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Diva (Flappers #3)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  1,267 ratings  ·  171 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...more
Kindle Edition, 307 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2012)
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Katie Stout
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...more
Elizabeth B
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
Angie
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...more
Chelsey
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
Liana
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...more
Brett
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
Maren
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...more
Jessica
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...more
Rebecca Gordon
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
Tina
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...more
Frishawn Rasheed
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...more
Cialina (Muggle-Born)
Originally posted at: http://muggle-born.net/diva-by-jillia...

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...more
Amanda
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...more
Jessica
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...more
Zaidita
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...more
Elle!
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...more
Senia
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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...more
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
Tia
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
Lesley
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
Hannah Davies
I think because I came off the back of reading The Diviners, it seriously affected my opinion of Diva. That's not to say that Diva isn't an engaging, accurate piece of historical literature - I just didn't enjoy it as much. To be fair to Larkin, I picked this up not knowing it was book three in a series so I ended up feeling like I should be more familiar with the characters than I was. I'm going to try and review it taking that into account because that's obviously my fault, not the author's.

Ov...more
SIMON Karine
C’est avec un plaisir certain que je me suis replongée dans les aventures de nos trois héroïnes, Gloria, Clara et Lorraine, et dans l’ ambiance des années folles qui m’avait tant plu lors des deux premiers tomes.

Ce tome est un peu plus sombre, et plus adulte que les précédents et c’est tant mieux, parce que je dois dire que j’avais émis un bémol lors de la lecture du précédent opus, il m’avait manqué quelque chose de plus profond et de moins superficiel.

Si ce tome reste très jeunesse, il m’a tou...more
Kyra
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!)
Paula
I'm sad that this series is over! I fell in love with the characters and the whole Flapper era!!
Jade
Nov 14, 2011 Jade marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Where is Jerome?
Erin
I really love to read about this era - I think I am a flapper at heart, and I wish I could have lived during this era, dancing all night long, but sans the mobsters. This book was the final in this series, and the ending surprised me!

The best part of this book, I thought, was the unlikely pair of Clara and Lorraine, united in their love for Marcus and desire to stop his wedding. They believe he is marrying a con artist, and team up to make sure he realizes it before it is too late. Another good...more
Paula  Phillips
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I always like to see a satisfying ending to a series. It's been a bit of ride, but I've enjoyed this series quite a bit. it's opened up my eyes to a time period that I'm not really familiar with.

I found Gloria's situation the most interesting. I just didn't buy the fact that she would be released in exchange for gathering information on Forrest for the police. Like he would expect anything at all from that arrangement. I did like how it made her see what her life could have possibly been like...more
Jenn
There is one thing Jillian Larkin is remarkable at—leaving a great cliffhanger and wanting you to read more. Since the first book came out I’ve been lead through the streets of Chicago to various speak easies in downtown New York. Diva the finale of the trilogy that keeps you on your toes. You never know where you’ll end of up next. It was a delight to read! I laughed, cried, sat in my seat knowing it was late but had to turn the next page. LOL. The Flappers made me go in search for old movies....more
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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
More about Jillian Larkin...
Vixen (Flappers, #1) Ingenue (Flappers, #2) Diva (Cabaret, #3) The Flappers: Vixen The Flappers: Ingenue

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