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Diva (Flappers #3)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  1,632 Ratings  ·  192 Reviews
If you love The Great Gatsby,you'll want to readthe Flappers series.

Joy and tragedy collide in DIVA, the riveting conclusion to the Flappers series, set in the dazzling Roaring Twenties. Parties, bad boys, speakeasies—life in Manhattan has become a woozy blur for Clara Knowles. If Marcus Eastman truly loved her, how could he have fallen for another girl so quickly? Their r
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2012)
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Apr 09, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-releases
Between the jazz, booze and scandal, the world has completely changed for all of our once-innocent flappers. The wild clubs of Prohibition-era New York have changed their lives forward, from launching promising careers in journalism and show business to brushes with the law and scandalous relationships. All of the drama comes to a climatic end in Jillian Larkin's Diva, the final book in her Flappers trilogy, where dreams come true and romance triumphs.

After narrowly escaping prison, Gloria spend
Dec 31, 2015 Stephanie rated it really liked it
The Flappers series is essentially Gossip Girl meets 1920s minus the “you know you love me, Gossip Girl” voice. Otherwise, it is pretty much the same – similar drama, boy drama, family problems, etc. However, I have to say, I like this series so much better than the Gossip Girl. I thought the Gossip Girl was a little too much bitch vs bitch for me whereas the Flappers series had a little more class in certain areas.

My favorite character was probably Clara, Gloria’s cousin (Gloria was another one
Similar Books: The Debutantes by Cora Harrison, Parlor Games by Maryka Biaggio, Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen

I've really enjoyed reading this series, and I'm sort of sad it's over. Jillian Larkin is very similar to Anna Godbersen in the way she tells a story, and I love a good historical. But while I liked the final installment in the Flappers series, I thought it didn't quite capture the magic of the first book.

Honestly, Larkin could have ended this series at book 2. Everything was wrap
the golden witch.
3.5/5 stars!

Okay, so this one dragged in a few places (mostly, I think, because the main arcs were wrapped up in book two), but I did like the ending and the epilogue for the closure it finally gave everyone involved in this series. At first I asked myself why this book was needed at all, and I eventually got my answer. “Diva” is a fun end to an equally fun trilogy, even if this one is more of an epilogue to the previous fast-paced high-action books full of glamorous mobsters and flappers.

I foun
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Hello Guys and Dolls,
Thanks for tuning in for WTF's musing's on Diva, the final installment of Jillian Larkin's Flapper series.
If you have come to expect the glitz, glamor, dirt, danger, and secrets...secrets...secrets. You will not be disappointed.
Though only a few months have passed since the heart-stopping conclusion of the last tale and where we find the players in our little drama; so much has changed.

Gloria and Jerome...
As usual, life can never be simple for these two.
Yes...Gloria has bee
Rebecca Gordon
Sep 22, 2012 Rebecca Gordon rated it really liked it
Diva by Jillian Larkin is worth reading for the description of the elegant clothes alone. When Diva begins Clara is tired of the flapper lifestyle and wants Marcus back. Lorraine is now at Barnard but being a college girl is no fun when you have no friends. Lorraine finds out that Marcus’s fiancee is not who she says she is. How will Lorraine tell Marcus when he wants nothing to do with her and neither does anyone else? She will come up with a way because she has grown up.Gloria has been cleared ...more
Dec 15, 2014 Angie rated it liked it
I received a free digital copy through Net Galley.

I'm sad to see this series end. I'll miss the glitz and the glamor, and of course, the drama!

Gloria has had the best plot so far: interracial romance, starring in shows at speakeasies, being hunted by the mob, and getting arrested! But in Diva her story seems to have flat-lined. She's released from prison on the condition that she helps bring in Forrest Hamilton, a probable con-man. Part One of this plot wasn't that interesting, but then Jerome i
Pamela Hubbard
I felt like this was a good final book in the trilogy. It contained a little less drama and suspense as the other two books but it still had that same dangerous 1920s flair. Gloria is sent on a mission by the FBI to investigate a rich broadway producer. If she can get information on him, she will go free. If not, she will go back to jail for killing Carlito in book 2. Throughout all this, she has very little contact with Jerome, and while she still pines for him, their relationship is not the ce ...more
Alexa (Once Upon a Chapter)
Dec 24, 2012 Alexa (Once Upon a Chapter) rated it it was amazing
This review was originally posted at Pages of Forbidden Love

My Thoughts:

I have been in love with this series since the first book Vixen. I love that it has always been more than just a book about a group of girls set in the flapper time period. I love that the whole series combines suspense, glamour, glitz, mob bosses, forbidden romance, speakeasies, and crime. Most of the time books just feel like too much is happening if all of these things were packed into one series or one book but I feel L
Nov 14, 2011 Jade marked it as to-read
Where is Jerome?
Mar 14, 2013 Kyra marked it as to-read
I have noticed that all of my favorite series are still being written,and the worst part, having to wait for the book to come out! Can't wait to see what is in store for the glamorous Gloria!

