Silver Stars

Silver Stars

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...

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Title:Silver Stars
Author:Michael Grant
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ISBN:0062342185
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:576 pages

Silver Stars Reviews

  • Cecilia
    Feb 10, 2017

    I am currently a mess of emotions. Words can not describe how I feel and felt while reading this book. I didn't think that the sequel could surpass the first one, but this exceeded all my expectations. Grant poignantly painted life as a soldier in WWII. Every description was vivid and took me to another world.

    Frangie, Rainy, and Rio are all equally loved in my heart and each story left me in tears.

    I am currently a mess of emotions. Words can not describe how I feel and felt while reading this book. I didn't think that the sequel could surpass the first one, but this exceeded all my expectations. Grant poignantly painted life as a soldier in WWII. Every description was vivid and took me to another world.

    Frangie, Rainy, and Rio are all equally loved in my heart and each story left me in tears.

    Rio has definitely evolved since she left Gedwell Falls in the beginning of the first book.

    She is a woman of valor, loyalty, and she's one kick butt soldier.

    I love the addition of her

    These are two parts of Rio's story that I had to put the book down for:

    Frangie is basically what every nurse, doctor, or anyone in the world should be like; she's compassionate and will do anything for her patients. The horrors that she has to witness honestly left me gagging.

    Even when she was shot and wounded herself, all she could think of was helping the other wounded soldiers. Like what? She constantly is thinking of others, one of the main reasons she enlisted was to help her family financially. I like that we got to learn more about Frangie's family, her brother was a large mystery that I kept wondering about! I do wish that there had been more chapters about Frangie, I felt Rio had the majority of chapters. If there's another book (which there better be) I wish to see more of Frangie.

    Rainy. Rainy. Rainy. I have to say her chapters kept me at the edge of my seat. I screamed, cried, laughed, and smiled throughout her journey. The Jewish Yiddish phrases that her and her mother said made my day since I knew what they all meant! I want to write which parts made me scream and cry, so here goes:

    (I literally

    when I read this, I flipped to Rainy's next chapter to see what would happen!)

    This is when the tears started:

    The next quote really made me cry, just typing this right now makes me emotional. As a Jew, I grew up hearing the horrors of the Holocaust. What the Nazi's did not only to my people but to homosexuals,gypsies , physically and mentally disabled people, and countless others, was constantly spoken about in my community. Grant portraying the ruthlessness of the Nazi's struck a chord in me, I cried for all those that suffered at the hands of those monsters.

    So yeah, I just poured out my heart and soul. I've never written such a lengthy review with some many quotes! I really hope that there's another book. Grant, give yourself a pat on the back because that was an amazing, well-written, fantastic book! Thank you!

  • Juliet-Camille
    May 22, 2016

    I'm really excited to see where this next book takes the series

    More Rainy

    And Frangie

    And Rio

  • Rachel  (APCB Reviews)
    Oct 15, 2016

    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

    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 their personalities. This book was replete with action and (rightly so) low on romance and humor. All I can really say is that the book was good, not great. A fitting sequel to the series, perhaps my love for the series has just waned.

  • Charlie
    Jan 14, 2017

    4.5 stars

    Like:

    - 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

    4.5 stars

    Like:

    - 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's so cool to see how the war impacts the characters' outlook on life and death. They feel like they can't just go back to their old life, because they've changed completely.

    - Grant made a good choice with creating three characters with such different backgrounds. He can show how much their experience differs from each other during this journey.

    - There are letters interspersed throughout this book as well as journal entries. This whole story is told by one person looking back on the war and adressing the reader as 'Gentle Reader'. Those parts have to be my favourite.

    - Rio (one of the main characters) and her squad are my FAVOURITES. The way they stick together and overcome all of these obstacles as a team is incredibly heartwarming.

    - The descriptions are so visual. I could see all the events in this book playing out right in front of me.

