The Isle of the lost – Melissa de la Cruz


Evil tree. Bad Apple? Twenty years ago, all the evil villains were banished from the kingdom of Auradon to the Isle of the Lost–a dark and dreary place protected by a force field that makes it impossible for them to leave. Stripped of their magical powers, the villains now live in total isolation, forgotten by the world. Mal learns from her mother, Maleficent, that the key to true darkness, the Dragon’s Eye, is located inside her scepter in the forbidden fortress on the far side of the island. The 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 four kids begin to realize that just because you come from an evil family tree, being good ain’t so bad.

My opinion

To be honest, I’m not really a Disney fan. Of course I’ve seen the classic movies, and I have one favorite (guess which one..), but a great knowledge of Disney, nope. Despite that, I really enjoyed it, ‘The Isle of the Lost’ felt like a guilty pleasure as the Dutch publisher calls it.

I haven’t seen the movie ‘Descendants’ that’s a part of this series, although I would recommend that if you want to read the second book in the series. The idea of the book really got me, you get to follow the children of all the bad guys of Disney. The children grew up with strong role models and have to act bad themselves too.

Like you would expect from Disney, there is a hidden message in the book and that is also the strength of books like this. Other than that, ‘The Isle of the Lost’ has its funny and brave moments and it’s just a lovely read.


If you’re a Disney fan, you really have to read ‘The Isle of the Lost’. A guilty pleasure with a hidden message in it.


The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz
Series: Descendants #1
Published by Hyperion books
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 316
ISBN: 9781484720974

You can buy the book at Book Depository here.

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