(Any Arc giveaways gonna be going on? If so sign me up!)
May 23, 2012 Jessica rated it it was amazing
I know I have said this before but I love the 1920s! The flappers, the dangers of drinking and getting caught, the music and dancing...I love it all! So it was no surprise to me that I enjoyed this series. I was sad that this was the last book but it was a very enjoyable and quick read.

Gloria is out of jail but only on one condition. She needs to find how Forrest Hamilton has so much money. The FBI is sure that it is something illegal and they send Gloria in, undercover, to find out. Gloria, not
Oct 22, 2012 Elle! rated it liked it
Cloche hats, cupid bow lips and speakeasies

“Diva” is the last novel to my beloved Flapper Series. You can find the books (Vixen #1)and (Ingenue #2) on the shelves of basically any book store.This book wasn't as action packed though it should have been, I mean really Gloria, you were mixed up with the FBI. How can that not be fun. This book seemed a bit more gimmicky with it's plot line. There were descriptions of gowns and heels, suits and gleaming hair. This book seemed so slow! The newest char
Elizabeth B
Apr 26, 2012 Elizabeth B rated it it was ok
This book wants to be a grownup. It wants to have lyrical language and characters stumbling through adult problems and relationships. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come close to living up to this. The characters are no more well developed than they were in the last book and, perhaps even moreso, they tend to act out to drown their problems. While that’s certainly one approach to take, it’s certainly not one that makes the character grow. Nor does it manage to engage me as a reader…there’s only so ma ...more
Apr 26, 2016 Tia rated it it was ok
Diva was just an ok read for me. I was happy just to finish it. There were no highs or lows, just a story with an average plot. I will say what/who held my interest was Lorraine. She was the life of the story. She was the glue that held it all together. I trudged through this book to see what she would do or say next. I also liked Melvin. I knew he would get his just due in the end. I'm sorry but I don't have much more to add. However, the story was very descriptive-scenes,clothing and a bit of ...more
RaeLynn Fry
Jul 13, 2012 RaeLynn Fry rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
Publisher’s Summary:
Parties, bad boys, speakeasies—life in Manhattan has become a woozy blur for Clara Knowles. If Marcus Eastman truly loved her, how could he have fallen for another girl so quickly? Their romance mustn't have been as magical as Clara thought. And if she has to be unhappy, she's going to drag everyone else down to the depths of despair right along with her.

Being a Barnard girl is the stuff of Lorraine Dyer's dreams. Finding out that Marcus is marrying a gold digger who may or m
Jun 28, 2012 Chelsey rated it it was amazing
This is the third book in the Flappers series by Jillian Larkin, and let me start off by saying that this is a series well worth submerging yourself in. As stated above, the books are set in the middle of the 1920’s and follow the lives of three extraordinary Flappers who always seem to find trouble and chaos wherever they go. If you follow my blog at all you know that I love stories that follow more than one lead character. Gloria, Lorraine, and Clara’s stories eventually intertwine and only ma ...more
Dec 03, 2013 Tina rated it liked it
3.75 stars- If you haven't read the last book in awhile, have no fear. This book was easy to dive right in and catch up easy and fast.

* Gloria- In prison for murdering a gangster to save her lover. To win her freedom she partners with the FBI. She makes a new group of friends with their own new drama.

* Vera- She's not in this one. Their are some mentions, the reader does find out how she's doing. She might not make an appearance but her brother Jerome gets his own pov chapters.

* Lorraine- She's
Jul 12, 2012 Georgette rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
This is the conclusion to the Flappers trilogy. After the first two, I really thought she could stretch it past the first two and beyond the third. After reading this book, definitely not possible the way she wrapped it up in this book. I give her high marks for that. If she suddenly came out with another book, well, it would be contrived and probably boring as hell. She could spin off Lorraine and Melvin, though, into their own series.(Idea?)