    - There goes a lot of research into this series. You can see it when you look into the bibliography at the end of the book as well as the author's note. I honestly feel like I'm learning about the WWII. This is a HUGE compliment to the author on my part, because I've studied WWII since elementary school. I went to elementary school in Belgium and high school in the Netherlands, so I've learned a lot about it.

    Dislike:

    - The fact that I had a hard time coming up with anything I disliked says a lot, but I don't feel like this is a five star read for me. I can't exactly pinpoint why, but it didn't blow my mind or made me really emotional at any point. A well-deserved 4.5 stars, though.

  • Rachel WritesThings
    Jul 30, 2016

    I have so many thoughts - like CAN A SECOND BOOK BETTER / AS GOOD AS THE FIRST? Yes. YES IT CAAAAN. But I felt the ending was rushed. And I hate hate hate when authors say "fug"/"frig" etc instead of "fuck" (come on, JUST SAY IT. It won't keep you out of libraries...shocking, I know!).

    I'm the first person to review this thing on Goodreads and I'm just here to say I wish Frangie got more page time than she did, and hoping book 3 will provide that. I feel like this book reads realistically in ter

    I have so many thoughts - like CAN A SECOND BOOK BETTER / AS GOOD AS THE FIRST? Yes. YES IT CAAAAN. But I felt the ending was rushed. And I hate hate hate when authors say "fug"/"frig" etc instead of "fuck" (come on, JUST SAY IT. It won't keep you out of libraries...shocking, I know!).

    I'm the first person to review this thing on Goodreads and I'm just here to say I wish Frangie got more page time than she did, and hoping book 3 will provide that. I feel like this book reads realistically in terms of war and women and the era, (except there were a few times where you could tell a guy had written this, as a woman wouldn't think/say X, Y,Z, like a lady would never say "take a leak", and I felt that way with book 1 as well), and I wish it were more popular. It's a series that I think deserves more of an audience particularly with recent girl soldier news (!!!), and the clear research that went into this series. I was also really happy to see that there was a nod to the women back home (though more of that in book 3 please?) because I sorely missed that and felt it stuck out to me in book 1 - there were women being badass on the homefront in factories etc. Overall, this was a solid book 2 and I'm glad I read it on my Kindle because the size is so intimidating. But I should know better. These books are so well plotted (and more or less paced well).

  • Yapha
    Aug 27, 2016

    Following immediately after

    , 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

    Following immediately after

    , 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 been like in a co-ed armed forces of the time, complete with unvarnished examples of racism and anti-Semitism. I'm looking forward to the third book in the series, even though I have a very long time to wait. Highly recommended for grades 8 & up.

    eARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss

  • Wisty
    Sep 02, 2016

    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

    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

    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

    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 patriotism and love. And this reading this book brought back those feelings.

    I loved this book as much as, if not more than,

    . I wrote in my review for the first book that I consider myself a Michael Grant fan, but my respect for him has tripled. I always admire an author who can write vastly different stories (

    ,

    , etc.) that are have ridiculously unique and amazing settings and plots and all contain characters that I connect with and love so much. My love of Rainy, Rio, and Frangie is obscene.

    I'm just going to randomly jot down my thoughts.

    - So, there are three main characters, and different chapters center on each of them (though it's not first person, which I adore beyond words. The writing is phenomenal.), and what I'm extremely impressed by is how distinct each character and her chapters are. There's no confusion, there's never a doubt about who I was reading about, because each girl has such an unmistakable voice and story. I can't get over it.

    - After reading the first book, I was hoping that this one would contain more interaction between the three women. (It's a small war, after all.) I was not disappointed! I'm loving the

    .

    - Once again, I have to give props to the obvious research put into this book. While maybe these three women are not real, the battles, the equipment, the strategy, the camaraderie, and most especially, the bravery depicted in this book were spot-on. Actually, my family member in the military (don't want to give more away. Gotta keep it under my Stetson, as they say.) was

    telling me that a soldier must take care of his feet or else things can turn nasty-and he gave me some horrific examples. And then there was a line in this book about taking care of feet and I was so impressed and excited! The glossary in the back, with pictures, was excellent.

