The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken has one of those covers that makes me want to gobble it up. The dark grays and blues and that eerie candle in the background grabbed my attention. I felt like curling up on the floor next to my dog with a fuzzy blanket and a mug of tea and reading this. As I’m sure you’ve guessed, that’s exactly what I did early last December.
In a wealthy family with a rich history and exceptional people, Prosper Redding is comparatively unexceptional… until he discovers a demon his many-times-great grandfather summoned living inside him. The demon, Alastor, gave the Redding family fortune in exchange for eternal servitude. When the Reddings betrayed him, Alastor had one purpose: to destroy them. With the help of his uncle and cousin, Nell, Prosper can see a chance of him having an afterlife without eternal servitude. But there’s a lot going on that Alastor hasn’t told Prosper, and the fox-demon is growing stronger with each night.
With a strong message of keeping promises, this quirky tale of betrayal and family asks an important question. Can you ever right a wrong and truly escape your history? For Prosper’s sake, I certainly hope so, but only time (and the next book) will tell.
I rate this four out of five stars.