Author: Jillian Larkin
# of Books: 3 (Vixen, Ingenue, Diva)
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Roaring Twenties, History
Heat Rating: cool
The 1920’s have always grabbed my attention since learning about the decade in my high school history class so I was immediately drawn to the series.
I read all three books over the course of a week (they are super quick reads!) and I really enjoyed them. All three girls experience something different in each of their stories so there was a lot going on (not so much to be confusing, but you weren’t stuck with the same person all the time which kept it interesting). I definitely preferred some of the girls’ (ie. Clara’s) stories and POVs more than others (ie. Lorriane) but every book needs that person you don’t like and she wasn’t totally intolerable either. The set-up of the series reminded me a lot of Gossip Girl in that the there are betrayals, hook-ups and constant struggles for power within a “close” group of friends as they rebel against their upbringing.
I think Vixen and Ingenue are solid books to the series and I would have a hard time picking my favourite of the two. They had everything I liked in a novel: romance, suspense and plot twists. Diva, book 3, felt like an extended epilogue to me and needed a touch more plot to take it to the same level as the other two books. Though I really like the way the series ended so I really shouldn’t complain 😉
If you enjoy reading novels about the scandals and actions of high class society girls but like historical settings, then check out this series! I highly recommend that you grab all three before you start! You will need them!
Similar Reads: Gossip Girl by Cicely von Ziegesar and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Synopsis for Vixen (from Goodreads):
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. . . .