Author: Jillian Larkin
Publisher: Delacorte Press for Young Readers (an imprint of Random House)
Release Date: December 14, 2010
* Purchased on my own.
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.
If you forced me to choose between Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen and Vixen by Jillian Larkin, I'd have to tell you that my answer--and new favorite set in the 1920's--is Vixen. Yes, they have some similarities--the era and three main characters--but Vixen is much more so focused on the speakeasies, prohibition, and flappers than I found Bright Young Things to be--although you could attribute this to the fact that Bright Young Things is set later in the era.
In Vixen, our three main characters are Gloria Carmody, Lorraine Dyer, and Clara Knowles. Gloria is engaged to Sebastian Grey--who is publicly against speakeasies and flappers--and she wants nothing more than to become a flapper and experience a sort of freedom that she has never had before. Lorraine Dyer is Gloria's best friend; she also happens to be insanely jealous of Gloria and she's also got a crush on Marcus--another of their friends. Lastly, there's Clara, my favorite character from Vixen. She's been sent to live with her aunt--and thus Gloria--to help plan Gloria's wedding and to effectively keep out of trouble after a stint in New York City during which she was completely engulfed in the flapper lifestyle. However, someone from New York has followed Clara to Chicago and he's been leaving her notes--more importantly, she's afraid that all her hard work of playing the 'good girl' will go to waste if he shows up. Meanwhile, she's falling in love with Marcus, Lorraine is starting to get friendly with Sebastian, and Gloria finds love with a piano player.
Needless to say, I really enjoyed reading Vixen and I'm looking forward to Ingenue which is currently set to be released on August 9, 2011. Each of the girls was certainly an individual and I'm personally partial to Clara and her relationship with Marcus--if you couldn't tell by now. Unfortunately I can't really say much more than that without including spoilers. I will, however, tell you that to me, Vixen is a very good embodiment of the 1920's and what the era makes me think of.
Overall Rating: ★★★★★