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Vixen (The Flappers #1) - Jillian Larkin

Posted by on October 8, 2011

Synopsis: 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. . . .

Review: This is the first historic fiction I’ve read. Ever! I was one of those people that wrote off the genre because I don’t necessarily care too much for other eras. Not out of ignorance, but I mean… there’s usually other books that I would choose first! So this for me was completely out of my comfort zone.

I am SO glad I read this. I am already planning on reading other historic novels as we speak!

I hate comparing and don’t like to do it often, but I feel this analogy works. This book reminds me of Gossip Girl set in the 1920s. And I mean that in a GREAT way, because this completely worked for me! It showed me that not all books set in this era need to be boring and drab. It was cheeky, scandalous and daring.

The story is written from the perspective of the three girls, Gloria, Lorraine and Clara - each chapter is written from a different perspective and alternates so have a complete insight into each girls story. I might have fallen in love a little bit with Marcus. He sounded lovely. :)

I loved the way this story was written and I really liked the story line. I know this story has in some cases has been compared against Bright Young Things and The Luxe and because of this may not have rated as highly. I haven’t read either of those books, and from my perspective, I really loved the storyline. I definitely will read both BYT and The Luxe now after getting a taste of historical fiction!

Rating: 4 out of 5

3 Responses to Vixen (The Flappers #1) - Jillian Larkin

  1. Giselle

    Oh wow. I almost didn’t check this post out because i usually don’t real historical.. well.. anything, but it sounds like so much fun! I love Gossip Girl too! I’ll definitely be trying this one out for sure. Great review!

    Xpresso Reads

  2. Colleen @ Les Livres

    This book sounds really fun! Thanks for giving it a try and posting!

  3. Jac @ For Love And Books

    I love the Flapper Era, so this book looks really fun for me. I’m nervous about the fact that each chapter is from a different perspective (3 different) but it sounds like (from your review) that it works well!

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