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26th February 2013 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Sophie Littlefield
Garden of Stones
Publisher (US: 26th February 2013)
Review
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Lucy Takeda is just fourteen years old, living in Los Angeles, when the bombs rain down on Pearl Harbor. Within weeks, she and her mother, Miyako, are ripped from their home, rounded up – along with thousands of other innocent Japanese-Americans – and taken to the Manzanar prison camp. Buffeted by blistering heat and choking dust, Lucy and Miyako must endure the harsh living conditions of the camp. Corruption and abuse creep into every corner of Manzanar, eventually ensnaring beautiful, vulnerable Miyako. Ruined and unwilling to surrender her daughter to the same fate, Miyako soon breaks. Her final act of desperation will stay with Lucy forever…and spur her to sins of her own.

Eileen Rendahl
Dead Letter Day (Messenger, Book 3)
Penguin Ace (US & CA: 26th February 2013)
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Melina Markowitz, messenger for the underworld, delivers the goods for the supernatural beings in our midst – no questions asked. It’s more than a job; it’s a mission. Safety be damned. Melina’s missing friend, Paul, could just be taking a little werewolf “me time,” but her investigation yields something more sinister. Suspicions first fall on Paul’s wolf-pack rival. But that wouldn’t explain the sudden windstorms rattling Melina’s nerves – or the ominous, shrieking crows that keep appearing. The clues lead Melina to a mermaid, a damaged and possibly deranged police officer and patterns for Norwegian doilies – finally bringing her to the realisation that she may be dealing with the most powerful enemy she has ever faced.

February 2013 Releases

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[REVIEW] Garden of Stones – Sophie Littlefield

Sophie Littlefield
Garden of Stones
Harlequin Mira (US: 18th December 2012)
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I once heard a song (by Kasey Chambers?) on TV with the line: If you’re not pissed off at the world, then you’re just not paying attention. So true. And it’s impossible to read Sophie Littlefield’s Garden of Stones without getting pissed off at the American government during World War II.

I didn’t know about the internment camps. Back in the 1940s, if you were in the US but had Japanese ancestry, they assumed you were an enemy, a spy, or whatever false accusation they could come up with. And thus so many innocent civilians were stolen from their lives and dumped into “internment camps”. I don’t even know what that means, but the very fact they existed screams of racial profiling, prejudice, and all that other awful stuff.

The Pearl Harbor bombing and the unrelated death of Renjiro Takeda changes little Lucy Takeda’s life forever. She and her mother are sent to an internment camp in Manzanar, where events there continue to haunt Lucy well into the 1970s.

Garden of Stones will break your heart. It certainly broke mine. And if you’re not affected, then you’re just not paying attention.

P.S. I received a basic Australian high school education. We only learned about internment/concentration/death camps in Europe.

12 New Covers (Anderson, Barnes, Clarke, Harrison, Jones, Kessler, Littlefield, Mitchell, Moss, Reisz, Rendahl, Rossi)

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