The Liberator [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Overview


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.

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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
Praise for The Collector:

"Dante isn't just your run-of-the-mill YA bad boy...he's a villain. [And] you can't take your eyes off him because he's hot, witty, and just fascinating. And all the while you'll be thinking, I can't wait to see this boy's world get rocked." —Wendy Higgins, author of SWEET EVIL

"Left me breathless at every turn with its sizzling anti-hero, unlikely heroine, and the epic romance that unfolds between them." —Mindee Arnett, author of THE NIGHTMARE AFFAIR

"Victoria Scott is a fabulous new voice in YA." —C.C. Hunter, author of the New York Times bestselling series, SHADOW FALLS

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781622660179
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 8/27/2013
  • Series: Dante Walker Series , #2
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 35,573
  • Age range: 12 - 18 Years
  • File size: 678 KB

Meet the Author


Victoria Scott is the author of the DANTE WALKER trilogy (Entangled Teen), and THE BRIMSTONE BLEED trilogy (Scholastic). Victoria has a master's degree in marketing, and lives in Dallas with her husband. When not writing, she can be found munching cotton candy and snuggling obese cats. victoriascottya.com/

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  • Posted August 30, 2013

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    The Liberator was amazing and so much better than The Collector!

    The Liberator was amazing and so much better than The Collector!

    This book was more about Dante and Aspen than Dante and Charlie but fear not! They are a cute pair who have the relationship of closest of siblings! Dante’s been assigned Aspen’s soul to liberate, and it’s almost as important as it was to collect Charlie’s soul.

    But instead of liberating, it seems Aspen’s getting Dante to change back to who he was before he met Charlie. They share a love for partying, fast cars and all things dangerous. But nothing stopped Dante from missing Charlie. This whole book was proof to the strength to their relationship. It only gives Dante another girl to love, only as a friend.

    Packed with action and winged liberators and disguised collectors, wrapped with revelations and mystery, the Liberator will leave you wanting the third and last book in your hands already!

    Only one thing this book lacked: Pow! This word a rare sight and I missed Dante’s childish play with that word. But Max and Valery and Annabelle and “someone special” make up for that!

    And I know Dante’s taken, so I would like me some Kraven…

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2014

    I enjoyed this book more than the first and can't wait for the l

    I enjoyed this book more than the first and can't wait for the last book in the series! Dante and Charlie both grew as characters throughout this book, which added to their depth and likability. There were some exciting action scenes which caused me to flip the pages even faster. Overall 4/5 stars; The Warrior here I come.

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  • Posted March 28, 2014

    I loved it

    I couldn't put it down Kept me going wanting to know more. All the characters were real. I can't wait for the next book. I love this Author

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 6, 2014

    Disclaimer: This review will probably more than likely (aka defi

    Disclaimer: This review will probably more than likely (aka definitely) spoil The Collector for you if you haven't read it. Might I suggest
    you stop right now and read that book, and then come on back to this post and read this review. You've been warned. Look away or be
    spoiled.

    A SUPER quick refresher to my thoughts on The Collector: Loved it. I'm madly in love with Charlie. I love/hate Dante Walker.  As a matter
    of fact, I ended my review of The Collector admitting I was withholding final judgement on Dante until I read The Liberator.  Which brings
    us to now. (See? Quick.)

    I was so nervous to read this book, guys. I even put off reading it after I got it in my hot little hands because I was afraid. See, even
    though I think Dante is a BEEEEEEP there's something about him that makes me want to cheer for him. (More on that "something"
     later...) When I read the synopsis to The Liberator and saw that it starts right off with a teaser of "Bad boy, meet bad girl" I was worried.  
    If Dante put Charlie through all those things in The Collector only to leave her behind for someone else? I would have gone Hulk on
    his behind and ripped off that shiny new cuff of his with help from someone stronger than me. Alas, I didn't have to go find a big,
    strong someone. Which is to say...

    I like Dante Walker. I don't L-O-V-E him, but I've come to understand and respect him. (Don't tell him I said that. His ego is already big
    enough.)  I'm convinced he loves Charlie, which makes me very happy. Charlie is my girl, yo!  Watching her character grow in this book
    was fantastic and she starts giving Dante a taste of his own medicine. These two are good for each other.  But there's more!

    Dante also shows that he can care for people that he doesn't have a romantic interest in. THIS is the something that makes me want
    to cheer for him.  He..*gasp* matures!  He's not the same Dante we first met in The Collector.  He's still funny as all get out, but
    situations and secrets that he's learned have turned him into a better person.

