they do has a significant play on their future. Even the other character that came into play, really made an impact on them both. And I’m happy with the way things play out in the end.
Ending: HOLY MOLY! This ending is so good and of course a cliff hanger that I’m dying for the next book. There are several bomb drops of secrets that are OMG!! I’m ecstatic to find out how the last book will play out.
This is a fantastic sequel that surpasses all my expectations. The darkness-defying tale mixed in with lots of emotions is a great formula for an awesome read. Even though the journey is not yet over, I’m excited to read the next book. A successful story, The Liberator is great!
I liked The Liberator, perhaps not as much as I liked the Collector but I do like the Liberator. It's just that I had a couple of problems while reading this that everyone else probably didn't have.
My biggest problem when it came to characters was really Charlie and Dante, I loved everyone else but those two just frustrated me quite a few times throughout the story.
Dante: Dante just a got really controlling at some points. I get that he was worried about Charlie and that he wanted to keep her safe but telling her that she couldn't go out or see people was just a huge nono for me. I didn't want Charlie to hang out with Easton and Salem either but I wouldn't have just been like, "No, you are forbidden from hanging around them."
What or who on Earth gave Dante the right to order Charlie around like that, or tell her who she can and cannot see because I know for sure that it was most definitely not Big Guy. I did think that it was really cute how constantly worried Dante was about Charlie though and how affectionate he is with her. And I especially loved his relationship with Aspen because it truly was like Dante was the big brother that she never had.
Charlie: I hated how she stopped being Charlie near the beginning and started partying. I understood why it happened and I felt bad for Charlie because she thought that she had to change in order to please Dante but I hated seeing her do things that she wouldn't do.
And then she apologized to Dante because she didn't like being more like him because it just wasn't her. I'm pretty sure I cheered at that point because I was so happy that Charlie realised that if Dante didn't like her the way that she was then he could fuck off because she didn't need him.
And then every time that he told her that she couldn't do something, she would oh-so-nicely remind Dante that he didn't control her and that she could do whatever the hell she wanted and Dante couldn't stop her.
You go Charlie! She ain't taking none of Dante's shit!
Near the end though I was kind of beginning to question whether Charlie was okay mentally because she was kind of scaring me a little bit to be perfectly honest. But you know, she saved Dante's ass which was just beautiful so I guess being a little bit crazy worked for her.
Aspen: This girl is kickass, that's all that I need to say, she is totally kickass. That being said, Aspen has also gone through a lot in her life and the fact that the only people that she really seemed to care about were Sahara and Lincoln saddened me. Her father had a first class ticket to hell and was a giant douchebag and all Aspen wanted was to protect her little sister and make sure that she was safe.
That being said, this girl is totally kickass (I don't think I've mentioned this enough you know). The amount of times that she saved Dante's ass was awesome because this girl can seriously fight and Dante agrees.
Everyone else: Kraven was bipolar as shit, one second he was calm and the next second he was sacrificing Dante to the sirens just to prove a point. Are you for real right now? Annabelle was just great because this girl stood up to Kraven like "Try me bitch." She wasn't having any of this guy's shit at all and that was just beautiful to read.
You go Annabelle.
Blue was just generally awesome because he was sweet and caring and fierce and just, how can you not love Blue man?
I used to like Romance but now I'm not the biggest fan of it mostly because I have yet to read one book that does not have romance in it or where it isn't very big in the story.
Everyone in this book was being paired off with someone. I'm all for having someone to love and who loves you back but practically everyone in the Liberator was with someone and it didn't sit right with me. You can be happy and okay being single, you don't really need to have a boyfirned in order to survive.
It didn't really bother me until I realised that Kraven has a bit of a thing for Annabelle. I get that she stood up to him and everything and that she doesn't take any of his shit but I would've expected Kraven to respect Annabelle a lot more than develop a crush on her.
But you know, I'm weird like that.
The entire time that I was reading this, I was preparing myself for some awesomesauce soul-stealing and don't get me wrong, I did get that. The description of hell was awesome because it was interesting to read about what it might look like (it certainly sounds terrifying enough). It was really creative and probably one of my favourite parts of the book.
Dante sprouted wings which was pretty badass of him to do. I want to see how he fights with them in the Warrior because you just know that he's going to kick ass with it.
When Dante realised that he'd stolen back his own soul and not Charlie's, I laughed. Despite the fact that he'd left Aspen behind for absolutely no reason, I laughed.
Mostly because I pictured this in my head when I realised that Dante had messed up:
I don't know why but it's just that all of these characters had gone through so much and in the end, they ended up getting back the wrong fricking soul and it just seemed really funny to me.
This entire story was just the girl's saving the asses of all of the guys and just being generally awesome people. The guy's were awesome as well, doing their fighting and protecting and stuff. And now to wait for the Warrior!
I hadn't really planned on reading this but I kept hearing that it was really good so I thought, meh, why not?
I gave this four stars because I loved it but not enough to give it five stars. It wasn't one of those books where it left me feeling something like "WOAH!" but it was pretty good.
I loved Dante, he was just so funny and honest . . . inside his head. He wasn't really all that honest around Charlie but hey, he told her everything in the end I guess.
I loved Charlie, I don't know how you could't love Charlie. She was so sweet, innocent and kind. It seemed like it was almost impossible of her to be mean to people no matter how horrible they were to her. It broke my heart how everyone picked on her.
Her friends were definitely amusing, I especially loved Annabelle, partly because she's awesome anyway and partly because she wasn't as intense as Blue. She was protective but she just didn't have this really big of vibe of NO coming off of her when it came to Dante like Blue did.
I loved this part between Annabelle, Blue and Dante, it just cracked me up,
“In this trunk," she says with a serious face, "is God's gift to women."
"Stop guessing," she says.”
The award for creeping me out the most though goes to Rector. Like Holy, he is one creepy ass villain. Every time he was in a scene I just got really tense and a little uncomfortable. I was just like "Okay, you need to stop and go away."
Someone just needs to make Rector go back to hell and make him stay there. No one wants you Rector, go home, just go home.
There was also a bunch of ways that Dante could've sealed Charlie's soul without using the contract. Like when he got her to ditch school and go to Vegas without permission.
The relationship between Dante and Charlie was really cute as well. I loved seeing how he thought of her from the beginning to the end of the book. At first he didn't really want to be near Charlie because of how she looked but then as the story went on he realised just how great Charlie really was. It made me so happy when Dante started missing the old Charlie that wasn't anywhere near perfect physically.
The whole I love you bit was a little too soon but I can't exactly claim that Dante and Charlie know absolutely nothing about each other. The amount of time that they spent around each other was a lot and Dante found out a lot about Charlie during that time.
The only thing that raised my alarm flags was this part, one page from the end,
If I could, I'd pull her inside of me, where I could keep her safe forever.
How about no.
As sweet as it is that Dante wants to keep Charlie safe, how about he does that without sucking her into his own body. That's just really creepy and a big fat no in my books.
But other than that, I really liked the book.