Review: Front Lines by Michael Grant

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Front Lines (Soldier Girl, #1)

by Michael Grant

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Front Lines is an alternate history of World War II, exploring what could have happened if women were allowed to fight on the front lines of battle.  This is a multiple perspective book that details the lives of 3 girls who have enlisted for a variety of reasons.  One is a black medic, who must overcome sexism as well as racism in order to serve her country.  Second is a Jewish girl from New York, who works in army intelligence. And the third perspective, is from a girl who is forced to re-examine who she believes she is in order to accept her new talents to further the USA’s goals in Europe.  All three of these girls have very different experiences, and provide the reader with a glimpse into previously unexplored possibilities while still accurately describing the true horrors of war.

Review:  I received this ARC from EpicReads! in exchange for an honest review.  I have mentioned this book previously on my blog and was very excited to finally read it.  Within the first couple of pages, I fell a little bit in love with this story.  It opens with an unknown, almost omniscient, narrator who introduces the characters to the reader.  It gave me chills and reminded me a lot of the narrator used in The Book Thief.  However, I was a little disappointed to discover that this narration occurs for only about 10 pages of the entire novel.

I also would have loved to hear more from the perspective of the soldier working in intelligence throughout part I of the novel, when they are receiving their training.  This was such a unique perspective and I feel like it could have used more fleshing out and attention.

Although the beginning of the novel dragged a bit in some places, I was really impressed with Grant’s writing during the conflict scenes, and started flying through pages once Part II arrived.  Now that the girls have officially transitioned into combat life, I could easily see myself enjoying the next installment of this series.  I found this to be a great start to a very intriguing series.

Top 5 Friday: YA I Can’t Wait to be Published

This Friday I’m talking about the 5 books I am most excited to read in the coming months.  These all sound really unique and interesting, I can’t wait to finally be able to read them!!


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A Madness so Discreet by Mindy McGinnis – released October 6th

A Madness so Discreet is about Grace Mae, a patient at an asylum at the turn of the 19th century.  While most people write Grace off because she is institutionalized, Dr. Thornhollow recognizes the intelligence under Grace’s madness.  After transferring her to a more humane institution, Grace works as his assistant in the crimes he investigates.  As Grace gains more hope about her future an unknown killer threatens to take it all away.  This looks like it will be dark and sure to keep me on my toes!

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A Step Toward Falling by Cammie McGovern – released October 13th

I loved Say What You Will by McGovern and look forward to her second novel.  This book is about the consequences and lessons two high school seniors learn after witnessing a fellow student being attacked and not taking any action to help her.  They are assigned community service hours at an organization that serves teens with disabilities, in the hopes that they will learn more about people who are like the girl they were unwilling to help.  This is such an important topic that everyone needs more exposure to. I am excited to get McGovern’s take on it.

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Front Lines by Michael Grant – released January 26th

This is a alternative history of World War II where women are subject to the draft.  It follows three girls who have enlisted and describes their trials and they fight Germany in Europe.  This sounds really intriguing and I am interested to see how Grant approaches not just the difficulties of war but also the social judgement and discrimination these girls may face as a result of doing a job that does not fit the gender norm of the time period.

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Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto – released February 2nd

This novel takes on the Wild West in a steam punk style.  Westie is a young women who has grown up with a mechanical arm after losing hers in an attack on the Wagon Trail.  Revenge also has an aspect of magic to it, although I am not sure where it comes into play.  I’m excited to read about this protagonist who has an extremely tough exterior and seems very independent.

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The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine – released February 23rd

This is a fantasy retelling of Snow White.  Lorelai is an outlaw who must use magic to overthrow the queen and her stepmother.  The Huntsman in this retelling, is a prince from a neighboring kingdom, named Kol, who needs the queen’s magic in order to avenge his family’s death.  After meeting and realizing that neither is what they expected, Kol and Lorelai must figure out how to achieve their conflicting goals without the queen’s knowledge.