Review: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

23174274Title: Glass Sword

Series: Red Queen, #2

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Publication Date: February 9, 2016

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Goodreads Synopsis:

If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.


3 / 5 Stars


A while back I answered a book tag question that asked whether I thought books were character or plot driven. I answered character driven because, for me, the main character is one of the pieces of the puzzle that either makes or breaks a book. If I’m reading something through a character’s eyes who is boring or annoying, it can ruin or make a book less satisfying for me. That’s kind of what happened with Glass Sword.

Mare Barrow was so annoying in Glass Sword that at times I wanted to put the book down. Her self-centered outlook and trust issues drove me crazy. There’s only so many times you can read “Anyone can betray anyone.” and not want to hurl the book against the wall. Even the author must have felt this because it was pointed out to Mare more than once during the story.

As for the storyline, at times it was amazing and action packed. Other times, it was slow going and boring. It couldn’t seem to find a happy medium. The new characters were exciting and added a lot of interesting things to the story. The old characters continued to entertain me and keep Mare on her feet.

In my opinion, what made Glass Sword worth reading was the ending. I didn’t see it coming at all. Victoria Aveyard gets an A++ in cliffhangers because, after struggling through most of Glass Sword, I still desperately want to read the next book.

 

Review: Sex Lies & Fruit Flies by Paullina Nichols

28432783Title: Sex Lies & Fruit Flies

Series: Sex Lies & Fruit Flies

Author: Paullina Nichols

Publication Date: January 1, 2016

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense, Erotic Romance, New Adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

When Nurse Morgan Jacobs is ordered to tend to the wounds of an injured detective, Francis Wyatt (Wyatt), she is taken aback by his arrogance, yet undeniably attracted to the beautiful man conceitedly pursuing her. Morgan tries fighting her overwhelming feelings for Wyatt in an effort to keep her secret past hidden. With Wyatt refusing to take no for an answer, he chases her until she finally breaks and lets him into her world. He’s astounded by Morgan’s secret, but agrees to keep it and protect her at all cost.

Morgan has never been in love before and she can’t explain her feelings for this man that she knows she is forbidden to be with. Unable to stay away from him any longer she gives into her new found freedom and risks it all as she knows her past and present colliding could mean the end of everything.

Morgan turns Wyatt’s life upside down and shines light on secrets he didn’t know he had. Their affair was dangerous, but that didn’t stop them. They agreed that the ecstasy they shared when they were together was worth dying for.


3 / 5 Stars


Paranormal romance isn’t the romance genre I normally reach for. I’m a realistic fiction reader, so getting into Sex Lies & Fruit Flies took me a while. I had to get used to the mermaid aspect of the story, which was more interesting than I expected it to be (to me). It was a really creative and well thought out storyline.

Morgan and Wyatt had a very strong connection. Morgan instantly trusted Wyatt to protect her and her secrets. They also had a very sensual relationship – both in human and mermaid form. I have to be honest. The mermaid-human sex creeped me out a little. Their other sexual encounters were hot.

Another little thing that bugged me at the beginning of Sex Lies & Fruit Flies was Morgan’s first person point of view. I think it might have been the way she was explaining her life up until that point to the reader rather than just delving into what was happening now. I was also a little surprised when I got a couple of chapter’s with Wyatt’s point of view toward the end.

My favorite part of Sex Lies & Fruit Flies was the last fourth of the book when there’s a big twist and a lot of suspense. How the story ended really intrigued me and had me wondering what was going to happen next.

Oh, and I can’t leave out the fact that the cover and title are a perfect match for the story!

If you’re a paranormal romance reader who loves mermaid tales filled with erotic and suspenseful scenes, you should pick up Sex Lies & Fruit Flies.

**I received an electronic copy of Sex Lies & Fruit Flies from the author in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

Review: The Witch’s Daughter by Paula Brackston

8694522Title: The Witch’s Daughter

Series: The Witch’s Daughter, #1

Author: Paula Brackston

Publication Date: January 31, 2012

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy

Goodreads Synopsis:

My name is Elizabeth Anne Hawksmith, and my age is three hundred and eighty-four years. Each new settlement asks for a new journal, and so this Book of Shadows begins.

