I was really happy to meet with Parragon Books at the BritMums conference this June and I am thrilled to be on the panel of like minded avid readers and have become a Parragon Books Book Buddy. We are all book worms in our house so this months book, Disney Descendants The Isle Of The Lost by Melissa De La Cruz not only appealed to my teenage daughter Siobhan, but also my nine year old Lara has been reading it too.
The story and adventures are set in the fictitious town of Auradon a place where all the evil villains have been banished from. They are banished to the dark and creepy Isle Of The Lost which is surrounded by an invisible force field they are unable to break through. All the villains who have been banished have also had their powers and magic taken away from them and the only hope that they and their children can manage to escape is if they find The Dragon’s Eye in the Forbidden Fortress.
This prompts all the villains to vie for the top spot of most evil, most conniving and most cunning in a race to find the Dragon’s Eye and escape The Isle Of The Lost. The quest teaches the villains’ children a vital life lesson, it is better to be good than evil and in most cases it can help you though life.
Aimed at early teens my teen daughter loved the story, she liked it so much that she managed to finish the book within three days! The main characters from the Isle Of the Lost are Maleficent and her daughter Mal, Jaffar and his son Jay, who are all doing their best to be down and out evil. While from Auradon Belle, the Beast and their son Ben run the good kingdom and do their upmost to be good.
These characters are integral to the book, and you follow their story to retrieve and to save (depending on if they are good or bad!) the Dragon’s Eye. Siobhan found the story engaging and fun drawing on the Disney characters helping to identify with their personalities. The good triumphing over evil is a theme that runs throughout the story and although the main baddies in the Isle Of The Lost are intrinsically bad they also learn that good deeds are better in the long run.
The age range In my opinion would be from 9-13 although having said that Siobhan is 15 and enjoyed the read as well as Lara who is 9.
The book is being made into a Disney show (on the Disney Channel) of animated shorts that Lara my nine year old can’t wait to see, the You Tube video below gives you a taster.