Monday, March 7, 2011

Review: Vixen by Jillian Larkin

Monday, March 7, 2011
Vixen - Jillian Larkin
Release Date: December 14th 2010
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 421
Overall: 4/5
Just quickly, once again, I would like to thank Star Book Tours for letting me participate in this ARC tour.

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.

One of the things things that I was worried about going into this book was, it wouldn't live up to all of the hype that I've been hearing. I've heard so many good things about this book, I just hoped that it would be as good as everyone was saying, and to be honest it really was. There's very few books that are set during this time, so even just that makes it a good book, but Jillian uses the language from that time perfectly, and it really helped to convince me that it was 1920's and the flapper lifestyle was banned by prohibition.

I do like the way the book is set up. One chapter your reading about Gloria, the next about Lorraine, then the next about Clara. But there were times while I was reading that I felt I didn't want to know what was going on with Lorraine. I felt more of a connection and more of a concern of what was happening with Gloria and Clara.  For awhile I just saw Lorraine as a girl who dressed as a slut who wanted Marcus Eastman. I found myself reading her parts faster because I just had to know what was happening with Gloria and Clara, but didn't want to miss if anything happened while she was around.

The ending is one that I did not see coming. I usually have this sense about how things are going to end, but with this one it kind of threw me for a loop. It does clear up a few questions that were brought up during the rest of the novel, but then it throws in a few more. I think that was a really good plan, because now I know I want to read the second one to see what happens, and I'm sure most people that liked the book will feel the same way. Now I am kind of dying to know if she's going to add the new character she did the epilogue with. Because that would make four people for the next novel, but it would also help to fill in some holes that I've found by running through the story in my mind and questions that I have about them.

Overall this was a really good book. I just couldn't get over the fact that Lorraine, even though her story was not meant to be, was boring and annoying to me. It was still an amazing read and should be read by anyone and everyone. I would recommend this book to someone that wants to read either a good book set in the 1920's or a really romantic mystery, or anyone just looking for a good read to be honest. So add this to your TBR list if you haven't already!

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