{Leah’s Scary Review} The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken

Posted October 28, 2017 by Leah in Reviews / 2 Comments

{Leah’s Scary Review} The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra BrackenThe Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding (The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding #1) by Alexandra Bracken
Pages: 362
Published on September 5th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade, Paranormal
Format: ARC
Source: ARC Adoption
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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?

3 Stars

I can cross Alexandra Bracken off my list of Unread Authors! This was a fun, entertaining start to Bracken’s writing. Prosper Redding is a must read for autumn. Its atmospheric world building is filled with fantastical and some creepy undertones. It also hosts a cast of characters who are snarky and fun even in the face of bargains with demons.

Bargains with demons is perfect for autumn, right?

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Bracken  paints incredible visual imagery, whether it’s a crisp autumn breeze or a small town. In the middle of her New England setting, magic hides in the shadows. There are changelings, goblins, and other fantastical creatures. At first I was wondering what they had to do with demons, but Bracken handles all of these creatures with ease.

I admit that Prosper Redding and I got off to a rough start. I had a hard time getting in to the writing because Prosper, our twelve year old narrator, quips about everything. I love a good quip but for the first few chapters, it seemed like his characterization was only going to be surface deep. He’s also the kid who gets picked on by everyone, is completely normal in an extraordinary family–things we’ve heard before.

After some family secrets are revealed does Prosper show tremendous character growth. Besides being witty, Prosper is also loyal and worth rooting for. This is especially true when it comes to his family. A majority of them are horrible people, but when it comes to certain members of his family, Prosper will fight for them. Some scenes between him and Nell, while heartwarming, are things we’ve seen before. They’re weary of each other. Nell’s not his biggest fan. As they get to know each other, they change their minds.

And then there’s Alastor, the malefactor (demon) whose inhabiting Prosper’s body. He’s a bit of a stereotypical bad guy (delights in being bad and plotting evil schemes, which gets repetitive after a while) but seeing him battle with Prosper is hilarious. Their verbal spats had me laughing out loud. These two were made for these battles. However, the best scenes are seeing “Al” adjust to the modern world, with its buildings, vehicles, and, well, everything.

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If Bracken ever decided to do an Al spinoff series, I’m there.

Even though I have my gripes, Prosper Redding is a start to an entertaining series. Check it out curled up on a cool day with some hot tea.


I received this ARC through Miss Print’s ARC Adoption in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

Leah
Leah

Leah

Co-Blogger at Quite the Novel Idea
Leah has always been a bibliophile. An avid fantasy fan, she has spent many hours imagining magical worlds and wondering what it would be like to wield a sword. When she's not dreaming up her own standalone fantasy stories, she enjoys watching movies, traveling, and eating chocolate. She lives in California.
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