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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Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

28525008Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Published January 5th 2016 by Disney-Hyperion

486 Pages

Goodreads Summary: Passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them—whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home… forever.

Review: I had seen a lot of mixed reviews about this book but decided to read it anyways when it was chosen as the first book for The Revolving Shelf book club.  Plus that cover… gorgeous!  Anyways.  The book started out pretty slow.  I mean, really slow.  I ended up setting the book down for a couple weeks to read something else.  But I decided to give it another chance and once I got past the halfway point, it started to get better.  The action started picking up.  The concept of the story was really intriguing but the first half was a little slow in sorting out the details.

The characters in the story were either good or they were bad.  There wasn’t really any middle ground.  I never really connected with Etta too well.  I prefered Nicholas to her.  At first, their connection seemed a little instalove-ish but I did end up liking their relationship.  There were some really good revelations in the second half that started to connect the dots between things that happened in the first half.  And then it ended on quite the cliffhanger!  I will be really interested to visit this world again when the sequel comes out.

4 Stars

Shelf Control – March 31, 2016

Shelf Control

Shelf Control is a weekly feature hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies.  Consider this a variation of a Wishing & Waiting post… but looking at books already available.  Take a look at your shelves and/or Kindle and post about a book you own but haven’t read yet.

15844644Title: The Darkest Minds
Author:  Alexandra Bracken
Published: Published December 18th 2012 by Disney Hyperion
Length: 499 Pages

Goodreads Summary: When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who have escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living.

How I Got It: I bought the Kindle edition on sale.

When I Got It: At least 2 years ago.

Why I Want To Read It: I’ve heard lots of great things about this book and the author.  It’s come back to the forefront of my mind after talking about it with Ashley and Shelbie.  They are both going to be reading it soon so I might just have to join them.  I will be reading the author’s latest book, Passenger, in April for book club.

Have any of you read this book?  What did you think of it?