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The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz

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Name: The Isle of The Lost
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Genre: Children’s books
Rating: 3.75/5

GoodReads Summary:

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’m going to do something different with this review and do it in points! Just wanna change things up for once! Lemme know if you like this style of reviews or prefer the other format.)

What I Liked:

1. The writing. It was fun and fresh and easy to read.
2. The characters. I loved all the characters, they were a lot of fun to read about. They were all so different from each other and each of them had their own strong point of view.
3. The dialogue. It was very easy to read, funny dialogue. It felt like watching a Disney movie, which is always a good thing!
4. The setting: I really liked the concept of The Isle of the Lost, a land for the villains! And one for the Heroes, Auradon. Reading the scenes of Auradon were as interesting as those of The Isle.
5. The friendships: Reading about the villain’s kids and how they were all friends was really nice. They were all trying to be like their parents when they knew deep inside that they were very very different.
6. The plot: I feel like I’m overusing the word but it was a fun plot! Adventurous and daring, the characters proving their worth to their parents. It’s great!

Now let’s move on to the not so great things.

What I Didn’t Like:

1. The names: the names of all the characters were so dull and boring, what is this Disney?! I find it hard to imagine Maleficent naming her daughter Mal. She’d probably want her name to be completely her own or something, it just felt wrong…
2. Single Parents: I’d really like to know more about the other parent in each child’s family, we’ve only seen one for all of them. Maybe we’ll get more info in the movie.
3. Side Characters: the side characters were so one dimensional and boring, they did absolutely nothing for the story!

The Isle of The Lost is a quick, fun read. It’s a light read, perfect to take your mind off academics for a little while (for me at least) and it’s Disney so what’s not to like? I am super excited for the movie, it seems like it’s going to be so different and unique. If you’re a Disney fan, be sure to pick this up!

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