<–Witch Hunt on Crystal Lake
Title: Restless Bones on Crystal Lake
Series Title: Moon Investigations
Author: B. Batiste
Date Added: March 26, 2018
Date Started: May 1, 2018
Date Finished: May 12, 2018
Reading Duration: 11 days
Genre: Fantasy, Supernatural, Mystery
Publication Date: March 28, 2018
A soggy decrepit ghost visits Hazel. And with her new ghostly admirer comes a new case and a new hidden danger.
Lola is wanted for the murder of Royce Habernath, a pirate treasure hunter whom she has fought with many times over a treasure map. In their search for the truth, Hazel, Syn and Blossom struggle with the realization, Lola is the mistress of secrets and killing someone is definitely within her wheelhouse. But when it becomes clear that Lola was framed it becomes a race to find the real murderer before Lola is sent to a prison most don’t return from. At least not whole.
If that wasn’t bad enough, Hazel may have a hidden power a queen is searching for. Whether Hazel truly has it or not the Blood Queen and her minions now know she is on Crystal Lake. And if they find Hazel, her death is certain.
Lola is one of the most interesting characters in the Moon Investigation series. Often side characters are just that: ones on the side, but Miss Batiste puts a great deal of effort into making all of hers intriguing. Unsurprisingly, Lola didn’t become a bad ass on a whim. She was forged in fire and pain with pirate ancestors who became embroiled in more than what they bargained for.
Title: The Tales of Beedle the Bard
Series Title: Hogwarts Library
Author: J.K. Rowling
Genre: Mid-Grade/Young Adult, Fantasy
Date Added: August 24, 2014
Date Started: July 28, 2016
Date Completed: August 5, 2016
Publication Date: December 4, 2008
Media Type: Hardback
“The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a Wizarding classic, first came to Muggle readers’ attention in the book known as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Now, thanks to Hermione Granger’s new translation from the ancient runes, we present this stunning edition with an introduction, notes, and illustrations by J. K. Rowling, and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore. Never before have Muggles been privy to these richly imaginative tales: “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot,” “The Fountain of Fair Fortune,” “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart,” “Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump,” and of course, “The Tale of the Three Brothers.” But not only are they the equal of fairy tales we now know and love, reading them gives new insight into the world of Harry Potter.”
The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a collection of short wizard “fairy tales” from the Harry Potter universe, a few of which are mentioned by name in the books and the movies. It was a quick, light read of stories meant for wizard children that would certain delight those (and adults) in the muggle world. After each one is an afterword by Professor Albus Dumbledore that gives some insight to how the tale was received in addition to highlighting the lessons that can be taken from it.
The author performs something similar to what GRRM does with his World of Ice and Fire in that Beedle is said to be “translated” by the illustrious Hermione Granger, but gathered by Ms. Rowling herself. It’s a nice little instance of not breaking character in order to keep these stories firmly rooted in the wizarding world. The lessons in them are not dissimilar to ones found in traditional fairy tales.