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Vixen (The Flappers) Paperback – August 9, 2011
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Vixen is a book that you don't want to put down from beginning to end. It is so entertaining and captivating. When I was reading the book, I was immersed in the aura of the 1920's because of the detailed descriptions of the time period, including the flapper lifestyle, clothing, hairstyles, jazz music, prohibition, alcohol, speakeasies, gangsters, etc. The story is told in alternating points of view of three teenage girls, Gloria, Clara, and Lorraine. Gloria is a socialite in Chicago. She is engaged to Sebastian, who comes from a powerful family. Clara is Gloria's cousin who is visiting Gloria to help her with the wedding. Lorraine is Gloria's best friend. Larkin goes in depth with each character's storyline, that you really get to know each of the girls well. Each girl has their own lead role in the book, which I thought was great. I loved each character. The plot was solid throughout the book, no boring spots or weak plot points. It was cleverly done.
While the girls try to find themselves and fit in, so much drama unfolds as the stories of these three girls seamlessly weave in and out of each others lives. I loved the drama!Read more ›
Lorraine is just dying to be the center of attention and wants to be Gloria. Clara convincingly plays the role of the "country cad". Gloria finds herself on a path to adulthood that she may not want to be on, and Marcus is living the life of the ladies man.
The 20s were so restrictive, and the Flappers were struggling against those bonds. Women had no freedom. They were ruled by their fathers and their uncles, and husbands and bosses-- heck, even their mothers. The speakeasy gave the girls a sense of freedom. They could shed the restrictive trappings of society and "be free". Even the character Jerome doesn't really seem free. A young black musician of the time, he is ruled by the gangsters and by his skin. Marcus is probably the freest character portrayed in the book. He's a blond, blue-eyed white male. Who could have been "freer" in the 20s?
I found this to be a really enjoyable read. It actually kept me guessing, which doesn't happen very often. It gave me a taste of what it was like to live in the "Roaring Twenties". A time with some kids choosing to grow up quite quickly and opting to live life in the fast lane (not so different from today).
All in all a very good debut novel!
This first installment in the Flappers series acts as a combination between a historical fiction and romance novel, resulting in a very engaging and pleasing plot and set of characters. It is obvious, as well as stated in her jacket bio, that the author is a very big fan of the 1920s. The attention to detail in describing the setting, clothing, hairstyles, society, and even the slang of the period really stands out.Read more ›
My paperback copy of Vixen arrived with a slightly torn cover due to Amazon’s utter lack of disregard for paperback books. My copy of Vixen is also different from my other books in The Flappers series since both Ingenue and Diva are hardcovers with a semi-realistic looking girl on the cover while Vixen is not only a paperback but also has a real human model on its cover.
Now that I’ve gotten this “barely-able-to-contain-my-fury” rant, let’s begin with the review.
I had high hopes for Vixen. For one, it sounded like Gossip Girl set during the 1920s complete with the ridiculously perfect girls, gorgeous outfits and unconventional romances (Dan and Blair was a mistake that should be erased from history). To be honest, I struggled a lot with writing this review because I did like Vixen but I thought that there were a lot of issues that deterred me from giving this book a perfect rating.
Gloria Carmody is one of our main characters and could be compared to Blair Waldorf. She’s a debutante; rich, smart and respected by her fellow classmates. I liked Gloria because she wasn’t afraid to go out of her comfort zone. The first time we meet her, she’s standing in front of a speakeasy, which was a sort of underground club during the Jazz Age because duh, Prohibition probs. I initially hated Gloria because the first half of the book made her seem like a ditzy white girl who rebelled for the fun of it, but I couldn’t be more wrong. Gloria wasn’t afraid to be herself and she defied all odds to do what she wanted to do. She wasn’t satisfied with being married off to a rich socialite and be a doormat trophy wife.Read more ›
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So I found this book at BOM in the bargain bin (my favorite section) for like 3 dollars. I was super excited because well the cover is beautiful. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Brittany
Where to begin with this steaming pile. First of all I only made it a little over half way through the book before I decided I couldn't waste any more of my precious life on it. Read morePublished 11 months ago by sar.cuppcake
I don't know about all of you, but it has been a life long dream of mine to be able to travel back in time to the Roaring Twenties. There's something so... Read morePublished 14 months ago by mamelotti
I had read this book several years ago on multiple occasions and decided to buy it so that I could read it on my phone. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Madison Barnwell
I love the excitement this book brings. The flappers and the jazz. The prohibition and all things taboo,this book was great,sexy and non stop fun.Published 18 months ago by Kindle Customer
Just like the other two books couldn't put it down.wish the author would come out with some more books that are similar loved the whole seriesPublished on February 6, 2014 by diane ingman
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I like how this book takes place during the whole Prohibition Era and the characters are awesome but I don't like Lorraine ( friend of... Read more
I loved this book! I loved how the three characters intertwined, and how the author kept all the secrets till the last couple of chapters. I love the whole flapper style, too! Read morePublished on August 6, 2013 by Olivia