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The Isle of the Lost

(Descendants #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  22,490 ratings  ·  2,669 reviews
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 ...more
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by Disney Hyperion
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Melissa Cruz It's a middle grade book, appropriate for grades 4-7, ages 9-12. My 8 year old and her pals love it. :) …moreIt's a middle grade book, appropriate for grades 4-7, ages 9-12. My 8 year old and her pals love it. :) (less)
cait I like to think it's because the villains lost their way.…moreI like to think it's because the villains lost their way.(less)

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Feb 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars :) We Evils Live…

Let’s meet the son and the daughters of our beloved villains.. Do you excited for these wicked lovely?


Tell you lovely, this book is the prequel of Disney TV show ‘The Descendants’ The story is nothing like the show, guys. So reading this will introduce you how the story begin. The characters and so on.


Mal, our heroine and Maleficent's daughter. This girl is wicked ( the Most wicked of them all ) I just love her!! She just loves to ruin other people! Haha and a person
Darth J
Jun 23, 2015 rated it liked it

At times reminding me of both Halloweentown and the potions classes in Harry Potter, The Isle of the Lost serves up some classic Disney Channel Monstober feels. Unfortunately, with the way that their original programming has been lately I doubt the actual movie will be as good as this prequel novel.

Can I just take a second to complain about continuity? Disney has its original classic animated fairytale movies, Once Upon a Time, and the new revised live action films such as Maleficent, so what is
May 04, 2016 rated it liked it
This isn't the most riveting of stories, but it has charm. I love how it is focused on the classic villains and their children, but it still has that Disney feel to it. Even though these main characters are supposed to be "evil" the story ends on a heartwarming note and there are relatable themes with a moral to the story. It's overall very cute and fun to see all the Disney characters in one book. ...more
In a magical universe that makes absolutely no sense…
The various kingdoms seen in Disney animated films are now a single entity, the United Kingdoms/States of Auradon (the book uses both). Many of these movies take place in the real world and some during specific eras, but never mind. Auradon also boasts modern technology and clothing.

The leader of Auradon is the Prince once known as the Beast (not to be confused with the Artist Formerly Known as Prince), who is referred to as “King Beast” by n
Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣

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

The Isle of the Lost is the story of the descendants of the villains in some of the best-known fairy tales. It follows Mal (Maleficent's daughter), Jay (Jafar's son), Evie (the Evil Queen's daughter) and Carlos (Cruella de Vil's son). They live with their parents on the Isle of the Lost where t
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 stars! This was adorable!

"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 Auradon and imprisoned on the Isle of the Lost. There, underneath a protective dome that kept all manner of enchantment out of their clutches, the terrible, the treacherous, the truly awful, and the severly sinister were cursed to live without the power of magic."

It's been 20 y
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
Review also posted at Young Adult Hollywood. Win The Isle of the Lost + Disney DVDs prize pack here.

“Magic Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?”

The Isle of The Lost follows the story of villains who are cast aside on a magical dome where they are locked away from the kingdom of Auradon.

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
Aug 09, 2015 rated it liked it
“Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”

----Desmond Tutu

Melissa de la Cruz,a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, pens her new YA book, The Isle of the Lost which is the first book in the Descendants series. 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 th
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, disney
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.

I liked this book a lot. I loved all the Disney references, particularly how Gaston's twin boys were named Gaston Jr. and Gaston the Third. This was basically a well written Disney fan fiction. I was afraid it would be too juvenile, but it wasn't. If you like the show, Once Upon A Time, you'll definitely like this book.
Apr 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Isle Of The Lost by Melissa de La Cruz is a prequel to the upcoming Disney Channel movie, The Descendants and it follows the children of Maleficent, Cruella de Vil, Jafar and The Evil Queen from Snow White. This novel really does an excellent job of setting up what transpired after happily ever after and capturing our favorite despicable villains on the page. Not only is this novel extremely engrossing, it has a plethora of snarky humor that will make readers laugh and smile on nearly every ...more
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
When I first started reading this book, I didn't know it is a prequel to the Disney movie Descendants. If I had, I probably wouldn't have read it. In the story, all the villains from all the Disney movies have been banished to the Isle of the Lost (even if they died in the films) where they have to live without magic and off the scraps from the U.S.A. (United States of Auradon) for the rest of their days. Sigh. Of course all the villains end up having children - yet there are only single parents ...more
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: disney
Title: The Isle of the Lost
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Genre(s): Disney, Fantasy
Rating: 5 stars

Loves, Likes, Adores:
I love Disney and I love Disney villains so this book was basically made for me. It was fun to imagine the villains all middle aged and in a different environment from their original movies. Cant wait to read the next book!

Dislikes, Hates, Ignores:
It sometimes got a bid hard to remember some of the secondary characters villain parents but maybe I was just sleepy lol.
~3.25 stars~
This didn't blow my mind or anything lol But I thought it was an okay read. It wasn't awful, but not really a favorite either...probably will read the second book though since they had it at my library :)
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks-library
Mal, Jay, Carlos, and Evie are the children of the most infamous Disney villains around: Maleficient, Jafar, Cruella De Vil, and the Evil Queen. When Carlos's latest invention pierces a hole in the invisible dome that surrounds their home of the Isle of the Lost that brings a little magic in, they must find out why that happened and find the Dragon's Eye the ultimate weapon of darkness so they can get off the island. Will they succeed? Read on and find out for yourself.

