The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding
Alexandra Bracken
Series: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Publication Date: Sept 5th, 2017
Pages: 362 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
4 and a half star

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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?

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I really like the cover of this book. It’s simple but also has that bit of detail around the mirror so it’s not too plain. I like that they choose to show Al’s form instead of Prosper himself as I don’t like books with people on them. I also really like the little drawing of Toad on the back cover.

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This is my 3rd Alexandra Bracken book and I can’t fault her writing. This book did feel easier to read than the other two books by her I have read (Passenger & The Darkest Minds), but I’m assuming that is because this is a Middle Grade. I liked that though as it made for a quick read.

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So at the end of this story, I felt like the whole book was kinda leading up to book 2. Does that make sense?
Like there was a big plot point thing that happened at the end and all these secrets get revealed but it still all feels like it is just setting up for the next book. Which I don’t mind, but as there isn’t even a release date for book 2 it is a little frustrating but that can’t be helped.

The plot of this book was a heap of little plot points all through the book rather than 1 or 2 big things that happened. Which was enjoyable as it kept me interested for the whole book and there wasn’t any dull points.

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Prosper was an interesting character. He was kind and just wanted to be accepted and not bullied and there is nothing wrong with that! He was a tad too trusting in my opinion but he learnt the hard way with that one.

Nell was an okay character, not a favouite though. She was a little dramatic at times and a bit annoying. But she was also passionate and I didn’t mind her.

I didn’t really like Uncle B. He was kinda all over the place actually. Stubborn and cranky some of the time and then overly kind and nice the other half of the time. He was just irritating.

Alastor was actually really fun. Obviously, he was ‘evil’ but he was also sarcastic and sassy and I found it hilarious a lot of the time. He was a little frustrating when it came to who’s side he was on but still an enjoyable ‘bad guy’.

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I really enjoyed this series. The writing is great and the world building is really good. The plot was well done and kept me hooked the whole time! I don’t love all the characters but I think they were meant to be questionable characters so that didn’t worry me. I can’t wait to read book 2 but as we don’t even have a release date who knows how long it will be until we have book 2!




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