Readers, I am back! After over a week of not posting, I have returned! I spent the past week in Myrtle Bach, South Carolina and Beaufort, North Carolina. Both were very beautiful and beachy and I had lots of fun there. Expect a travel post coming soon.
Today, I will be reviewing Rise of the Isle of the Lost. So, let’s get started with the review!
There were a lot of people excited for this book. I’ll admit that I was too, especially because it would be the lead up too Descendants 2. This book was heavily wanted at my library, so I honestly didn’t expect it to be on hold for me until after the movie. Luckily, I got it just in time!
I was somewhat disappointed by Rise of the Isle of the Lost. I had expected more from it. The book was completely over hyped.
In the book, we meet Uma, who is the main antagonist in Descendants 2. She has taken over the Isle after Mal left. And she is very upset. She and Mal became frenemies a few years back and it stayed that way. But, Uma wants another chance at friendship and wanted to go to Auradon with Mal.
In the mean time, King Triton’s trident is lost at sea, and Mal, Evie, Jay, and Carlos need to try to get it before Uma does. The trident is all part of Uma’s plan to get to Auradon.
While all this is happening, Ben must settle a border dispute between Agrabah and Northern Wei.
It was very stagnant. Nothing really exciting happened. It was written in such a way that made the action seem almost….boring. I will say, however, that there was some very descriptive writing.
The villain kids and Ben obviously got the trident back, after all, this is written by Disney. But, they got it really easily.
Ben’s part of the book was completely unnecessary, it really did not add anything to the plot. Really, it seemed to be an excuse to get him away and to add more pages. Also, there wasn’t very much in the book about the villain kids wanting to go back to the Isle, which seems to be a big part of the movie.
Mal, Evie, Jay, and Carlos decide to steal a boat to get to the Isle of the Lost. To do this, Mal uses spells from her spell book. Not only is this much too easy of a solution, it was also out of character. Another instance is that Ben lies to the Fairy Godmother to get her off their trail as they take the boat. It is also out of character and another easy solution.
This does not provide a good message. Basically, Ben lies to a respected adult so that he and his friends can sneak around. Not exactly the best move for a “role model” character.
Another out of character scene was when Ben asked Mal to the Cotillion, she seemed unsure, not the girl who loved Ben and saved the kingdom! I’m not sure if this was supposed to hint about Mal wanting to go back to the Isle. If it was, it should have been presented a little differently.
I definitely wanted to see
as supposed too
-Mal Rise of the Isle of the Lost
So, as you can see, there are a lot of flaws in this book.
There were a few good things about the book as well. It seems to have done it’s job as a lead up to the movie. Another thing I really liked about it was the cover. It is very mysterious, which fits the plot to a ‘t’ 🙂 . It was also nice to hear the thoughts of the characters, which we can’t do in the movie.
I Give This Book 3 Out of 5 Pencils!
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One Month Blogiversary
In other news, a couple of days ago was my one month blogiversary! Let’s celebrate with some cake pops! Just look at them. The little flying pigs!
Thank you for a great first month,