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- scigirlronni - This book is so amazing.It's filled with action,humor,adventure,and you feel like you are stuck with villains like Lady Tremaine(Cinderella's evil stepmother),Dr.Facilier(From Princess and the frog),Captain Hook,and so many other evil villains. Meet Mal,Maleficent's evil daughter,she is the coolest and talented student in Dragon Hall.She is determined to prove to her mother is she the cruelest of them all by getting the Dragon's Eye for her mother. Meet Evie(my favorite),she is Evil Queen's daughter and she has been castle-schooled for years.So that means she doesn't know the ins and outs of Dragon Hall.She is a quick study but she falls of so many of Mal's tricks. Meet Jay,he is Jafar's son and the best thing he likes is to steal.Jay and Mal are frenemies forever(Isle of the Lost thing) and he's not going to miss out on the quest for the Dragon's Eye. Meet Carlos,he is Cruella De Vil's son he is very smart and his machine may be the key to locating the Dragon's Eye and ending their banishment for good. 20 years all the evil villains were banished from Auradon to the Isle of the Lost.That place looks like you are watching a horror movie with sad,lonely,and stressed people.They have no magic,wifi,or video games! Our favorite villians Maleficent to Mother Gothel now live in total isolation and the whole world forgot them.But hidden in the Forbidden Fortress is the Dragon's Eye which is the key to the villains escape and only the smartest,evilest,nastiest villain can find it.Will it be Carlos,Evie,Mal,or Jay.In the quest of the Dragon's Eye,these evil kids are gonna proof that just cause you are in a evil family tree doesn't mean you are a bad apple.
April 15, 2015
In a prequel to an upcoming Disney Channel film, the offspring of four familiar villains bond in an effort to impress their evil parents. Having grown to adolescence in exile beneath a magic-banishing dome on the titular island, Mal, Carlos, Jay, and Evie-the children of, respectively, Maleficent, Cruella De Vil, Jafar, and Snow White's Evil Queen-set out to fetch Maleficent's staff from her Forbidden Fortress. Along with having to pass riddle and other tests clumsily designed to get them to admit the banality of their parents' values, the quest forces the young would-be baddies to cooperate and even to moderate their 'tudes. De la Cruz turns the quest and its interminable buildup into a wordy string of trite situations in which every character trait is carefully explained lest readers miss something: "Lonely, Mal thought. I was lonely. And so were they. Evie, with her beauty-obsessed mother; Carlos, with his screeching harpy of a parent; Jay, the happy-go-lucky thief with a quick wit and dashing smile, who could steal anything in the world except his father's heart." Meanwhile, over in the United States of Auradon, Prince Ben, son of King Beast and Queen Belle, chafes at his lack of life choices and with an impulsive but unspecified notion at the end serves up a teaser for the film. A paint-by-numbers effort to market a spinoff that's likely to be equally ephemeral. (Fantasy. 11-13)
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July 1, 2015
Gr 4-6-All the evil villains of Disney movie fame have been exiled to the Isle of the Lost. A huge dome covers the island, keeping them from using any magic. They are relegated to eating scraps and wearing castoffs of the good citizens of Auradon, ruled by King Beast and Queen Belle. The children of Maleficient, Jabar, Evil Queen, and Cruella De Vil (respectively Mal, Jay, Evie, and Carlos) don't know any other life away from the island. Every aspect of their existence is focused on becoming more evil, and finding nefarious ways to entertain themselves. When Carlos invents a device that is meant to provide them with more cable channels, he inadvertently opens a hole in the dome, allowing a tiny bit of magic to reactivate Maleficient's scepter, the Dragon's Eye. The four go off on a quest to find the staff, each for their own selfish reasons. All the while, though, the descendants of the most evil villains to ever walk the earth are starting to (gasp!) show signs of caring for each other. And over on Auradon, Prince Ben, son of Beast and Belle, is having visions of a beautiful blue-haired girl he's never met, even though he's betrothed to Princess Audrey, daughter of Aurora. Cliched characters and a predictable plot probably won't deter young readers from finishing this fun little romp through practically every Disney movie ever made. VERDICT Billed as a prequel to a Disney Channel movie, there's a built-in fan base for this story. Disney lovers and fairy-tale fans alike will need to get their hands on this book.-Mandy Laferriere, Fowler Middle School, Frisco, TX
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