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Escape from the Isle of the Lost

(Descendants #4)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  1,595 ratings  ·  186 reviews
Mal, Evie, Jay, and Carlos may have once been the baddest of the bad, but their wicked ways are (mostly) behind them-and now graduation is almost here! But before the seniors can don their custom-designed caps and gowns, courtesy of Evie, they've got an epic plan to put into action. There are tons of villain kids on the Isle of the Lost who are eager for their chance to co ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Disney-Hyperion
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Brielle before! the story ends right before VK day, which is where Descendants 3 begins

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Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, disney
I bought this book a few weeks ago, but when I heard about Cameron Boyce’s (who plays Carlos in the movies) passing, I knew I just had to read it now. My heart ached every time I came across Carlos in the book. Carlos is such a precious character and from what I hear, Cameron was an amazing person off-screen.

Like the other book in this series, this book was a lot of fun. These books aren’t meant to be much more than a marketing and promotional tool and I am 100% okay with that. I just love seei
Davina Herondale
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Fans of Disney's Descendants
ngl this was fairly boring. (view spoiler)

I wish I could say this was worth reading but it barely sets anything up for the movie in 2 months so you really don't have to read this
Gavyn golembeski
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Too who ever has this series I recommend getting the villain series by: Serena Valentino. She has a series that tell the backstory of the evil villains. Check the series out and I definitely recommend it to go along with your descendant series. Those are my most favorite series of all time.
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fun story that sets everything up for the next movie
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think we can all collectively agree that Descendants is not deep or complicated or very sophisticated. That goes for the movies, the animation series and the books. But, somehow, somewhere along the way, I've grown really attached to these characters and this world and it's strange to realise that with the third movie and this fourth book, the franchise has really come to an end.

Because while reading this book and watching the last movie, I once again realised how amusing and entertaining thi
Nov 24, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 stars
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love all the references to Disney movies and Disney songs! Such a cute series!!!
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nothing super special about this installment, but I am always appreciative of some backstory behind the Descendants movies. Today was especially hard for me bc I found out about Cameron Boyce’s passing. Every time I read something about Carols, I was reminded of the tragedy that struck today. God has received a truly talented angel and I am so blessed to have witnessed his talent for all these years. Goodnight Sweet Prince...
Madelyn Lightwood
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
It took me way too long to read this book. It’s a solid 42% for me. I mean, I decently enjoyed it because it’s descendants and it’s got all the Disney allusions that I love in it. However, that’s one of the issue I have with this book. For starters, it has way too many Disney references (specifically children of characters if you know what I’m saying) and expositions for them. Too much to the point where when a new offspring/relative is mentioned, it made the situation more cringey than it alrea ...more
Aug 03, 2019 rated it liked it
The book overall wasn't bad, but not up to the fun and easily enjoyable of the first three. The book builds to the moment of climax toward the end, but doesn't deliver on all the time spent in pages before in building up to it, and definitely feels rushed, or like the author was told to scale back, it's incomplete, or feels lackluster in the form of an angsty inexperienced fan fiction writer than just wants to reach the bow tying at the end.

It is a nice companion to read before going in to watc
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent finish to the series.

This book returned to the thing that makes this series so enjoyable in the first place: the Core 4. There was less Ben/less romance so that was a bonus. Beast continues to be the worst father/former King. Nice lead-in to Descendants and answered a few questions I had about the film!
Freya Quinlan
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Want to read so bad!!!!
Aug 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Honestly it was enjoyable but you really don't need to read this book to understand what happens in the movie
This is the last book in the series and comes in between the last two movies. Because my kids grew up, I haven't seen the third one, but the story makes it obvious by where it starts and ends (plus there is a plug for the third movie just after the book ends).

