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Review : The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding : Alexandra Bracken

33785202Author: Alexandra Bracken

Title: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding

Release Date: September 5th 2017

Format: eArc

Publisher:  Disney-Hyperion

Page Count : 362

Genre : Middle Grade, Fantasy

Reviewer : Taylor

Synopsis via Goodreads

“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, 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.

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?

Anyone who knows me can tell you I love Alexandra Bracken. So of course it is no surprise that I had to get my hands on this! Of course I loved it! It has been a long while since I read a middle grade book, so I was a little worried I may feel a disconnect. NO DISCONNECT HERE! This story was so cute and fun to read. It was set at a great pace never lulling or losing interest. 
The character development was fantastic. Our main character Prosper is certainly put through the ringer throughout the story dealing with possession and what not! That being said he also grows so much even while having to share his mind with Alastor. It really has a great coming of age aspect. 
Alastor was also a pleasant surprise. He is the demon possessing Prosper but he becomes more than just “the bad guy.” He brought so much comic relief. Nell was a breath of fresh air with her cute eccentric style. She marched her own drum beat and I LOVED IT!

I love a good middle grade book and this one did not disappoint. Perfect fall read. I loved all the supernatural aspects. Fans of movies like Hocus Pocus and Halloween Town are going to love this! Alexandra is my favorite for a reason. Another fabulous five star read. 

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Review : Traveler : L.E. DeLano

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Title: Traveler

Author: L.E. DeLano

Release Date:February 7th 2017

Format: eArc

Publisher:  Swoon Reads

Page Count : 352

Genre : Young Adult, Mystery, Fantasy, Scifi, epic

Reviewer : Taylor

 

Synopsis Via Goodreads

Jessa has spent her life dreaming of other worlds and writing down stories more interesting than her own, until the day her favorite character, Finn, suddenly shows up and invites her out for coffee. After the requisite nervous breakdown, Jessa learns that she and Finn are Travelers, born with the ability to slide through reflections and dreams into alternate realities. But it’s not all steampunk pirates and fantasy lifestyles…Jessa is dying over and over again, in every reality, and Finn is determined that this time, he’s going to stop it… this Jessa is going to live.

Thank you to NetGalley and Swoon Reads

I tore through this book, I couldn’t put it down every time I tried it kept getting better! Let’s talk some world building here guys she literally recreates reality over over but it is never the same! I could not believe how easy it was to transition and know where I was. It was clear every time we went somewhere new.
I loved the plot with the traveling and different reality’s. I thought it was well done and super clever. That you are you no matter where you go. At least an extension of you. I only had one issue if you can even call it that, if all the different us are a little piece of us how are we in love with one person or are we in love with every extension of that person. I know you can’t understand me read then come talk to me about this bit HAHA well I am not to mad about this because a certain pirate has been all over my mind during this read. Speaking of lets move on.
Characters let me start with Jessa number one. I really enjoyed her and her outspoken witty attitude. I would without a doubt be friends with this girl. She is there for her family and I loved that. Danny is her older brother. He has autism but that does not define him. He was one of my favorite characters. I could just tell and still can tell he knows things that others don’t. In my heart i’m certain he will play a huge role in the second book. Well on the subject of diverse characters we also meet a Jessa who is deaf. It is something I have always wished to see in books. We need characters who are deaf, blind, autistic, we just need more diversity period.
OKAY climbs off soap box. I loved Finn and Ben. Our two main boy characters aside from Danny. We get to meet more than one Finn and my my I could live in a world with multiple hims. To be fair I quite like been a lot also. These characters are swoon worthy for sure! THE END THOUGH wow the end I can’t say anything else. I just need book two already. Like can I beta read please!? Ill take every little chapter one could spare I need more!
I’m babbling at this point GO buy the book you won’t be disappointed. Four stars!

★★★★
Favorite Quote
“Good meeting you, Finn. Agian.”
“You won’t easily be forgotten, Jessa”

 

 

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Review : Wayfarer : Alexandra Bracken

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Title: Wayfarer

Author: Alexandra Bracken

Release Date: January 3rd 2017

Format: Physical Arc

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Page Count : 532 pages

Genre : Fantasy, Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Scifi

Reviewer : Taylor

 

Synopsis via goodreads

All Etta Spencer wanted was to make her violin debut when she was thrust into a treacherous world where the struggle for power could alter history. After losing the one thing that would have allowed her to protect the Timeline, and the one person worth fighting for, Etta awakens alone in an unknown place and time, exposed to the threat of the two groups who would rather see her dead than succeed. When help arrives, it comes from the last person Etta ever expected—Julian Ironwood, the Grand Master’s heir who has long been presumed dead, and whose dangerous alliance with a man from Etta’s past could put them both at risk.

