Book: Vixen by Jillian Larkin
Book Info: Published by Listening Library, Inc.; downloaded from Overdrive Media via the public library
Genre: YA/Historical Fiction/Romance
Goodreads.com Summary: 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.
I liked the idea of Vixen more than I liked the actual book. I was immediately reminded of The Luxe by Anna Godbersen..but in the 1920’s instead of the 1890’s.
I didn’t like most of the characters, because they felt very fake and very modern. They didn’t fit into the time period, and it felt more like they were pretending to live in the 1920’s. Lorraine was very petty, Clara couldn’t make up her mind about who she wanted to be, Gloria was (more often than not) an idiot, and Marcus kind of disappeared. I thought Jerome, a piano player, and Vera, his sister, were the most realistic of the bunch. Overall, the characters were really boring, cliche and super spoiled and bratty.
It also felt like there was no reason for why they acted the way they did. Like the various romances and crushes: it felt like they were just there to move the story along. A couple things felt out of place, like Clara’s story about donating her hair to a Locks Of Love-type charity and Marcus and Gloria’s friendship. It just didn’t seem to fit with the 1920’s.
Speaking of the 1920’s, I just loved it as a backdrop for a YA novel. I loved the descriptions of the clothes, the hair, the make-up and the speakeasies. I also liked how there were 3 different narrators. While their stories didn’t intersect as much as I thought, it still worked well for the novel,
I also liked the narrator. While she didn’t vary her voice too much for the different characters, I still thought she did a great job narrating.
Overall, it gets a 2 out of 5. I liked the time period, but I didn’t really care for the characters.