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The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken

I am currently reading this spooky middle grade story of a 12-year-old Prosper Redding who’s life pretty much sucks because his ancestors made a deal with a fiend and then pissed the fiend off. Even though it is a MG, it doesn’t read like one. It is a lot like Harry Potter, a story for all ages.

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, eight-hundred-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 to trick him into a contract. Yeah, Prosper will take his afterlife without a side of eternal servitude, thanks. But with the help of his long-lost uncle, Barnabas, and his daughter, Nell, a witch-in-training, it seems like Prosper has at least a fighting chance of ridding himself of Alastor before the demon escapes and wreaks havoc on his family.
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.

Warcross by Marie Lu

I finished this book last week and holy stars it was so amazing. I honestly this feel like Warcross is the best book I have read this year. It is not a new concept, Warcross is a mix of Ready Player One and Sword Art Online, but it felt fresh.

Ms. Lu really makes you feel for the characters, especially Hideo Tanaka and Emika Chen. I actually understood their actions even when I did not agree with them. Aaaaah. I have too many thoughts and feels about this. Especially the last 70 or so pages. So intense. There was one thing I was suspicious about and then turned out to be correct…but I still have so many questions. READ IT.

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down Warcross players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty-hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. To make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

Hooky by Miriam Bonastre Tur

I’m currently following this really cute webcomic on webtoons about two witchling twins. The art style is beyond adorable and the main characters, Dani and Dorian, are precious children. This story deals with self-worth, family, love, and figuring out that the world isn’t black and white but various shades of gray.

Dani and Dorian have missed the bus of the school of magic. Now, they must find someone who teach them how to be a great and good witches… Or maybe not.

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