    Kudos to Victoria Scott for writing this series in Dante's point of view. I'm 120% certain that I would really, really, really dislike
    Dante if this series would have been in Charlie's point of view.  Being able to see into Dante's thoughts and motivations are what
    ultimately turned me into a fan of his.  And more importantly, a fan of Victoria Scott.

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  • Posted February 13, 2014

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    I have to admit that when I got this book I was a bit nervous to

    I have to admit that when I got this book I was a bit nervous to read it. The first book was so good and I didn’t want to sequel to disappoint me. Not to mention that in the synopsis, it seemed like Dante would have trouble from his past. Despite my fears, I finally had the guts to read it….Folks, it is magnificent.

    Plot: I love the way this plot goes straight back into the story but also has some growth in it. We all know that even if we leave our past, our past does not leave us. In time, Dante learns this and has to make some hard decisions. This plot leads to very brain-engaging questions. I mean, asking questions is good. It helps you think and really analyze why your are doing what you are doing. Dante finds what he is fighting for. And that fight is worth everything.

    Love: This area had me nervous. I love Dante and Charlie and seeing them fall apart is hard. Like all couples, they fight and must find the strength to make it through together. The obstacles in their way may seem at first little, but they do has a significant play on their future. Even the other character that came into play, really made an impact on them both. And I’m happy with the way things play out in the end.

    Ending: HOLY MOLY! This ending is so good and of course a cliff hanger that I’m dying for the next book. There are several bomb drops of secrets that are OMG!! I’m ecstatic to find out how the last book will play out.

    This is a fantastic sequel that surpasses all my expectations. The darkness-defying tale mixed in with lots of emotions is a great formula for an awesome read. Even though the journey is not yet over, I’m excited to read the next book. A successful story, The Liberator is great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2013

    Better Than The First Book!

    I rarely say this, but I think this book was actually better than the first one. This makes me really excited about the last book in the series. Oh, and I loved Aspen. She may be my new favorite character in the series! More Dante, please!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2013

    Absolute Favorite!

    This book had much more action and romance than the first did, and now I can't wait for the last one. Does anyone know the title of the last book? I NEED to know it!

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  • Posted September 13, 2013

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    Dante is the man with a master plan! Victoria..... Victoria....

    Dante is the man with a master plan!

    Victoria..... Victoria.... you never cease to amaze me and The Liberator just knocked it out the ball park! I mean I loved Dante and Charlie in The Collector but The Liberator just took off and ran and I chased after it.




    Dante has fought his way to being to a better man for himself but mostly for Charlie. He loves her and he would do anything to keep her. He has finally become a Liberator and he is both excited and nervous. I mean after being a bad boy for all those years and doing what ever he pleased whenever he pleased has been a hard pill to swallow but like I said he would do anything for Charlie. Dante knows Charlie is no joke and she will not tolerate any bad boy ways so he is trying to change those ways. His first charge as a liberator is to help the soul of a 17 year old girl Aspen. Aspen is a wild wild child like Dante used to be. After Dante realizes that his charge is wild like he used to be he gets caught up in the world again. It is hard when Aspen is pushing for him to make it happen. But Dante knows if he messes up he will lose Charlie and he will no longer be a Liberator. So Dante has to fight like hell to stay away from the wild life and save Aspen.




    Charlie has grown so much stronger and she is finally becoming who she wants to be. She loves Dante and they have a great relationship but she is starting to feel her way around and become more confidant in herself. Charlie showed great love and strength in this book and the more I see of Charlie the more I see she is growing into a woman. I am also glad Victoria did not do the love triangle because that would have killed me. I love seeing Dante fight the pull of doing evil again to be with his angel and light Charlie. Once again this is a must read and I need book three like yesterday!

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  • Posted September 10, 2013

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    Well holy cow. This book completely blew my mind. It might pos

    Well holy cow. This book completely blew my mind. It might possibly have been better than the first book which is saying something. In fact, I think it was better. I was really nervous going into it after reading the blurb. Another girl? Was this going to turn into a love triangle? Well, fear not love-triangle-haters because that is not the case in this book! Victoria Scott completely blew me away with this stunningly done sequel!

    I loved falling back into Dante Walker's world. This guy has got me hooked and I am utterly thrilled to be! He's a bad boy, a rebel, witty, stubborn, strong, and arrogant. And I just can't get enough. Half the time I'm torn between wanting to slap him and wanting to hug him. Mostly hug him, though. All of the layers he has are amazing. Under that tough exterior, there's such a softy and it was a lot of fun having the opportunity to delve deeper into who he is and why he is the way he is. Also, I loved seeing him react to all the new people around. He is so fiercely loyal to his friends and those he loves. The more I learn about him, the more I love him!

