Sunday, August 21, 2011

Vixen (Flappers #1)

Have you ever been watching a show, and you thought to yourself, "this is really a good episode"?  Then you keep watching, it gets better and better, and you have no idea there is only five minutes left and there is absolutely no way all the ends could be tied up, then low and behold the dreaded "To Be Continued" pops up, and you are furious and excited at the same time.  Well, that is exactly what it was like reading Vixen by Jillian Larkin. (Watch the trailer here.)

Vixen tells the story of the seemingly perfect Gloria, her cousin, Clara, and her supposed best friend, Lorriane.  The girls are struggling to find their version of a perfect life during the roaring 20's in Chicago. 

Gloria seems to have it all.  She is a beautiful socialite, who is engaged to Sebastian Grey.  On the surface, Sebastian is every girl's dream, every girl except Gloria.  Gloria wants to break free from the perfect girl she must be and embrace the flapper lifestyle.  But it's not easy for a society girl to insert herself into the world of jazz and the mob. 

Lorriane has always been Gloria's best friend.  But, she is tired of being in Gloria's shadow.  She is tired of being overlooked by Marcus, her unrequited love.  But he has eyes for another.  (Don't they always!)  Lorianne becomes ruthless and then remorseful.  You'd almost like to feel sorry for her.  Notice I said almost.

Clara, oh Clara.  Clara has come to Chicago from Pennsylvania.  Or, at least that's what she tells everyone.  What she doesn't tell everyone is that instead of the "Country Clara" she pretends to be, she has spent time being a sophisticated flapper from New York.  However, her time in New York placed some skeletons in her closet that she hopes will stay hidden.

In addition to the three main darlings, there is also a host of characters who all are more than what they seem.  From the seemingly perfect Sebastian, to the piano playing Jerome, to the playboy Marcus- man, they're all up to something.

So, what I'm saying is that the cliff hanger is worth it.  And, we are in luck because #2 in the Flappers series Ingenue became available August 9.  I cannot wait to see what happens next.  And, I know we shouldn't judge books by their cover, but these are so pretty!

Note: These books are probably better suited for older teens.

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