    - Regarding the book's narrator, I believe it is

    .

    - Let's talk about Rainy. I love her and probably connect to her story the most, due to my being a Jew who had family killed by Nazis. And oh my gosh, probably the moment that made me emote the most was when Rainy's (and my) worst nightmare came true:

    . Yup, I cried and had to put down the book for a few moments to collect myself. Can we just ignore history and let Rainy kill Hitler? That'd be great. Also, her whole mission with Cisco and her time in Italy was nail-biting. Freaking riveting. Also, side-note, it was nice to see Halev again. Loved that Rainy wore her uniform while with him, instead of a dress.

    - The letters were a great addition. I'm a sucker for letters in books, and it was heartbreaking to see how soldiers stretch the truth to make their family's feel better.

    - Frangie is my hero. She's just so kind and she overcomes such dumb-shit obstacles that she doesn't deserve. When

    , I was so alarmed! Oh man, and when she found out

    .

    -Rio is the epitome of a soldier. All of those intense strategies she came up with and all of the times she put herself in danger to help others...man. No wonder she's moving up in the ranks. The way the war changes her is so interesting to read, and regarding her small love triangle, I think I officially prefer Jack. Also, any death in Rio's crew hit me hard, and I know it'll probably just get worse. But also, Rio's chapters specifically were still full of banter and humor and I actually laughed. That's incredible.

    - I have undying love for Sergeants Cole and Green. Also, Lieutenant Colonel Herkemeier and his kindness towards Rainy.

    -I appreciated the reporter-style recap right at the beginning. The last line of that effed me up a bit:

    . Yup, I almost gave up right there.

    - This is silly, but Michael Grant uses the Oxford comma, which is my preference. I hate reading things without it, and it's really been getting on my nerves lately, so that was a nice thing.

    - I just let out such a long sigh even at the thought of writing this. Let me talk about the last line:

    . So. I don't think I can describe the feeling in my stomach when I read that line. I so need the next book (Publication date? Title? Cover?), but there's so much dread in the knowledge that the worst of the war is, arguably, yet to come. The Bulge. Normandy. It looks to me like at least one of our girls will be involved in liberating a concentration camp. (Buchenwald, specifically, which is extra hard because I met a man who had been there.) Rainy is intelligence, but if it were her, that'll probably be a very hard thing to read. (I'm 99% sure it won't be that one of the girls ends up in a camp, because that's just not really a thing that can happen.) Even if it's not Rainy. Seeing the Americans liberate these camps, oh my gosh. It's like that one scene I've seen from

    . The soldiers had zero idea what they were about to walk into, and they were all so quiet and just stared in absolute horror at the inhumanity of it all. This will be very difficult to read. Very difficult.

    I probably have so much more to say but can't think of things right now! I'll come back and add things as I think of them. All in all, fantastic book. This has truly made its way into my heart and when it's all said and done, I don't think I'll ever forget this series.

  • Bee (Heart Full of Books)
    Jan 18, 2017

    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

    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 pleased that Michael Grant is fitting in all of the complexities of being at war!

  • Shaun Hutchinson
    Feb 18, 2017

    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

    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 real complaint is that too much time was spent with Rio and not enough with Rainy or Frangie (especially Frangie). As a result, Frangie's story didn't feel as fully realized as it could have been. I hope Grant will allow us to spend more time with her in the third book.

  • Dash fan
    Feb 15, 2017

    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

    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 it was like for women in the war as they played a huge part but it isn't always mentioned. So I applaud Michael for this.

    Rainy, Frangie and Rio are the three main characters and we see their journey progress throughout the army and different jobs within the army.

    It's not an easy journey and we witness the sexism and racism within that era.

    I would recommend reading Silver Stars, but I highly recommend reading the first book.

    I did enjoy reading this book as I have always been fascinated with the history of the war. If I had of read the first book I'm sure I would of enjoyed this more as I wanted to get to know the characters more.

    I received this book from the Publisher in exchange for a honest and fair review via NetGalley.