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

Title: The Isle of The Lost
Author: Melissa De La Cruz
Published: May 5th 2015 by Disney Hyperion
Series: The Descendants #1
read in: May, 2015

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young adult • fantasy • retelling

When you couldn’t win, you shouldn’t give in and play.

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.


Since the synopsis was taking quite a space up there, I’ll just keep my thoughts here short.

I am a huge Disney fan since forever and I really love how this book brought my childhood fairytale-esque imagination back again. This book was really enjoyable and fun. It didn’t have so many drama going on in the story since The Isle of The Lost is the prequel to the Disney Channel Movie, The Descendants, so basically half of the book was introducing all the villain characters and how they end up being friends (or minions, I’m not sure).

For all of you Disney geek out there, make sure to check this book out. But for all of you that wasn’t quite a Disney fan, you will probably found this book a bit slow since honestly this book was really focused on introducing all this new characters that you won’t find in the original story. But I really enjoyed it and I can’t wait to watch the movie.




4 thoughts on “Review: The Isle of The Lost by Melissa De La Cruz

  1. I knew about this movie but I had no idea the trailer was even out! I’m just so cut off from reality sometimes!
    I’m glad I watched it here and I can’t wait to watch the movie when it’s out! Such an interesting concept for a movie and the book sounds great too! Adding it to my TBR 😀
    P.S. I am a huge disney fan too, I’ll watch any Disney movie I come across!


    • I just realized the trailer two days ago to be honest. XD I love the idea of making the story about what actually happen after the “happily ever after”. I can’t wait to see the movie!
      P.S. I tagged you in my Disney Book Tag, hope you don’t mind and will be doing it 🙂

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      • Exactly, quite ingenious of the creators to think of it! Me too, it should be great! And Boo Boo Stewart! 😀
        Thank you for that, I don’t mind at all and I will definitely be doing it! 🙂

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