    The other characters were all absolutely fantastic. Charlie had a lot of layers to uncover in this book, too and I liked seeing those peeled away. She showed many different sides and I liked that. It gave us a better sense of exactly who she is. I went into this book thinking I wouldn't like Aspen. I was afraid she was going to try to get at Dante but that was not the case. Their relationship was not at all romantic but it was still just as lovely and strong as his and Charlie's. All the other characters were amazing. They jumped off the page and kept the story alive and super interesting. It was a blast seeing all of them in action and having them work together.

    The plot was amazing. It kept me engaged the entire time and I was completely engulfed in the story and the action and all of the twists we went through. The last half of the book especially took off. It was one surprise after another and I loved it. There was never a boring moment and I was so anxious to figure out what was going to happen next. And after that ending....man, I just need the next book now. As in right now. As in three seconds ago. Gimme. Please? Another knockout book by Victoria Scott. Pow!

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  • Posted August 31, 2013

    The Liberator was a roll coaster ride of action and swoon, but w

    The Liberator was a roll coaster ride of action and swoon, but was disappointing in the fact that it was totally not what I had hoped for based on the summary.

    I’ve never really been a fan of Dante—or Charlie, for that matter—but I felt he had grown throughout The Collector. That came crashing down in the first several chapters of second book. I felt he was starting from square one or rock bottom again. He eventually grew up, realizing his mistakes, thank goodness, but I almost divorced the book because of this. Fortunately, I really wanted to meet Aspen and see how she would turn the tides of the novel before I gave up entirely.

    I’m glad I waited. Aspen is amazing character! Actually, she’s the best of the series, in my opinion. She’s one hell of a tough girl, and I like her rough exterior attitude. The thing was, I expected this novel to be more about her and liberating her soul. It really wasn’t. You practically learn next to nothing about her, and she was continually pushed into the background, especially when Charlie reentered the picture. I want to know more!

    Now, Charlie is still not my favorite character—not like Aspen, or even Blue—but by the middle of the novel, she finally woke up, becoming more aware of what was going on around her and the dangers everyone was putting themselves into. She even became a little kick-ass herself, learning to fight for those she loves. Overall, I was impressed.

    Okay, that’s the sum up of the characters, but what about the plot? Well, truthfully, I read this series more about for the plot than for the character themselves. And The Liberator weaves in and out of the action, making it a faster paced than The Collector. Admittedly, there were still times I was completely bored, but the swoon in those parts made up for it. The Liberator was definitely steamier than the first novel!

    However, I found the ending frustrating. First off, Hell was overdone. I like the philosophy of “less is more,” and Hell just had too many challenges that were really out of this world. It was so unbelievable that it wasn’t even scary. I think if it had been toned down—say reduce the horrors of Hell to the Hall of Mirrors, the collapsing room, and maybe some demons—it would have made the pace faster and the events more exciting.

    Second, I don’t understand what Dante’s role in God’s big plan is. So far, I only know he was meant to collect Charlie’s soul in the first novel and liberate Aspen’s soul in the next, but don’t understand the big picture. And the end only made his part in this plan even more cryptic.

    In all, I liked The Liberator. I’m not sure how many more novels will be in this series, but I’m hoping to find out more about Aspen, Dante, and Charlie and their roles in the “big picture” in the third novel. Also, I’m curious about Kraven and his past. Fingers crossed!

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  • Posted August 28, 2013

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    Dante is on the good side but he really doesn't know how to be a

    Dante is on the good side but he really doesn't know how to be an angel/liberator. He still feels like a demon and enjoys partying like one too. He is given a mission to liberate Aspen and he must or someone else can take his job. It is too easy for him to fall into his old ways with Aspen. She is very similar to him in many ways. How can he liberate someone exactly like him? Especially since he doesn't feel like he deserves it. Dante must face his demons and hell itself.

    Aspen was a great new addition to the story. Also so wonderful that it never ever crossed into love triangle territory. I know many of us had our pitchforks ready when we read the synopsis. Dante saw Aspen more as the sister he never had. They both have similar parental problems and end up being very good for each other in a totally platonic way. Charlie and the gang all warm up to her. Aspen is pretty spunky and kick butt. Her storyline took some unexpected turns.

