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The Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz


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 fom the mainland. Life on the island is dark and dreary. It is a dirty, decrepit place that’s been left to rot and forgotten by the world.

But hidden in the mysterious Forbidden Fortress is a dragon’s eye: the key to true darkness and the villains’ only hope of escape. Only the cleverest, evilest, nastiest little villain can find it…who will it be?

Maleficent, Mistress of the Dark: As the self-proclaimed ruler of the isle, Maleficent has no tolerance for anything less than pure evil. She has little time for her subjects, who have still not mastered life without magic. Her only concern is getting off the Isle of the Lost.

Mal: At sixteen, Maleficent’s daughter is the most talented student at Dragon Hall, best known for her evil schemes. And when she hears about the dragon’s eye, Mal thinks this could be her chance to prove herself as the cruelest of them all.

Evie: Having been castle-schooled for years, Evil Queen’s daughter, Evie, doesn’t know the ins and outs of Dragon Hall. But she’s a quick study, especially after she falls for one too many of Mal’s little tricks.

Jay: As the son of Jafar, Jay is a boy of many talents: stealing and lying to name a few. Jay and Mal have been frenemies forever and he’s not about to miss out on the hunt for the dragon’s eye.

Carlos: Cruella de Vil’s son may not be bravest, but he’s certainly clever. Carlos’s inventions may be the missing piece in locating the dragon’s eye and ending the banishment for good.

Mal soon learns from her mother that the dragon’s 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 kids begin to realize that just because you come from an evil family tree, being good ain’t so bad.

I loved this book!! Maybe because it’s a fairytale spin off…maybe because it brought me right back to my favorite Disney movies…maybe because it sets us up to watch a new Disney channel movie called The Descendants! It’s probably just because it was an excellent story though.

It was an interesting change of pace to read a book from the “bad guys” point of view. Whether good or evil, they are still kids finding out who they are and who they want to be! I loved any part where we got to see what has become of the evil villains we all love to hate as well.

This book had amazing adventure, some Disney movie references that made me incredibly happy, and, of course, some great life lessons! Friendship, forgiveness, being true to yourself, and facing your fears just to name a few!

*I gave this book a 9.5/10*

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Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends by Shannon Hale!

At Ever After High, an enchanting boarding school, the children of fairytale legends prepare themselves to fulfill their destinies as the next generation of Snow Whites, Prince Charmings and Evil Queens…whether they want to or not. Each year on Legacy Day, students sign the Storybook of Legends to seal their scripted fates. For generations, the Village of Book End has whispered that refusing to sign means The End-both for a story and for a life.

As the daughter of the Evil Queen, Raven Queen’s destiny is to follow in her mother’s wicked footsteps, but evil is so not Raven’s style. She’s starting to wonder, what if she rewrote her own story? The royal Apple White, daughter of the Fairest of Them All, has a happy ever after planned for herself, but it depends upon Raven feeding her a poison apple in their future.

What if Raven doesn’t sign the Storybook of Legends? It could mean a happily never after for them both.

What an excellent story! I absolutely love anything to do with fairy tales, but the modern day twists and play on words were excellent!! Not to mention the life lessons on friendship, believing in who you are, and trusting your instincts! These characters were fun from the start, but developed into so much more throughout!
This book is in the 9-12 age group at the book store, and I would definitely recommend this to the younger of the group, or even younger still! Really, this book would be great for anyone who reads chapter books and loves fairy tales!
Cant wait to read the next! Ever After High: The Unfairest of Them All.