Review: Purple Hearts by Michael Grant

purple hearts The final book in the Front Lines trilogy was fitting ending for all three of our heroines.  The alternate history re-imagined World War Two if women had been allowed to serve and be drafted into the Military.  Rio, Frangie and Rainey all enlisted as the US was on the brink of joining the war.  Throughout the trilogy we have followed Frangie, Rio and Rainey through basic training, northern Africa and Italy all while trying to figure out who they are how they fit in in this new world.  Does being a soldier make them any less feminine? And what future do they have to look forward to after the war is over.  At the end of the last book, they were all awarded Silver Stars for their bravery in Italy.  If they  thought winning a Silver Star would make their lives as soldiers, they were mistaken.  In some cases it only made their mostly male soldiers resent them even more.  Rio’s hometown sweetheart, struggles to deal with the fact he had to be rescued by his girl and she gets rewarded for it.  The gender roles have been reversed and he can’t deal with it.  Our Soldier Girls are preparing for the D-Day invasion to open the final book.  With it comes all the blood and carnage that we come to expect from years of seeing this battle depicted on the big screen.  As the girls progress from Normandy to Paris to Battle of the Bulge in Belgium to finally Germany.  They are faced with hardships and hard decisions as they continue to face the cruel reality of war.  They are fighting a war against the Nazis about also about the sexism and racism in the Military.  It truly speaks to what women face today.  I have to wonder what our country would be like if women had been able to serve in World War Two. How would our world be different and how much would it be the same?  It sort of get the sense that Michael Grant doesn’t seem to think that history would have changed all that much but also could be my own cynicism.  Anyway, it was a good series full of great characters and an interesting ideas.  I’m glad I read it but I can’t help but wonder what if there were stories of real soldier girls that could be told.

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Upcoming to Read-List March is going to be a busy month

There are lots of good books coming out.  March is going to be crazy with new releases!!

  1. Purple Hearts by Michael Grant (January 30)-The final book in the Soldier Girls Trilogy. Will Frangie, Rio and Rainey survive the end of the war?  Who has the narrator been this whole time?
  2. Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes (February 6)-Another series ender.  The Falling Kingdom Series has had so many twists and turns that it’s hard to predict how this one will end and who will live?  The body count this high, it’s amazing we have so many still alive.
  3. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (March 6)-So excited for this one.  The buzz around this one has been incredible.
  4. Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi (March 6)-Now that Juliette is the leader and with that can only come new challenges.
  5. Tiger’s Dream by Collen Houck (March 20)-The long awaited final book in the Tiger’s Saga.  It’s been four years since we last we heard from Kelsey and her tigers.  One was left behind in the past but it’s not like thousands years apart can keep them away from each other long.
  6. I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman (March 27)-One of the best contemporary writers out there.  She’s not afraid to tackle tough issues and this doesn’t look to be anything different.
  7. Aru Shah and the End of Times by Roshani Chokshi (March 27)-First book to be released from Rick Riordan Presents.  It’s funny how many books I’ve read about Hindu mythology and this will be the first actually written by a Desi author.

And I’ve already looked at April’s release schedule.  I won’t be going out much until July at this point.  haha