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3.74  ·  Rating details ·  7,984 ratings  ·  1,024 reviews
If you love The Great Gatsby, you'll want to read the Flappers series.

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
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published December 14th 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Brandy Loutherback I'd say a 3. It focused on girls in their late teens romantic entanglements. The difference is this was set in the 20's, so there's a more modern sett…moreI'd say a 3. It focused on girls in their late teens romantic entanglements. The difference is this was set in the 20's, so there's a more modern setting and focus on sexuality(Just heavy kissing!). There's also not really a love triangle.(less)

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Aug 16, 2010 rated it did not like it
There should be a "couldn't finish it because it was so bad" shelf in addition to "read/to-read/currently-reading". As it is, I've made my own, but someone ask Goodreads to get on that, because I think making it one of the three default shelves would be a great addition!

This was...well, not terrible; it was certainly competently written, but it was just extremely dull. If you've read The Luxe or watched Gossip Girl (or, hell, read even one of the GG books) you know all the characters already. Wh
3.75 stars
Once upon a time there were three beautiful girls who went to the best schools (and speakeasies), and they were each assigned booze and clothes that are the cat's meow. But the flapper lifestyle took them into different directions and now they work to find out who they are and what makes them truly happy. My name is Vixen.

And so you've been introduced to the first installment of The Flappers series Charlie's Angels' style (the best I was able to come up with anyway).

Meet our Angels
Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner)
3.5 - 4 stars.

Let's just start out with-- hello, my name is Jamie and I am obsessed with the 1920's and flappers and I will read anything related to said obsessions. Seriously. I once was a flapper for Halloween. I just love the flapper fashion, the literature that arose from the 1920's, the jazz, the transition into the modern culture, the progress in woman's suffrage movement, the mobsters, the is all just so exciting to me! I just love reading and watching movies set during thi
When I finished listening to this book I wanted to go wash my ears out with soap. Yuck! Ptooey! Ewww! The idea is a good one. The story of three teen girls in 1923 Chicago. Gloria is the only daughter of an extremely wealthy family, and she's engaged to marry into one of the best-known families in the city even though he's a stuffed shirt who's made it plain he doesn't love her. Lorraine's family is also wealthy, but she's extremely insecure about, well, everything. So that makes her desire more ...more
Stacia (the 2010 club)

Really liked this one. I needed a book that was going to show me some action and not just talk about it. This book fit the bill. I've been reading some heavier content lately and was craving something fun and fast moving. Thank you Vixen for giving me back some of the fun!

Reasons this book shined :

1. Many flawed characters with secrets to hide
2. Taboo interracial relationship (for the time period that is - how scandalous!)
3. A good part of the time was spent in an undergound speakeasy - a den of
Briar's Reviews
If I had a guilty pleasure book, this would be it.

Seriously, it has everything I adore: 20s glamour and flappers, jazz music, ridiculous YA drama, a pretty cover and a fast moving plot.

I ended up picking this book on clearance years ago. Like most books I own, it got lost somewhere in my house and I forgot it existed. Then, one day during my epic cleaning sprees to deal with my epic boredom, I found it! Since I'm trying to give myself a well rounded read shelf for 2020, I decided to pick it up.
Tara Chevrestt
Aug 03, 2010 rated it did not like it
I never read the "Luxe" stuff everyone spoke of when referring to this book so I had no idea what I was in for. The writing is cheesy. I can't think of a better word. The characters are incredibly shallow and the story line is predictable.

I bought this brand spanking new with my hard earned money so I am entitled to give a rating espite the fact I didn't finish. I also read a good quarter of it before bailing.

Recommend it for: fans of 90210.
Sarah Mac
This was pretty bland. Sad, right? Alas, VIXEN is an excellent example of an author not living up to the dramatic potential of her subject matter.

We're given a handful of stock teen soap characterizations: Gloria, the Good Girl who wants to rebel; Lorraine, the Bad Girl/Best Friend tired of living in her shadow; Clara, the Mysterious X-Factor distant relation who arrives to supervise Gloria's socialite wedding plans. Gloria doesn't want to marry her fiance -- instead she falls into insta-lust wi
Alanna (The Flashlight Reader)
Dec 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
So, this book TRULY surprised me! I did not think that it would be as good as it turned out to be. I figured it would be a let down, because how could it match up to the description that it was given?:

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 Chi
RaeLynn Fry
Mar 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
First of all, let me start out by saying, I LOVED this book, and have since passed it on to many friends. I was giddy when I saw it in hardcover on the shelves of my local book store. I wanted to grab someone and say, "I read that before it even came out and it's REALLY good, so you should buy it." But I didn't.

Set in 1920's Chicago, Jillian Larkin’s, Vixen, tells a story of love, jealousy, secrets, and revenge stitched together masterfully. The novel starts with a short prologue at only 169 wo
Mar 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Somewhere in the back of my head, while reading Vixen, I learned that I'm glad I wasn't born a girl. And it's not for the patriarchal reasons that most men might come up with, but because when it comes to cruelty, you girls take the cake. Boys will physically bully the weaker one, but girls destroy you socially, emotionally, mentally - which is far worse than the bruise on your forearm.

Jillian Larkin created a world - set in the 1920s, the flapper generation (not to mention the age of the Lost
Nov 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Vixen is historical young adult fiction set in the roaring twenties with speakeasies, flappers, bootlegged booze, gangsters and socialites. There is so much to grab the reader in this debut novel by author Jillian Larkin, I recommend the book to anyone who gravitates to either historical fiction or young adult genres. You can’t go wrong, either way.

