Review: Vixen by Jillian Larkin

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Vixen by Jillian Larkin

Jazz . . . Booze . . . Boys . . . It’s a dangerous

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.

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Vixen was a breath of fresh air for the YA world. The distinct voices of the characters through their corresponding chapters were easy to follow, and Larkin had a keen eye when it came to plot twists and tying them up neatly. Her pacing was way above average, just enough to keep the page turning. I could relate the most to Gloria’s sheltered character and her first taste of the forbidden: Jerome, the black Jazz musician at a speakeasy and her blossoming career as a night club singer. I liked the way incorporated real flappers like Clara Bow into the storyline and the intersecting lives of her characters.

Incredibly well conceived and carried out, Vixen kept the pages turning for me when deadlines needed to be met, phone calls made, and meetings planned. Jillian Larkin has me enthralled, and Vixen is one of the first books in this new trend for YA.

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