    Dante is still very much devoted to Charlie. Their relationship really heats up! Although at the beginning they are separated for a little bit and that part was kind of slow. Dante and Charlie play so well off each other so I was glad they were not apart for too long. Dante will go to hell and back for Charlie and I mean he did literally. I loved hell! Charlie is still sweet but a bit less innocent. She wants to fit into Dante's life but Dante truly does love her for her and not how she looks which was very sweet. Behold all the swoon worthy quotes at the bottom. But Charlie definitely shouldn't be underestimated!

    A bunch of other new characters and villains as well as some very surprising appearances. I liked that the villains were more involved in the story this time. I think I enjoyed this even more than the first and everything was taken to the next level up. The plot, action, and romance were much more exciting and intricate with this sequel. A very enjoyable ride. Especially the trip to hell as I always think those are fun. LOL I hate snakes so it was no surprise that hell would have them! *shudders* Looking forward to what Charlie and Dante will do next. It doesn't end on a cliffhanger but with some things that I am anxious to see conclude.



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    "I want to protect this girl from all the terrible things in the world, but at the same time, I want to do all kinds of terrible things to her."

    "Are you going to do it?" she asks, pulling her blond hair over her shoulder.
    "Ravage you? Yes."

    "How do I liberate a girl who is exactly like me?"

    "All my life, all I've ever wanted was to take. But with you, all I want is to give you everything--every creature in the sea, every star in the sky...my own beating heart. I love you, Charlie. Just the way you are, I love you."

    "If I had a soul," I say. "I'd give it to you."

    "You are breathtaking, Charlie. You are stunning now, you know that. But you were stunning before, too. Not everybody could see it, but sometimes that can make a girl so much more appealing. The beauty who doesn't know she's beautiful. The girl everyone seems to ignore, but to the right person she's like this...like this beam of light. You were a beam of light, Charlie," I say. "I'm just sorry it took me so long to see it."

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  • Posted August 27, 2013

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    5 stars - Snarky and sexy, I totally love Dante Walker!





    5 stars - Snarky and sexy, I totally love Dante Walker!




    How do I describe this book?  This book is so Dante Walker.  I totally and completely LOVE that it's from his point of view.  He is a badass demon turned liberator, sorta.  See, Dante may be a liberator working for the big guy but he's not convinced he's anything more than a demon at heart.  He loves his girl and he wants to protect her and fight for her but he doesn't feel worthy of her.  He has work to do to understand who he is.  Enter his assignment, oh and she has a name - Aspen! POW!




    Do not fear love triangle peeps, there isn't one.  Aspen teaches Dante about who he is and what's important.  Along the way, he may have helped her out a bit too.  They stand by each other.  I love their relationship.  I love Aspen and her fingerless gloves! That girl can kick some booty!  And if there ever was a soul that should be liberated to heaven, it would Aspen.  But don't tell the girl I said so cause she'll kick my butt.  She so don't want to be liberated.  Yeah, I'm not crossing her, no way.




    Needless to say, I love these characters.  The humor and love between them is so much fun to read.  Aspen is a mystery that I didn't get till the end.  Charlie is still wonderful Charlie, trying to figure out what to be for her man but really just Charlie and I'm so glad.  Love her.  Valery?  Yeah, not so sure about that chick but gotta love her with that name - though who taught her how to spell it?  So wrong.  I loved all of the characters.  And one that I wasn't expecting to love again - loved him too.




    This world is dynamic and unique.  There really is nothing out there even close to being similar.  The combination of collectors, liberators plus the wit and charm of these characters makes this such an incredible read that just can't be compared.




    As for the story?  Who knew where things were going.  Every once in a while, I guessed something right but mostly I was hanging on for dear life.   One little thing at the end threw me into craziness.  Resolution?  Yeah, not so much.  But you know what?  This book has NONE and I mean NONE of that middle book syndrome.  Why?  Because this book, this series is Dante Walker and he did some serious growing in this book.  It wasn't a set-up for the big finale.  No it was a training ground for someone who the big guy is pretty interested in for bigger things.  I'm thinking that with all the very special people in this story, the one that is most important is Dante.




    This book is YA paranormal at it's VERY best.  You just can't miss this book, this series.  It's so good.  If you like paranormal even a little bit, then you need to read this.  If you like YA even a little, then you need to read this.  If you like humor, then you need to read this.  If you like to read, then you need to read this.  Truly, you will not be disappointed.  I mean it.  Go get it! POW! 

