Genre: historical fiction, young adult, romance, but not in any particular order. Vixen is a very nice debut novel from Jillian Larkin. The 20’s roar in this novel and it is altogether a blast. Check out the particulars:
“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. “
As I have said this is a Young Adult and it is Romance. Are the lines blurred here too much? I am going to say no. I like the alluding to, but not blatant descriptions of the romance, letting imagination work for once. The historical fiction genre has begun to grow on me. The research Jillian Larkin did was evident as I felt part of the time period, getting the feel for the atmosphere, the language, the entirety of the era. According to my kids I am old enough to have lived through the period as my schoolbooks were written on stone tablets. None the less, I got a groove on Vixen as it took me away to a different time period and I got engrossed in the characters and their everyday desires to seem older, act older, and be older. I could have told them it is no fun, to chill and enjoy their time, the creaking bones and other realities are quite the concept.
There is some news to go along with this already. The next installment in the series is called Ingenue, and it is due out in 2011. For all news Flapper go to the official website:
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