This is the first book of
Ashley Daviau
This was a fun and cute read but I was definitely a little bit disappointed if I’m being totally honest. The idea was great, all the children of the classic evil Disney villains growing up together is an enchanting idea. But for the children of the evilest of evil villains, they’re quite tame and it was a bit of a let down. It was still a fun read though and I did enjoy it quite a bit despite my disappointment.
Dec 13, 2016 rated it liked it
As a child I know I would have loved this book (and probably series) but unfortunately as an adult it was difficult to get through. The plot needed to be developed more and not so all over the place. I won't be continuing the series. ...more
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

I thought this book was really cute. It's a very interesting concept about the children of fairy tale villains. Granted the parents are in the book, but it's mostly about their children. I thought that was awesome.

We have Mal, daughter of Maleficent. Evie, daughter of The Evil Queen, Jay, son of Jafar and Carlos, son of Cruella De Vil.

As you can read in the blurb all of the evil villains were put under a dome (Not Stephen King's Dome) by King Beast. He and s
Mel (Daily Prophecy)
Children from villains, GIVE IT TO ME PLEASE.
Sep 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anybody
This is a Disney story involving most of the classic villains. I really enjoyed how all four of the characters were well explained, and also how Mal changes throughout the story. One more thing that was really interesting is, how different the book and the movie were, though the movie was based on the book. I can relate to Mal on how somebody didn't want to hang out with me when I was three, and I was really sad about it. I understood that sometimes in life is, people change people. I also notic ...more
This book was chosen for me by Amberly for the A Million More Pages POFM - September 2017.

5 stars

A very good book. Felt sorry for the villain's kids. Their parents don't love them. Wondering who would want to reproduce with the villains though. Seems weird. Hope Mal, Evie, Jay, and Carlos will be able to have better lives.

Can't wait to read Descendants #2: Return to the Isle of the Lost!!!
Aug 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
24% I just couldn't finish everything was either too happy or to bad unfortunately this is a dnf. ...more
Mar 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love Melissa de la Cruz. I loved her since I read the Blue Bloods series and a few of the Ashleys books. And I love Disney-Hyperion and my local librarian. Disney-Hyperion sent over some book swag to the librarian and she gave it to me. It was wickedly adorable. It was a crate filled with poisoned apples (stress balls), a card (that when you opened it, the card laughs evilly) and a book excerpt. Then Disney-Hyperion sent over the ARC of ISLE OF THE LOST because I loved the book swag. So thank ...more
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: series-books
The Isle of the Lost is set in a world where twenty years previously, all the evil villains from famous Disney stories were banished to an island called... you guessed it: The Isle of the Lost. All magic has been stripped from the villains and they live on leftovers from the Kingdom of Auradon, where all the Princes and Princesses from Disney are living their happy-ever-afters. We follow a group of villain offspring who are determined to bring magic back and escape the island..

I haven't seen
Jacob the Bookworm
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was the truth, and like any truth, it was powerful.

Going into this book, I was a little skeptical. I had seen the movie and found it rather enjoyable, so I was afraid reading this would decrease some of the magic. Thankfully, it did not. I found this a very enjoyable book.

This is a "prequel" to the movie's events. I watched the movie first and was not spoiled in any way. Actually watching the movie first helped me gain a visual sense of the characters and the setting. (view spoiler)
Kristen Fowler
I don't really think I can say enough about this book. This book really brought me back to my childhood. Even though it's marketed toward kids, adult Disney fans will love it, and I can promise that! I met characters that I've been away from for so long. Pongo, Iago, Beast and Belle, Jafar...the list goes on and on and on, and I found myself smiling at all of the breif cameos -- hello, Flotsam and Jetsam! . It's incredibly refreshing to stumble across a well written kids' book. Where the world s ...more
Nov 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
I really want to see the movie of this or TV show whatever. It sounds interesting. As for the book: I was quite bored with the first half of this. If the characters weren't so interesting themselves, I would've gave up on this. I liked Mal because she was devious, I liked Jay because he's a classic bad boy (and his thieving reminds me low key of Kaz Brekker). Evie was cute and nice, but still had her villainous streak, tho definitely not as pronounced as the others. And Carlos was just awes
Sep 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wow this book was enchanting. I always loved the villains more then the heroes because the villains are so interesting and mysteries. The characters were amazing and I loved how every Disney villain had a son or a daughter. I gave it a four stars because it didn't grip me that much.
But overall this book was fantastic and highly entertaining.
May 16, 2017 rated it liked it
".......To me this was JUST a book. I didn’t have any high runnng emotions, I wasn’t at the edge of my seat anxious about what was going to happen next….MAYBE if I was apart of the target audience I would think differently….maybe....."

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Shreya Karnati
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I decided to read this book because I loved all of the Descendants movies. I listened to the audiobook for this book and whoever choose the narrator for this book did a phenomenal job. The voice was exactly what I would expect Mal to sound like. The book did a good job of setting up the groundwork for the friendship between all of the characters. (view spoiler) ...more
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Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.

Her books for adults include the novel Cat’s Meow, the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like

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