The Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel by Melissa De La Cruz
Synopses: 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. 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. Mal needs to capture the scepter for her mother. 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 isn’t so bad.
Review: This was a cute book for what it was. I always am a huge fan of retelling of stories I knew as growing up as a child and everyone knows these fairy tale stories. It’s interesting to see the perspective of the children of these villains we all know so well.
The one thing I was disappointed about was the fact that I was expecting it to be just like the made for tv movie featured on Disney. If you like those kinds of movies, I suggest you watch it. It was defiantly one of the best Disney movies they have made in a long time. The story in the book is based before the movie, and the movie starts right where the book ends. I didn’t realize this till half way through and was waiting for things to happen I was expecting.
Once you get over this initial shock, the story is well written, funny and clever. You start to like these villain children for both their good and their bad. There are some great underlying messages in this book as well. Like “be who you truly are”, “do unto others, as you would have done to yourself”.
I would definitely recommend this book to any kid, and any adult who likes these kinds of stories. It was fast paced; you got invested in the story. It’s a great read to start getting your kids in to books at that age.