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review 2017-09-11 00:20
So Much Better Than the Show
Witches of East End - Melissa de la Cruz

I started off watching the show when it became available on Netflix, and it wasn't bad, but it definitely wasn't great either. I picked up the book, thinking it couldn't be any worse than the show and was rather surprised.

 

First, the whole genre itself was changed to adapt it for television. The book is pretty solidly a mystery with a dash of romance and fantasy elements, while the show focuses more on romance than anything else. Second, the main characters' powers are far more pronounced than they are in the show. This makes them far more interesting than in the show.

 

One thing that really surprised me was how badly dumbed down the book was during the adaptation process. There is so much to the plot based in history and mythology that is largely glossed over. Considering that other shows have focused on Norse mythology and been relatively successful, it wouldn't really be much of a stretch to say that the Norse mythology elements could easily have stayed in and been successful. It's almost like the networks assume anything geared toward women has to be vapid and shallow because our little minds can't handle anything smart.

 

In short, I recommend skipping the show and picking up this book instead. You'll enjoy yourself far more than binging the series.

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review 2017-05-31 04:02
Rise of the Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel (The Descendants) - Melissa de la Cruz

I have no idea why I like these books so much but I do. I'm 22 and should have grown out of watching DCOMS by now. I guess you're never too old for Disney.

 

This was a great follow up to the last book and a great set up for the movie.

 

I thought this was another solid book in the series/franchise. I liked that Lonnie was in this because she is one of my favorites. I also liked the new characters and can't wait to see them in the movie.

 

All in all, it was an enjoyable read for Descendants fans.

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text 2017-05-30 22:52
Reading progress update: I've read 183 out of 304 pages.
Rise of the Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel (The Descendants) - Melissa de la Cruz
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text 2017-05-30 05:54
Reading progress update: I've read 128 out of 304 pages.
Rise of the Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel (The Descendants) - Melissa de la Cruz
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url 2017-05-23 17:30
48 Books in Series Release Today
Lord of Shadows - Cassandra Clare
Space Taxi: Aliens on Earth - Wendy Mass,Michael Brawer
Rise of the Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel (The Descendants) - Melissa de la Cruz
Just One Touch: A Slow Burn Novel (Slow Burn Novels) - Maya Banks
Perish the Day: A Thriller (The Storm Murders Trilogy) - John Farrow
The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels & Other Gentlemen - Victoria Alexander
Wen (VLG) (Volume 6) - Laurann Dohner,Kelli Collins,Dar Albert
Trackers 2: The Hunted (Trackers series, Book 2) - Nicholas Sansbury Smith
Cavanaugh Standoff (Cavanaugh Justice) - Marie Ferrarella
Rich People Problems: A Novel - Kevin Kwan

I highlighted a few; see https://www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar for full list.

Source: www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar
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