This time the four former villains head to the Isle of the Lost to encourage other villains' kids to apply to go to school in Auradon because the King et al have decided they will allow four more to attend. However, Uma has managed to sneak
Jul 18, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a good read. The gang is together for once last adventure before they graduate. This one wasn't as good as the rest but was still enjoyable. They spent a lot of time trying to recruit students. The ending I saw was set up for the upcoming movie. However, I hadn't planned on watching it.
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was such a cute book to read while I was in no mood for reading.
Descendants is one of my favorite movies and these books just help with the wait for the third and final movie.
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
I liked parts of it, but you can tell that it was more of a filler and filling in gaps from the next Disney original movie. But they are kids books! So if another comes out I will read it!
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
This whole book felt very... unnecessary. Not much happened. At all. But as I am trash for Descendants, and Disney in general, I still immensely enjoyed it 😜
Rustin Verret
Mal, Evie, Jay, and Ben are graduating soon and they want to go out in a bang. They want to help more Villain Kids come to Auradon and have a new life there. But there are a few problems. Ben is now king and he has a lot of new responsibilities even after he graduates. Mal is going to have a hard time persuading the Isle kids to come to Auradon. After all, not all of the kids want to be good. Some would rather be evil when they don’t realize their real potential for good. And finally, the bigges ...more
Genie in a Novel
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
Escape From the Isle of the Lost is the fourth book in the Descendants novels series, which serves as a prelude to the final movie, Descendants 3. It shows the characters dealing with what they plan to do with the next chapter in their lives, especially since neither Mal, Evie, Jay, or Carlos had really given thought to their futures when they’d been on the Isle (though we learn in this book that Carlos is a junior, unlike his friends). Meanwhile, the VK’s try to hatch a plan to get more villain ...more
Rose Marie
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Escape from the Isle of The Lost follows our main characters as they go on one last quest before they graduate and go their separate ways. Much like the previous books, they face some challenges, grow closer, and set up things for the next installment of the descendants journey.
Unlike the previous books, however, it isn't clear exactly what the next installment (the third movie) is going to deal with or who's planning what. The only inkling we get is the group setting things up for the next roun
Barbara Goulding
Wow what Evie and Mal and Carlos and Jay have to go through in this book you will just have to read it to find out. It kept my interest the whole time and I could hardly wait to read the next chapters.
Augusto Román
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It’s Good to be Bad!!!

As much as I wanted to last this 4th installment, I couldn’t put it down. I was so drawn by it and literally was an escape from me. I sure miss this VKs. My heart always has something for Mal. She has so many struggles since the beginning and sometimes she reminds me of me.

I loved this story, it was so good to see how everything is coming up for the movie that’s coming out on 2/8/19. How the VK have grown up and changed their way of being. How bad they want to make a chan
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: all-books-owned
Love this series, and now I’m ready to watch the next movie, R.I.P. Cameron Boyce :( This Book was fun and we got to see some more villain kids. This definitely felt like a set up for the movie, but it was still enjoyable!
Harper W
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was so good! I really liked it because it was a fantasy. It was a great ending to the series. I think that the theme of this book is we're stronger as a team or that a little problem can turn into a big problem quickly.
Jan farnworth
Jul 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Not as good as the previous books it pretty much felt like a filler and the only point was to set up for the movie. I really enjoyed this but this one fell flat.
Mary Catherine Andrews
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a great book that gives the back story behind VK Day in Descendants 3. I liked how the Descendants short story was incorporated into the book.
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’ve watched all the movies, so naturally I needed to read all the books. Great ending and I’m glad I read it after watching the final film.
Alannah Allocco
Apr 05, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a good book...I read the other 3 books in the series a few years ago and watched the movies a while ago. The only thing is I get kinda of confused where the books and movies line up and if the movies are a new part of the story or if they match up with the books.
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My daughter Maddie loves these books. She gave this another 5 stars.
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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.

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Descendants (4 books)
  • The Isle of the Lost (Descendants, #1)
  • Return to the Isle of the Lost (Descendants, #2)
  • Rise of the Isle of the Lost (Descendants, #3)

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