Thursday, 30 July 2015

REVIEW : The Isle of the Lost - A Descendants Novel by Melissa De La Cruz


Title : The Isle Of The Lost: A Descendants Novel

Author: Melissa De La Cruz

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Disney

Star Rating: 4 stars

Goodreads Synopsis
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 only recently discovered that this book was an actual thing and as an avid Disney fan I couldn't resist picking it up! 

Following the children of four of the most infamous evil characters in Disney films including Maleficent, Jafar, Evil Queen and Cruella De Vil this is the tale of an unlikely friendship among children raised in the shadows of their powerful parents. Trying to prove to their respective parents that they can be as evil if not more evil than them this group of children head out on a mission to reclaim Maleficent's sceptre 'The Dragon's Eye'. Overcoming challenges that test their knowledge and fears they head into Maleficent's castle hoping they will come out on top!

I enjoyed this novel. After being in tremendous reading slump this was a lovely light read to get me back into the swing of things. Whilst it wasn't the most developed book I've ever read and even though the characters weren't as developed as I would have liked, it was a very readable book with an amazing plot. 

However, I did have a few issues with this book. Like I said before it wasn't really as developed as I would have liked but also, I found out after I read this book that it doesn't really finish. What I mean is, the story finishes however, the epilogue doesn't and it turns out that Disney channel are actually releasing a movie called 'The Descendants' which is the aftermath of what happens in the novel! I think!! You'll have to check that out. However, I thought this was a little bit of an inconvenience because people may want to read the book but, won't have the opportunity to watch the movie which I think is a bit annoying. 

I gave this book a our out of five stars. Whilst I enjoyed the concept and the simplicity of the book- to an extent I think it could have been  developed more and I think the whole book to movie thing is a little bit of an inconvenience. 

So that's it guys! It was nice to do a review because I haven't done one in so long! Let me know in the comments if you've read this book and what you thought of it! And give me some book recommendations!! 

Also, don't forget about my writing competition! It's open until Monday the 10th of August 2015 so you've still got over a week!


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