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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 : 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!

                                                                        ★★★★

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