Monday, June 11, 2012

Review: Vixen by Jillian Larkin

Vixen (Flappers, #1)Title: Vixen
Author: Jillian Larkin
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Publishing Date: December 14th 2010
Pages: 421
Genre: Young Adult Historical Fiction/Romance
Series: Flappers #1
Source: Hardcover

Goodreads Summary:

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.

Another series I was excited to start. I really enjoy historical fiction books and this one sounds exciting. Who doesn’t want to be a part of the roaring ‘20s?

The story revolves around the lives of three upscale girls, Gloria, Lorraine, and Clara and their intertwined lives.

I found the characters in this book to be amazing. Each one of the girls were a character on their own and really stood out. Each time a chapter for one girl ended I found myself yearning for more, but it was soon forgotten because a new chapter began. Gloria is kind hearted but wants to be a wild child, Lorraine has a mean jealous streak, and Clara fights to be seen as a sweet quiet girl. I really enjoyed reading from each of the girls’ points of view. It was fun to see inside each one’s mind. I found myself constantly rooting for Gloria and Clara and spent most of my time hating Lorraine.

It was really easy for me to get into this story. Right away I was dragged into the flapper era. The writing was very well done and I didn’t feel that I was lacking for any in the setting. I felt each scene as if I was there. It was a real wild ride for me and I can’t wait to read the next installment. Warning the book ends with quite a boom!


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