Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing a book review for ‘The Isle Of The Lost’ by Melissa De La Cruz today! Melissa De La Cruz is the author of the Blue Blood series and although I did not really like this book which I will talk more about later on, I would really like to try the Blue Blood series because it sounds absolutely amazing! With that being said, we will now move on to the little summary that I am going to make for the book.
The Isle Of The Lost is a Young Adult, Fantasy novel following the children of the infamous Disney villians that had been banished from the land of Auradon 20 years ago. The children named Mal, Evie, Carlos and Jay embarked on a quest that Maleficent had set them out to do to achieve her evil staff that had recently been blossomed with Magic.
Thus, without any further ado, let us get on with the review!
This is a spoiler-free review and all thoughts and opinions are on my own!*
“We’ve been wicked for such a very long time, you know. It does get tiresome after a while.”- The Isle Of The Lost, 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 from 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.
My thoughts: Introduction
*Note: Before you go into the actual review, please note that there will be a lot of ranting regarding to this book! So, consider yourself warned?*
Let us start off with this review by talking about the plot of the book. The plot was actually interesting enough to motivate me to pick up the book when I was in the bookstore. But after reading this book, I kind of regretted picking this book up even though it has a nice cover.
The plot was lacklustre, dull and flimsy. A lot of unnecessary dialogues and unnecessary scenes appeared in this book that just made me cringed and it had also weakened my pace of reading when I was reading this book. Also, there was a paragraph in this book that just made me laugh-out-loud. Just thinking about it makes me laugh and it is neither a good or a bad laugh. It is a maniacal laugh. You will laugh too when you read that one specific paragraph. Here’s the paragraph:
It was hard to see, so Evie felt her way tentatively in the darkness, sliding her left foot on the floor first.
Okay, if you do not understand, let me break it down to you right now. The room that Evie was in was described first, as pitch black. There weren’t any lights that were streaming into the room. But that paragraph.. Said that oh, it was hard to see. What the actual sh*t. Let’s not forget that magic was banished from the land and Evie does not have any night-vision ability or night-goggles. So, ugh!
Moving on, let us talk about the pacing of the book. There are not any redeemable elements that I can say for the pacing. It was so slow and all the dragging could have been shortened down to like 55 pages. Just know that the pacing was off. That is all that I have to say about it.
Furthermore, the atmosphere and the tone around this book were not suspenseful and they sounded flat and dull. Everything that had clunged around it felt unreal and nothing clicked together as much as I do hope. Thus, bad atmosphere and; an extremely disappointing tone.
In addition, the world-building for this book was all over the place. Nothing was explained properly and if they were to be explained, they were explained through the dialogues of the people living in The Isle Of The Lost or through a glance of a person. Thus, bad world-building.
Moving on to the positive side of the review, I would like to talk about relationships in this book. There is no romance in this book but there were friendships relationships that were tied as an unbreakable bond between them. I liked how friendships were brought into the book because not many books out there have friendships in them. Thus, a great idea to add the friendships in the book.
Now, let us move on to the writing section of this review!
“But these aren’t just stories,” she’d said. “They’re whole kingdoms. They’re worlds. They’re perspectives and opinions you can’t offer, from lives you haven’t lived. They’re more valuable than any gold coin, and more important than any state luncheon. I should hope you, as king, would know that!”- The Isle Of The Lost, Melissa De La Cruz.
The writing style for this book was written well. To be specific, it was articulate, poetic and lyrical but the only thing that I have a problem with was how long-winded the author was on dragging on with the story but still, I loved her writing style.
Moving on, let us talk about how the author uses flashbacks in this book. The flashbacks in this book was well used. Everything that the Malissa offered was directly proportional to the story because everything intersected well and gosh, the flashbacks were such a great addition to the story.
Now, let us move on to the characters section!
“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 severely sinister were cursed to live without the power of magic. King Beast declared the villains exiled forever.”- The Isle Of The Lost, Malissa De La Cruz.
Evie: I loved her character in this book! She is the Evil Queen’s heir and she was the kindest and the most redeemable character among the others because she did not really want to be a part of the chaos the other villians’ children were making but she did also feel left out. Thus, resulting in her unkindness but unlike the others, she had the most stand-out personality in this book. Hence, she had a great character development in this book!
*Beware! Rant Ahead!*
Jay: OH MY GOSH! I CANNOT EVEN.. OKAY, CHILL MAX. He is one of the flattest character I have ever read about in my life. He had zero personality and zero emotions and the worse thing is, when the book centers around his point of view, all he can think about is: “I should steal this stuff” or “Evil scheme: Let’s take Meleficent staff.” Ugh! Thus, he had no character development!
*Back to normal!*
Carlos: Smarty pants! I loved it when the book moved to his point of view because of how well thought out his character was! Unlike Jay’s character, his character was colourful and it stood out well in the book. Hence, fantastic character development!
Mal: I loved her! Her flashbacks were pretty sad and everything was far from perfect in her life. With no happily-ever-afters, she was forced to help her mother (Maleficent) and her mother did not recognize her as her heir but only to recognize her as a minion working for her! Hence, she had a great personality and a great character development!
Now, let us move on to the overall section!
I am giving this book a 45% rating. I did like some parts in the book but the overall story was pretty meh for me.
This is the end of my spoiler-free review for The Isle Of The Lost by Malissa De La Cruz! I hope you all enjoyed it and follow me with your email/wordpress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!