[Review] The Liberator by Victoria Scott

Fry's Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 2nd August, 2014

[Review] The Liberator by Victoria ScottThe Liberator by Victoria Scott
Series: Dante Walker #2
Published by Entangled Teen on August 27th, 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 331
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.

Yeah. I’ll drop a G for that bottle of goose, heaven just took a turn for the douche.

When I first read The Collector, Dante Walker was an unbridled, self- absorbed minion of hell. It was a ton of fun to read him being smarmy, snarky and an overall despicable anti-hero.

But as this is a redemption arc, he met someone that by the force of them just being good and wonderful, has started to change him. Now he’s on heaven’s side, on a trial basis and he’s less the character I fell in love with and more of a whiny snot rag with a conscience.

Charlie has changed as well. No longer do we have the adorable little girl with the heart of gold who wants to do charitable acts and eat pocket warmed skittles. What has replaced her is something slutty, easily offended and quick to murderous rampages.

And yes, they have an awful lot of sex, especially for a Young Adult novel. And, no, it’s not all that special. Charlie deserves much better. Well, original Charlie does. I guess this Charlie can have her mediocre relationship and her soul-less existence.

In this book, Dante is sent to liberate his first soul from a girl named Aspen, who lives in Denver. Seriously? Aspen? Was she born there and they couldn’t think of any better name? After a few failed attempts at making the girl see the light, Dante falls into the mire of his old existence. That all changes when Charlie travels to Denver to be with him on assignment.

What happens after that is a heated battle, followed by telling Aspen everything and having the entire entourage go on the run. Yes, okay, this all seems rather normal in Dante Walker’s every day life. Where they decide to go hide is  different story. A secluded house on a cliff-side, where they start vigorous training in order to defeat anything hell has to throw at them.

The DBZ training chapters are all horribly boring and when the time comes for Dante to infiltrate hell to steal things, I just didn’t care anymore. Hell, on the other hand, is somewhat interesting. There are giant bears that are actually doors and barely suspended bridges over demon infested pools. Yeah, hell is pretty interesting if slightly inconsistent. Rule number one of hell is not to scream or the demons will getcha and keep ya, but damn, everyone is LOUD while down there.

Pretty sure I don’t care enough to continue the series. There may only be one more book left, but it sounds like it’s going to be more DBZ training and then an epic battle. Not so much room to let Dante be sarcastic. Since that was what made me fall in love with the character and the series to begin with, I’m going to have to take a pass. Character development, at least in his case, is not what I’m looking for.

Written by Fry


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