So trying to stay on top of reviews again, so this is one of the last books I read in 2017 and I loved it.
The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken is a middle-grade novel following Prosper Redding, an under-appreciated child in one of the most powerful and influential families of the country. When his parents move away and their horrid grandmother decide enough is enough, Prosper discovers that he has a demon. Yes, a real demon living inside him thanks to one of his ancestors, who made a deal with him; oh and then another ancestor who broke the deal.
I loved this book. Middle-grade books are generally hit or miss with me; mainly because I like the writing but sometimes I think the plots let it down. It was definitely not the case with this, this book had a beautifully intricate plot and cast of characters. It was not a simple story where there is only one plot point and two or three characters. No. You have multiple viewpoints and you have conflicting characters.
It’s these kind of books that prepare children for life-long reading.
Really, I don’t think my synopsis did this book justice; it was hilarious, it was emotional, and sometimes it was terrifying. There are multiple plot twists and turns, it is a constant page turner. I read this in one sitting and I could not put it down.
The characters were generally well fleshed out, there are a few that I would like to know more about; however this is the first book in a series and I am really interested to see where this goes. As the first book, you learn a bit about the demon world and you learn about the Redding family; however it does leave you with several questions, so you will have to pick up the rest of the series.
I cant honestly recommend this more. Whether you are looking for a book to read to the kids on an evening, or something to snuggle down with for yourself; this book is one you need to try.
Pick it up!