Yet again we find ourselves in the mists of the ever growing excitement for Disney Channel’s original movies. What can I say, there is a lot to talk about and even nostalgia in the air. But in this case the nostalgic is not quite as prolonged as usual.
Ever since the announcement never mind the actual world premiere, the story of the children of famous Disney characters has become a massive phenomenon. Perhaps the biggest since High School Musical. With a mix of fantasy, romance, friendship and famous (sometimes even infamous) Disney characters it has a formula to grab anyone’s attention.
Not long after the credits started to roll fans flocked to social media to express their desire to see the tales of Mal, Evie, Jay and Carol’s continue on. Desires that have come true with the short CGI series, Descendant Wicked World and an upcoming sequel.
As of right now there is no confirmed date or details about the sequel and the shorts appear to at the very least be on a hiatus. But that doesn’t mean there is no current adventures of the four villain kids to be had. Not by a long shot.
Last May Disney released a little novel titled “The Isle of the Lost,” a prequel to the events of the film that first introduced fans to the characters and life on, well, the Isle of the Lost.
This year, to be more specific Tuesday May twenty-fourth a second novel, Return to the Isle of the Lost is out wherever books are sold.
This time, however things are different for Mal and company.
Mal’s an expert at intimidating her enemies, but she’s broken the habit since leaving her villainous roots behind. So when she and her friends Evie, Carlos, and Jay all receive threatening messages demanding they return home, Mal can’t believe it. Sure, she’s King Ben’s girlfriend now, and she’s usually nice to her classmates, but she still didn’t think anyone would be silly enough to try to push her around.
The thing is, it kind of worked. Especially since she and her friends have a sneaking suspicion that their villainous parents are behind the messages. And when Evie looks into her magic mirror, what she sees only confirms their fears. Maleficent’s just a tiny lizard after her run-in with Mal at Ben’s Coronation, but she’s the worst villain in the land for a reason. Could she have found a way to escape? Whatever’s going on, Mal, Evie, Carlos, and Jay know they have to sneak back to the Isle and get to the bottom of it.
Without its infamous leader, the island’s even worse than when they left it, but the comforts of home-even a home as gloomy as the Isle of the Lost-can be hard to resist for recently reformed villains. Will the kids be able to beat the evil bubbling at the Isle’s wicked core, or will the plot to destroy Auradon succeed?
Last year I had been meaning to actually write up a proper review of the first book, yet clearly failed to do so. I adore Melissa de la Cruz’s effortless style and imagery. She does such a great job of taking all the canon aspects of the classic tales and the story of the descendants and weaving it together brilliantly.
Because Return to the Isle of the Lost has not released, I cannot speak in regards to it. But I was impressed with Isle of the Lost so I do have some high expectations for the upcoming title.
Be sure to check out both of Melissa de la Cruz’s Descendants novels.
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