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  • Posted August 27, 2013

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    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** The Liberator b

    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

    The Liberator by Victoria Scott
    Book Two of the Dante Walker series
    Publisher: Entangled Teen
    Publication Date: August 27, 2013
    Rating: 4 stars
    Source: eARC from the publisher


    Summary (from Goodreads):

    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.


    What I Liked:

    WOW, what a sequel! I really, really liked The Collector, so I was a bit scared to read The Liberator. I totally have sequel terror, and I am the person that would wait until the third and/or final book of the series to come out, just to binge read Book Two and Book Three. Waiting is SO HARD, and sequels are, well, scary. Most sequels end in cliffhangers or depressing endings where the male protagonist and the female protagonist are separated, and one has to go rescue the other.

    WELL. That is not the case with this book! I am so happy to say that the ending, at the very least, was probably what I liked the most, because Victoria didn't kill us all by doing something tragic and heartbreaking and depressing, like what I mentioned above. Though, we DO have to wait for Book Three. Boo.

    Anyway. In this sequel, Dante is no longer collecting souls for Boss Man a.k.a. the devil a.k.a Lucille (hehehe, love that!). He is a liberator now, working for Big Guy, a.k.a. God. Instead of sending souls to Boss Man/Lucille, Dante is supposed to send souls to heaven.

    Of course, it isn't easy for Dante to reform his old (bad) ways. He still likes to party, like when he did as a collector. The difference is, as a liberator, there are repercussions for not sending souls to heaven, and there are repercussions for partying/drinking/doing things that Dante always liked doing.

    So when Dante is assigned to save Aspen's soul, a girl in Denver, he balks at the idea. Not only does he have leave Charlie, but he has to do something as a liberator - which makes him feel weird, as he was a collector for so long. I love seeing this struggle in Dante, because it made him seem less perfect (sorry, Dante!), yet still, well, Dante.

    Aspen reminds Dante of his old life, but he has to complete his mission, or he'll be on probation. Aspen is an incredible character. I had a feeling that I would like her by he end of the book, and that she was so much more than she seemed. While she is a little wild and obnoxious when we are first introduced to her, she becomes a huge and vital part of Dante's mission - a more personal mission that he takes on while trying to save Aspen's soul.

    I love how Victoria weaves one story into another. We as readers are under the impression that Dante will go to Colorado, try and save Aspen's soul, and come back. Not so simple! Dante and the gang (Max, Valery, Annabelle, Charlie, and a surprise appearance!) learn crucial facts about heaven, hell, souls, and... scrolls. Everything in this book becomes so much more than just Dante and Charlie.

    That's another thing that I love about this book: everything becomes more than just the lives of the characters. It's not just about getting the girl, or being a liberator, or saving friends. To Dante, and Charlie, and Aspen, so much more is at stake. I like that Victoria turns the lives of her characters upside down - but she does it in a way that keeps them selfless, and focused on the bigger picture. If that makes sense.

    The romance. We have Charlie and Dante, but there's also Max and Valery, and another couple that I can't mention because that would be spoiling something and I refuse to spoil this book for anyone! No, the appearance of Aspen does not equal love triangle of Dante, Charlie, and Aspen. You all know Dante better than that - he loves Charlie so, so much! How could he think of being with another girl when he loves Charlie like he does!

    Max and Valery are hilarious and so cute. Max is a collector, and Valery is a liberator. Valery doesn't think they should rush things and get married, because of the fact that technically, they're on two different sides. So, Valery evades Max's advances. Poor Max! I hope things work out for them.

    The end... isn't *really* a cliffhanger ending. I was very satisfied with it, and I did and didn't see it coming. I love how it will segue into the third book though - it's perfect! I can't wait to read what Victoria comes up with in the third book!


    What I Did Not Like:

    This might just be me, but I found the beginning a wee bit slow. A lot of the beginning. A lot of it was necessary... but the pacing was just not fast enough. It took about... 40% for me to be completely consumed and flipping pages like a crazy person.

    But that's okay, because the rest of the book was well-paced and a lot happened, so it went by quickly. The second half and ending made up for the beginning/first half.


    Would I Recommend It:

    YES! Read the first book, or keeping reading the series if you have read Book One! I was majorly impressed with The Collector, and I'm equally impressed that Victoria pulled off an awesome sequel to follow up a fabulous debut.


    Rating:

    4 stars. No sequel slump for Dante!

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  • Posted August 27, 2013

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    If you haven¿t read book one, I wouldn¿t recommend you read this

    If you haven’t read book one, I wouldn’t recommend you read this review!