In the spring of 1628, the Witchfinder of Wessex finds himself a true Witch. As Bess Hawksmith watches her mother swing from the Hanging Tree she knows that only one man can save her from the same fate at the hands of the panicked mob: the Warlock Gideon Masters, and his Book of Shadows. Secluded at his cottage in the woods, Gideon instructs Bess in the Craft, awakening formidable powers she didn’t know she had and making her immortal. She couldn’t have foreseen that even now, centuries later, he would be hunting her across time, determined to claim payment for saving her life.

In present-day England, Elizabeth has built a quiet life for herself, tending her garden and selling herbs and oils at the local farmers’ market. But her solitude abruptly ends when a teenage girl called Tegan starts hanging around. Against her better judgment, Elizabeth begins teaching Tegan the ways of the Hedge Witch, in the process awakening memories–and demons—long thought forgotten.

Part historical romance, part modern fantasy, The Witch’s Daughter is a fresh, compelling take on the magical, yet dangerous world of Witches.Readers will long remember the fiercely independent heroine who survives plagues, wars, and the heartbreak that comes with immortality to remain true to herself, and protect the protégé she comes to love.


4 / 5 Stars


The Witch’s Daughter is a historical tale of witchcraft. It begins in 1628, and follows young Elizabeth “Bess” Hawksmith as she’s thrown into a life of magic. Bess watches as her mother is persecuted for witchcraft. Bess must then make the hardest decision of her life: embrace the evil that killed her mother or die at the hands of her mother’s persecutors. Bess chooses to follow her mother’s wishes and turns to warlock Gideon Masters and his Book of Shadows for help.

The story then jumps time to the year 2007. The magic that saved Elizabeth all those years ago has kept her young. She’s just arrived in a new town and has met a young woman, Tegan. Tegan is interested in learning magic from her. Elizabeth journals her experiences with Tegan in her very own Book of Shadows.

The story continues to alternate back and forth in time to show the reader Elizabeth’s experiences with magic and why she’s trying to avoid Gideon, the man who “saved” her.

I really enjoyed reading The Witch’s Daughter.  The first chapter was dramatic and intense and drew me into the story. I loved the historical setting of the witch hunting days and I wanted to know what was going to happen to Bess. My favorite parts of the story were all the flashbacks of Bess’ experiences in the past.

I have to admit, I wasn’t as excited to read the story when it would switch to 2007 and Elizabeth’s journal entries. I found the journal entries to be less fun to read than the stories of her past. Being told what happened was not as interesting as seeing it all unfold. I think the story would have been better if her experiences in 2007 weren’t journal entries.

Even though I didn’t love the journal entries, I did like the plot of The Witch’s Daughter. It was filled with just the right amount of history and magic. I would definitely recommend this book to readers who enjoy a good witch story. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series, The Return of the Witch.

**I received a paperback copy of The Witch’s Daughter from St. Martin’s Griffin and Goodreads First Reads in exchange for an honest review.

ARC Review: Dreamology by Lucy Keating

23466626Title: Dreamology

Author: Lucy Keating

Publication Date: April 12, 2016

Publisher: Harper Teen

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Fantasy

Goodreads Synopsis:

For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesn’t exist.

But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. It turns out, though, that Real Max is nothing like Dream Max, and getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped.

When their dreams start to bleed dangerously into their waking hours, the pair realize that they might have to put an end to a lifetime of dreaming about each other. But when you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough?

Whimsical, romantic and utterly original, Lucy Keating’s debut novel will win readers’ hearts.



5 out of 5 Stars


What if your dreams suddenly became your reality?

In Dreamology, Alice’s dreams start to become reality when she and her father move from New York to Boston. On her first day at her new school, Alice runs into the boyfriend of her dreams, Max. Too bad Max has no idea who Alice is. Not only that, Max is a completely different person than he was in her dreams. He’s nowhere near as nice and has a beautiful girlfriend who’s not Alice. Alice can’t understand how the two different versions of Max could be so different when they’re the same person. It’s heartbreaking for her.

Max isn’t as clueless as he seems, though. He, too, remembers Alice from his dreams. It’s something he’s only willing to admit when parts of their dreams alarmingly start to become reality.

Together, Alice and Max must find a way to stop their dreams from taking over their lives without losing each other in the process.

My first thought when I started reading was, “I cannot believe Dreamology is Lucy Keating’s debut novel!” The writing was so good! It was witty and entertaining. I didn’t want to put the book down. I absolutely loved the way the story alternated between Alice’s dreams and her reality. It was even more fun when the two worlds began overlapping!

