Title: The Liberator (Dante Walker #2) [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Victoria Scott
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: August 27, 2013
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One Line: I didn’t love it as much as the first, but I love Dante even more than before!
About the Book: 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.
After meeting the one-of-a-kind Dante Walker and loving what Scott brought to my proverbial table of books, I had to check out The Liberator and see what happens next with these characters. I’ll admit, the story wasn’t what I expected, but not necessarily in a bad way. Things kind of ebbed and flowed for me and the pacing was a bit slow at the beginning, but I enjoyed the outrageous cast of characters and Dante really does steal the show. I think that besides the moments where Charlie and Dante are together, the best part of the book was towards the end, when things get really crazy.
I liked Dante a lot more in this book. Scott definitely toned down his self-centered persona a bit and you really see the caring and good side of him. I loved how much he cared for Charlie and how he always thought of her. Granted, at times it felt a bit too much, like borderline obsessive, but maybe that’s just how this character is – over the top with everything he says, does, and feels. He definitely shows his sweeter side and I couldn’t help but go “awwww” so many times in this book because of him.
My one big complaint about this book is that everything felt so…scattered. I really didn’t know where things were going or what the actual point of the plot was. Sure, Dante has to liberate Aspen, but so many random things happen while he’s with her and nothing really moved the story along. I kept wondering “Where is this going?”, because it wasn’t until almost halfway through the story that things start making a little bit of sense and some kind of action happens. I felt like Dante, and the book in general, was too focused on Charlie and what she was doing, instead of Aspen and her part in all of this. Things made sense in the end, but it happened at the VERY end, which I didn’t like very much.
As for Aspen, she grew on me. I didn’t really care for her at first. And, to be honest, the beginning of the book wasn’t all that great, but once things finally picked up, I really liked it. Aspen is pretty badass and doesn’t take crap from anyone. Yes, she’s a bit damaged and her family life pretty much sucks, but there wasn’t anything overly epic about her story. Again, it isn’t until the very end where Aspen’s significance becomes clear.
Overall, I enjoyed reading The Liberator. It didn’t grab me like The Collector, but it was still good. It had plenty of funny moments and a few action scenes to keep the blood pumping. Dante is a great character that leaps off the pages and really sticks to you. Scott’s writing is pretty good, too. I’m definitely interested to see how it all ends.
About the Author: 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.