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The Isle of the Lost: The Descendants, Book 1

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Tale of Disney villains' kids has cliché plot, characters.

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age 8+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 7+

Total Corporate Cash Stealing, Mass Produced Book

I decided to read this because my son was reading it too, and found it very disappointing. I would highly not recommend this book unless you like super cliché, horribly written, mass produced book, with another mass produced Disney JR movie to go along with it. This book is based on a Island in which all the fairy tale bad guys live on, which is probably based off of the Harry Potter Azkaban, and has no interesting characters. This is just another sad story of a corporation like disney taking advantage of kids.

This title has:

Too much consumerism
age 10+

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Great messages

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (12 ):

Spin-offs of classic tales are as old as the hills, and lots of them are great; this one, however, reads like a glib, cynical effort to wring a few more bucks out of venerable Disney properties. Gothic/YA author Melissa de la Cruz seems to have been given the thankless task of bringing to life a raft of characters who are essentially ciphers, with clumsy, broad-brush results that leave you with little reason to care about them or their issues:

"Evie was torn. On the one hand, she knew she should stay away from Mal if she wanted to be safe, but on the other, she never got to hang out with kids her age.

"Evil Queen nodded. 'Sure! I'll see you at home, sweetie.' As she left, she mouthed, 'Reapply your lip gloss!'"

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