The characters were a little weird, but in a good way. Alice was the typical whiny, heartbroken girl. Max was the good guy hiding in his popularity. The rest of the characters were a little silly and a whole lot of fun.

My favorite thing about Dreamology, though, was the pictures that it painted in my mind. Alice’s dreams were so detailed and cool. It was fun to imagine bits and pieces of them in her reality.

My only complaint is that I wish Dreamology wasn’t Lucy Keating’s debut novel. After all of the fun I had reading Dreamology, I would love to be able to read more of her books. I will be eagerly awaiting her next novel to see what she comes up with next!

**I received an ARC of Dreamology from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review.

 

Review: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

8621462A Monster Calls

Author: Patrick Ness

Illustrator: Jim Kay

Conception: Siobhan Dowd

Publication Date: May 5, 2011

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre: Young Adult Horror / Fantasy

Goodreads Synopsis:

The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.

But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…

This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.

It wants the truth.


5 / 5 Stars


This is one of those moments when I say, “What took me so long to read this book?!?!”

For months now I have seen reviews for Patrick Ness’ books all over the blogosphere. So many bloggers have written amazing reviews or told me that I needed to read his stuff. Almost every one of them told me to start with A Monster Calls. It’s a short and fast read, they told me.

I bought the illustrated version on the advice of Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts. (Great advice, Joey!) I flipped through it. The illustrations were terrifyingly beautiful. I stuck it on my shelf for another couple of months. It was the holiday season. I wasn’t ready to feel sad or afraid. I mean, a boy whose mother is deathly ill and monster? Not exactly a heartwarming tale, right?

That’s what I thought. I was wrong. While I wouldn’t say A Monster Calls made me feel warm and fuzzy inside, it was…incredibly touching. I’m not sure what the best way describe it is. Beautiful? Raw? Real? Thoughtful? Inspiring? A Monster Calls was all of those things. It was brilliant.

I’m not quite sure what else to say about it. I guess I’m still in awe of the beauty Ness created in the midst of heartache. What I will say is that I loved A Monster Calls and think it’s a book everyone should read.

Thank you to everyone that encouraged me to read A Monster Calls! You’ve created another Patrick Ness fan. 🙂 Now I can join you all in your excitement for the upcoming movie version!

 

Review: Imago Mortis by Samuel Marolla

imago-mortis-2820x4500.jpgTitle: Imago Mortis (Augusto Ghites #1)

Author: Samuel Marolla

Publication Date: January 12, 2014

Publisher: Samuel Marolla

Genre: Paranormal, Horror, Mystery

Amazon Synopsis:

Augusto Ghites is a junkie. His drug: the ashes of the dead. His trip: reliving the lives of those whose ashes he sniffs and interacting with their ghosts.
To obtain those ashes – to get his fix – he needs money. And there’s no better job for someone who can talk to ghosts than that of a private eye.
When an old prostitute hires him to investigate the death of her colleague, Ghites thinks that it’s just an average, everyday case. But together with the King Lizard, he will discover that there are forces at play that are well beyond his capabilities to control.
Set in a decadent Milan and told in perfect noir style, this horror tale introduces a dark and self-destructive occult detective in the best hard-boiled tradition.


 

3 / 5 Stars


I have to admit I was a little nervous going into reading Imago Mortis. Paranormal/horror stories are not normally my thing. I scare easily and tend to gravitate to light and fluffy romances. That being said, I agreed to read Imago Mortis because I’m always up for trying different genres. You never know what you’ll like if you don’t try it, right?

The first thing I noticed when I started reading Imago Mortis were the amazing descriptions. There were intricately detailed descriptions of everything! From the city of Milan to the seedy characters Ghites interacts with, everything is beautifully described. While it was helpful in getting acquainted with the setting and characters, the descriptions did distract from the story a bit. At times, it was hard to pay attention to what was happening in the story because I was so overwhelmed by the lengthy descriptions of where Ghites was or who he was with.

As for the story itself, it was definitely creepy! A private investigator who communicates with ghosts to solve crimes is one thing. A private investigator who snorts dead people’s ashes to do so is entirely another! The things Ghites sees were so disturbing. I’m hoping I don’t have nightmares from those visions!

To be honest, Imago Mortis wasn’t a book for me. It wasn’t that it was poorly written. The writing was beautiful. It was just too creepy for me. I’m sure there are a lot of horror buffs out there who would love it, though!

