Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Collector Excerpt

Hey lookie! It is an excerpt from The Collector by Victoria Scott. Enjoy

Apparently, Charlie Cooper doesn’t have a car. But don’t worry, she tells me, we can walk to school from here.


It’ll only take a few lifetimes, what with her mad limp and all.

Charlie carries a brown lunch bag in one hand, and every few minutes she digs Skittles out of her pocket and pops them into her mouth. I have no idea how this girl survives high school. She’s a disaster. It’s kind of tragic. Why is she still alive while I’m a walking corpse?

I can’t stop staring at her mouth. It’s the only part of her that’s passable yet it never stops moving.

“Don’t you think?” she asks.

I meet her eyes. “What?”

She nudges me with her shoulder like we’re long lost pals. “Someone’s been daydreaming. Want some sugar?” Her open palm is a stained Skittle mess.

“I’ll pass,” I answer. I’m not sure how this chick stays so tiny. She eats like a hippopotamus. Deep in my pocket, I rub circles over my lucky penny. I’m trying to figure out how to corrupt this girl, and she keeps asking me questions.

Focus, Dante.

I narrow my eyes and do what I’m trained to do. At first, her body is exactly the same, short and skinny, like a weed that needs plucking. But then it changes. The familiar warm yellow light crawls over her skin and flickers.

Ah, soul light. If I could drink it, I would. The color of a human soul is the same for everyone. It’s the seals that make the difference. I count how many she has, then clench my hands into fists. There are twelve seals on her soul. Only twelve. And they’re not even big. Great. I’ve come to collect Mother Teresa.

Still, the fact that she has even twelve seals means Boss Man has probably had Charlie watched for some time, or at least the Peachville area. Looking at her, his reasons are lost to me. But it doesn’t matter. I’ve got to collect her either way. If I don’t and she dies, she’ll go to Judgment Day, and Boss Man obviously doesn’t want to take chances.

Inspecting her soul closer, I notice some of Charlie’s seals are dark blue, others green or orange or whatnot. Every collector can place seals, and you can tell who sealed a soul by the color. Most of hers are green. That’d be Patrick’s work. Naturally, I was the one to train him.

Her soul is clear of any of my red seals. But that won’t last for long cause Papa’s come to play. “How much further?” I ask.

“Just on the other side of this hill,” she chirps. “Like I was saying, I’m not sure if you’ll be able to enroll this late in the semester, but at least you can see the school and stuff.”

“I wouldn’t worry about it.”

Charlie glances at me, and her eyes crinkle at the corners. “I think you’re nice, Dante.”

“That’s cause I am nice.”

She looks ahead and walks in silence for almost a full minute. It suddenly feels strange to be near her and not hear her speak. The massive trees hang in a canopy over the road, stretching to greet one another. Their leaves are dead.

Toothy Jack O’ Lanterns sit on porches and watch us pass. One looks like it’s mocking me, so I flip it off. Charlie sees me. She throws her head back and laughs long and hard. The sound startles me.

I wonder what it would feel like to laugh like that—with complete abandonment.

Seriously! I need this book... like yesterday! 


  1. Squeeeeee! That was hilarious! Not to mention freaking AWESOME! This has to be my most anticipated book of the century!
    Thanks for sharing Sweet Pea! =D

    1. Seriously! I feel like everyone is excited for this book! It just screams awesome!

  2. Can't wait to read this. Thanks for sharing!

  3. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    I cannot wait for this book!!!

  4. DANTE DANTE DANTE DANTE.......before I even get started on this hilarious and pure awesomesauce excerpt....I just want to say I CALL DIBBS ON DANTE!!!! *sticks out tongue*. Now that's out of the way....I can't wait for this book! I already have it pre-ordered and everything, now I just have to wait. It's going to be soooo good! :)

    Hey, do you want to buddy read this with me?? Sounds like a buddy kind of book?? What do you think?

    Thanks for sharing, Teresa!

    ~ Maida

    1. AHHHHH no fair calling dibbs on Dante! He could be the love of my life for all you know and now I'll never be able to have him cause- ya know - hoes before bros or whatever it is hehe---- and we did this on twitter already but YES this is a buddy kind of book and it will be AMAZING to read it with you!

  5. How have I never heard of this? I totally want this book too! Awesome narrative voice? check. fun details? check. so many questions that I want the answers to!? check check check.

    1. this is one of my most anticipated reads this year!


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