Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Return to the Isle of the Lost (Descendants #2) by Melissa de la Cruz

There’s no place like home. Especially if home is the infamous Isle of the Lost. Mal, Evie, Carlos, and Jay haven’t exactly turned their villainous noses up at the comforts of Auradon after spending their childhoods banished on the Isle. After all, meeting princes and starring on the Tourney team aren’t nearly as terrible as Mal and her friends once thought they would be.

But when they receive a mysterious invitation to return to the Isle, Mal, Evie, Carlos, and Jay can’t help feeling comfortable in their old hood—and their old ways. Not everything is how they left it, though, and when they discover a dark mystery at the Ise’s core, they’ll have to combine all of their talents in order to save the kingdom.

For those of you who may not know, The Isle of the Lost is the first book in the Descendants series and serves as a prequel to the Disney movie Descendants. Return to the Isle of the Lost picks up where the movie left off but is only the second book. Which I thought was pretty cool to have a movie tell the story of what happens in between the two books. That's definitely not something I have seen done before.

 The first page of Return to the Isle of the Lost sort of summarizes what happened in the movie with the villian kids moving to Auradon and defeating Maleficent. I love that it just gives this quick overview and then charges straight into the story. Now that the villian kids are no longer on The Isle of the Lost and have decided to be good things get very interesting. There is more camaraderie which I love and some major quests. The group is still learning how to choose good over evil and are really put to the test as the work together to set things right. I think it really makes the characters interesting that they are not perfect and didn't come from the perfect homes but are trying hard to do what is right and learning to be friends. I don't want to post any spoilers but I absolutely loved the anti-heroes speech. Yay anti-heroes! Another cool thing is that we get to journey to several places in this one not just Auradon or the Isle of the Lost. There was also mention of Camelot, Charmington Cove, Neverland, and the Catacombs. 

All in all it was a fun adventure and I think everyone can enjoy this one, whether young or just young at heart. Despite the cliffhanger the book felt pretty complete and leaves just enough room and intrigue for me to feel satisfied yet still anticipating what will happen next.   

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. April

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