A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.
Series: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding #1
Published by Disney Hyperion on September 5th 2017
Genres: Action & Adventure, Family, Fantasy & Magic, General, Multigenerational, Young Adult
"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 afterlife without a 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?
The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding is the first book that I’ve read by this author. I admit that I took this book solely because of the cover and I enjoy an occasional middle-grade fantasy, Serafina and the Black Cloak come to mind.
I have to admit though, I just couldn’t get into this book. The dialogue rambled on and on for pages on end and I began to bore of it. When I start to skim dialogue and not missing the plot, that’s when I know a book just isn’t doing it for me.
Like other young adult-middle grade books as of late, this one fell for repetitive words and phrases. This is a huge pet peeve of mine. My own children do not speak repetitively.
“No, no, no.”
“Good morning, good morning”
“Wait, wait, wait.”
This type of repetition grates on my nerves. It just does and I’ve yet to read a single book that has been written in this style that I’ve enjoyed.
The story fell flat and the characters were overly smug. I put up with page-on-end dialogue for the story to end in a cliffhanger…