Monday, July 27, 2015

Review of The Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz

Summary courtesy of Goodreads: 

"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?

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: 

Ever since I was a little girl I have always been a fan of all things Disney. So when I heard that one of my favorite teen authors Melissa wrote a series about the children of disney villains I knew I had to read it! As with other De La Cruz novels I think Melissa did a great job of developing her characters and settings so that you really felt you were there experiencing the same thing as the kids. In addition, I did enjoy how she incorporated the villains a little bit too and had you learn things about them that you would not have known from watching/reading their appropriate stories. 

If there were any items that I felt that could have been changed or short end I would have to say that she could have spent less time leading up to their journey. I think that there was too much time spent on Mal trying to get back at Evie than needed to be. In addition, I also felt like she could have left out or minimized the amount of time she referred to characters that lived Auradon. I think it didn't make sense to keep on jumping between locations as there were no connection between them and the Isle of the Lost characters. 

All in all I thought this was a great start to the series and I can't wait to watch the move coming up on July 31st.  I think this story will grab readers who enjoy disney because you get to see these characters from a different perspective. 

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