Synopsis taken from Goodreads
Prosperity Redding is the only unexceptional member of his very successful family, that is, until he discovers a 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. Now Alastor, the malefactor, has reawakened and is intent on destroying the Redding fortune, unless they can kill him in the body he inhabits—which, oh, wait, that’s Prosper, and why is his grandmother coming at him with a silver blade? In danger from both the demon trying to take over his soul and the family that would rather protect their fortune than their own kin, Prosper narrowly escapes with the help of his long lost Uncle Barnabas and Barnabas’s daughter, Nell, a witch in training. According to Barnabas and Nell, they have only days to break the family curse and find a way to banish Alastor back to the demon realm. Until then, Prosper has to deal with Alastor’s vengeful mutterings inside his head (not to mention his nasty habit of snacking on spiders). And, every night, Alastor’s control over his body grows stronger. . . As the deadline to the curse draws nearer, Prosper and Nell realize there’s more at stake than just the Redding family fortune. . . that there might be something else out there, something worse than Alastor, that could destroy the balance between the human and demon realms and change the world as they know it forever.
My Rating: 4 stars
Release Date: 5 September 2017
Prosper’s book birthday is rapidly approaching, so I thought I’d put up a quick little spoiler-free review so you guys can get an idea of what it’s about! I jumped on the opportunity to get an ARC of this book as soon as I found out that I could request one on NetGalley! So, then I HAD to read it immediately because how could I miss out on this adorable book before it comes out? These are the true perks of book blogging folks!
The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding is an adorable fast paced middle grade series that begins with this first novel. Prosper’s story in this first installment begins and ends in mystery that kept me on my toes the entire time. His ancestor, Honor Redding, signed a contract with a malefactor that granted their family prosperity (haha get it, like Prosper’s name?) in exchange for eternal servitude after death. I probably didn’t explain that incredibly well, but basically Honor Redding signed away his whole family’s afterlife to make sure they’d always be rich while they’re alive. Eventually, a witch comes along and tried to destroy the Malefactor living inside of Honor, and—long story short—Alastor ends up living inside of Prosperity Redding many years later. On Prosper’s 13th birthday, Alastor will have gained enough of his strength back to escape and reek his havoc upon the entire Redding family. But the Reddings have another plan. They want to kill Alastor, and possible Prosper in the process, in order to keep their good fortune and get rid of the literal demon who wants to ruin their lives. Prosper is saved by his estranged uncle and cousin who claim they want to protect Prosper and get Alastor out, but is that really the whole truth?
This story is set in the fall, and it was a super cozy read! I’m actually a bit bummed that i have already read it now and don’t get to experience it for the first time with a cup of hot cocoa in hand! Anyhow, I think Prosper’s story is great for all ages with magic, mystery, and laugh-out-loud silly scenes, it’s the coziest fall setting I’ve ever read. Definitely pick this one up in September and enjoy Prosper’s kooky journey. I’m looking forward to reading the next installment already!
Alexandra Bracken is also going on tour for Prosper, and the dates are listed here: