The Dreadful Tale Of Prosper Redding by Alexandra BrackenThe Dreadful Tale Of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken

The Dreadful Tale Of Prosper Redding

byAlexandra Bracken

Hardcover | September 5, 2017

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The first in a "devious and delightful" new series by Alexandra Bracken, #1New York Timesbest-selling author ofThe Darkest Minds, soon to be a major motion picture.
*"An infectious, entertaining series starter. Clever, occasionally frightening, and always fun, this will hook plenty." -Booklist, starred review
*"Bracken's cast is drawn in loving detail, and her twisty plot will keep readers guessing." -Publishers Weekly, starred review
"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, eight-hundred-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 to trick him into a contract. Yeah, Prosper will take his afterlifewithouta side of eternal servitude, thanks. But with the help of his long-lost uncle, Barnabas, and his daughter, Nell, a witch-in-training, it seems like Prosper has at least a fighting chance of ridding himself of Alastor before the demon escapes and wreaks havoc on his family.
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?
Alexandra Brackenis the #1New York Timesbestselling author of The Darkest Minds series. Born and raised in Arizona, she moved East to study history and English at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. After working in publishing for several years, Alex now writes full-time and can be found hard at work on her next novel in a charm...
Title:The Dreadful Tale Of Prosper ReddingFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:368 pages, 8.75 × 6.25 × 1.25 inShipping dimensions:8.75 × 6.25 × 1.25 inPublished:September 5, 2017Publisher:Disney-HyperionLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1484778170

ISBN - 13:9781484778173

Appropriate for ages: 8


Rated 1 out of 5 by from Mini review on GR! Mini review: DNF I have been trying to get into Bracken's books for awhile now. The first book I read by her was Passenger. I didn't enjoy it, but she remained on my radar because I really like her writing style. Some people mentioned that this book remained them of Halloweentown. Naturally when I saw this in my library I requested a copy. Unfortunately I didn't like it. The writing style read condescendingly. Prosper was truly frustrating. None of the other characters were any better. Pretty much everyone in the Redding family was questionable save for their parents, Prosper, and his sister. His witch cousin was stuck-up as well. The demon was also boring and just odd. I felt that she didn't really write accurate middle graders (forgot their ages). Not everyone at that age is proud and rude. Yeah their kids and do stupid stuff but still. It felt forced rather than natural. Overall I didn't enjoy this. Do not recommend. There are better middle grade books.
Date published: 2018-04-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Ending Was Worth It I very seriously considered DNFing this book, but after that ending, I'm glad I didn't. I wish it hadn't taken so long for the pace to pick up, however. The first half of the book felt like a barrage of information about the town and its inhabitants, detailing every branch of the Redding family tree. The second half felt like the actual story was finally happening; even still, the tempo had a tendency to speed up and then slow down, and chapters sometimes ended kind of abruptly, which made it hard to follow at times. I would have given the book two stars, given this and the fact that I predicted the plot twist, but the ending did surprise me a bit, and actually left me wanting more. I think I would be very likely to pick up the sequel, though I do hope it will be a tad better than this one.
Date published: 2018-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic and Fun! I'm not going to lie––it took me a little while to get into this one. But once things got rolling, I was completely hooked. I almost missed the start of my work shift because I needed to finish it and know what happened. This is an absolute treat for anyone who enjoys creepy stories with great characters, filled with complex worlds, and mountains of betrayals (seriously, SO MANY). The story was engaging and unique and is filled with so much potential for future books (and there better be some!). Prosper is a fantastic main character with a lot of growth ahead of him, I think. I also really enjoyed Alastor and Nell and their complex relationships with our main hero. This book had so many twists my head was spinning, and I was actually flipping the back pages looking for more story. I don't usually read middle grade fiction, but I can definitely say I'm so happy I gave this one a chance. It was the fun, possession story I didn't know I needed in my life. Definitely one to check out!
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I CANT WAIT TO READ THIS I love Alex's writing so so so much. I'm so excited about this. I've seen her posting about it online and I cant wait until September! #plumreivew
Date published: 2017-07-16

Editorial Reviews

"Imaginative, exhilarating and outstandingly funny, Alexandra Bracken's newest work is devious and delightful."-Shelf Awareness