Friday, 9 August 2013

Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway - The Liberator (Dante Walker #2) by Victoria Scott

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

The Liberator (Dante Walker, #2)The Liberator (Dante Walker #2)
AuthorVictoria Scott
Release date: August 27, 2013
Publisher: Entangled Teen

Pages: 350
Genre: Young Adult

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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

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.


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.


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

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  1. Thanks for the giveaway. I'm looking forward to reading these books.

  2. I really have to meet Dante as every girl here seem to be in love with him. I unfortunately haven't read the fist book yet but I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed this sequel better. Great review :)

    Tanja @ Ja čitam, a ti?

  3. I'm so glad you liked this better than the first book, Sharon. I wasn't the biggest Dante fan either but he grew on me in this book.
    Also, I completely agree about Aspen being like a sister to Dante. I really enjoyed their interactions today.
    Weren't you surprised by what was going on between Anabelle and that guy (I can't remember his name)? I'm looking forward to seeing more of them.
    Great review, Sharon! :)

  4. I'm so glad there's not a love triangle! I'm very anxious to have more of Dante so I'm excited to read this one!

  5. I am so glad reviews for book two are coming in strong..I pre-ordered book one and then shoved it to the bottom of my tbr pile after reviews noted Dante wasn't all that swoon-worthy. I am glad book two was better! Awesome review Sharon!


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