Series: Descendants #1
Published by Disney-Hyperion on May 5, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade & Childrens, Young Adult
Length: 8 hours, 22 minutes
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*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.
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.
Isle of the Lost gave me that same feeling of watching those campy kids live action Disney movies from my childhood. The characters were over dramatized and situations a bit silly at times but it was all in good fun.
I think this rag tag group of wannabe teen villains spawned from the classic Disney villains will win over the readers that love those Disney movies. Though I guess it could go the other way but I think I enjoyed it because I went into reading it expecting it to be campy. I watched those Disney Descendants character trailers on YouTube before reading and that really helped set the tone of things for me. Tho the book I think was slightly father then the trailers seemed. Which I’m thankful for because I think the old school Disney cartoons were much darker.
Underneath the campy story is a sweet story of a group of kids coming to realize mire about themselves and what they want rather then just trying to be what they think they should be. I personally think this one would fit better into the middle grade genre because of the overall tone and type of adventure reminded me more of middle grade fiction but could very well be enjoyed by Disney fans of various ages.