Book: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Synopsis: “I would say it’s a pleasure to meet thee, Prosper 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 tick 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.
Review (Spoilers): I really enjoyed this book.I did go to meet signing for this book, and Alex is such a sweet person. She interacts with the audience really well, and tells the funniest stories. It was filled with mysterious vibes that really took control of the plot, but there was still that innocence because Prosper is so young. It may deal with heavy topics, but it makes light of them because it is still middle grade.
Characters: ⅘ The family dynamic was perfect. Prosper seemed that he really wanted to make sure his family was safe, but it didn’t become the plot. Nell and Prosper’s relationship did seem a little fake because he ever met her, but he suddenly trusts her with putting magic on him. I doubted the legitimacy from the beginning, and I was right. I did love Nell so much though. I love how she decided to go for the part of the play even though it was a boy.
Alastor was the funniest demon I have ever read from. There were times when I wish he was a little more serious to push the story along. He seemed very humanized than a demon would be, and it’s a little scary to think of a demon having and showing these human traits like Alastor did. The ending of the book was what really shook me. Instead of this demon that’s bad, it’s this human. It was really such an eye opener that not all humans are good some are monsters. Just like humans an entire race can’t be judged on the action of some. We wouldn’t all like to be recognized as just Hitler, and the same could go for these demons. Maybe some of them are good, and we can’t judge the race as a whole because they are all different.
Plot: ⅗ It may have been the way I was reading it, in the middle of a bunch of testing, but the plot was really slow. It didn’t draw my attention span for long periods of time. There were some great moments throughout this book, just put all together it didn’t flow as nicely as it could have. I am going to be hoping for some more world building and action in this next book, especially since the ending of the last one.
Writing Style: This was perfect for test days because I could home to an easy read that gave my brain a break. It was filled with simple dialogue, not a lot of intense world building, and some very descriptive sights. I will not hold against her the lack of vocabulary, and sentence types because it is written for a younger audience.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and I will be eagerly anticipating the coming books. What did you think of this book?