The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken
Expected publication: September 5th 2017 by Disney-Hyperion
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!
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.