**I received an electronic copy of Imago Mortis from the author in exchange for an honest review.

 

Review: Sugar Skulls by Lisa Mantchev & Glenn Dallas

25789738Sugar Skulls

Authors: Lisa Mantchev, Glenn Dallas

Publication Date: November 10, 2015

Publisher: Skyscape

Genre: Young Adult / Science Fiction / Fantasy / Romance

Goodreads Synopsis:

Welcome to Cyrene, a city where energy is currency and music is the lifeblood of its young citizens. Everyone lives on the grid, and the residents of the world’s largest playground are encouraged to pursue every physical and emotional pleasure imaginable.

Vee is the lead singer of the Sugar Skulls, an all-girl band that is Corporate’s newest pet project. Micah haunts the city like a ghost after an overdose of a deadly illegal street drug knocks him off the grid. When Micah and Vee forge an immediate, undeniable connection, their troubled worlds collide.

Trading concert stages for Cyrene’s rooftops and back alleys, they have to evade vicious thugs and Vee’s possessive manager as they unravel the mysteries connected to their dark pasts. And before the curtain falls, Micah and Vee will bring the city to its knees in their desperate bid for love, home, and a future together.


My rating: 5 / 5 Stars


I wouldn’t call myself a science fiction or fantasy reader. Every once in a while I will deviate from my normal romance reads to pick up a book from another genre that has great reviews, sounds interesting or someone has recommended to me. In the case of Sugar Skulls, I was fortunate to have won a copy from Goodreads courtesy of Amazon Publishing.

I’m so grateful I did! I truly loved Sugar Skulls. The book was well written and very interesting. It captured my attention from the beginning and kept it throughout. Sugar Skulls wasn’t like any other dystopian novel I’ve read. While it focused on the characters’ actions to survive the world of Cyrene, there was so much more than just that. There were twists and turns and connections I didn’t see coming.

I loved all of the Sugar Skulls characters. The authors did an amazing job creating solid relationships between the characters.Vee was so bad-ass and fun to read. Even when her character was going through tough times, she made it work for her. Vee wasn’t going to let anyone walk all over her. And her attachment to Little Dead Thing made me smile.

From the beginning, I rooted for Micah. He was such a great underdog. I wanted him to come out on top and get the girl. I didn’t realize his background was going to play so much into the story, but I loved that it did.

I’m really glad the authors decided to write Sugar Skulls in dual points of view. It added so much to the story to get to see what both Vee and Micah were thinking. I also like the way it was written in first person present tense. Sometimes that doesn’t work for me, but in this book it did. I felt like I was seeing the situation through Micah and Vee’s eyes.

As for the rest of the characters, I couldn’t help hate Damon and the people Micah dealt with. They were great villains and made the story even more fun to read.

One thing I would point out about this novel is that I’ve seen it categorized as Young Adult. It’s filled with sex, drugs and crime. I, myself, would categorize it as a New Adult Science Fiction novel. I wouldn’t recommend it those under 17, but maybe I’m erring on the safe side.

If you’re looking for an entertaining and fast-paced dystopian love story, I would suggest picking Sugar Skulls up.

**Thank you to Goodreads and Amazon Publishing for sending me a copy of Sugar Skulls in exchange for an honest review.

Review: Six of Crows

23437156Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1)

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Publication Date: September 29, 2015

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

Goodreads Synopsis:

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.


My rating: 5 / 5 Stars


Six of Crows in one word: EPIC.

I read somewhere that Six of Crows is Oceans 11 meets A Game of Thrones. I couldn’t agree more. The plot was amazing. It had a criminal mission like Oceans 11 and a cool world and multiple view points like A Game of Thrones. There were also so many surprises I didn’t see coming. And I love being surprised!

What really made this book outstanding, though; was its characters. They were all so different and interesting. I loved reading their backstories. I couldn’t help but fall in love with them. It didn’t matter that they were criminals. I wanted them to succeed and find the happiness they were all searching for.

Six of Crows is surrounded by a lot of hype. In my opinion, it’s worthy of said hype. I more than loved this book. I don’t have the words to even describe how I felt about it. I’m going to be telling everyone (inlcuding you!) to READ.THIS.BOOK.

Side note: I borrowed an electronic copy of Six of Crows from my local library. I really wish I would have borrowed a physical copy for two reasons:

1) I would have liked to have been able to flip back to the maps at the front of the book while reading the story.

2) I didn’t realize the story was going to end at 85% completion. There are acknowledgements and a sneak peak of Bardugo’s The Grisha Trilogy at the end. I thought I had more story but got a cliffhanger instead!