    I was so excited to get back into this world created by author, Victoria Scott, where heaven hell battle for the souls of humanity, but to be honest, I was so even more excited to be able to read about one Dante Walker all over again.

    This bad boy capture my attention in book one of this amazing series, The Collector.  In The Collector, we are shown this ultimate sexy bad boy attitude of his, where every little thing he did oozed machismo.  In The Liberator (Dante Walker #2), we again get to rub shoulders with Dante, but find one Collector/Liberator that is so madly and deeply in love with Charlie.  (What a damn lucky girl…!)

    In The Liberator, Dante has switched sides and now plays on the side for good.  No longer a collector, he has now been chosen to walk in the shoes of a Liberator.  But rather than embrace his new role, Dante kind of goes on a bender and parties like a rock star.  I suppose if you don’t take your position seriously, the Big Guy himself has to intervene and point you back in the right direction.  So Dante now finds himself with a mission.  A mission to liberate the soul of a girl (Aspen) who is spiraling down, down, down.  But leaving Charlie to help Aspen is a difficult move for Dante.

    And it seems his apprehension in leaving Charlie behind is right.  The new friends that Charlie makes has her acting way out of character, doing things that she would never have considered.  And Aspen isn’t what Dante expects either.  There’s something about her that Dante can’t seem to put his finger on, but he starts to embrace his role as a Liberator and makes it his personal mission to save this girl.

    But with hell’s minions still out there looking to capture Charlie and finish what was started, Dante’s plate is getting pretty full.  Get Charlie her soul back, liberate Aspen’s soul, fight off demon’s, learn how to get wings (yes, you heard me!)… All in a days work!

     This book was soooo good!  Victoria Scott does it again, and Dante Walker is back, and omg did I ever miss him.  His one liners that either made me laugh out loud, or swoon like a school girl was something that I really missed and was pretty excited to hear his voice in my head again.  Where in The Collector, I found Dante’s arrogance pretty hot, in The Liberator there was just a little less bad boy, and more love sick puppy.  Don’t get me wrong, his love and devotion for Charlie is something that is so beautiful and pure, but I did miss his bad boy ways.  But there were a few times in this book where Dante made my heart cry.  I can’t really divulge that much info as to why, as it would totally giveaway important parts in this book, but dude, this boy can have my heart any day.

    I absolutely loved the character of Aspen, the girl that Dante is assigned to.  After all the crap that this girl has gone through, and as we watch her throw her life away and party party party, we see this side of her that had me in awe.  This chick is one tough cookie and I love me female characters that can take care of themselves.

    The Liberator is easily one of those books that you’ll have a hard time putting down.  Not only because of the amazing characters that have been created by Victoria Scott, but also because of an addictive storyline that has you on the edge of your seat.  The last quarter of the book was seriously unputtdownable.  Vivid details and action packed, Victoria Scott didn’t hold anything back, and I freakin’ love her for that!  Just when I thought that phew, everything is going to be okay now, it totally isn’t okay!  Another twist and/or turn is found and more truths and revelations are revealed.

    Fans of book one, The Collector, will inhale this second installment.  I would recommend this read/series anyone who wants to meet a sexy bad boy with a huge heart.

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  • Posted August 27, 2013

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    *Actual rating 4.5 stars. Whoa guys! This was fantastic! I love

    *Actual rating 4.5 stars.

    Whoa guys! This was fantastic! I loved the first book and was dying to read this one, and it totally lived up to my expectations. Dante may be working for the Big Guy upstairs now, but that didn't change his arrogant and snarky attitude at all. I loved that he was still himself, but improved a bit by the end of this. We get all sorts of craziness in this sequel too. There is so much going on, it's very fast paced and will keep you on edge the whole time! All the way up to the end. My goodness that ending!!

    Aspen is one tough chick!! She is totally off the wall, party girl, and doesn't give a crap about anything. Or at least that's how she comes off. She is like Dante in female form. Her and Dante are like two sides of a coin. She has some major inner demons and she acts the way she does because of it. She is used to being the center of attention, but she knows that people always want something from her. People don't care about her for her. That's what she thinks anyways. I really liked Aspen. As frustrated as I was that I thought she was going to lead Dante back down the wrong road when he was supposed to be saving her, she really was an awesome character, and I loved the change in her though the book.She really came a long way from the girl we first met.

    Charlie is a changed girl. Or so it seems, but she's really the same Charlie on the inside. She does some things that she normally wouldn't, but she's just testing things out and seeing if she can let go, be more like Dante. What I like the most about her is she is honest with herself. She knows that it's not her. She was always really strong to me, but she totally whips out the kick ass in this. I loved how brave and fearless she was when it came down to things. I also love how she sees the good in everyone, especially Dante. She has the ability to make him want to be good. She didn't really change much, but she definitely seemed more grown up and mature.

