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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

MICHELLE'S REVIEW: The Liberator by Victoria Scott

Title: The Liberator
Author: Victoria Scott
Format Acquired: Paperback
Publication Date: August 27, 2013
Publishing House: Entangled Teen
ISBN: 9781622660162
Source of Copy: Purchased from Fully Booked


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 on 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.

(Image, summary and information courtesy of Goodreads)


(You can find my review for the first book, The Collector, here.)

Dante might be free from Boss Man, his boss literally from hell (You know. That guy.) but that doesn't mean he's a free man. In fact, he only exchanged his cuff for a cuff from the Big Guy (Yes. Him.) because of Charlie, his mission-turned-girlfriend. Dante's new mission as a liberator means that he has to save Aspen's life, all the while learning to get used to his new role (as well as learning how to budget, which he positively loathes). Aspen reminds him of the old Dante, the Dante who parties hard and is slicked in designer duds and fast cars... the Dante he sometimes misses. This new mission he has doesn't seem to suck that bad aside from the fact that he's miles away from his lady love, until he finds out that the salvation of his new mission is intertwined with his girlfriend's soul.

Ah, Dante. What I do like about Scott's writing is that she's consistent. Just because Dante's a liberator now doesn't mean he automatically loses the attitude (Budgets? Cost-cutting? Alien language, yo. Dude doesn't know those words.) Dante's a bit unsure of what his new role entails, since he's spent years honing his diabolical prowess working for the other team. Why be good when being bad was so much easier? Dante thinks that the sooner he finishes the mission, the faster he can get back to Charlie's arms since he's kind of a mess without her. And the quickest way to get a girl to do what he wants? It's to turn on the Dante charm. But when that plan backfires straight into his face, it's hard not to be amused to watch him getting taken down a peg or two. And while he's still technically the same guy, I like how readers get to know a different Dante in this one; a Dante who lets down his bravado sometimes and gets insecure and jealous. (But don't tell him I said that.) While Dante gets reminded of his old life, and boy, is it so much easier to fall back into that lifestyle, he is also reminded of how much more he's getting out of his new life now.

Aspen, the new character, I found a trifle too generous, to the point of her coming off a bit absurd at times. On one hand, she's doing all these "bad" things because she's rich and bored, but not because she's mean or anything. She just wants to feel things. She's the type of friend who would nonchalantly give you the shirt off her back, if needed be. Aspen's only become friends with Dante for a short time, yet she already bends backwards - and sidewards - for him. Maybe it's because she thinks that Dante's one of the few who doesn't want something from her, but I thought that this was rather naive, coming from a character who's been hurt a few times.

I don't know why, but like in the first book I'm still not super convinced of Charlie and Dante's relationship. It's probably because we're looking at Charlie from Dante's lovesick moony eyes that Charlie appears too perfect and clean, and - dare I say it? - boring. Not that's she's changed much from the first book anyway. 

The Liberator is a consistent follow-up to The Collector, and I do like trying to figure out Dante Walker. Maybe I'm not the biggest fan of the romance, but who knows? Charlie might finally grow on me in the next book.



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