• Page Count: 362
  • Release Date: September 5, 2017
  • My Rating: 3.5 stars

The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding (The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding #1)“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?

Whoops, I read this a few months ago but apparently never posted anything. It’s actually fall by now, but my first thought after finishing this at the start of summer was that this will be such a fitting fall read! And I know it’s middle grade, but it should totally appeal to any age. The setting felt like the Halloween version of Stars Hollow! There are lots of potentially creepy elements, but the tone is lighthearted enough that it’s just fun.

I really liked how the elves and faeries were described. And I loved twelve-year-old Prosper as the narrator. His voice had a lot of personality to it (and so did the Malefactor demon thing possessing him). Certain elements kind of vaguely reminded me of the Bartimaeus trilogy or The Spiderwick Chronicles, so check it out if you liked those.

Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC.

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