The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz
Series: Descendants #1
Published by Disney-Hyperion
Published On: May 2015
Genres: Middle Grade, Fairy Tale Retelling, Fantasy, Magic
Maturity Level: MG - no sexual content or anything overly violent
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Twenty years ago, all the evil villains were banished from the kingdom of Auradon and made to live in virtual imprisonment on the Isle of the Lost. The island is surrounded by a magical force field that keeps the villains and their descendants safely locked up and away from the mainland. Life on the island is dark and dreary. It is a dirty, decrepit place that's been left to rot and forgotten by the world.
But hidden in the mysterious Forbidden Fortress is a dragon's eye: the key to true darkness and the villains' only hope of escape. Only the cleverest, evilest, nastiest little villain can find it...who will it be?
Maleficent, Mistress of the Dark: As the self-proclaimed ruler of the isle, Maleficent has no tolerance for anything less than pure evil. She has little time for her subjects, who have still not mastered life without magic. Her only concern is getting off the Isle of the Lost.
Mal: At sixteen, Maleficent's daughter is the most talented student at Dragon Hall, best known for her evil schemes. And when she hears about the dragon's eye, Mal thinks this could be her chance to prove herself as the cruelest of them all.
Evie: Having been castle-schooled for years, Evil Queen's daughter, Evie, doesn't know the ins and outs of Dragon Hall. But she's a quick study, especially after she falls for one too many of Mal's little tricks.
Jay: As the son of Jafar, Jay is a boy of many talents: stealing and lying to name a few. Jay and Mal have been frenemies forever and he's not about to miss out on the hunt for the dragon's eye.
Carlos: Cruella de Vil's son may not be bravest, but he's certainly clever. Carlos's inventions may be the missing piece in locating the dragon's eye and ending the banishment for good.
Mal soon learns from her mother that the dragon's eye is cursed and whoever retrieves it will be knocked into a deep sleep for a thousand years. But Mal has a plan to capture it. She'll just need a little help from her "friends." In their quest for the dragon's eye, these kids begin to realize that just because you come from an evil family tree, being good ain't so bad.
I had high hopes for this book. I love the idea and I’m a HUGE fan of fairy tales. I liked how this wasn’t really a retelling but more of a continuation.
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I liked Mal the most for characters. I feel like she’s got this big personality and her life path is already planned for her. She lives on an evil island and there’s nothing else to do but be evil. I’m looking forward to seeing her break out of her shell and choose her own path.
I’m crushing on Prince Ben for sure. Who wouldn’t crush on the Prince though? I feel like him and Mal are similar because both of them were pushed into their positions by their parents. I especially like how he handled it though. He had all these expectations and then let his parents down sort of. He ended up doing things his own way and actually turned out to be a great prince.
I found the story a little childish, especially compared to the movie. I understand that it’s a middle grade series but the main characters are all more of young adults so I’m hoping the next books evolve a little. I found the characters are really well developed and I loved seeing their lives at home. I think this is a series to keep an eye on.
I had high expectations and I was a little disappointed. That doesn’t mean it won’t turn out to be a great series though! I see lots of potential with this book and I think it’s going to turn out to be an excellent series. I think the story was unique and fun because we’re seeing the villains point of view. That doesn’t happen very often and I was impressed. I also liked seeing the little glimpse of the “good guys” I’m hoping we get introduced to more characters soon! If you read this book watch the movie for sure. It has a different feel but the stories follow each other nicely.