    It took me a while to remember why I loved Dante. I did remember that it took me a while in the first book, but I failed to see how that was possible. He seemed like the same old douch bag, arrogant, tool as he was. The thing is, that's just his personality. Besides that he is funny, tells it how it is, and he truly, really has a great heart! Once I got to see more of the sweet and charming Dante, I remember exactly why I loved him. He may be a jerk, but despite that, he is really great. I guess like Charlie, I am able to see the good in him. I would never want him to be any different. He really will do anything and everything for Charlie. Not just Charlie though. He really cares about all of the friends he has made and will fight for any of them. He was so against his assignment to liberate Aspen, but once he gets to know her, and realizes there is so much more to it than just a girl with a tainted soul, he really does care. She becomes important to him as a friend. I love that balance between total arrogant jerk, and fiercely loyal, good guy Dante.

    This was just such a fun and exciting book. I love the characters so much. I can easily fall into the story and their lives and feel all the feels that they do. The addition of Aspen, and then more of Max and Valery really made this book fantastic. I thought it was a well rounded cast of characters. I found myself holding my breath, laughing, crying, getting angry, and any other emotion you can think of, while reading this. Victoria Scott is so amazing at writing characters that seem real, and a story that is easy to get lost in. I am loving this series and am dying for more!!


    *An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.

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  • Posted August 27, 2013

    What I Thought: What a killer sequel to follow after The Collect

    What I Thought: What a killer sequel to follow after The Collector. Dante is back and hotter than ever, but this time he has an assignment from the Big Guy upstairs - liberate Aspen's soul. Dante doesn't really want to leave Charlie, but if he doesn't complete the assignment, then his shiny new liberator cuff will be taken away from him for good. So Dante goes to liberate Aspen - who is a female version of himself. But this story is a lot more than just trying to liberate Aspen's soul, so don't go into this story expecting it about Dante falling to old ways. It isn't really about that, and it gets much deeper and much more intense than you could ever imagine. The stakes are higher than ever and not everyone will make it out intact.

    All our favourite characters are back, along with the ones we also hate and of course with the inclusion of some new ones too. If you loved The Collector, then you are going to love The Liberator too... Especially with the addition of some raunchy, sexy parts too. I almost died. It was... well wow.

    The Good: There was so much more to this story than the synopsis suggests, which is a wicked nice surprise!

    The Bad: It left on a killer cliffhanger!

    Rating: 5 book stacks

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  • Posted August 27, 2013

    4.5 stars! Dante¿ oh, sweet Dante. I fell in love with Dante in

    4.5 stars!

    Dante… oh, sweet Dante. I fell in love with Dante in The Collector. He was so crass and sarcastic, along with egotistical and self-absorbed. What’s not to love, right?! In The Collector when you first meet Dante, it takes a bit to really enjoy his personality and extremely unique language. But since I was already a Dante fan, I had absolutely no trouble re-falling for him this time around. Though I do have to say he’s completely, and I mean COMPLETELY different. His feelings for Charlie have turned him into a bit of sappy love-sick puppy. But no worries… I guarantee you’ll still love him the same.

    Dante is put on a mission… to save the soul of seventeen-year-old Aspen. At first glance Dante is able to see that Aspen reminds him too much of himself… his old self. While facing temptations, he must remain focused on doing what’s right. And no worries… there’s no love triangle here, as hinted at by the synopsis. In the process of attempting to save Aspen’s soul, he’s also fighting to retain the love of Charlie. A struggle he faces within, as well as physically. I felt as though this book, as compared to The Collector, had a lot more action, hate and aggression, making for a much more heated story line.

    I enjoyed the new and improved Dante in this novel. He encountered many new feelings, including jealousy, doubt and worry. He doubted Charlie’s love for him more than once. He was wavered on his ability to be a successful Liberator. He worried… and worried… and worried about not successfully doing what he was sent to do. Not at all his normal cocky self. But I really enjoyed this sweeter, more normal side to Dante Walker.

    Scott’s writing style is striking. The characters are unique and enjoyable. The different scenes and graphic scenarios she creates are so creative. We meet a new cast of characters in this book that weren’t in the first, and become reacquainted with a few familiar ones. The Heaven v. Hell aspect of this story was so powerful. This is such a strong series, I’m eager to see where Victoria Scott will take it next.



