Title: The dreadful tale of Prosper Redding.
Author: Alexandra Bracken.
Page count: 362.
Release day: September 5th 2017.
Genre: MG, fantasy.
Rating: 4 stars.
What is it about? (Summary from GoodReads)
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.
I have a love/hate relation with Bracken, I loved her The darkest minds series, but really didn’t like Passenger. So I had no idea what to expect from this one. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised! I had just read/listened to 3 books that I didn’t really like, and I started to feel a bit slumpy. This was the perfect book to get me out of that mood! It is an easy and quick read, and since it is middle grade, there was constantly something happening, which kept me reading 🙂
The characters were really interesting, and had some good development! They did feel a bit older than 12 years, more like 14/15 years. But I don’t mean that in a bad way, I think in this case it made me enjoy the book more! I was actually more interested in Nell’s character then Prosper’s character.
I actually think this book could also have been YA if some darkish element was added to the story, then I might have rated this book 5 stars! But still the story was really interesting. I loved seeing the relation between Prosper and Alastor and Nell develop.
There was a plot twist in this book that I did not see coming.. Looking back at it I could have seen it, but obviously I didn’t. Which might mean it was done pretty well, I’m kinda curious now if I’m the only one who didn’t see this plot twist coming haha.
I definitely recommend reading this book if you feel a bit slumpy and need a fast read! It definitely worked for me 🙂
I’m curious what direction the sequel will take! Hopefully I read it soon!