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November 07, 2013

Mini Reviews: The Collector by Victoria Scott & Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood


 


The Collector (Dante Walker, #1)
The Collector (Dante Walker, #1)
Victoria Scott
March 25, 2013
3.5/5 stars

Dante Walker created the most fangirl-ing I have ever witnessed between the readers and bloggers in my 18 months of blogging. The girls were going crazy over him and with "He makes good girls... bad" on the cover, who wouldn't? When I started reading The Collector, Dante came out as the type of douchbag who knows he's good looking and that all the girls want him and actually uses that to his favor. Dante is a collector.. from the underworld. His mission is to collect Charlie. Now I appreciated Scott's portrayal of Charlie. She isn't a beauty queen, her teeth are crooked, her face isn't pimple free, and she even has a limp due to a previous childhood injury. I liked that Dante actually grew a conscious when it came to Charlie and he started liking her before her makeover.. though you would have heard me grunting over the whole makeover plot line. I enjoyed the Collector. It wasn't spectacular but I liked some of the surprises that popped up towards the end. I was a bit shocked with how some of the characters were connected and handled. I do hope Dante's big headedness and egotistical tendencies are slightly muted in The Liberator. I would recommend it to all fans of bad boys in books as well as paranormal YA lovers. 

Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #1)

Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #1)
Jessica Spotswood
February 7, 2012
4/5 stars

I picked up Born Wicked in anticipation for an author event that Jessica Spotswood was attending. I have to say that I am glad I was finally able to read it. I am a huge fan of paranormal magic novels (Sweep & Immortal Beloved series) and I am glad I finally found another one worthy of my time. In Born Wicked, the first sign of a girl being a witch would win her a ticket at an asylum or killed. Think of the Salem Trials in your history class. For Cate Cahill, she not only has to suffer losing a mom, but she also has to hide the fact that she is not only a witch, but her two younger sisters are also witches. Kinda hard when one is too young to understand the concept of consequences, while the other is in her rebellious stage. Not only that, but in six months she has to decide whether she will get married to her childhood friend or pledge her life to the sisterhood. Cate was such an endearing protagonist; she was level headed, thought of her sisters first and then herself, but also wasn't bullied around by anyone. I hated her sister, Maura who seemed to have so much animosity towards Cate, as opposed to Tess who was such a sweet kid. Finn, the love interest didn't disappoint either. I love how you get to find out little bits of the mystery here and there and the addition of new characters that become Cate's allies. The ending wasn't a big surprise but it opens up a whole new world for Cate and the readers and I can't wait to start my copy of Star Cursed, the sequel of Born wicked (already read it and loved it! 4.5/5 stars). 

8 comments:

  1. I'm glad that you liked both of these - they're both on my to read! :) The Collector sounds awesome, but I really wonder how I'll react to Dante's egotistical personality. O.O Born Wicked sounds great too! I love that the main character is level headed. Awesome mini reviews! :)

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  2. Great reviews! I liked the Collector also, and was kind of nervous about reading Liberator, because it sounded like Dante was going to be cheating on Charlie, but he really surprised me and I wound up liking it a lot. I haven't read Born Wicked, but it sounds great.

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  3. I've only read awesome reviews of The Collector but I've become picky of the YA paranormals I read so I'm surprised to see a 3.5 star review. Born Wicked looks awesome. Unfortunately not got a chance to read it yet. Hope to soon :)
    Thanks for your reviews!

    Janhvi @ The Readdicts

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  4. These both are such good books, I'm glad that enjoyed them too. I need to pick up the second book for both of the series. :)

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  5. I love the cover from Born wicked! And I always like books about witches, so this is one I need to read soon :D Great reviews!

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  6. The cover for Born Wicked is so eye-catching. Dante did grow on me more during The Liberator for sure =)

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  7. I think I need to start doing some mini reviews too. Born Wicked's new cover is better that the old one and the mystery behind the story made me want to read it.

    Thanks for the lovely review.

    -Dannielle

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  8. Great reviews! I have started both books but haven't had the time to finish them yet. I'm especially looking forward to finishing Born Wicked soon.

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