Thursday, 2 December 2010

Vixen by Jillian Larkin

Vixen
Jillian Larkin
Delacorte Books for Young Readers
[December 14, 2010]

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.

Half way through this book, I realized it was just like The Luxe but in the 1920s and was slightly disappointed. I love The Luxe, but I was hoping for more. And I ended up getting a lot more.
This book addressed some more serious issues in the era, like prohibition and something other things I'm not gonna talk about. It wasn't as light as you might think.

This book had a lot of romance, but also more action that I expected. There was just...a lot more going on in general. The fluff was there, but not overly abundant.

I loved most of the characters. There were only a few I really had a problem with and I wanted to smack them. But I think that was the point, you were supposed to dislike these characters.

I dunno...it wasn't the perfect book. But by the end I was thinking it was The Luxe plus A Great and Terrible Beauty smacked into the 1920s. I really, really loved it. Even if you don't read historical fiction, I think you should try this one. I'm really looking forward to the sequel!

--Julie

2 comments:

  1. I actually think it sounds a lot like Bright Young Things with 3 girls in the 1920's. I'm still looking forward to reading it to see how it compares.

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  2. Like Adriana mentioned it sounds a lot like Bright Young Things, but I'll still be picking it up to read when it's out.

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