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Silver Stars

(Front Lines #2)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  1,647 ratings  ·  282 reviews
She’s fighting to survive.

The summer of 1943, World War II. The Germans have been bloodied, but Germany is very far from beaten. The North African campaign was only the beginning of the long journey for Frangie, Rainy, Rio, and the millions of other Allies.

Now the American army is moving on to their next target: the Italian island of Sicily. Frangie, Rainy, and Rio now kno
Hardcover, 548 pages
Published January 31st 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Shaun Hutchinson
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a hard book to read. Where Frontlines was mostly concerned with getting Rio, Rainy, and Frangie through training and into the war, Silver Stars focuses on the real meat of the war. The death and hopelessness (and heroism) of it all. There are scenes that are just brutal to read. But they're so worth it in the end. Unlike many middle books, this didn't feel like a book that was trying to kill time until the conclusion. This book felt like the most important book in the series.

My only rea
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
4.5 stars

- I care about these characters SO much and I genuinely want them to be safe.
- I managed to read this almost 600 page book in 3 days because there were many exciting scenes that made want to read on and read just one more chapter.
- I thought this was going to be a duology, but apparently there is going to be one more book. YAY!
- The title of this book actually made sense towards the end of the story and it made my heart swell. All of characters' stories really came together.
- It
If you thought Front Lines was good then you've honestly not seen anything yet because Silver Stars ups the stakes in every way possible, the danger is greater than ever and the characters have completely come into their own. If you're new to this series then I'd recommend reading the books in order but to give you a brief recap this is an alternative history of WWII imagining one major change - that female soldiers were recruited into the American army and served alongside the men on the front ...more
Lizzy (Bent Bookworm)
OMG I thought this was a duology! Waaaaah. Now I have to wait for conclusions...

May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
So it turns out, after consulting with Google, that women actually did serve in combat during WWII. I liked this second book in the trilogy better than the first one, which continued to follow the army careers of Rio Richlin (blue collar soldier), Frangie Marr (black medic), and Rainy Schulterman (Jewish intelligence officer.) In the last book, they met in Northern Africa, here they meet in Sicily and Italy on their separate missions. Author Grant continues to develop his characters, but especia ...more
Rachel  (APCB Reviews)
Oct 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-releases
As much as I enjoyed this book, there was something about it that just didn't entertain me as much as I'd hoped.

Grant continues to seamlessly marry fact and fiction, history and creativity into a compelling story of women fighting in World War II. The writing delivery in "Silver Stars" is as cold and distant as a war story would be told. The character growth from book one to two is astounding yet plausible. Grant did a great job really showing how the events in these women's lives have hardened
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-books
Not as good as the first one, but I think I just missed the training montages! Rainy was probably my favourite POV in this story, which is pretty much the opposite of the first book. She got to be a spy running around Italy though! SO COOL. Things are getting serious for Rio, so it's getting harder to enjoy her sections - they're still interesting, but there's a lot of self-doubt there, and her relationship with leadership in general, is, I'm sure, accurate to feelings at the time, so I'm really ...more
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Dash fan
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Silver stars is the second book in a series of 3.
However I wasn't fortunate to of read the first book so I found it a little bit daunting. The characters had allready developed and their journey began so it was a little confusing to start with until I got the gist of it.

This book is very well researched and I felt the emotions and rawness of the war and it has been portrayed very well.
I can feel the characters pain and how the war has changed each women.

It's nice to read a book that shows what i
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
“This is the story of three young women who fought in the greatest war in human history.”


If you want to read an absolutely amazing Young Adult WWII book, I highly recommend the first book in this series, Front Lines. If features a beautifully diverse cast of characters, following a Jewish girl, an African-American girl, and a white girl, who all have one thing in common: they are strong young women ready to serve their country.

This series is fictional in part, because although these "soldier
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-fiction
Absolutely fantastic continuation of book one. I find that the second book in a series is usually slow; some kind of stepping stone - but this is jammed packed of character development, non-stop action and anticipation of the next installment.

It is much more gritty than the first. The language is more direct, the sexism and racism more apparent, and all of it is more accurate and real than the reader expects. There is sex, there is smoking and drinking among the soldiers, and there is such raw
Aug 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Following immediately after Front Lines, we follow Rainy, Frangie, and Rio from the battles in North Africa to Italy and Sicily, where the bulk of the European fighting is now occurring. I didn't think it was possible, but it is even better than the first (though you really need to read the series in order!). They are moving up in rank and responsibility, though not always willingly, as their experience in the Army progresses.

Grant gives a realistic portrayal of what life would probably have bee
Jan 04, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars. This is a terrific trilogy. It's an alternative series where woman were allowed in combat during WWII. The books follow three young women on their way to war. While I felt that the individual campaigns were well written and the female characters were 3D and worthy of Grant, I thought the make characters and the end fell flat. That being said, read it. I anxiously await the final installment.
May 22, 2016 marked it as to-read
I'm really excited to see where this next book takes the series


More Rainy


And Frangie


And Rio

Sep 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Holy moly.