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  • Posted August 27, 2013

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    What I Loved: I didn't think it was possible to love Dante Walke

    What I Loved: I didn't think it was possible to love Dante Walker any more than I already did, but I was wrong. I have MAD LOVE for D-Dubs, like POW!

    Is Dante Walker perfect now that he's a Liberator? No. But that's the thing, just because he's playing for Team Big Guy doesn't mean his life is all rainbows and unicorns. Dante still struggles with things in his past and the belief that once a bad boy, always a bad boy, but Big Guy has plans for D-Dubs. Plans that involve putting his past to good use by liberating the soul of Aspen, a girl with secrets as dark as D-Dub's hair. (She also rocks a cool pair of fingerless gloves, just sayin'.)

    Dante doesn't really want to be bothered with an assignment, he just wants to spend all his time with his girl Charlie and can you blame him? I mean, he did lay it all on the line in The Collector, shouldn't that earn him a vacay, a gold star or maybe even a bacon cupcake? Nope. Dante not only has to leave his girl in the capable hands of his BFF Max and Valerie, but he has to do it ASAP.

    Whatevs, this is Dante Walker, Soul Collector extraordinaire we're talking about. He might be playing for the good guys now but he's still frickin' awesome and he's got this job in the bag. Pow! But D-Dubs discovers real fast that liberating Aspen's soul isn't as easy as he thought it would be. Temptation is everywhere and girlfriend has an iron-clad will, one that could earn her and Dante an extended stay at the Chateau De Lucille if they aren't careful. Dante and Aspen will have to find a way to work together, face their own demons and overcome old habits if they hope to save themselves as well as those they love.

    The themes of love, friendship, and forgiveness running through this book gave me all the feels! The Liberator is a great example of how a changed life doesn't mean a perfect life. I was a little leery of Aspen at first but it didn't take me long to fall in love with this wounded girl with the good heart and fierce attitude.

    What Left Me Wanting More: I need Book 3 like yesterday!

    Final Verdict: Fantastic sequel!

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  • Posted August 27, 2013

    Review: 4 out of 5 stars Contains possible spoilers from the

    Review: 4 out of 5 stars




    Contains possible spoilers from the first book.




    I think I may be in the minority when I say I wasn't completely wowed by arrogant Dante Walker in the first book but I was still eager to get to know this smexy demon and see how he adapts to the changes now in his life and also how his relationship with Charlie would progress.




    After the events of The Collector Dante has been granted another chance, now working for the big man upstairs as a Liberator he has been given his first assignment to liberate wild child seventeen-year-old Aspen.




    Aspen is like a female version of Dante, party loving, hardcore, snarky and in a whole load of trouble unless he can save her in time; not an easy task when he is so new to the job and still drawn to the wild side and his past habits. I don’t feel Aspen played a huge role in the book and I have to admit I wasn’t her biggest fan initially but she grew to be quite the loveable character and I feel she was good for Dante, more in a sisterly way.




    I gotta say my opinion of Dante certainly increased after reading this book! In The Collector he was overconfident and incorrigible but in this he strives to be a better person, not only for himself but also for Charlie who he really cared about. He really grew as a character for me in this book which I appreciated. Charlie was also more likeable, I felt she was too weak in The Collector but The Liberator showed her tolerance and her passion. The synopsis also hinted at a love-triangle but I'm happy to say it didn't exist which I was quietly relieved about.




    The secondary characters are all fleshed out beautifully and I found myself enjoying all of their interactions - Victoria Scott writes the best dialogue, I adored Anabelle, she is so kick-butt fabulous and I loved Max and Valery who I'm hoping will play larger roles in upcoming books, there are also a few surprises which was really nice.




    Plot-wise, for me not a lot really happened up until towards the end where Dante literally visits hell but is forced to return not fulfilling his purpose which has set the third book up perfectly. It was a huge surprise and one I wouldn’t have envisioned. The world-building continues to progress as we learn more information about the liberators and collectors; we get some interesting surprises and piece by piece it is all coming together nicely.




    The Liberator is filled with magnificent one-liners, wonderful new characters both good and bad, a super sweet romance with a few steamy moments and some intense action sequences. Victoria Scott’s writing is beautifully detailed and flows well and I found myself immersed in her storytelling.




    Overall, I found myself enjoying this action packed, romance filled sequel a lot more than The Collector and can't wait for the next book in the series.




    Thank-you kindly to YA Bound Book Tours for the opportunity to participate in The Liberator blog tour.




    POW!!

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