The Isle of the Lost – Melissa de la Cruz

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.

Goodreads Rating – 3,90 stars 

Review – 

Disney fairy tales with all those happy-ever-afters play a big part in childhood, but have any of you ever wondered what happened to all those evil characters that did not end up with a happily ever after? This book tells you that just because your parents made mistakes, doesn’t mean the kids will and that in their own way the “good” can be cruel by stereotyping. 

Maleficent, Evil Queen, Jafar and Cruella de Vil all have children that are sent on this quest to retrieve the Dragon eye. Mal, Evie, Carlos and Jay are all suffering from an identity crisis, as they do not want to disappoint their parents, but are not sure that they want to be evil. The responsibility falls onto Maleficent’s talented daughter Mal (short for Maleficent, but needs to prove her worth of the name) to whisk away that Dragon’s Eye and get everyone of the island.

The book sounds great, and it is pretty good but seems a little childish. I read it in a day, and thought that it was ok. It was relatable but not much happened. The action was only in the last 50 pages and that was the only interesting part. The rest of it was us getting to know the characters, which was fine but a little dragged out. The blurb synopsis is too long and basically explains the whole book and leaves nothing new to find out. I would probably recommend this to younger readers 12 – 15.

Rating – 3,5/stars

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Goodreads – Katerina Turner

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