Book Review: Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz

Isle of the Lost


4 Nerd Girl Rating

Author: Melissa De La Cruz
Release Date: May 5th 2015
Series: The Desendants
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages:  320
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Buy it : Amazon

First Line: Once upon a time, during a time after all the happily-ever-afters, and perhaps even after the ever-afters after that, all the evil villains of the world were banished from the United Kingdom of Auradone and imprisoned on the Isle of the Lost.


This story fallows 4 children of 4 famous villains. Mal, the daughter of Maleficent, Evie, daughter of the Evil Queen, Jay, the son of Jafar, and Carlos, the son of Cruella De Vil. These 4 are not the best of friends. Evie has been castle schooled, but has decided to return public school. Carlos is picked on and just tries to stay out of everyone’s way. But Mal and Jay are as close to friends as children of villains can be.

Everyone wants off the island all the villains have been sent to, but no one as much as these four. A quest to find a way out, to find the one thing that could possibly set them free, these four become friends, and not just the kind of friends you would expect villains to be.


This was an adorable story and I loved everything about it. It’s about coming into your own and straying away from the shadow of your parents. These four kids have been consistently told how to be bad, but they soon find that it’s not that great being bad all the time. In this novel they learn the value of real friendship, even if it is a little strained because of their background.

I wanted to read this book just because of the Original Disney movie airing this Friday (July 31, 2015). I wanted to know what to look forward to and I was already in love with the idea of villains having kids, because in my mind villains were defeated and forgotten. Of course, they have still been forgotten, but their kids will not be ignored.

This is a great story for people of all ages. Who doesn’t love to hear a villain rising to the top every once in a while?

Now for the downside. It took me a little bit longer than expected to really read this book. Over all it was a great book, but it was a little slow getting started. It lost my interest a few times and at one point I considered putting it down. I am glad I didn’t and that I continued to read. It was well worth the time to read it.



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