- Age Range: 9 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 4 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 770 (What's this?)
- Series: The Descendants (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (May 5, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1484720970
- ISBN-13: 978-1484720974
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 811 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel (The Descendants) Hardcover – May 5, 2015
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Gr 4–6—All the evil villains of Disney movie fame have been exiled to the Isle of the Lost. A huge dome covers the island, keeping them from using any magic. They are relegated to eating scraps and wearing castoffs of the good citizens of Auradon, ruled by King Beast and Queen Belle. The children of Maleficient, Jabar, Evil Queen, and Cruella De Vil (respectively Mal, Jay, Evie, and Carlos) don't know any other life away from the island. Every aspect of their existence is focused on becoming more evil, and finding nefarious ways to entertain themselves. When Carlos invents a device that is meant to provide them with more cable channels, he inadvertently opens a hole in the dome, allowing a tiny bit of magic to reactivate Maleficient's scepter, the Dragon's Eye. The four go off on a quest to find the staff, each for their own selfish reasons. All the while, though, the descendants of the most evil villains to ever walk the earth are starting to (gasp!) show signs of caring for each other. And over on Auradon, Prince Ben, son of Beast and Belle, is having visions of a beautiful blue-haired girl he's never met, even though he's betrothed to Princess Audrey, daughter of Aurora. Clichéd characters and a predictable plot probably won't deter young readers from finishing this fun little romp through practically every Disney movie ever made. VERDICT Billed as a prequel to a Disney Channel movie, there's a built-in fan base for this story. Disney lovers and fairy-tale fans alike will need to get their hands on this book.—Mandy Laferriere, Fowler Middle School, Frisco, TX
"Disney lovers and fairy-tale fans alike will need to get their hands on this book."―School Library Journal
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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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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.
I haven't given it to her yet, but I am reading it with my son at bedtime. (Okay, I'm reading it for myself, but it works very well at putting him to sleep.) He wants to know how did these villains even have children in the first place? (Because, let's face it, who would be willing to make babies with any of the villains? Talk about a nightmare of an Ex!)
Did they conjure up the kids in the cauldron in the dungeon? Or did they at least conjure up the other absent (and in true Disney fashion, probably dead) parent?
All that aside, true Disney fans will enjoy the book.
I should also mention that I loved how the author wrote this book by voicing different chapters from the perspective of the four main characters.