The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding

33785202The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken

Expected publication: September 5th 2017 by Disney-Hyperion

362 Pages

Goodreads Summary: “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?

Review: I normally don’t read a lot of middle grade titles anymore but with Alexandra Bracken behind this one, I couldn’t resist and I’m really glad I took a chance on it. I absolutely loved the atmosphere of the first chapter.  It really reminded me of Stars Hollow around the time of the annual Fall Festival.  Prosper seemed like a misunderstood kid who was kind of the black sheep of the family… never quite good enough to meet his family’s insanely high standards.  Even his twin sister Prue who he stuck by through years of serious illness was rather cruel to him. This made me instantly feel for him.  So when he returned home for dinner and crazy things started happening, I didn’t blame him at all for the terror he must have felt.  With the introduction of Nell, I hoped that Prosper would be able to finally have a good friend who could show him that he is worth more than how he has been treated in the past.  At first she treated him with disdain because he was a Redding, but slowly she gradually realized that he was different than his family in a good way.  Alastor, the demon inside of Prosper, was a little over the top but eventually I got used to it.  That was probably the only thing that bugged me about this book.  There were two big twists in the book which I did not see coming! And that cliffhanger ending!!! I need book two ASAP! Overall I really enjoyed reading this book that reminded me of Hocus Pocus crossed with a little bit of Harry Potter.  A perfect read for fall!

4 stars

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Invictus by Ryan Graudin

33784362Invictus by Ryan Graudin

Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

464 Pages

Goodreads Summary: Time flies when you’re plundering history.

Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far’s birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he’s ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past.

But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far’s very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seems.

In this heart-stopping adventure, Ryan Graudin has created a fast-paced world that defies time and space.

Review: This book was incredible! It was completely thrilling but also thought provoking and emotional.  Far being born outside of time and all of the effects from that event at first just seemed like small annoyances for him but as the story went on more devastating consequences are revealed. I was not expecting to fall in love with the Invictus crew, but I did whole heartedly. Far, Imogen, Priya, Gram, Eliot, and Saffron, the adorable red panda… such a unique cast of characters that fit so well together despite their differences. Their friendship was so strong and I loved seeing them bond over their experiences together but also embracing each others’ quirks.  They stick together through it all. There were so many exciting scenes but one of my favorites was when Far was on the Titanic. I don’t want to say too much more so I don’t spoil things because this book has so many twists and thrills that you need to experience first hand.  If you’re looking for a wild adventure through time with an awesome group of friends, check out Invictus!

5 Stars

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Also, if you preorder Invictus you can get a set of trading cards for the Invictus crew when you upload your proof of purchase here!

(Image from The Novl)

WWW Wednesday – August 30, 2017

WWW WednesdayWWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words.
Each week we answer the following three questions:
-What have you recently finished reading?
-What are you currently reading?
-What are you reading next?


Well it’s been about 2 months since my last WWW post! I hadn’t really been doing much reading with everything going on with our house stuff in the last couple of months.  But I started reading again last week and it’s been pretty great.

Recently Finished

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I did an audiobook re-read of Anne of Green Gables. It was a really delightful narration done by Rachel McAdams.  It’s been a long time since I last read Anne of Green Gables so it was really enjoyable to relive that story.  I also read Days of Blood and Starlight, which is book 2 of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor. I didn’t like it as much as book 1 but I still really liked it.  Then I picked up my ARC of Night of Cake and Puppets which will be published as an illustrated hardcover on September 12th! The illustrations that were available in the ARC were stunning so I can’t wait to see the rest when the final copy is released! Plus I love Zuzana and Mik so I loved getting to read this story of them.

Currently Reading

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Slowly but surely I am continuing on my reread of Outlander.  I read a little bit last night and if I hadn’t stayed up late the last two nights, I probably would have stayed up a little bit longer to keep reading.  This morning I continued on in the eARC of The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding.  It is a middle grade novel that will be published next Tuesday! I don’t normally read a lot of middle grade anymore but I took a chance on this because of AB and so far I am really enjoying it!

Up Next

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Up next I have a slew of ARCs that will be publishing in early October that I plan to read so I have plenty of time to get through them and post reviews.  Ringer publishes on October 3rd so I will probably start with that one next. The next three (The Rules of Magic, The Hollow Girl, and All the Crooked Saints) all publish on October 10th which is why I want to make sure I have plenty of time!


What have you been reading lately?

 

Bout of Books 20: Day 4

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Slowly but surely I am making progress on Days of Blood and Starlight.  This week has been kind of crazy with things popping up here and there so I haven’t had as much time to read as I would have liked.  I was able to sit down and read for an hour last night before bed plus my hour lunch break so that was really nice. I missed yesterday’s update because I ended up running out of time so I’ll have what I read in this update.

UPDATE:

Number of Pages Read Day 3: 49

Number of Pages Read Day 4: 134

Total BoB Pages Read: 242

Books Read From:

  • Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

I am really liking this book so far. There are times it feels slow and my  heart is hurting a little bit from what is happening but I’m so excited to keep reading and see what happens next.


What are you currently reading?

Bout of Books 20: Day 2

nhfiVnq Well my Bout of Books week is not off to the best start.  Monday I had a bad day at work so when I got home, I just wanted to zone out on some binge watching.  We started watching Westworld, which is a totally messed up show but incredibly fascinating.  Tuesday was a little better.  I read during my lunch break so I was able to get 59 pages into Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor.  It’s pretty heavy so far with how things were left at the end of Daughter of Smoke and Bone but I had a good chuckle at a Monty Python reference.  I recently got the UK paperback covers and I can’t get enough of them.

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We ended up watching more Westworld last night after dinner so I didn’t read any more pages.

UPDATE:

Number of Pages Read: 59

Total BoB Pages Read: 59

Books Read From:

  • Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Are you participating in Bout of Books? What are you currently reading?