 

 

Release Day Blitz & Review: Red Hot Holidays Anthology

Forget shopping. Forget wrapping. Spend the holidays with these 17 gorgeous alpha males.

They have something they’d like to put in your stockings, because they’re definitely on Santa’s naughty list in these 17 all-new stories.

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About the Book:

NYT, USA Today, and top-selling authors have banded together to bring you 17 all-new, sweet to sexy books about love, romance, and the holidays.

Take a break and rip open this boxed set to cuddle up with these romantic comedy, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance books. These authors have pulled out all the stops, bringing back some of your favorite characters from their bestselling series for one more bite at the fruitcake or penning stories about new characters and new love!

For a limited time, you can pick up all 17 of these naughty men for a really great price! Over 1000 pages of love, laughter, and romance! From billionaires and filthy rich rock stars to undercover police and bear shifters, we’ve gathered all 17 passionate stories in one big box with a bow on top. This heart-pounding collection is filled with confident, sexy, and romantic men you’ll want to spend the holidays with.

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My Review: 5 out of 5 stars!

The Red Hot Holidays Anthology is a hot and steamy set of books to get you into the holiday spirit. There is a little something for everyone: contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, second chance romance and more.

One of my favorite stories in the Red Hot Holidays Anthology was Noel by J.C. Valentine. Noel was a nurse trying to avoid falling for her patient, hot cop Hunter. His hot body has her in a tizzy, but she’s going to stick with her oath of not dating patients…or she thinks she is until Hunter convinces her otherwise. Noel was a really fun, steamy read.

My other favorite was Winter Tryst by Mira Bailee. It was a short and sweet second chance romance where a man realizes the mistakes he’s made over the past year with his soon-to-be ex-wife.

Those two were my favorites in the anthology, but all of the others were really good as well! A Cub for Christmas by Ella Dominguez was a fun story about an older woman falling for a younger man. Give and Take by Daisy Prescott was a cute story taking place on Whidbey Island that gives a look at the exciting Christmas happenings of several friends. Black Christmas by JC Andrijeski was an interesting Christmas tale about a couple that is apart but that can read each others minds to communicate and be intimate.

Those are just some of the incredibly fun Christmas-time stories that make up this anthology. I would highly suggest reading the Red Hot Holidays Anthology to put you in the holiday spirit! It’s only $0.99!

Stories Included Are:

Perfectly Kissed ~ Lacey Silks Mistletoes, sneaky best friend and an old lady, coerce best friends and former lovers, Millie and Dave, to reunite for Christmas Holidays.

Montreux ~ Blair Babylon Wulf von Hannover and Rae Stone are about to marry in Montreux, but Wulf’s aristocratic father makes one last attempt to derail the wedding.

Home Bound ~ Olivia Rigal and Shannon Macallan Trapped by a storm, a voluptuous architect and a sexy TV news reporter melt the ice by a roaring fire.

A Band of Heather ~ Sarah M. Cradit Colleen and Noah belong to two very different worlds, but a band of heather changes their lives forever.

Christmas on the Run ~ Daizie Draper Wannabe rock star Tristan runs from a dangerous bookie and falls for the girl he’s only using as his perfect escape.

Noel: A Blue Collar Christmas ~ J.C. Valentine Nurse Noel Walker doesn’t date patients, but Officer Hunter Davis won’t give up until he slaps the cuffs on.

Black Christmas ~ JC Andrijeski Quintin Black vanishes, leaving Miri alone after a harrowing ordeal in Thailand. Will she forgive him in time for Christmas?

Winter Tryst ~ Mira Bailee One destroyed marriage. Two broken hearts. When Sean visits Lyla to say goodbye, winter’s magic forces the lovers to face the painful truth.

Give and Take ~ Daisy Prescott You never know who will show up at the Sip ’n Stroll in Langley. Someone’s pregnant. Someone’s engaged. And someone’s getting a puppy.

Slow and Steady ~ V. J. Chambers When danger interrupts Christmas shopping, Leigh and her husband Griffin sizzle.

Take Me Home ~ Alison Foster All my Christmas wishes were snatched away by an evil brute. What can you do when the man you hate most makes your mouth water?

Bearfield Snowed In ~ Jacqueline Sweet A hunter tracking her prey finds herself snowed in with a sexy shifter. Is he her mortal enemy or her fated mate?

