Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Review: Descendants Junior Novel by Disney Book Group

Mal, Evie, Jay, and Carlos are the offspring of some of the most terrible villains of all time. They're offered a chance to leave the Isle of the Lost, where they have been imprisoned all their lives, and go to prep school in the idyllic kingdom of Auradon with all of the 'good' kids. There, they must choose whether or not to follow in their parents' evil footsteps. Watch out Auradon--here come the Descendants!
For some reason, I enjoy reading novelizations of television shows and movies, even if I've already seen them and, as such, am not surprised by anything in the book.

In Descendants, Mal and her friends (all of whom are children of villains) are given the chance to study at Auradon, outside of the Isle of the Lost. Mal's mother is thrilled because this is an opportunity for Mal and the other kids to steal the Fairy Godmother's magic wand for her and give her more power.

I loved the movie, and I was curious to see how the song numbers would be explained or narrated here. As it turns out, some of them were treated as just part of the characters' thoughts/imagination, while some were described as they are.

It's a pretty straightforward novelization, and everything you see in the movie is here. This was perfect since I've only seen the movie once so far and there were a few moments I missed.
Sometimes, it felt like I was being told, instead of shown, what happened. It was okay, though, since I understand that this is a junior novelization and what I'm expecting isn't exactly practical for this version.


  1. Everything in the movie is included here.
  2. The characters are likable.
  3. It's something younger and older fans can both enjoy. 


  1. There were a couple or so moments wherein I felt like I was being told instead of shown the action. 


  1. You loved the movie Descendants.
  2. You like stories that continue old classics.
  3. Your child is a fan of the movie.




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