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review 2014-02-13 18:40
Review: The Liberator
The Liberator - Victoria Scott

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!

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review 2013-12-14 19:50
The Liberator
The Liberator - Victoria Scott

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.

Characters
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.

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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.

 

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Blue was just generally awesome because he was sweet and caring and fierce and just, how can you not love Blue man?

Romance
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.

Everything else
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:

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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.

Dante, sweetie:

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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!

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review 2013-12-08 20:04
The Collector
The Collector - Victoria Scott

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."
"Chocolate?"
"No."
"Midol?"
"What? No."
"Tampons?"
"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.

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text 2013-12-07 05:48
Reading progress update: I've read 289 out of 352 pages.
The Collector - Victoria Scott
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review 2013-12-03 19:01
The Liberator (Dante Walker #2)
The Liberator - Victoria Scott

Bad boy, meet bad girl.

Dante has a shiny new cuff wrapped around his ankle, and he doesn't like that mess one bit. His new accessory comes straight from Big Guy himself and marks the former demon as a liberator. Despite his gritty past and bad boy ways, Dante Walker has been granted a second chance.

When Dante is given his first mission as a liberator to save the soul of seventeen-year-old Aspen, he knows he’s got this. But Aspen reminds him of the rebellious life he used to live and is making it difficult to resist sinful temptations. Though Dante is committed to living clean for his girlfriend Charlie, this dude’s been a playboy for far too long…and old demons die hard.

With Charlie becoming the girl she was never able to be pre-makeover and Aspen showing him how delicious it feels to embrace his inner beast, Dante will have to go somewhere he never thought he’d return to in order to accomplish the impossible: save the girl he’s been assigned to, and keep the girl he loves.

 

 

The Liberator was possibly one of my most anticipated reads of this year. I was lucky enough to have read a ARC of the first installment of the Dante Walker series, The Collector, and I fell head over heels in love with many things about it. I adored Dante... I mean who doesn't love a bad boy, I loved Charlie, a normal, not-drop-dead-gorgeous heroine and more than anything Victoria's incredible writing style. I couldn't wait to get my hands on the second installment and I knew that there was lots of awesome to come.
 
Dante doesn't know who he is anymore. He has always been the epic bad boy... the baddest of the bad. But now he is working for the big guy... but he knows that he doesn't feel good. He feels just as bad as he always has. So when he gets his first assignment as a Liberator he doesn't know what to do or to feel. He doesn't want to leave Charlie alone without protection... and how can he turn someone from the bad side when he doesn't truly believe he is good?
 
Victoria Scott once again blew me away. The Liberator was a fantastic installment in the Dante Walker series and once again I fell in love with her writing. Victoria's writing style is incredible and it just instantly makes you identify with the world and the characters and get excited about going on this ride. I just adore her. She is amazing!
 
I have to say that as much as I loved The Liberator, it just lacked the same feels I got with The Collector. Don't get me wrong by the end Victoria has grabbed me just as much and had me obsessing over this series again. But the beginning, for me at least, was a different story. The first 100 pages of The Liberator are a bit slow for me. I was a little bit bored and I didn't feel like much was happening. I was waiting for that blown away feeling that I got from The Collector and I didn't get it in the beginning. I was a little disappointed and honestly, if it wasn't for the fact that this was Victoria's book and I had loved the first book so much I probably would have put it down and marked it as a 'Did Not Finish' because it just wasn't holding my attention very much. Everything I adored about the first one, the snarkiness, the romance, was gone a little. But then once I got over page 100 the story started and once again Victoria blew me away. It was like I was hit with a brick of awesomeness and I was like 'WOW! So glad I continued!
 
As per usual I adored Dante. He goes through such a fantastic personal journey in this one and I loved it. I adored that this book was told from Dante's POV. It made it just that much more awesome. He is just one of those characters that you seriously cannot help but adore. He is fantastic and he is one of the very few male points of view that I love for the whole book. Quite often I can't connect with many male narrators. Dante is one of the exceptions to this... maybe because he is just that awesome!
 
As per usual I loved Charlie. I love that although Charlie isn't the same Charlie we met in the beginning of The Collector she is still the same nerdy girl we fell in love with deep down. We definitely see a new side of Charlie during The Liberator but I still adored her. She is so innocent and trusting that although it frustrated me many times, I wouldn't want it any other way because it's Charlie and I love her!
 
The Liberator, although slow in the beginning, has absolutely everything you could possibly want in a book. It has breathtaking romance, heart stopping action and snark that with have you snorting with laughter while reading. Victoria Scott is such a fantastic story teller and by the end she has stolen my heart again and took my breath away. The Liberator has twists and turns that you will never see coming and I loved discovering even more about the characters that I previously fell in love with. I am officially obsessed with this series and I cannot wait to read the next installment in the series. If you love stories of forbidden love, angels and demons and bad boys with lots of heart and snark then the Dante Walker series is a must read. It was awesome!
 
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