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.


What Are You Reading?

What Are You Reading

Instead of going over all the books that I have open at the moment, let me just share with you all the books I will be actively reading this week. This will make my Monday post, much shorter and I can stop feeling like a failure when I am unable to finish all these books on my plate at the moment.

This week there are only two books I know for sure I will be actively reading, and one audio book.

Forging Divinity by Andrew Rowe. I really need to get this one finished so I can speak with the author for his interview next month.


and honestly, I cannot get over how awesome this cover is.

Next, I know for a fact that I will finish Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz this week.


I am loving this book and the process of learning about the offspring of the bad guys of Disney. I will not deny that I have a huge love for all things Disney.

The book I am listening to this week is The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa. I just finished the second book and I am so excited to read/listen to the next book!


I have read a few reviews that have hated the second and third book. But so far, I have loved the entire series. And I understand that the main character can be a bit whiny, but she does what she has to do when it comes down to it. Also, life really sucks for her, so…she has the right to be a little whiny.

On a side note, I will also try and decide this week if I will finish Shackleton’s Folly by Todd Yunker. I feel like I haven’t given it a fair try…so I would like to try to get a little further into the story. I have two days in a row off this week and I plan on doing a lot of reading!

So, what are you reading? And what books did you finish last week? I finally finished Ready Player One and that book was so good!


What Are You Reading?

What Are You Reading

Another Monday, another week behind us. So, how many books did you finish reading this week? And what are you currently reading now?

For me…there are some books that I am still reading…like Ready Player One.

To be honest, I haven’t read much of this novel this week. I really want to. I do! But I was reading another book that captured my attention that I couldn’t put down. I know once I get further into this novel I will be captured by it. Actually, my goal this week is to finish this book.

I am still reading Shackleton’s Folly…


Another honest moment, I just can’t get into this novel. I may not even finish it. But I will try to power through at least a few more chapters before I deem it unworthy of my time. I can’t waste too much more time on it.

Small Favor by Jim Butcher


Another novel that I so badly want to read and finish but other books take over my mind.

I actually forgot one last week! I am listening to the audio book The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa.


Not going to lie, I am in love with this story. Julie Kagawa is quickly making the list of my favorite authors!

Now to the books I started reading this week.

I love Disney so of course I had to go out and buy, then immediately start reading The Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz.


It’s about the offspring of the bad guys of Disney. It’s actually really interesting and I had to read it before the Disney Descendants movie aired this summer. I’m telling you, my inner child threw a tantrum until I bought this book…

Lastly, I started reading Forging Divinity by Andrew Rowe.


This one was actually given to me by the author himself. He is a self published author that I will be interviewing next month for my Indie Author spotlight. I can’t wait to dive into this book because…the cover is amazing so I have high hopes. Shh…don’t remind me about the whole “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.” I am a grown woman…I can do what I want!

I realize that I have way too many books going at once. I just can’t help it. I love reading and I don’t want to get bored with one book…so I read many at once. At some point, one book will take over all my interest and the others will sit in the sidelines again. And some days I just feel like reading everything.

The rest of my life is so busy, why not keep my reading life just as busy?

What are you reading this week?