DNF Review- The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz

IsleoftheLostThe Isle of the Lost
By: Melissa de la Cruz
Release Date: May 5th 2015
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Format: Hardcover
Source: McDuffie Communications

A copy of this book was sent to me by McDuffie Communications in exchange for an honest review.

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:
I really didn’t know much about Isle of the Lost other than it was going to be a TV show on Disney channel. I was a bit hesitant since I didn’t know if this was fully YA and honestly it didn’t really feel like it to me. It felt more tween and because of this I wasn’t really into the story, writing or characters. I think the premise was cute and I think it’ll make for a great show but I’m not the target audience.

I thought that the premise was really interesting–looking at the children of villains of our favorite Disney movies. I love the latest trend in highlighting the villain of the story and I think this book was a fun approach. Really, my disconnect came with the age this one was written for. I think if you are more open to middle grade or tween fiction you’ll enjoy it! If the premise grabs you give it a try.

Have you read Isle of the Lost? If so, do you think I should have stuck with it and finished?


  1. says

    The premise does sound interesting but I’m not sure how the movie is gonna be… it looks alright (despite the somewhat overdone costumes) so I’m just gonna have to check it out and see. Sad you didn’t enjoy this one! Great review 😀

  2. says

    I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy this book too much. I just read a YA novel that seemed like a tween book – it’s called Seriously Wicked – and I didn’t feel much love toward it. I was thinking about reading The Isle of the Lost since I want to watch the Disney movie, but I don’t think I will anymore. Wonderful review!

    • says

      I wish I enjoyed more MG but sadly I don’t. I honestly don’t know what IotL is classified as. I think I might be alone in my feelings about it.

  3. says

    I tried MG, but it just doesn’t work for me. I read one of Melissa de la Cruz’s other novels – Frozen, but I one-starred it, so I don’t think she’s the author for me either! Sorry this one wasn’t a hit.

    • says

      You know…I read her The Ring and the Crown and really enjoyed it. This author is SO hit or miss with me. I think because she has many styles.

  4. says

    So I was just talking to Nicole about maybe not reviewing this one, I just do not have a ton to say. It was very middle of the road read for me, I agree compltely about it becing geared as a younger YA read. Though I do love how pretty the book is.

  5. says

    Aw, heartbreak 🙁 You have read so many DNF books lately. It must be the worst feeling. I’m sorry some books are being awful :\ But love your review sweetie. <3 Though, heh, I never wanted to read this one, even so 🙂 It looks pretty gorgeous. But I'm not interested in it :p Thank you for sharing about it sweetie. <3

    • says

      It was unsolicited because I knew from looking at the summary it would possibly be geared too young for me. And YES, so many DNFs lately 🙁 I am reading two books right now though that I’m really enjoyed! YAY

  6. says

    Ashley read this one and I’m pretty sure she felt like it read a little young too – she didn’t love it either. That being said, I’m not sure i’ll ever read this one but I agree, the concept sounds cool!

  7. says

    Ahhh. Sometimes I feel vindicated when I see basically EVERYONE clamoring over a book and then it ends up being terrible lol. There was a scramble for an ARC of this one, months ago! And not a single person I saw begging for one liked it. That’s unfortunate, because that was a lot of disappointed people. I won’t be reading this one, and I am so sorry that you didn’t like it/couldn’t finish! Hopefully your next read was better 🙂

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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