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Return to the Isle of the Lost-A Descendants Novel, Book 2: A Descendants Novel (The Descendants) (edition 2018)

by Melissa De la Cruz (Author)

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Mal, Evie, Carlos, and Jay have received threatening messages demanding they return home. They have a sneaking suspicion that their villainous parents are behind the messages, and something Evie sees in her Magic Mirror confirms their fears. Although Maleficent's just a tiny lizard after her confrontation with Mal, could she have found a way to escape? Mal and her friends determine to sneak back to the Isle to get to the bottom of the mystery.… (more)
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Title:Return to the Isle of the Lost-A Descendants Novel, Book 2: A Descendants Novel (The Descendants)
Authors:Melissa De la Cruz (Author)
Info:Disney Hyperion (2018), Edition: Reprint, 336 pages
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  XRayBlaster006 | Jan 5, 2024 |
Slightly better than the first book, still 3 stars for me though. The plot is more complicated and excited, but the ending is a bit disappointed. ( )
  LaurelChandler | Sep 1, 2021 |
Weeks have passed since Mal defeated her mother, Maleficent (now a tiny lizard), and everything seems peaceful for her and her friends. However, there have been some weird weather patterns happening throughout the United States of Auradon that cannot be explained, and there have been some mysterious attacks in a nearby kingdom.

Then, there are the messages.

Mal and her friends each receive a message telling them to return to the Isle of the Lost before Saturday night. They have no idea who sent them this message or why they want them to return, but after some hacking Carlos is able to find out that there is going to be a meeting of the Anti-Heroes club the night they were told to return to the Isle. Going against their better judgement, the four former villains decide to travel to the Isle to find out what this club might be plotting and to stop them before they disrupt the peace in Auradon.

To my surprise, I did not enjoy this book as much as its predecessor, The Isle of the Lost. Part of this is due to the fact that the villain kids are lacking the edge they had in the first book and the beginning of the Descendants movie. I get that they chose good in the movie, but it seems as though their transformation to good was too drastic in such a short time. Yes, Mal and Jay had a few moments where their bad side showed, but they were still much more tame than the first book.

Aside from that the plot was interesting, since it book took some turns that I wasn’t expecting and it kept me on my toes as I waited for certain events to either happen or not happen. It was similar to the first book where each of the kids had their own battle to face on the Isle, only this had more of a focus on the new friendship the four now share.

There were some new characters who made small appearances that I liked, including Genie’s daughter, Jordan, and a few more of the villain kids that our old VK’s encounter on their trip home.

I’m still on the fence whether I like this one more than the first book or not, but I do know that I prefer the movies because, well, the music guys… come on. Still, I treat the Descendants books and movies differently because it’s not necessarily a book made into a movie or vice versa. ( )
  genieinanovel | Sep 15, 2020 |
In a prologue, the reader learns that Mal, Evie, Jay and Carlos, the children of Maleficent, Snow White’s Evil Queen, Jafar and Cruella de Vil, have been sent to the kingdom of Auradon to learn how to be good. They are happy in school making friends, joining clubs and playing sports when they start to receive strange messages telling them to return to the Isle of the Lost. They suspect their horrible parents are behind the messages, so the four kids decide that they have to return to figure out what's going on.

I love how much the main four characters have evolved from troublemakers to good kids and how they use their talents to fight evil. Each one of these characters has their own unique personality. It's also nice to see the kids of other famous Disney characters have some exposure, and it hints at big things for future adventures.

I thought it was a cute book filled with action and totally appropriate for pre-teens or any Disney fan. ( )
  Olivermagnus | Jul 2, 2020 |
This is the one where they chase their parent's McGuffin's. Again, some bits with huge promise (like the club of children on the Isle of the Lost only pretending to be against them, and secretly being in favour of Heros, and the whole 'maybe Mal's mother is escaping and attacking people' plot was great, until the weak ending) but sigh, I have no interest in Ben and his committee meetings and border squabbles. ( )
  atreic | Jan 13, 2019 |
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"I've got the most brilliant idea!"
--Prince Ben,
 Isle of the Lost
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For Mattie
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Once upon a time, after all the happily-ever-afters, when all the fairy tales were supposed to have ended, came a new beginning when the teenaged children of the most evil villains in the land were sent from the remote Isle of the Lost to the majestic kingdom of Auradon.
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Mal, Evie, Carlos, and Jay have received threatening messages demanding they return home. They have a sneaking suspicion that their villainous parents are behind the messages, and something Evie sees in her Magic Mirror confirms their fears. Although Maleficent's just a tiny lizard after her confrontation with Mal, could she have found a way to escape? Mal and her friends determine to sneak back to the Isle to get to the bottom of the mystery.

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