Book Review: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding

This book took me more than one month’s worth of motivation to finish. And I technically DNFed it.


Name: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding
Author: Alexandra Bracken

Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: September 5, 2017


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.

Book Cover Comments

A cover like this can have a lot of significance—despite me not knowing what significance it bears—I do like that white fox there. Quite a sleek design and very befitting for a book of this target-audience and genre.

The Actual Review

Just, no.

I started this book and did not bring myself to finish it within the target 3 days. In conclusion, this book lowkey bore me. It started off kind of boring, got some interesting parts here and there, bore me, gave up, picked it up and decided to just skim through the last 1/3 instead of properly reading it.

The entire idea and concept of it wasn’t bad. I liked this demon-trapped-inside-kid concept, and the demon Alastor is quite funny from time to time. Seeing our main character, Prosper make decisions on what to do regarding his fate, his future, his current activities and those around him was what really drove the plot.

However, that middle bit. Just, ugh.
And here I will be quoting the review written by Emma Giordano (@emmmabooks) on Goodreads:

"I unfortunately think the weakest point of this book was the plot
for most of the story. I’d say the middle 70% of the novel is fairly
mundane – We essentially just follow Prosper as he adjusts to living
with a demon inside of him at a new school under a false identity."

In which is pretty true. Which is probably what bore me to death in the middle of reading this book. And this is the thing with Alex Bracken’s books. I’ve read 4 of her books so far excluding Prosper.
The Passenger Duology: Passenger half of it was fairly dull and boring and took every gut inside of me to get through the dull yet amusing-plot-concept book; Wayfarer redeemed itself but had its problems too.
The Darkest Minds Trilogy: I wasn’t honest in my book reviews and now I will be, BORING. TDM wasn’t bad, actually. I got through it with a happy-light mood, looking forward to the next book despite seemingly dragging parts. Never Fade was just straight up boring. I had merely half the idea of what was happening and it was not amsuing at all.
I’ve tried Alex Bracken’s books. Trust and believe me. MAny times. And there really isn’t one where I couldn’t get completely sucked into the world. I was always only dipping my foot in as I continued to read through the generally boring build up.

The ending, as I have skimmed through, is quite interesting and redemptful to a point where it makes me wanna know what happens in the sequel. But the question is, will I really buy it since book 1 was a lowkey disappointment?

In conclusion, The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding was not my cup of tea. I was simply not amused enough.


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Joanne Lumiere

Joanne is the narcissistic founder of her book blog, Joanne Lumiere. Born and raised in Hong Kong, this 18 year old brat is currently attending college in Los Angeles, and still doesn't know how to read books with sophistication, and yet she runs a blog.

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