And when Mal's longtime rival Uma, daughter of Ursula, gets wind of this, she can't believe her luck. For another, it was a surprise to find she actually enjoyed learning about a variety of subjects instead of just plotting evil schemes. She was particularly fond of her art classes, where she happily painted canvases full of mysterious foggy landscapes and gloomy dark castles instead of the peaceful sunsets and still lifes of fruit favored by the rest of the class.
The Isle of the Lost — Page 1. The Isle of the Lost — Page 2. 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. King Beast and Queen Belle stressed scholarship over enchantment. Prince Ben is just starting to be introduced to some of the duties he'll be undertaking as King, but finds himself distracted by a mysterious girl who appeared in his dreams He also feels trapped in the life he leads and wants to do more, to really make a change and rule differently than his father.
When an invention by Carlos creates a hole in the dome, a bit of magic seems to creep in to the Isle, awakening some things that were never meant to be awoken. One of them being Maleficent's Dragon Eye sceptor and her crow familiar, Diablo.
Once Diablo reports to Maleficent that the Dragon Eye has been awoken, Maleficent sends Mal on a quest to retrieve the sceptor and bring it back to her.
Jay, Evie and Carlos end up joining her on the adventure, for their own reasons. But can it be that in their search for the ultimate evil weapon, they'll discover that just because they come from evil, doesn't mean they can't be a little bit good? I really liked reading about all the Disney characters I grew up loving and all the villains that I loved to hate.
Still haven't seen the Disney movie The Descendants yet, but I'm going to read the junior novelization of it next also my daughters book lol. View all 10 comments. Review also posted at Young Adult Hollywood. We have Maleficent, their elected ruler of the isle and Mal her most evil daughter, The Evil Queen and her daughter Evie, Jay the son of Jafar, who is great at pick pocketing, Carlos, the nerd and i Review also posted at Young Adult Hollywood. We have Maleficent, their elected ruler of the isle and Mal her most evil daughter, The Evil Queen and her daughter Evie, Jay the son of Jafar, who is great at pick pocketing, Carlos, the nerd and inventor of many things who also happens to be the son of Cruella de Vil.
The writing and premise of this book will surely enchant young adult readers. The story is snarky filled with evil banter and schemes. Perfect for Disney fans. We will definitely be tuning in for the movie companion! View all 12 comments. Aug 09, Aditi rated it liked it Shelves: my-reviews , family , fantasy , friends , ya. This series opener tells the story of all those villains whom we all encountered in all the Disney Princess books and movies, from Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty to the Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to Jafar from Aladdin to Cruella de Vil from Dalmatians , when they were banished from the kingdom to a lonely island devoid of any magic or charms.
This is the villains' story whom we all loved to hate them, but now we get to love them for real! 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. Once again the Disney TV movie, Descendants compelled me to buy this book from Amazon, which was not a best buy, but definitely a worthy one. Who doesn't love Disney fairy tales with all those glittering happy-ever-afters but have you ever wondered what happened to all those evil characters who tried to ruin the lives of those fragile princess'?
Here is the book which tells you otherwise that things which are good doesn't necessarily have to be perfect and good and things which are veil doesn't necessarily have to be bad and evil. After all those fairy tales ending with happily ever afters even years later that, the United Kingdom of Auradon which is ruled by the Kind Beast and his queen Belle The Beauty and the Beast who's sixteen year old son, Prince Ben is soon going to be the next king, banished all those evil queens and characters to an isolated island, The Isle of Lost protected by a magnetic force field to stop any kind of enchantments or magic spells in that island.
The only magic still exists in Maleficent's Dragon's Eye, that can save all those wretched people living a dreadful as well as dirty and hopeless life in that lost island.
So who will it be to bring home that only piece of remaining magic from the kingdom to protect their identity and worth in the world? Maleficent, Evil Queen, Jafar and Cruella de Vil all have a child who studies in the Dragon Hall high school shared by the prince himself. So this is their only chance to get their hands on that piece of magic to save themselves from this hellhole.
