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Ingenue (The Flappers) Hardcover – August 9, 2011
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This second book in the Flappers series finds the girls in even more trouble, if possible. Gloria is in New York with Jerome, her musician (and African American) boyfriend. That’s not working out too well. Jerome’s sister, Vera, is going east to find them, but she’s just witnessed a murder. And Lorraine’s there to get back at Gloria, who had dumped their friendship. Yes, the flappers are in NYC, and booze, bullets, and bad boys are on the menu. Perhaps even more over the top than the first book (Vixen, 2010), this is a minxes-and-mayhem cross between Friends and Boardwalk Empire. Grades 9-12. --Ilene Cooper
Elle Girl (online)
"Ingenue hits shelves August 9, and we are way ready for the latest glamorous chapter. Short skirts, dark and dank speakeasies, and a slew of boys are more than enough to grab our intrigue. It’s high time we strolled into our imaginary time machines back to the 1920s"
"This is a minxes-and-mayhem cross between Friends and Boardwalk Empire."
School Library Journal
"The booze, deception, scandals, and romance will keep readers looking forward to the next book in the series."
"Larkin brings the colorful 1920s alive with her vivid descriptions of the amazing fashions and jazzy music. And she doesn't back away from the dangers and dirt of the time period either, incorporating the illegal speakeasy nightclubs with their smoky atmospheres and flowing liquor bars, and the law-breaking mobsters who rule the streets. She also tackles the racism and bigotry of the time, doing so with honesty and sensitivity. Fans will be excited to know that this talented writer is offering more thrills, romance and history with book three, DIVA, coming in 2012."
Bibliophile Support Group (blog):
"The cliffhanger end was pitch-perfect, and I am very much looking forward to the third book – Diva – when it comes out. I can’t help hoping that this is not the final book in what is turning out to be a lively, wild, romantic, opulent series! Want to sit back, relax, and be flat-out entertained? Grab Ingénue! That is, after reading Vixen!"
"This series should definitely be on your list to buy, as these books tell what 1920’s New York was really all about - good gossip and a whole lot of fun."
Book Loving Mommy
"I love the descriptions of New York in the 1920s! They are so real that you feel like you are watching it on TV. The speakeasies were well-described and it is obvious that the author has done her research into this world and time...I highly recommend that you pick up this series and give it a try!"
One Page at a Time
"Fun brain candy with lots of historical insight."
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Everyone is now in New York. Gloria and Jerome are trying to hide from the mob. Vera, Jerome's younger sister is frantically looking for them. Marcus has fallen for Clara, who is trying to keep away as her former life as the Queen of the Flappers beckons. And Lorraine is trying to get back at everyone who hurt her in VIXEN.
A fast entertaining read, this novel will give today's teens something new to think about. Four stars.