Gloria is now in New York with Jerome. Jerome isn't p
Dec 03, 2013 Maren rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, 2012
I've only kind-of enjoyed this series, which follows three girls in the 1920s as they grow up, bob their hair, and fall in love. I feel like Bright Young Things is a superior series about the same period, but the final book in the Flappers series finishes strong.

When last we left our girls, Gloria was arrested for shooting the mobster who was trying to kill her man; Lorraine was learning a few hard lessons about who to trust, and Clara (my favorite character), after losing love-of-her-life Marc
Dec 03, 2013 Brett rated it liked it
Shelves: teen-historical
I'm wondering if Jillian Larkin & Anna Godbersen are friends who are seeing who can do a better job with a teen soap opera set in the 1920's? Otherwise, they're probably feeling like rivals right about now. This is the conclusion to her trilogy beginning with "Ingenue," & it has so much in common with Godbersen's "Bright Young Things" that one wonders if book publishers have any communication at all. That said, here's what I think of this particular book/series: It's definitely not high ...more
Sep 13, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I haven't read the first two books of this series, but I was really intrigued when I saw that it was about flappers in the 1920s. I love that era, but I have never actually read a young adult book set in that time, so I knew I was in for a treat!

The book starts out with Gloria being released from jail and agreeing to spy on a playwright in order to earn her freedom. The whole background of her situation and how everyone was related to one another was very confusing in the beginning, but that's b
Jul 04, 2015 Zaida rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-e-library
The final book of the series, said with a big sigh * sigh *
We get to see a different point of view in a part of this story, and by different point of view I mean through the eyes of the hunk Jerome himself (insert another sigh here). Even though this is different than the previous two books which only followed the point of view of females, it still was true to the heart of the story.
My hear was pounding with every page I turned. Not only is Gloria playing a dangerous game being a flapper spy, b
Mar 14, 2013 Liana rated it it was amazing
Oh, my. I was supposed to finish this book 3 days ago but I came out with a fever. So I didn't read for like, 2 days, which is really bad and I felt horrible because this book was so good, maybe too good to put down just because I was sick.

But, anyways, I felt infinitely better last night (although I do feel sick now) and stayed up for about 2 hours in the bathroom and didn't go to sleep until 1. Guess what I was doing? Finishing this book! Looks like I got 200 pages down in 2 hours. I really am
Jun 22, 2013 Paula rated it it was amazing
I'm sad that this series is over! I fell in love with the characters and the whole Flapper era!!
Cialina (Muggle-Born)
Dec 03, 2013 Cialina (Muggle-Born) rated it liked it
Shelves: library, 2013
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I continued to enjoy the different perspectives in Diva by Jillian Larkin because I loved seeing how the storylines would intersect. Diva continues through the perspectives of Gloria, Clara, and Lorraine in the 1920's Prohibition in New York City. I was a little sad at first that Vera was no longer in the picture but it seemed like she already had her happily ever after.

Basically, the theme for this book is redemption. Lorraine wants
Dec 03, 2013 Senia rated it liked it
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Dec 03, 2013 Lesley rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-historical
Cute ending, a little too predictable after all. But I did enjoy the fact that the protagonists stayed true to themselves and the author didn't get caught up in some sort of romance induced haze. So all in all a cute series great for older tweens, 14ish that are reading above grade level. No harsh language and any reference to sex is sooo very subtle that I had to go back and look for it, and even then its so subtle and sooo off page that it would probably go past most 12-14 year olds. Of course ...more
Ms. Davis
May 20, 2016 Ms. Davis rated it liked it
What a great read! This was a wonderful conclusion to a good series. It's definitely more sensationalist than the Bright Young Things series (a little bit more trashy - but very readable!). This would make a good choice for the summer. If you're into historical fiction, if you'd like some more 1920's reads (into Great Gatsby?!), then this is the series for you! The characters are fun, the plot is driving, and this was just a good way to end it.
Jill Vogel Kinison
Jun 05, 2016 Jill Vogel Kinison rated it it was amazing
This was the best ending to a fantastic series. I wanted to read it again the second I finished it!
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Jillian Larkin’s fascination with flappers and the 1920s began during her childhood, which included frequent home screenings of the classic Julie Andrews/Carol Channing film Thoroughly Modern Millie. She lives in New York
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  • Ingenue (Flappers, #2)

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