Review! The Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel by Melissa de la Cruz

The Disney Channel is set to show an interesting original movie this summer, Descendants. The movie follows the offspring of some of the most popular (and sometimes most wicked) Disney characters of all time. What does that have to do with books and reading? I just got done reading a fabulous prequel to the Descendants movie that Disney Publishing will release on May 5th. The book is called THE ISLE OF THE LOST.

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By Melissa De La Cruz

320 pages – ages 9+

Published by Disney-Hyperion on May 5, 2015

Synopsis- Publisher’s description of the book – “Twenty years ago, all the evil villains were banished from the kingdom of Auradon to the Isle of the Lost–a dark and dreary place protected by a force field that makes it impossible for them to leave. Stripped of their magical powers, the villains now live in total isolation, forgotten by the world.

Mal learns from her mother, Maleficent, that the key to true darkness, the Dragon’s Eye, is located inside her scepter in the forbidden fortress on the far side of the island. The 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 four kids begin to realize that just because you come from an evil family tree, being good ain’t so bad.

What I Thought- The book is written by best-selling author Melissa de la Cruz (Blue Bloods series). I found Ms. de la Cruz’s writing style engaging. The plot line is funny, mysterious, and captivating! The characters’ personalities are spot-on. They have just enough of their Disney qualities to make them believable, but de la Cruz also mixes in some wackiness and surprises. The Disney character’s offspring are cool, younger, versions of their parents, but also have unique attributes. I like how the book describes how much the villains have changed over the years now that their magic has gone. The book has the right mixture of adventure, action, and a touch of evil to really keep it interesting. The story is perfect for middle grade, young adults, or any Disney fan. Both content, reading level and subject matter is appropriate for all ages. As I read the book, I found myself thinking – wishing, there would be more in the series, but alas, the next version of this story will be a movie. Can a movie live up to the wonderful story set up by de la Cruz in this book? With Disney’s touch of magic, I am hopeful it will.

I’d give this book 6 out of 5 bookworms – but my scale only goes to five!fivebooks

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40 replies

  1. Prize pack? Yippee! Neighbor Girl saw this mentioned last night on TV and was immediately intrigued. An “I wanna give it six-bookworms rating” has her excited – she’s been looking for a good book to read. Yay!

  2. wow! This sounds really cool. I’m gonna hope this book turns up on our shelves downunder. Great review Erik, I hope also that the movie is just as good as the book. Fingers crossed.

  3. That cover is very clever. I love the focus on evil!

  4. A movie before a sequel. Ah, well, maybe that sequel is just lurking around the corner! Sounds like a good one!

  5. Disney’s really been hitting it out of the park lately! Sounds like a terrific story 🙂

  6. I just preordered the book. I am glad it was good. Makes me excited.

  7. This must be a great book if you wish you could give it 6 out of 5 bookworms! I like your enthusiasm, Erik.

  8. This sounds really fun!

  9. Woohoo! The movie sounds like it’ll be a good one too 🙂

  10. You had me at Disney. 😀

  11. You’ve sold me on this book- I’m adding it to my list.

  12. There is no reason you cannot add another star when a book is that terrific. It is your site, kiddo. The book sounds fantastic. Good review! I have grown out of most Disney – unless it is animated. I LOVE animation. Hey, what ever happened to last summer’s stop motion movie project?

  13. I have read it and it is awsome

  14. I really can’t wait to read it! I am getting it tomorrow July 7,2015. Thank u very much for expiring me to read such a great book. I hope the movie comes out soon! I can’t wait to see it.

  15. My nephew loves Disney Descendants. I’m glad he does, it gets him reading more..thanks!

  16. I cant find the book anywhere im checking the Lincoln county library

  17. This book was the best book I have ever read!

  18. I know this is old, but I thought I’d leave a comment anyway! I’m currently reading the book, and I’m really enjoying it so far. Although reading about Carlos’ abuse is…uncomfortable, to say the least. I’m still in a bit of a shock about that. Even though it’s a children’s book, the author makes it extremely obvious that Carlos is being abused by his mother.


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