My rating:⭐️⭐️.5Page count:320
Summary From Goodreads:
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?
I’m not really sure what to say about this… wasn’t really a fan of the plot. It had so much potential, though. It just never made a peek. I totally agree with Paper Fury, it was like bad fanfiction. To be honest, it got really boring towards the middle, when pretty much nothing was happening. I do, however, think Melissa did a good job with so many perspectives. I think that added to the enjoyment a little bit. It just seemed so UNREALISTIC. Like, the kids were really immature for their, for one. They got mad over freakin party invitations. “It’s a birthday party,” sniffed Mal. “And I wasn’t invited.” And at the end, next to nothing important happened. The weird thing was, everything came out of nowhere. The character development came out of nowhere, with no explanation. Even though the ending was a bit of a let down, it had some good buildup for the next book.
Where do I even start? The characters KILLED ME with their cheesiness. The humor was just like cheesy Disney-channel humor, with few moments that made me laugh out loud. They were so unrealistic, and didn’t really have any depth to them. And what is it with EVERY SINGLE villain only having one child, and there’s only one parent? EVERY SINGLE ONE. I don’t get it. Maybe it’s supposed to world building for the next book, but I really wish that was explained in this one. The weirdest thing was, Ben was one of the perspectives, as Belle and Beast’ son. But he had NO PART in the plot line. I know it’s a setup for the next book, but why waste chapters for nothing? He literally had nothing to do with the current plot. I wish he had more to do with THIS story.
Overall & Recommendations:
This was a very CHEESY story, but I have to admit, it was at least a little bit of fun. The movie follows the second book, and I’m gonna try to get around to it. Basically it was kind of like bad fanfiction. It had so much potential, but it never reached the top. Plot definitely needed work, and the characters were beyond unrealistic and annoying. I think that 3rd or 4th graders would enjoy, since they normally don’t notice any flaws with books. However, I think Melissa De La Cruz is a talented author, and I do want to read more of her works in the future.
Quotes I Liked:
“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!”
“Who wanted to make lemonade from lemons, when you could make perfectly good lemon grenades?”
“It was the truth, and like any truth, it was powerful.”
“Forever as it turns out, is a very long time.”
“It was hopeless. Their journey was ended before it had truly begun.”
“Villains don’t have friends, and neither do their children. Not when you get right down to it.”
“Crap. I thought that picture was you.’ He pointed.
‘That’s not me. That’s my mother,’ Mal said with a sigh.
‘Woah, you really do look like her, you know,’ Jay said.
‘You two could be twins,’ Evie agreed.
‘That, my friends, is called genetics,’ Carlos said with a smile.”
“What Mal wanted, more than anything, was to be just like her mother.
Exactly like her.”
“Prove that you are my daughter, prove that you are mine. Prove to me that you are the blood of the dragon. Prove you are worthy of that mark on your skin.”
“We’ve been wicked for such a very long time, you know. It does get tiresome after a while.”
“It’s not fair. It’s not our fault. We have no say in our own lives. We’re living a fairy tale someone else wrote.”