Title: The Isles of the Lost
Author: Melissa De La Cruz
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Pages: 311 pages
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.”
My Review: This book was pretty good. I’m a sucker for anything that is Disney. I realized however that I am much more into the “good guys” than the evil ones. As the goodreads synopsis says, this book is about the kids of the villians that we all know and either love or hate. What I really liked about this book is that they kids of the evil villans we know, weren’t all that evil. They have a conscious and are struggling with who their parents really are.
My favorite character is Evie. She is your classic disney princess despite the fact that her mother is the Evil Queen. I also really liked Carlos who is Cruella de Vil’s son. They really balance out the gang. The author really wrote the characters well because you feel yourself empathisizing with the characters.
As for the plot it was good but I personally found it slow to start. I guess it’s not because the book was bad, there was just so much background information that we needed before the journey was to begin. When it did start it was really good. The way it ended was perfect too because you really want to find out what happens. The catch is that there are no other books, it will be a show/movie? on Disney/Family channel. Great concept!
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Disney!