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.
I am honored to be a part of Victoria Scott’s THE LIBERATOR blog tour!
Below you will find my review of the book. Then, after the review, check out the amazing giveaway being offered as part of the tour! If you haven’t already, feel free to take a look at my very… er, special… review of the first book in the series, THE COLLECTOR!
Daring reader, meet another exciting entry in the Dante Walker series.
THE LIBERATOR by Victoria Scott picks up right where The Collector left off. Without giving away any spoilers… Dante Walker definitely changed quite a bit in book one – all in the name of love. Now he’s known as a “Liberator”, doing good for the sake of mankind and the Big Guy up above… except, that’s not exactly where he wants to be…
Although the novel gets off to a slightly rocky start, with much teenage angst and Dante Walker seemingly back to his old ways. Unfortunately, at first Dante doesn’t seem to be… as “cool” as I remembered. Honestly, I was a bit concerned as to what direction the novel was heading in the first 100 pages or so, because even Charlie seemed a bit out of character at times – almost like she was while Dante was trying to corrupt her in The Collector. Personally, “Crazy Charlie” isn’t the Charlie I know and love. Plus, having to be inside Dante’s head, worrying and worrying and worrying some more about her, was almost more than I could stand. A worrying Dante is definitely NOT a fun Dante.
But then, somewhere around the halfway point, tragedy strikes – and that’s when the emotions kick in and the book takes a very solid turn in the right direction. Much of what we have to withstand in the first half of the book is better understood and, although I wish that the turn had come some other way, the book quickly propels both the characters and the reader toward a very climatic and simply death defying finish. I don’t know where Victoria gets her ideas as to what one’s heaven or hell might be like, but the world she paints at the end of THE LIBERATOR is one scary place…
As I said before, the book got off to a bit of a rocky start, which is largely due to the drama between Dante and Charlie in the beginning. Dante obviously has to come to terms to his new “promotion”. Understandable. Charlie has to figure some things out about herself, as well. Also understandable, considering the importance of her role and the responsibilities that have been placed on her shoulders. I just had a hard time understanding their relationship and whether or not they would be able to work things out at first. I don’t want to spoil anything, but thank goodness the answers (and the surprises) that come to light later in the story make the first half of this book more than worth it. Do Dante (and Charlie) fully redeem themselves? I cannot say… (Again, this is a spoiler-free zone!)
There are a number of new (and returning!) characters that appear in this book, including the feisty Aspen and the delightfully frail “Grams”. The supporting cast of characters provide plenty of action and laughter for all, not to mention, tears. I was thrilled at the roles that secondary characters were allowed to play in the overall story. Dare I say, Dante is not the only “cool kid” in the afterlife…
Ultimately, THE LIBERATOR is a much more emotional and action-packed book than The Collector… especially once you reach the 50% mark. I honestly had no idea where the story was heading and I appreciated every surprise and every twist and turn that it took. THE LIBERATOR ends on an extremely torturous note that leaves me clamoring to get my hands on book three.
THE LIBERATOR is a reaper love story meets What Dreams May Come meets The X-men to the extreme. Sound like fun? Well, if you have not yet read The Collector, be sure to pick up that book first. Just like I am, I’ll bet that you will greedily be wishing for the next book in the series in no time!
(Final note: Despite what the description would have the reader believe, there is NO love triangle in this novel. Thank goodness.)
I’m a teen fiction writer with a die-hard affection for dark and humorous books. My work is represented by Sara Crowe of Harvey Klinger literary agency. I have a master’s degree in marketing, and currently live in Dallas with my husband, Ryan.
My first series started with THE COLLECTOR, and was published by Entangled Teen in April 2013. The second book in the trilogy, THE LIBERATOR, will release August 2013. My next series kicks off with FIRE & FLOOD and is being published by Scholastic, February 2014.
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