I recently went to an armor museum, and yeah, I cried. It was full of WWII vehicles weapons, and I stood for a long time staring up in awe at the Sherman tank. Although it's not the biggest tank in existence, I'm pretty small, so it was a behemoth in my eyes. And I placed my hand on it and just thought about all of the soldiers who fought for our country during the war, all the sacrifices that were made, those who died, those who made it but were never the same, and I felt a swell of
*Source* Edelweiss
*Genre* Young Adult, Historical
*Rating* 4.0


Silver Stars, by author Michael Grant, is the second installment in the Front Lines trilogy. Grant’s brilliant reimagining of World War II with girl soldiers fighting on the front lines is unlike anything in the teen market. Following a recent Pentagon decision to open all jobs in combat units to female service members, (which I fully support FYI) top officers in the army and the marine corps testified that they believe all w
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: galley
I received a digital copy from Edelweiss to give my honest opinion.

4.5 stars, really, but I'm nitpicking. It's a wonderful book.

If you enjoyed the first one, you're going to love this one.

Silver Stars dives right into the action. There's plenty of action, but also some great moments with all the girls and their best friends, family, and sergeants as the war progresses.

Rio definitely has the most page time, but Rainy and Frangie felt like they had more page time than the first book. I did want
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite-books, own
There were parts in this that just killed me. There is so much horror in war and Grant dragged us through it all, put us down in the trenches and left us all alone to worry about what was around the corner and stranded us with broken hearts without any real hope that we were going to make it out alive but made us keep getting up and going on anyway. It was cinematic and terrifying and the only way you can have me in agony like this is if you create characters like these. Stephen King does it too ...more
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017
I can't even put into words how much I love this series! I was so scared that this book wasn't going to be as good as Front Lines, but Silver Stars did not disappoint. Considering both Front Lines and Silver Stars are both around 600 pages long, you'd think at some point you'd get bored and wish something would happen, but no! This book was so addictive and amazing, it kept me on the edge of my seat with every page. I have such a love for every character in these books and cannot wait until the ...more
Baker St Shelves
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Pretty action packed book and it was cool to see everyone come back and to see their progression as soldiers. Definitely a great book, but some storylines stuck out more to me, like infiltrating the criminal underworld would've been cool to see further explored, however some scenes don't get the time needed, but that's fine. I also appreciate how this book doesn't romanticize war and doesn't hold back from showing how brutal it is. Worth checking out.
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Man I love this series. It's right up my alley :) can't wait til Purple Hearts comes out!
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Authors who write non YA books really need to take a page (several pages actually) from Mr. Grant's books. Why? Because he gives us great female protagonists!! "But he writes YA books" you yell kicking and screaming because no worthwhile adult spends their time reading YA books. Right? Wrong!!
If you are thinking teen angst, sappy love stories, and characters an adult cannot identity with, you're so wrong.
I first started reading Mr. Grant years ago when I was browsing an indy bookstore for a go
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The basic gist of my review is that you should read this book.
But if you want to, you can read it here:
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I didn't review this when I rated it because I really didn't know what to say. Or, rather, I knew what I wanted to say, but not if I would be able to do so.

This was not the book that I should have been reading in the aftermath of the election. One wouldn't normally think that an alternative history written for the young adult audience would be anything other than escapism. However, in Grant's alternate world, the only difference is that women were allowed to serve on the front lines of World War
Tara Russell
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, fiction
This was a hard book to read. Not because the plot is overly complicated, or the language too elaborate or the characters unlikeable, but because the handling of the subject of war is, by its nature, disturbing. Consequently it took me longer to read Silver Stars than I expected, and took more reading than Front Lines. However, this is 1944 and the protagonists Rio, Rainy and Frangie are no longer green new recruits, but survivors of battles, with the gravitas that brings.

The use of the varying
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this. The description of battles are so compelling, and told in a matter of fact style that makes it hard to look away. I really appreciated that the plot never became trite and clicheed. The women characters were wonderfully fleshed out. Can't wait for the sequel.
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thanks to the publisher for a digital advance reader's copy, provided via Edelweiss.
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every bit as good as the first book. Roll on January when, I hope, book three is out!
Silver Stars reunites us with Rio, Rainy and Frangie as they continue their wartime journeys. It took everything I enjoyed about Front Lines and notched it up to the next level.

So much happens in this book! When I reviewed Front Lines I said that I loved the characters but I just wanted more from the plot. Where the first book built up our characters wonderfully, Silver Stars takes what we know and adds in all the action I so desired. With Rio, Rainy and Frangie following their own separate path
Raile Bay
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a better sequel to the first book.

The one thing that I believe Michael Grant has handled the best in this series- character development. While the amount of research he's clearly put into the series is amazing as well, I think this is where the books really take the cake.

I've read previous series of Michael Grant- Gone, Animorphs- and the common link seems to be the amazing character development. Rio Richlin reminds me of Rachel from Animorphs- while their starting points aren't similar
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Co-author with Katherine Applegate of Ocean City, Making Out, Summer, Animorphs, Everworld, Remnants, Eve and Adam.

Pseudonymous coauthor with KA of Christy (the TV spin-off books), Sweet Valley Twins, Girl Talk and various Disney spin-offs.

Pseudonymous author of Barf-O-Rama.

Author of Gone, BZRK, The Magnificent 12, Messenger of Fear, Front Lines, Monster and A Sudden Death in Cyprus.

AKA Michae

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Front Lines (3 books)
  • Front Lines (Front Lines, #1)
  • Purple Hearts (Front Lines, #3)

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