Last year I had the great opportunity to interview author Melissa de la Cruz on the publication of her then-new Descendants series, which imagines the lives of second-generation fairy tale characters.
What would it be like to be the daughter of Maleficent or the son of Beauty and the Beast? That's where de la Cruz's series starts. I really enjoyed the first book in which the children of the evil fairy tale characters meet the children of the good guys, with some surprising results.
I haven't yet read Return to the Isle of the Lost, the second installment, but I'm looking forward to seeing what transpires as the evil parents start to regain their power. What will the teens do?
Based partly on Disney-Hyperion's summary, here's what to expect in Return to Isle of the Lost:
When Mal (daughter of Maleficent) and her friends left the Isle of the Lost (aka the home of the exiled evil characters) to attend school in Auradon (the kingdom of the good characters), they began shed their "villainous roots." They've settled in well, and in fact, Mal is dating the young king.For more information check out the Return to the Isle of the Lost website. It promises to be a fun summer read for the whole family. If you like fairy tale retellings, you'll love the Descendant series from Melissa de la Cruz.
Unfortunately, it looks like the evil characters, who had been stripped of their powers, are growing strong again. And now the teens, "Mal, Evie, Carlos, and Jay, know they have to sneak back to the [Isle of the Lost] and get to the bottom of it. . . . Will the kids be able to beat the evil bubbling at the Isle's wicked core, or will the plot to destroy Auradon succeed?"
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The Giveaway: Have I caught your attention? I hope so because thanks to the nice people at Disney-Hyperion I can offer one my readers (with a USA mailing address) a copy of both books in Melissa de la Cruz's Descendant series!
All you have to do to be entered for a chance to win the first two books in the Descendant series--that's both The Isle of the Lost and Return to the Isle of the Lost--is to fill out the following form. I'll pick a winner using a random number generator on June 9. Once the winner has been confirmed, I'll erase all personal information from my computer. Good luck!