Monday, November 29, 2010

Review : Vixen

Title: Vixen (Flappers #1)
Author: Jillian Larkin
Published: December 14th 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Synopsis: 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

Thoughts: I loved the setting, the concept, and the era, but honestly? I don't think this is the book for me. Don't get me wrong. This book is well-written, thought out, and even has a bit of mystery/suspense behind it, however, I just couldn't get into.

To start off, I didn't like any of the main characters. As you can see, the book is told in three separate, yet connected points of view. First, Gloria. Gloria is the "it" girl. The girl who has it all. She's engaged to Sebastian (the hottest bachelor in town), her family is wealthy, and she has looks others would kill for. The catch with her is, even though her family resembles a Norman Rockwell painting, they're anything but that. Plus, she suffers from rebellious rich girl syndrome. What I mean by this is, she may have everything girls dream of having, yet she still wants to be a Flapper. Flappers are notorious for being "easy" party girls. To top that off, she starts falling for a black singer from the the most notorious big easy in town, the Green Mill.

While Gloria seems like she would be a likable character, she's anything but. I absolutely HATED the way she treated her friends and Clara. She judged her cousin before she got to know her. Honestly, I just can't stand users and to me, Gloria is a user.

Then there's Lorraine. She's Gloria's best friend and town trouble maker. This girl will do anything to catch anybody's attention, but who's attention does she want most? Marcus, also known as the town heartbreaker. Sadly, Marcus is too wrapped up in his life to notice her. I don't blame Lorraine for being the way she is. If my best friend was always the center of attention, I'd be jealous too. The thing is, she's never happy for anyone. And, believe me, this girl isn't afraid to be cruel.

Last but not least, Clara. Out of all the girls, Clara is my favorite. She's the Flapper from New York who moved to Chicago to stay with her cousin, Gloria, and stay out of trouble. At first, she begins to act saintly. If you act like an angel, you'll be become one, right? The last thing she wants is to get involved with a guy. She suffered enough heartache back in New York. To top of this off, the main reason she's in Chicago is to make sure Gloria marries Sebastian. If this doesn't happen, then Clara will be on a one way ticket to boarding school. The only problem I really had with Clara is, she's just such a poseur sometimes. Her true self will escape every now and then, but still. I get why Clara pretends to be this perfect angel, but I why can't someone just be a better version of themself?

What did me in with this book was the lack of romance. There was NO chemistry with any of the characters. At one point, I just expected each character to complain for a few pages about about something, then move on to the next chapter where the next narrator begins complaining.

Overall, I did enjoy the writing and the setting, but as I said, this just wasn't the book for me. The boys are bastards, the girls are biatches and the pacing was slow.


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  1. I was looking forward to reading this, but it sounds too similar to Bright Young Things except the characters seem much more cliche in Vixen. I might pick this book up eventually, but I could wait to get it. Thanks for the honest review.

  2. I love reading books that are set during the 20's and 30's, so thanks for posting about it. I've added this one to my TBR list. It's nice to read an honest review.

  3. I'm always wary of books with gorgeous covers--sometimes the prettiest covers hold the worst books. I think unlikable characters can sometimes be the best characters if they undergo some kind of transformation by the end--but this is a series so if any of these characters redeem themselves, it won't be for a couple of books. Therein lies one of the biggest problems with series.

  4. Thanks, everyone!

    @Adriana- Did you like Bright Young Things? :)

    @geekyreads- I do too! I'm secretly obsessed with the fashion :P

    @Stephanie- I agree with everything you just said. Because this is a series, there's just so much the characters can grow. *sigh* I love series, but sometimes, I just want everything resolved. :P


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