4.5 stars to The Liberator (Dante Walker #2) by Victoria Scott

Published October 27, 2013 by katheryn13

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.

Will contain spoilers from The Collector.

Review:

Dante’s life – or rather, after life? what do you call someone who’s technically dead but walks the earth? undead? – has been one wild ride lately. Going from a Collector to a Liberator. He’s become closer to Charlie, and has his best friend at his side, Max. Despite Max batting for the other side. Yes, he’s on the side of Hell.

Red, also known as Valery, became a bigger part in this book. And I have to say she grew on me. Then you have Annabelle, who is just as feisty. There are other characters too, and a few characters who  may or may not be old ones.

I won’t say.

Then there’s Aspen. Now, I can’t say I warmed to her quite as well as I’d hoped. And her and Dante’s relationship, however platonic, was confusing for me at first.

There’s plenty of action, tension and romance throughout. But I just felt like there was something small, something I can’t put my finger on, that’s missing, and that’s why I can’t rate this 5 stars. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed this. But maybe it’s just me.

I think a part of it might be that Charlie gradually got on my nerves with her attitude that she won’t let anyone do anything for her, mostly when it comes to protecting her. The same for Aspen. I don’t understand their lack of self preservation. Anyway, that was the same with Aspen. The fact that Dante and the others were wanting to protect Charlie and Aspen but the girls were basically wanting to throw themselves into danger instead, just made me like “what? you want to die instead?” >_< Oh well.

If you loved The Collector, you’re bound to love this. Despite my umming and ahhing about stuff, I can’t fault Victoria Scotts ability to suck the reader in and describing something so…intense. Hell was completely unique in that sense. I just…in a weird way, wanted to go there? I know. Sick. But it sounds so intriguing. There are few surprises and a good ending, preparing to make way for The Warrior which is out next year. So yes, go read.

Kat

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