The plot is divided into three distinct storylines, each focusing on a different girl: Gloria, the newly engaged socialite; Clara, Gloria's cousin wi
Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
With another new year—-and decade-—upon us, I thought it would be a good time to look at a new book that takes place close to a century ago, during the Roaring '20s. (Can you believe it? Another decade and we'll have our own version of the 20s!) Debut author Jillian Larkin has released the first in her Flappers trilogy, Vixen. Told in three alternating points of view, the novel is pure historical fiction: we learn not only about flappers, as the series title suggests, but get a peek at what life ...more
Mar 01, 2011 rated it really liked it

One of the things things that I was worried about going into this book was, it wouldn't live up to all of the hype that I've been hearing. I've heard so many good things about this book, I just hoped that it would be as good as everyone was saying, and to be honest it really was. There's very few books that are set during this time, so even just that makes it a good book, but Jillian uses the language from that time perfectly, and it really helped to convince me that it was 1920's and the flappe
Oct 19, 2010 rated it liked it
This book started off slow for me. I loved the whole flappers era aspect and how Gloria, Clara and Lorraine's forays into this underground environment varied so widely. The way it affects each of them is not exactly what you would expect given each girl's personality.

The characters

Gloria was your typical rich girl who was spoiled growing up and feels the need to rebel before she submits to a marriage of convenience. The main problem I had with her was that as the story progresses she decides she
Dec 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
The more I read this, the more I realized Vixen sounded like Anna Godbersen's The Luxe, apart from the 1920's setting, that is. But whereas Godbsersen failed (IMHO) to deliver her characters, the storyline, and all the scandalous details, Jillian Larkin manages to entice her readers and throw us into the mysterious, dangerous, and ultimately, very sexy world of the Flappers.

The storyline was very driven, and scandalous. I found myself eagerly flipping the pages, wondering what juicy bits Larkin
What a setting! 1920s Chicago, speakeasies, jazz, gangsters -- it's all there. Shame about the characters, though. They were all so one-dimensional that I couldn't bring myself to care about any of them. Clara was the most interesting, and I genuinely did love her backstory and was rooting for her the whole way through. But Gloria was bland and unlikeable, and as for Lorraine -- what a trainwreck. I can't understand why she and Gloria were ever friends. There was nothing to expain that. Oh, and ...more
Mar 30, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well... I must say that the first half of the book was cute but only so-so. The end of the book was great though! All of a sudden the story really took off. I have to say it was kinda daring for the author to talk about an interracial relationship that took place in the 1920s. I will be curious in future books to see just how accurate to history the author stays. At first I wasn't going to read the sequel but now I am for sure! ! I gave it three stars only because the first half of the book was ...more
Ana Garza
Nov 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
I wanted a change of pace and something just to get my mind off of things, but this wasn't it.
I wasn't a fan of the writing. I felt it was a lot of description and I just wanted it to get to the point. The main character, Gloria, just came off to me as trying too hard, and I really just wasn't a fan.
While not the best 1920s story, it's clear that the author knows this time period enough to make it still entertaining. ...more
May 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: new-york
I simply couldn't find anything redeeming about this novel. The characters are shallow. The setting feels like the interchangeable dresses you put on a paper doll. The dialogue is simple. ...more
Lena ♫ ♪
Nov 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
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
Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Novels set in the early 1900s are my kryptonite. Vixen was no exception. It was glamorous, scandalous and “absolutely gorgeous, darling!” Sorry. It had to be done.

Gloria Carmody has it all: wealth, looks, a stunning voice, not to mention a rich, handsome fiancée, Sebastian Grey, scion of one of Chicago’s most powerful families. To the surprise of Gloria’s jealous, social-climbing best friend, Lorraine Dyer, Gloria isn’t happy with her life. She wants the flapper lifestyle – the bobbed hair, ciga
Kudos to this book for not shying away from controversial subjects - sex, smoking, underage drinking (during Prohibition, no less). So many YA authors seem nervous about including those things in their books, probably from the backlash that will inevitably arise from conservative parents/teachers.

The only YA I usually read is paranormal, so this was a bit different from me. However, I loved the world of the 1920's, and didn't mind the lack of the supernatural at all.

In short....
The Good - stron
Apr 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Vixen is a very entertaining historical fiction about society life in the 1920s.

Gloria is a rich, society girl engaged to be married to a proper, rich gentleman.

Clara is Gloria's cousin, who arrives from Pennsylvania to help plan the wedding.

Lorraine is Gloria's best friend.

These teens have big secrets they are keeping from each other. There's deception after deception, backstabbing, jealousy, and devious plots ending up in what can only be described as a hot mess for all of them.

The males in th
Aug 22, 2011 rated it liked it
A solid book, a lot more adult than I expected from reading the premise. These aren't silly high society girls who dream of nothing more than marrying rich eligible young men (though they may start out as such) but real characters with pasts and futures that aren't at all so pretty.

The book hops around between three girls, Clara, the former New York flapper who got into a heap of trouble and is now playing the good country girl at her cousin Gloria's. Her cousin is engaged to a handsome old mone
Cacey Hopper
Dec 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
I gave this one two stars, which was generous, believe me. The two stars are simply for the obvious research the author put into the twenties era. She goes to great lengths to describe everything, from the clothing, makeup, hairstyles, to the speakeasies. But, in my opinion, she should have spent an equal amount of time developing her characters. They are flat and one dimensional (if that). They change personalities from one chapter to the next. I suppose some people would say this is how charac ...more
Christine (KizzieReads)
Well, this one surprised me very much. I was expecting another story of rich girls wanting a part of the darker side of life in 1920's Chicago. What I got was a much more richer story and what a wicked twist at the end. The writing was very fast paced, and very intriguing. I can't wait to read the second book, as I really want to see where it takes me. ...more
Sara (Freadom Library)
Actual rating 3.5 stars
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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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