My Cowboy Soldier ~ Gillian Cherry Holidays draw lovers and families together, except when war tears them apart.

A Cub for Christmas ~ Ella Dominguez This May-December romance burns up the pages when Aricelli realizes that unwrapping her Christmas package is only half the fun.

Rosy Cheeks ~ Amity Wilde Good things sometimes come in unlikely packages. When an online flirt stumbles into Karen’s very real life, he might be just what she needs.

A Beary Merry Christmas ~ Jazzmyn Wolfe After a season of frustration and pain, will curvy Kassandra and Brendan finally have a beary merry Christmas?

Alec’s First Christmas ~ Felicia Tatum Daphne and Zander welcomed their baby Alec, and his first Christmas has magical surprises.

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The Isle of the Lost: Review & Interview with the Kiddo

The Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz

Publication Date: May 5, 2015

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads:

Twenty years ago, all the evil villains were banished from the kingdom of Auradon and made to live in virtual imprisonment on the Isle of the Lost. The island is surrounded by a magical force field that keeps the villains and their descendants safely locked up and away from the mainland. Life on the island is dark and dreary. It is a dirty, decrepit place that’s been left to rot and forgotten by the world.

But hidden in the mysterious Forbidden Fortress is a dragon’s eye: the key to true darkness and the villains’ only hope of escape. Only the cleverest, evilest, nastiest little villain can find it…who will it be?

Maleficent, Mistress of the Dark: As the self-proclaimed ruler of the isle, Maleficent has no tolerance for anything less than pure evil. She has little time for her subjects, who have still not mastered life without magic. Her only concern is getting off the Isle of the Lost.

Mal: At sixteen, Maleficent’s daughter is the most talented student at Dragon Hall, best known for her evil schemes. And when she hears about the dragon’s eye, Mal thinks this could be her chance to prove herself as the cruelest of them all.

Evie: Having been castle-schooled for years, Evil Queen’s daughter, Evie, doesn’t know the ins and outs of Dragon Hall. But she’s a quick study, especially after she falls for one too many of Mal’s little tricks.

Jay: As the son of Jafar, Jay is a boy of many talents: stealing and lying to name a few. Jay and Mal have been frenemies forever and he’s not about to miss out on the hunt for the dragon’s eye.

Carlos: Cruella de Vil’s son may not be bravest, but he’s certainly clever. Carlos’s inventions may be the missing piece in locating the dragon’s eye and ending the banishment for good.

Mal soon learns from her mother that the dragon’s eye is cursed and whoever retrieves it will be knocked into a deep sleep for a thousand years. But Mal has a plan to capture it. She’ll just need a little help from her “friends.” In their quest for the dragon’s eye, these kids begin to realize that just because you come from an evil family tree, being good ain’t so bad.

Note: This review is going to be a little different from my other reviews. Since I read The Isle of the Lost with my 7-year-old daughter, I’m going to give you a quick review and then I’m going to interview my daughter about the book.


My rating: 5 out of 5 stars


I decided to read The Isle of the Lost to my daughter after watching Disney’s Descendants movie. My daughter loved it, so I thought it would be a good way to get her interested in chapter books without pictures. I struggle getting her to read them because she wants all of her book to have pictures (in color, if possible). This was the perfect way to branch out.

The Isle of the Lost was a fun read. Since my daughter and I were already familiar with the characters, we could try to guess what was going to happen next or who was responsible for something. Each chapter wasn’t too long or too short. It was perfect for reading out loud for 10 to 15 minutes prior to bed. The story was entertaining and we were both excited to see how Mal, Evie, Carlos and Jay became friends. There were new settings to see on the island and we even got a peak at what was going on with Prince Ben in Auradon.

If you or your child loved Disney’s Descendants movieThe Isle of the Lost is sure to be a big hit.


What My Daughter Thought of The Isle of the Lost

Me: If you could give The Isle of the Lost between 1 to 5 stars, 1 being worst and 5 being best, how many would you give it?

Kiddo: 5 stars

Me: What was your favorite part of the book?

Kiddo: Them going to the castle.

Me: Who was your favorite character?

Kiddo: Mal. I like her purple hair and purple clothes.

Me: What didn’t you like about the book?

Kiddo: Nothing. I wish it had pictures.

Me: Would you tell your friends to read it?

Kiddo: Yes!


Here is the trailer for Disney’s Descendants, in case you haven’t seen it yet.