I think it should be said that I was wavering on whether or not to read this, mainly because me and de la Cruz's books do not get on very well together. But realizing that this a prequel to a Disney Channel Movie changed my mind right quick. And it ended up being worlds better than Frozen or The Ring and The Crown.
On to the book!
It was very slow, as the quest part of the book doesn't even start until nearly page 200. And when we do finally get there, it's not terribly exciting. But until till we get there, we spend a little (too much) time getting to know our main characters, which was nice but could have been cut down a little. I actually quite liked some of the characterization, though their "evilness" is like a puppy trying to growl and just ending up looking adorable. Though in their case, it's more laughable. But this is MG and a prequel to a DCMO, so...probably for the best. Still, when being "evil" is shoplifting rotten peaches and playing silly pranks, it's hard not to snicker.
I did have a question concerning the magic...Magic is prohibited/impossible in Isle of the Lost, but it is also, as far as I could tell, heartily discouraged in Auradon. Why? Because if you use magic, you're bound to use it for evil eventually? I'm pretty sure we had good magic users in Disney.
I couldn't figure that bit out. Oh, and it was disappointing to realize that I don't like Belle or the Beast in their later years. Childhood faves crushed:( But their son turned out pretty legit, so I guess there's that.
The most fun of this book was seeing all the characters from classic Disney movies and their descendants - Madame Mim's granddaughters, Professor Ratigan's minions, etc.
Pretty excited for the movie - though, let's be honest, I already was. #derp