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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Vixen by Jillian Larkin

I love the 1920s. I love everything about it. I wish I had lived in the 1920s. I seriously think that we should have old-school speakeasies and cute 20s-style bobs and flapper dresses. So needless to say, when I saw Vixen, book 1 of Jillian Larkin's The Flappers' Series on the shelf at my local Barnes and Noble, I was excited to read it. This is the summary from Goodreads: Jazz . . . Booze . . . Boys . . . It’s a dangerous combination.

Every girl wants what she can’t have. Seventeen-year-old Gloria Carmody wants the flapper lifestyle—and the bobbed hair, cigarettes, and music-filled nights that go with it. Now that she’s engaged to Sebastian Grey, scion of one of Chicago’s most powerful families, Gloria’s party days are over before they’ve even begun . . . or are they?

Clara Knowles, Gloria’s goody-two-shoes cousin, has arrived to make sure the high-society wedding comes off without a hitch—but Clara isn’t as lily-white as she appears. Seems she has some dirty little secrets of her own that she’ll do anything to keep hidden. . . .

Lorraine Dyer, Gloria’s social-climbing best friend, is tired of living in Gloria’s shadow. When Lorraine’s envy spills over into desperate spite, no one is safe. And someone’s going to be very sorry. . . .

From debut author Jillian Larkin, VIXEN is the first novel in the sexy, dangerous, and ridiculously romantic new series set in the Roaring Twenties . . . when anything goes.

I've decided to live in this book. So if I disappear, I've discovered the secret of time travel and have somehow managed to go back to the Roaring Twenties.

What I liked: 1) Well, it's already been established that I liked the time period. What it is though, is that books set in a different time period are kind of rare, especially in a young adult book. This was the first YA book I've come across set in the 1920s. So that was definitely fun. 2) It was obvious to me that Miz Larkin either knew a lot about the history of the 1920s, or did some really great research. She really managed to put me right there in the 20s. 3) Marcus. He was my favorite character overall. He's supposed to be this big ladies man, but I thought he was really sensitive and caring. Of the girls, I think my favorite was Clara. There is a lot of mystery that surrounds her throughout the story, and even though she's hiding who she really is, it's for good reason. I liked Gloria too, and I enjoyed seeing her break free of the bubble that her family had painted her into. 4) I liked the universality of this book (brief pause while I decide whether or not universality is actually a word). I think it can be enjoyed by anyone (teen, adult, male, female...) There is a love story, but it's not overwhelmingly gushy, and there is some cool mafia action and danger. There really is something in it for everyone. I also love the cover, and have decided to make it my life-long goal to be a flapper. Or a pirate. I'm undecided.

What I didn't like: 1) Lorraine. She's a necessarily obnoxious character, and try as I might, I just wasn't able to conjure up any sympathy for her. 2) I would have liked to explore their world a little more. It seemed like we were stuck traveling in a loop between Gloria's mother's house, and the Green Mill. For all that was going on at the time, I would have liked more depth to the settings.

Overall thoughts: This was a really fun read from debut author Jillian Larkin. The best part about it was the fact that it was set in the 1920s and all that that entails. Speakeasies, jazz, flappers...all of these combined made for a compelling and easy to read story about three girls trying to find their life in the quickly changing world of Pennsylvania of the 1920s.

My rating: 4 shots


  1. I just got this one at Borders- I am so glad to hear you liked it! I loved the Luxe series and The Other Countess series, but was not fond of other ya historical fiction... so I was leery about this one.

    Thanks for the great review!

  2. The 20s were awesome. So glad there's a good book that's based in them!

  3. Ooo, I've been thinking about getting this one for a while, but I could never quite decide. Think I'm definitely going to now! Great review!

  4. I am also a huge fan of this time period, but haven't found many books taking place during it. You can bet that I am adding this to my TBR list - it looks great. Excellent review!

    Bonnie @ HandsAndHome

  5. JuJu - Hee hee...pincurls and bathtub gin! I love the 20s!

    Coranne - I haven't read the Luxe series, but I've been considering it. Maybe I should check it out!

    FairyPenguin - Thanks! The 20s were just so interesting!

    Liz - It is great. Definitely suggested for anyone who's interested in the decade.

    Karen - Oh, do it! If you are at all on the fence, hop on over!

    Bonnie - I'm glad I could make the suggestion! I hope you enjoy it!

    Melissa - Well, girl, why haven't ya read it?!

    Thanks to you all for stopping by! Y'all's comments make me so happy!


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