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From the PublisherBooklistOnline.com, October 2012:
"There's lots of smoke, jazz, dancing, danger, and, of course, romance...those who've been following the flappers will likely be very happy with the ending."
Joy and tragedy collide in DIVA, the riveting conclusion to the Flappers series, set in the dazzling Roaring Twenties. Parties, bad boys, speakeasies—life in Manhattan has become a woozy blur for Clara Knowles. If Marcus Eastman truly loved her, how could he have fallen for another girl so quickly? Their romance mustn't have been as magical as Clara thought. And if she has to be unhappy, she's going...
Joy and tragedy collide in DIVA, the riveting conclusion to the Flappers series, set in the dazzling Roaring Twenties. Parties, bad boys, speakeasies—life in Manhattan has become a woozy blur for Clara Knowles. If Marcus Eastman truly loved her, how could he have fallen for another girl so quickly? Their romance mustn't have been as magical as Clara thought. And if she has to be unhappy, she's going to drag everyone else down to the depths of despair right along with her.
Being a Barnard girl is the stuff of Lorraine Dyer's dreams. Finding out that Marcus is marrying a gold digger who may or may not be named Anastasia? A nightmare. The old Lorraine would have sat by and let the chips fall where they may, but she's grown up a lot these past few months. She can't bear to see Marcus lose a chance for true love. But will anyone listen to her?
Now that the charges against her have been dropped, Gloria Carmody is spending the last dizzying days of summer on Long Island, yachting on the sound and palling around with socialites at Forrest Hamilton's swanky villa. Beneath her smile, though, Gloria's keeping a secret. One that could have deadly consequences . . .
From the Hardcover edition.
Posted July 11, 2012
First off, I loved the first two books! It was amazing! It was totally different from any other book I ever read. I was really happy when this book was on NetGalley. I want to thank the publisher for letting me review this!
The beginning starts off with Jerome. He went to a club to get a job, but of course everyone didn't want him to sing because he was black. After that happened, Jerome met Gloria's father outside the club. Nothing can go right when your fiancée's father go find you.
Gloria was in jail for three weeks. Suddenly Hank went to talk to Gloria. Hank made a deal with Gloria to go find out how Forrest got all his money. And if Gloria does find out, Hank will set Gloria free from jail.
Lorraine and Clare are jealous because Marcus is getting married to a girl he haven't even known for 2 months. Clare still is in love with Marcus. Lorraine still likes him a lot. When Lorraine and Clare bumped into each other many things went wrong.
There's a lot of twist and turns. I can never get bored with the different point of views. I exceptionally love Gloria's chapters, they were so interesting! There wasn't much of Jerome in this book which I hate. But the new characters in the book made up for it.
I love Gloria and Jerome's long distance relationship. Even though they haven't seen each other in weeks. They still have a really strong relationship which I love. Another couple I really love is Lorraine and Melvin. There relationship is just so cute! I love them :) Even though they only hung out with each other a few times, I can feel the connection between them.
All the main character got their happy ending. Gloria, Jerome, Lorraine, Clare, and Marcus are all happy at the end. The only bad thing that happen was someone getting shot.
Overall, I love all three books. This is such an amazing trilogy. I can't wait to read other books from this author. The writing was so beautiful. I exceptionally love the way the author describe the clothes they were wearing. It makes me feel like going into a time machine, so I can try on those clothes.
"She wore a full-length burnt-orange dress with Grecian-style beading on the shoulders, and diamond earrings dangled from her ears."
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Posted December 7, 2013
First of all- dont read diva without reading the series! I absoulty adored the series and its glamous 20s setting! It was amazing to see how the girls- especailly Lorraine grew over time. My one complaint would have to be that the last book was kind of copying the Great Gatsby with the whole forrest and Ruby thing. Overall, i loved reading the series!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 24, 2013
Reviewed by Avery, age 9, for City Book Review
This book is the last part of a series and would have made a bit more sense having started at the beginning. The story is exciting and even for a young girl in her tweens it is very appropriate. I like this book because it covers a lot of topics like alcohol, hanging with the wrong crowds, making bad decisions, racism, and what it might have been like to live 90 years ago during the roaring 20′s and being a flapper. Peer pressure is hard and it happens everywhere no matter what year it is.
"Here are your weapons, kid. Now go knock'em dead."
This book has a lot of action following three girls around New York. Lorraine, Clara, and Gloria who all end up living exciting stories to be talked about for a long time. From shooting someone and facing prison, finding love at a jazz club, and breaking into careers of writing and it all takes place around Forrest Hamilton, a Broadway Director being watched by the FBI.
This book was provided in exchange for an honest review*
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Posted December 26, 2012
I always like to see a satisfying ending to a series. It's been a bit of ride, but I've enjoyed this series quite a bit. it's opened up my eyes to a time period that I'm not really familiar with.
