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#BookReview | The Dreadful tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken

Title: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding
By: Alexandra Bracken
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 272
Release Date: September 5th, 2017
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Audience: Young Adult

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. 

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: What a creepy little novel. I really liked the story on this one. Prosper has a demon living inside of him because of a broken deal that an ancestor made 300 years ago. 12 year old Prosper is a most interesting child. His character is well developed and you can't help but love the kid. The world building was a little bland, something I had seen before, but not boring. I gave the book a three stars and think that people will love this little read around Halloween.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.


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