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Isle of the Lost, The: A Descendants Novel (Descendants, The Book 1) Kindle Edition
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|Length: 321 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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|Grade Level: 4 - 7|
- Book 1 of 4 in The Descendants
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- File size : 6153 KB
- Print length : 321 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00RY6YYR8
- Publisher : Disney Hyperion (May 5, 2015)
- Publication date : May 5, 2015
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #101,420 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Other than that, the book isn’t bad. It’s far from good but it’s palatable. For a children’s book, it really drags but that could be because of all the POVs. Everyone has to have their perspective told and that cuts the pacing in half with each different perspective and so far it’s 5 of them. I’m half way in and nothing has happened.
Overall, it’s fine. I feel like most of storytelling and writing style is quite juvenile and lacking organic personality.
Melissa de la Cruz has always been one of my favorite authors, especially after this book. Okay so probably the characters actually belong to Disney but with this book we understand the characters and how they become the way they seem like in the movie Descendants.
Mal, the daughter of Maleficent (and her namesake) has always been trying to make her mom proud of her. But the one problem is that Maleficent doesn’t seem like she ever will be proud of her daughter. This is especially true in this little prequel book of the movie.
Jay, the son of Jafar, doesn’t really seem like he is that evil in this book. He just wants to have a place that really makes him belong and with Mal, Evie, and Carlos he has found that. Even though he, much like Mal, doesn’t seem like he will ever make his dad proud of him.
Evie, the daughter of Evil Queen, can be seen even in this book that she is quite smart and not as vain as her mom, which can be a good or a bad thing. Probably with Evil Queen she wouldn’t be proud of her daughter being smart and not focusing on her beauty. Though she along with the other two aren’t doing their parent’s justice/evil and that is something that every second generation villain wants to try and do. But also wanting to do something better than their parents as well.
Carlos, the son of Cruella De Vil, is the youngest of the other three and is really trying to get more credit and love in his mom’s eyes but this is hard for him as his mom’s one true love isn’t him. Carlos is quite smart which is something that is needed in this little rag tag gang of “friends”. But like the first three he is also a disappointment to his mom.
We also see a little bit of Auradon but not a lot since this book is mostly about the main four starting to become “friends”. This book is really good and I am giving it a five butterflies.
I’m also happy to say that this book is good and now I can’t wait to watch the movie again and see if I like the movie even more now. 😀 I’m also hoping that there is another book!!!
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characters that do interesting stuff i hate boring books
used the word hell alot we dont use that word in this house
i hated it when ben chaoter stuff of what ben was doing
some bad examples of stuff kids shouldnt do
well thats my opinion i read it a bunch its a great book really try a sample if you dout it
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Melissa de la Cruz is a talented author, clearly working within the confines of what Disney have given her, and still managing to create a world that comes across as deeply horrific for our lead villain children. With the right words chosen, we're aware too much of the lives they would have been living and it sets up the whole message of the franchise: are we like our parents? Do the sins of the parents have to be taken out on the children, and basically what does good and evil mean anyway? If the Good people are capable of cruelty, then surely the Evil people are capable of selflessness. Of course, that could just be me reading far too much into it, but it is interesting to see how people react when you just describe the conditions to them. Kudos to you, Cruz, for creating an atmosphere that has people raising their eyebrows and asking what the hell the heroes are on.
The story of the novel is a quest type tale, with the usual bonding and friendship coming from it that would would expect. What was not expected, however, was which villain kids had been 'friends' the longest, though having read the book it now makes perfect sense. The lead character is Mal and she is an interesting character to follow. Named for her Mother, but barred from the name until she proves herself, Mal is desperate to be the next Mistress of Evil, a Queen of Darkness, and spends all of her time doing as much evil as she can, even coming up with long convoluted plans that exist only to cause one person misery. She's a smart, sharp girl, who can think on her feet and roll with the punches - though she'd much rather be giving them.
Her Mother's demands drive the plot, and her need to prove herself is what keeps it moving. It's quite sad, really, seeing how the children of the Isle interact with their parents. Without stating it outright, Cruz makes the reader aware of exactly what is going on here and the effect it has on each of the characters we meet. It will be interesting to see if this subtext is ever addressed head on in the sequel novel.
Overall, I'd say this is a book worth reading, and while it is very clever in its use of language, don't go into it expecting great literature. The audience this is aimed at is probably just a little older than the usual audience for Disney products, and the language used reflects that. Still well worth reading though