Book Review: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken

Book Title: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Book Series: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding, #1
Reading Format: Audible Audio
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“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 pretty much don’t read any Middle Grade novels anymore, but as soon as I saw this one over on Goodreads and found out it was set in October and the plot gave me major Halloween vibes, I just had to pick it up and give it a shot, and I am so happy that I did because I enjoyed it a lot.

The audiobook for this was highly entertaining. Hell, this might be one of those books where I would reread around Halloween each year like everyone does with Harry Potter.

Besides how great the book was as a whole, the characters were an added bonus, especially the demon that’s trapped inside Prosper. Alastor’s sassiness definitely won me over with this character. Whenever he had a sassy moment during a scene, I laughed and just fell more in love with him even though he did get Prosper into trouble,  still loved him in those moments.

Even though this book is in the Middle Grade genre, I didn’t find anything that is related to that genre besides the character being 12 years old, but if that detail was not in the novel, this can easily pass as a Young Adult with the story being a little darker than most of the Middle Grade books that you see at the bookstore.

In conclusion, I am so in love with this book and I cannot to read more whenever the sequel is announced and released.



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