Friday, February 4, 2011

Review of Vixen by Jillian Larkin

Vixen (Flappers, #1)
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 often develop pre-conceptions about books before I read them, and I love it when I am proved wrong and wind up liking something more than I expected to. To me, Vixen looked like a story that would be mostly 1920s cat fights with words like “flapper” and “speakeasy” tossed in periodically to make it look like historical fiction. Instead, it proved to have the right amount of drama to keep me interested interconnected with themes that will help teenagers understand what America was like in the 1920s.

The narrative is split between three characters: Lorraine, Gloria and Clara, and they all came across as somewhat selfish at first. At first this story seemed to be a 1920s version of Mean Girls. Who will bring who down first? The writing was iffy for me at first, and I didn’t know how to feel about the girls’ friend Marcus, so I wasn’t confident that I would enjoy this book.

Once I got further into the story, it become more obvious that the characters have interests people can relate to regardless of time period. The romantic plots definitely kept me reading. However, this story also delves into issues of race and social class at the time. I think it’s awesome that Larkin has provided us with an enjoyable plotline that will actually educate readers.

Vixen is a novel that will entertain readers of all ages. I’m eager not only to see where this series goes, but to read Anna Godbersen’s Bright Young Things for the sake of comparison. I highly recommend this one for fans of historical fiction.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book through Star Book Tours.


  1. Ah yes...I too enjoyed this one more than I imagined. I didn't have the same concerns with the writing or character connection though I did not know how to take Marcus (was he for real or just really bad) either. In the end, a rather enjoyable read and a fun look at the 1920's era through the eyes of youth. Enjoyed the review! Happy reading....

  2. I'd really like to read this one! The plot sounds good and the cover looks literally awesome!

  3. Have heard good things about this book & I'm really going to have to check it out. Thanks for the review!

    The Book Swarm

  4. I love Mean Girls, so that beginning sounds like it's enough to hook me. Plus HISTORY GEEK girl right here.

    You got me intrigued, Liz.

  5. I've been hearing mixed reviews on this one. Thanks for your opinion.

  6. I LOVED BYT. This was a fabulous review, Liz :) not to mention the cover is kinda lovely <3 you've sold me.

  7. Great Review! Sounds like a enjoyable read!



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