Vixen (Flappers #1) by Jillian Larkin AudioBook

Vixen (Flappers #1) by Jillian Larkin

Audio Book Review: Vixen (Flappers 1) by Jillian Larkin

Vixen (Flappers #1) by Jillian LarkinJazz … 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.…

I’m a big fan of his­tor­i­cal fic­tion, which, more often than not, tends to be either medieval or Vic­to­rian. While I love to listen about those eras, it’s always excit­ing when you come across some­thing a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent within the genre.

Despite some slightly aver­age char­ac­ters, Vixen was an audio book I really enjoyed. The pas­sion Larkin has for the 1920’s shines through on every page and it was the rich atmos­phere of the audio book that I loved. The details woven into the story, the intri­cate fash­ion, the lan­guage, the descrip­tive set­ting, all of it brought the 1920’s to life. Listening Vixen Audio Book, you feel as though you are right there along­side the char­ac­ters, walk­ing into a tempt­ing under­ground world of ille­gal booze, jazz, glitz, sex and smoke.

I also really liked that Vixen is largely about an inter­ra­cial romance audio book, which is rare in con­tem­po­rary YA, let alone one set in the 1920’s. The dan­ger, prej­u­dice and alien­ation of such a rela­tion­ship, along with the con­stant back­ground pres­ence of the mob, gives Vixen an edge to what is oth­er­wise, a fun, but fairly typ­i­cal, YA his­tor­i­cal romance.

Vixen audio book is told through three dif­fer­ent nar­ra­tors, Glo­ria, Clara and Lor­raine, three soci­ety girls drawn to the illicit flap­per lifestyle and each with their own secrets. I enjoyed their indi­vid­ual sto­ries, their romances, friend­ships and break-ups. The other char­ac­ters, par­tic­u­larly the roman­tic inter­ests, weren’t as well-developed and dare I say it, a lit­tle bland. Clara and Jerome’s for­bid­den rela­tion­ship was eas­ily the most entic­ing of the three, but didn’t quite have the siz­zle I was look­ing for. I have to admit that at times the char­ac­ters felt a lit­tle too famil­iar, like I had listen about them all before, but it didn’t hin­der my enjoy­ment of the audio book.

Aside from the odd, frus­trat­ing, moment where the nar­ra­tive would jump to a dif­fer­ent girl, cut­ting of an impor­tant or inter­est­ing scene, I felt the multiple-narrative worked very well. Vixen audio book is def­i­nitely a find­ing your­self, romance novel, as not much action really takes place until the last third of the audio book, where things sud­denly become a lot more dan­ger­ous and cer­tainly leave the reader intrigued for book two.

Fans of Anna Godbersen’s Luxe series will most likely love Vixen audio book, as it has quite a sim­i­lar feel (I believe God­bersen also has a series set in the 1920’s but since I haven’t read any of them I can­not com­pare the two). Larkin brings to life a fas­ci­nat­ing period of Amer­i­can his­tory, a time of Pro­hi­bi­tion, speakeasies, gang­sters and glam­our. Vixen audio book takes a while to estab­lish the char­ac­ters and for the read­ers to warm to them, but the atmos­phere and set­ting, almost a char­ac­ter in itself, hits you from the first page. This audio book sim­ply wouldn’t be the same, or half so inter­est­ing, set in any other period. Fans of the era should def­i­nitely pick this one up.

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