The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken
Series: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding #1
Published September 5th, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade
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“I would say it’s a pleasure to meet thee, Prosperity Oceanus Redding, but truly, I only anticipate the delights of destroying thy happiness.”
Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his old and storied family history — that is, until he discovers the demon living inside him. Turns out Prosper’s great-great-great-great-great-something grandfather made — and then broke — a contract with a malefactor, a demon who exchanges fortune for eternal servitude. And, weirdly enough, four-thousand-year-old Alastor isn’t exactly the forgiving type.
The fiend has reawakened with one purpose — to destroy the family whose success he ensured and who then betrayed him. With only days to break the curse and banish Alastor back to the demon realm, Prosper is playing unwilling host to the fiend, who delights in tormenting him with nasty insults and constant attempts trick him into a contract. Yeah, Prosper will take his future without a side of eternal servitude, thanks.
Little does Prosper know, the malefactor’s control over his body grows stronger with each passing night, and there’s a lot Alastor isn’t telling his dim-witted (but admittedly strong-willed) human host.
From #1 New York Times best-selling author Alexandra Bracken comes a tale of betrayal and revenge, of old hurts passed down from generation to generation. Can you ever fully right a wrong, ever truly escape your history? Or will Prosper and Alastor be doomed to repeat it?
I FREAKING LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH! I never thought I would say this about a middle-grade book, but I did! I tend to avoid middle-grade books because I rarely connect to the characters, but this felt so different from any other I’ve read!
I don’t know why but it gave me a bit of a Harry Potter feeling, and I know that saying this is huge because I mean… I love Harry Potter to death. But all the magic and the mystery and the darkness, it just gave that feeling and I couldn’t have loved it more than I did. Well… It has magic, witches, cats with wings, demons… I was bound to love it.
This was the first book I ever read from the author, and I need to read more because *holy moly… Is it possible that I found a new favorite author? I think it might be…*. This book has everything I love. It deals with friendship and family matters, magic, especially dark magic, magical creatures and whatnot and on top of that, the mystery is just to die for. I was shocked by everything that happened! I didn’t see anything coming and that’s extremely rare in middle-grade books! Plus the characters were so complex and easy to connect with!
This book played with my emotions big time. It made me trust and regret. It made me pity, love, and hate. It broke my heart and I don’t even know for who! There’s so much happening! I loved Alastor the most. I loved how he is a villain I could connect with, how even villains have feelings, how they play with your emotions and still manage to get away with it… I just love Alastor. He is the best character in this book, and believe me, this book had incredible characters! I thought our main character Prosper was going to be a special snowflake but he actually impressed me. I loved how good-hearted he was. How he does everything for the ones he loves. I also really liked Nell, she is such a fun and interesting character! A bit of a bad-ass.
The magic in this book is quite simple yet it’s intriguing and mesmerizing. I really want to know more about it, about the world and the other realms and I think that might appear in the next book! Oh yes, did I forget to say that this ends with a freaking cliff hanger? Yeah… Prepare yourselves, I sure didn’t. I need the next book preferably now.
I still don’t understand how this book was capable of consuming me so much, but I am totally in love with it. I loved everything in this book. It was gripping, thrilling and dark. Everything I could have hoped and more. I also really loved the writing and how well structured the book was. I felt that the characters, the magic and the world were really well developed, although this book doesn’t take too much in it, a door was left open to see more in the next book, and the mystery was just amazing! So many plot twists!
Plus that cover is just… Can I stare at it all day?!
This is definitely a favorite and it’s perfect for Halloween! It’s creepy, it’s dark, it has magic, it’s overwhelming and I would profoundly recommend it!
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