Vixen (The Flappers Series #1)

Vixen (The Flappers Series #1)

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by Jillian Larkin
     
 

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If you love The Great Gatsby, you'll want to read the Flappers series.

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

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If you love The Great Gatsby, you'll want to read the Flappers series.

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 author Jillian Larkin, VIXEN is the first novel in the sexy, dangerous, and ridiculously romantic series set in the Roaring Twenties . . . when anything goes.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Opening the Flappers series, Larkin's frothy debut tracks the lives of three flappers in Chicago at the height of the Roaring '20s. Gloria is wealthy, gorgeous, and engaged to the hottest bachelor in the Windy City. Her best friend, Lorraine, lusts after a boy she'll never win while spending daddy's money on sequined headbands and fringed sheaths she wears to knock back dirty martinis at speakeasies. Clara is Gloria's cousin, ostensibly dragged to Chicago to help with Gloria's wedding, but also escaping something shadowy in her past. All three lives change when Gloria busts out of her good girl role and starts visiting a nightclub. There she instantly falls for the black piano player and exhibits talent as a chanteuse. Forbidden romance ensues, followed by betrayal and scandal. Chick lit for the Gossip Girl crowd, the plot doesn't hold up to scrutiny (a thread about how cryptically menacing notes could be hidden in Clara's bedroom is never tied up) and certain scenes betray a misunderstanding of race relations during the period. Despite the considerable length, this installment ends without resolution.Book two, Ingénue, is due in 2011. Ages 12–up. (Dec.)
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Babble.com, "20 Young Adult Books Parents Will Love"
"[A] delicious read."
Children's Literature - Jody Little
Newly engaged socialite Gloria Carmody plays a dangerous game when she spends her evenings sneaking into the Green Mill, a Chicago speakeasy. Clara Knowles comes to Chicago to stay with her aunt and cousin, Gloria, in the guise of an innocent Pennsylvania farm girl, but hiding a secret past. Lorraine Dyer, best friend of Gloria and in love with long-time companion, Marcus, was the first girl in school to cut her hair in the popular bob worn by flappers. All three young women are enticed by the glamour of the music and the handsome men in the hidden speakeasies. When Gloria falls in love with the black piano man, Jerome, she wonders how she can go through with her upcoming wedding. Clara becomes closer to Marcus, much to the envy of Lorraine who is quickly being lured to the booze and crime of Chicago's underworld. The more time the girls spend being flappers, the more they begin to lie and conceal their actions. Written in alternating viewpoints of the three main characters, author Larkin writes a movie-like, mysterious plot which will keep readers surprised at events and uncertain as to character motives. The backdrop of 1920s Chicago is described colorfully and romantically. Readers will be eager to read the next installment in this series. Reviewer: Jody Little
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Seventeen-year-old Chicago socialite Gloria Carmody knows that there must be something more for her than her engagement to most-eligible-bachelor Sebastian Grey. She finds that something in the city's hottest speakeasy, and particularly in the company of the jazz band's black piano player. Meanwhile, her cousin Clara is playing the part of the innocent country girl while escaping her own tawdry flapper past, and Gloria's best friend, Lorraine, wants nothing more than to win their mutual friend Marcus's affections, but he only has eyes for another. All three girls have their secret desires, and fulfilling them means being prepared to sacrifice everything. The Prohibition era is an uncommon setting for historical fiction, and Larkin paints a glamorous (if shallow) picture of underground speakeasies and society parties of the 1920s. Clothing, room decor, and music are all richly described, but neither the culture nor the characters ever fully come to life and the historical details seem sketchy at best. However, the sultry flapper striking a pose on the cover will draw in fans of Anna Godbersen's "Luxe" series (HarperCollins), and the high drama will leave those readers eager for future installments in this series.—Brandy Danner, Wilmington Memorial Library, MA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385740340
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
12/14/2010
Series:
Flappers Series, #1
Pages:
421
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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