Meanwhile, Nicholas and Sophia are racing through time in order to locate Etta and the missing astrolabe with Ironwood travelers hot on their trail. They cross paths with a mercenary-for-hire, a cheeky girl named Li Min who quickly develops a flirtation with Sophia. But as the three of them attempt to evade their pursuers, Nicholas soon realizes that one of his companions may have ulterior motives.

As Etta and Nicholas fight to make their way back to one another, from Imperial Russia to the Vatican catacombs, time is rapidly shifting and changing into something unrecognizable… and might just run out on both of them.

I received this book at Yallfest a big thank you to everyone involved!

I was looking forward to this book! Passenger was full of adventure and romance that had me reeling for more! In respect to Alexandra Bracken and her wishes this review will be spoiler free.

I loved Etta’s growth from start to end. I felt as though she regressed into someone without much of a voice in the first half of the book. She was torn between who to believe, where to put her trust, and how to do the right thing. From the first book continuing into Wayfarer Etta is faced with people lying to her over and over. How could she know what is right after going through that. It made her story very real and relateable. My one of the cons was that Etta and Nicholas are on separate journeys throughout this story. I missed the lightheaded butterflies in my stomach feeling I got in my stomach in the first book. HOWEVER, I understand why this was so important to their journey. It was lacking some of the passion and adventure also in comparison to book one.

We got to meet some new characters and get to know some old ones a bit better. I really enjoyed them all. There was one relationship in particular that had me worried a small bit about instalove. My fears did come to fruition with that relationship even though in the end I liked the pairing I felt as though it just happened to fast with them.
NICHOLAS my baby, my love, he is the ultimate book boyfriend! He makes some hard decisions this go around. It broke my heart watching him try to do the right thing over and over even at the expense of his own happiness.

The end of this book was PERFECT! I had simple minds Don’t you (forget about me) playing in the background proper 80’s movie style. I need to know if anyone else felt that!?
This was a great wrap up to an AMAZING SERIES. A solid four stars! Everyone get ready for a wonderful journey through time. Alexandra Bracken has done it once again! Happy reading and may the best pirate win!

                                                                        ★★★★

Favorite quote

to be added (struggling to choose one without spoilers!)

 

 

 

 

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Review : Passenger : Alexandra Bracken

20983362Title: Passenger

Author: Alexandra Bracken

Release Date: January 5th 2016

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Page Count : 496

Genre : Fantasy, Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Scifi

Reviewer : Taylor

 

Synopsis

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them—whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home…forever.

This book was beautiful! It took my breath away to many times to count!

Etta is a character I could get behind she only knew herself as the girl who plays violin. She made it her life in hopes of being the best at what she does but more so for hope that her mother would see her as the best. Etta’s character development is off the charts we truly see her grow into a women whom is much different from the girl we first meet.

Nicholas my god! I love him I don’t know what else to say. He was a slave and “bastardized” son of a prominent family. Now he travels the seas as pirate with a secret heart of gold but sadness often over takes him leaving a bit of shadow overcasting his self belief. Not often do we see male characters who are a bit self deprecating. He believes he is not worthy of so many things because he has let society and family beat him down.

I love the diversity of this book. Can we get a round of applause for this beautiful interracial couple!? I am a firm believer in a character is not diverse just because you said they were. I truly felt for Nicholas he felt so incredibly real to me. His struggles through life in all the different time periods was eye opening, trying to imagine what it would it be like to be judged so harshly by even your own family. This was just wonderful writing. Etta felt like a real violinist to me as well. Bracken did not skim over the details and simply say “Etta plays the end”. No she made it noticeable in Etta’s movement, the way she spoke, and even in the way she loved. I mean the subway scene people!

Needless to say I was so hooked I even bought the audible to listen to while driving. This book was an easy five stars.

                                                                   ★★★★★

Favorite Quote
“Do you remember…that couple in London, in the station?”
“The ones who were dancing?” she asked. “What about them?”
“Would we…be able to dance…that way?” he said, finding it harder to catch his breath. “In your time?”
Etta pressed her lips together, clearly fighting to offer him a smile. “Yes.”
“Thought so. Will you stay…until I sleep…?”