I found Gloria's situation the most interesting. I just didn't buy the fact that she would be released in exchange for gathering information on Forrest for the police. Like he would expect anything at all from that arrangement. I did like how it made her see what her life could have possibly been like if she had no fallen in love with Jerome. But, it also made her realize what she was willing to do to keep him. I think it shows how much she truly loves him.
I was the most impressed with Lorraine's changes. She hasn't been my favorite character though out the series. She tends to think of herself and be damned the consequences. Suddenly she's realizing how much her actions have isolated her. She begins to see that her actions have caused all this but doesn't know how to make amends. When she realizes that Marcus may be marrying someone who is after his money, she thinks it might be way to show she's turned a new leaf.
I felt a little sorry for Clara. She knows that she should have told Marcus the truth. But, she's always had a little trouble with the "us" part. She's use to thinking for herself. You can really tell how much losing Marcus is pulling her down. I was happy to see her make some choices that were strictly for herself and pull her out of the life she has been leading.
The story was a little slow, but then the girls have all grown up. It's not about the dancing, the alcohol, the money, or anything else to to with the speakeasies. It's about finding who you really are and what you are willing to do to hold on to what you have. I really enjoyed the story and thought it tied up all the loose ends perfectly. Everybody is were they should be.
Posted August 30, 2012
The Flapper Series is one trilogy that will remain locked in the imagination and on bestseller lists for a good, long time to come. Which is why the release of this book is both fantastic (because we get to read more about the amazing group of girls created by Larkin), and also heart-wrenching…because readers are told that this is the last we will see of these incredible characters.
The three girls these books orbit around are still as noteworthy as they were when first introduced in Vixen. And with the second novel, Ingenue, readers were taken even further into their lives, as an unforgettable tale of enemies, friends and circumstances created an unforgettable tale.
With this gift, we return to the Roaring 20’s with Clara Knowles, party girl and friend of Gloria Carmody; Gloria, who was a girl brought up in luxury and was just about to become engaged when she went to a jazz club, sang to a very handsome man, and ended up running away with him; and last, but certainly not least, Lorraine Dyer, who has alienated the other two girls, gone to New York and become a reporter for a scandal sheet called the ‘Manhattanite.’
As the series comes to an end we begin in the big city where each girl has been sent down a new path - from promising singing careers to careers in journalism. Gloria has narrowly escaped going to prison after shooting someone who was after her fiancé. She’s now helping out a government agent in order to get ‘something’ on a family who live high on the hog on Long Island. Lorraine is trying to break into Broadway and help out a true friend who simply won’t listen to her. And Clara’s writing becomes even more popular as she struggles in her personal life to win back the true love she’s lost.
This final dramatic episode offers a very interesting climax. As the girls have grown up and are getting together to get what they all want, the action becomes seriously intriguing. The author has created a riveting, titillating, romantic and extremely cool end to an extremely cool series!
Quill Says: Goodbye to The Flappers. Hopefully, Jillian Larkin will come up with another series that is just as fascinating very, very soon.
Posted July 13, 2012
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book free via the publisher in exchange for this honest review.
I received Vixen (book 1 in the Flapper Series) a couple of years ago and LOVED it. I requested an ARC of Ingenue, book 2 in the series, and was denied. When Diva, book 3, came out, I tried again and was rewarded.
What I liked:
Even though I hadn’t read Ingenue, I knew where Vixen left off and where Diva picked up, and with the clues that Larkin sprinkled in throughout the story, I was able to fill in the story holes and not miss a beat.
Larkin does, once again, a brilliant job of making this another character driven novel. I love how the story is told from the points of view of all the main characters. Doing that really gave me a well-rounded and personal feel for each of the girls (and occasional guy), as well as a more 3-D image of the story. We’re given a view from Gloria that we would NEVER get from Clara. And the humor Lorraine provides would never be there had we only been told the story from Jerome’s point of view. You can’t help but form strong attachments to even the smaller-role characters with the way Larkin writes.
The 20’s has always been a favorite time period for me, and to have Larkin describe everything the way she does just puts me in heaven. I’d love to see this made into a movie so I could visually lust after all the gowns and shoes.
Favorite Line: It was better to risk loving too much before it was too late and all you were left with was regret. (pg 305, ebook)
What I didn’t like:
Even though I loved all the fashion talk about clothes and dresses, and I know that that was a big component of the 20’s, the name dropping got to be bit much at times.
I was a bit confused with Larkin’s dialogue tags. There would be a quote, then another person would be performing an action tagged onto someone else’s dialogue.
There were a few really good emotional scenes that really carry the momentum of the story that were interrupted with too much narrative which pulled me out and made the scene lose the impact Larkin was trying to give it. Also, there were a few high tension scenes that were just too short lived.
Overall, this is another terrific book in the Flapper Series, seamlessly knit with the first two, and an easy read. I really enjoyed reading it and will go back and pick up the second book just so I can get more of the Gloria, Clara, and Lorraine.
Happy reading, my friends!
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