Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Liberator Blog Tour: Review of The Liberator (Dante Walker #2) by Victoria Scott + GIVEAWAY

Welcome to my stop on The Liberator blog tour hosted by YA Bound Book Tours.  Click HERE to see the full blog tour schedule!


Goodreads rating: 4.50
eARC; 350 pages
Expected publication: August 27th 2013 by Entangled Teen
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

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.


Spoilers from Book 1
Coarse language and adult situations

I've come to learn and accept that the sequels are usually never better than the first book. There are a few exceptions to this, but even if the sequel isn't a filler book, it's still not nearly as good as the first book. But The Liberator came pretty close. Not only is Charlie a little broken from what happened in the first book, but Dante's a whole new man. Or is he? Dante has been made a Liberator because of how much he changed over the course of the first book. The Big Guy has decided to give him a chance, and now he has to Liberate his assignment's soul instead of Collecting it. His first assignment, though, is someone who reminds him of his old self; the demon. And his assignment isn't local either, so he's away from Charlie, worrying about the Collectors catching up with her. All this makes him slip a bit into his old ways. But he has no idea how important his assignment really is.

The relationship between Charlie and Dante, was really sweet at times, and then everything would get confusing, and then sweet again. Ah, teenage love... Dante had so many doubts about their relationship, but his love for her was the one thing he was very sure about, and it ended up doing a lot of good. I could truly feel his frustration at Charlie because of how strangely she was acting. I've never read a book where a female author got that one pretty much on the nose. Girls are confusing creatures, and sometimes we don't even know we're being difficult. Dante is so conflicted throughout this one, but when it came to Charlie, Dante was unwavering. And Charlie was just all over the place. She just has so much happening and suddenly she has this huge responsibility. It's a lot to take, and even Dante ends up being powerless. But this book ends being about a lot more than Dante and Charlie, and I was glad there were some extra elements added to spice up the story and give the characters something to really fight for.

When I saw that there was going to be another girl added to the mix, I got really mad. This is not the kind of book where a love triangle would work. But I read something from Victoria that said that Aspen was not meant to play the other love interest, that she plays a completely different and important role. And this was thankfully true. I repeat, there is no love triangle!! Not only does she end up being important to Dante in the sense that she represents everything he used to be, and while it holds him back for a little while, circumstances force them both to change for the better. Aspen turns out to be very important, which is why her soul needed to be Liberated. But there are other relationship issues in this one too, which really rounded out the other characters. There's Gram and Red and Max, and a few characters I can't mention because it'll spoil something, but I loved that the other characters weren't left by the wayside AND the book stayed interesting. My only complaint is that Dante was very different from the first book, and his obsession with Charlie got a bit scary at times (understandable, but scary). But they needed each other. The Liberator gets my sequel stamp of approval!

 Those who loved the first book!

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.

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1 signed copy of THE LIBERATOR and a signed copy of TWILIGHT, international!

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