““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?”
*I received an Advanced Readers Copy of this book from NetGalley. All opinions stated are my own.*
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I more ways than one.
This was the first time that I have read any book by this author. I know that the books that she has out currently are very popular and have a ton of good reviews on Goodreads as well as the BookTube community on YouTube (you can find my channel here). And, even though I have read only read one book by the author, I can see why.
First of all, I have to talk about the setting of this book. Going into the book I knew that the town that Prosper was living in had some witchy aspects to it and reminded me a ton of the town of Salem, Massachusetts. We find out later in the book that I was almost correct. The book does take place in Massachusetts but on Cape Cod. As a native of Massachusetts (I live about 45 minutes north of Salem and about 2 hours North East of Cape Cod) I always appreciate any book that is set in the state or in New England in general.
I really liked Prosper as a main character. With everything that was going on in the plot, I liked how he stayed calm for the most part. He did a great job trying to figure out how to get Alastor out of him. He was an interesting character to read from and I can’t wait to see his character development over the course of the rest of the series.
As far as the plot, I thought it was done very well. The characters were great. I liked how we didn’t just get Prosper’s point of view. I liked how we also got the perspective of Alastor, the demon who is trapped in Prosper’s view. i loved how we got to see things from his perspective and his voice in the story. The story overall was very enjoyable. It incorporated everything that I love in a good middle grade book.
Overall, this book was very enjoyable. Like I said, it incorporated everything that I love in a good middle grade book. Considering that this was the author’s first venture into middle grade, I think she did a great job. I will definitely be picking up the rest of this series and also be checking out the author’s other books.