Mal, Evie, Carlos and Jay are all suffering from identity crisis, which sixteen year old doesn't. The responsibility naturally comes on Maleficent's talented daughter Mal to whisk away that Dragon's Eye from the kingdom, and the pressure to prove her worth to her own evil mother is really high, can Mal do it with the help of her friends? Or does she wants to be a good person like Prince Ben and his family?
The writing style is really good with a strong and articulate narrative style that has lots of layers of mystery and hidden agendas, thus making the plot mystifying as well as engrossing one for the readers. The prose is elegant and eloquent with a fast pace. The plot is even masked with lots of actions that keeps the readers on their edges till the very last page. The characters are nice, crafted strongly with lots of evil in their hearts along with a hint of little bit of goodness hidden behind piles of darkness, thus making them pretty much likeable.
Mal is an ideal YA heroine who is brave as well as confused like anything with everything she wants to do. And same goes for the other kids too. All the characters are distinct and each of their evil quality makes them stand out in the rest. I loved the whole gang, and there's the kingdom, where people are not very humane enough to let you go with anything.
The kingdom is home to so many secretive agendas to make sure the villains rot in their own personal hell. The climax is a huge letdown as the book is opening the doors to the possibility of yet another Disney movie and with such an ending, I'm not too excited for it's sequel, moreover, nothing much happens in the book, only a bit of action, teenagers trying to find out their identity, a very brief romance, that's all!
Verdict: If you are a huge fan of fanfiction and fairy tales retellings then do grab a copy of this book for sure. View all 27 comments. Does what it sets out to do, and does it with great fun. I normally wouldn't have picked up a tie-in book for a TV movie, but I love just about anything Disney, and my kids and I are looking forward to the Disney Channel "Descendants" movie this summer.
Also what caught my eye is that this is a prequel, and it's written by Melissa de la Cruz, a legit bestselling author. And it has to be said that the book is gorgeously designed with one of those suede-feel covers and a thorn design on the chapte Does what it sets out to do, and does it with great fun. And it has to be said that the book is gorgeously designed with one of those suede-feel covers and a thorn design on the chapter headings.
I am such a book junkie I just want to pet it. So at first, I will admit, I did a bit of eye-rolling. There's been quite a few books out there lately about schools for fairy tale characters or their kids, and I haven't exactly enjoyed them all. And yes, yes, we get it, the villain kids like wearing black and are misunderstood, and the princesses all wear pink and eat nothing but cake.
But where this stands out from the others is that the characters are three-dimensional. This is both a combo of Cruz's good writing, and the fact that she doesn't have to invent whole new personalities for characters like Maleficent, she can just use the Disney characters we all know and love, and then riff on them. The "descendants" soon begin to stand out beyond being "Maleficent's daughter" or "Jafar's son," though, which I loved.
There's not a lot of plot, but there is a fun insight into these characters and their situation, and it's a great set up for the TV movie, which I'm now even more jazzed about.
Also, I can see there being more books and movies this book is listed as being Descendants 1 , which I'm sure I will also enjoy. View all 4 comments. When I first heard about this book, I knew I just had to read it. I was already planning on watching the Descendants movie on Disney Channel, so I knew I had to read the prequel. Skip Navigation Disney. For example, they let us know which features and sections are most popular.
No matter how much she wanted to leave, there was simply no escape. Until one day a few months later…one ordinary day, like every other, but unlike every one that came before it, when something different happened. Young Dizzy, the wicked step-granddaughter who was sweeping up tendrils from the floor, was glued to the sight. On-screen, Fairy Godmother was holding out her wand, but in the blink of an eye, someone else had taken it, and then a huge explosion rocked the whole island.
The dome is broken! Time to leave the Isle of the Lost forever! Uma followed the crowd rushing down to the docks to find a ship, a boat, a way out—and just as she had clambered on the last goblin rowboat and made it a few miles away from shore, the dome closed again.