Review: VIXEN: The Flappers by Jillian Larkin

VIXEN: The Flappers by Jullian Larkin
Hardcover: 432 pages
Reading level: Young Adult
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (December 14, 2010)
Language: English
Rating: YYY1/2

Jazz . . . Booze . . . Boys . . . It’s a dangerous

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. . . .


When I had the opportunity to read VIXEN by Jillian Larkin, I jumped at the chance. How could I resist a story that had elements of The Great Gatsby and Gossip Girl combined? None, as you can see, and I was quickly swept into it's pages of intrigue, secrets and romance.

It was the Roaring Twenties, a time of excessive luxury, prohibition and flapper girls. This sumptuous era served as the perfect backdrop for a story involving three very memorable teens; Gloria, Clara and Lorraine, whose lives intersect but veer off onto different paths. Each character has their own storyline that is filled with mysterious secrets and hidden truths. Gloria wants to embody the flapper lifestyle and follow her passion more than marrying her handsome and overbearing fiance. Lorraine is Gloria's best friend but she envies everything Gloria has and wishes to always eclipse her while Clara comes to help her cousin Gloria with her wedding plans while turning over a new leaf and trying to forget what happened when she ran away to New York. All scandalous and together they forge an unforgettable story that will have your complete attention as you travel through high society parties and lunches to the the smoke-filled jazzy speakeasy's and everything in between.

With VIXEN, debut author Jillian Larkin, has done an noteworthy job of creating a story set during a time in history when the United States was breaking out of it's previously oppressive Victorian way of life and while I found it to be fun and fascinating I wish it had been a bit more detailed and descriptive. The noteable slang of it's heyday, while pertinent to the storyline, also proved to be vexing because I had to look up certain words to fully register their meaning. It is distracting but I can think it can be remedied by having a glossary in the back of the book to make the story flow better for the reader. I did appreciate the many social issues that were covered in VIXEN for it gave the story a gritter edge that complemented it's sumptuous surroundings.

I did get pulled into the story fairly quickly and once I started I could not put it down. It was a pleasant way to spend my time filled with wicked fun and some very unforgettable moments and characters. INGENUE, the next book in the series that will come out next year.

8 comments on "Review: VIXEN: The Flappers by Jillian Larkin"

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog wrote: October 20, 2010 at 11:07 PM

I've been wanting to read this for awhile! i don't blame you for jumping at the chance!!

Pam wrote: October 20, 2010 at 11:20 PM

I still need to read it!

Rebecca Herman wrote: October 21, 2010 at 12:26 AM

I just got this in the mail the other day from B&N First Look. It looks a lot like Bright Young Things which I enjoyed reading a few weeks ago.

So Many Books, So Little Time wrote: October 21, 2010 at 1:29 AM

I'm really excited for this one. Glad you enjoyed it.

RKCharron wrote: October 21, 2010 at 2:45 AM

Thank you for the great review.
I'm looking forward to reading this.
All the best,

Insert Book Title wrote: October 21, 2010 at 10:54 AM

It's sounds great!

Dwayne wrote: October 21, 2010 at 3:02 PM

Lovely review - and I love the cover too. As always, Jazz age is alluring.

Alexa wrote: October 21, 2010 at 4:31 PM

I'm going to soon be getting this from B&N so I hope I enjoy it as much as you have because I do like historical story lines.

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