Have you ever wanted to travel back in time and experience the 1920's as a teenage flapper? Step into the world that Jillian Larkin has created in VIXEN and for a short time you can do just that.
Chicago in the 1920s was the place to be for many different reasons - prohibition was in full swing, jazz had made it's way up the Mississippi river and mobsters were running the speakeasies. On the other side was Debutante society, with all the glitz, glamour and privilege.
Imagine yourself as Gloria, a proper young lady trying to find yourself before you are married off to someone that you think you may love, but that your mother and absent father have chosen for you. Sebastian seems to be the answer to all of your prayers but there is something off about him; you dont quite feel that spark that you need if this is going to last forever as marriage is supposed to.
Your dream is to sing but your best friends Lorraine, a wild ‘one upper'; and Marcus, the dreamy boy next door have no idea.
Suddenly your innocent country bumpkin cousin, Clara, appears and becomes your shadow. As time goes by, Gloria trys to break out of her debutante mold and falls further into the Green Mill scene of flappers, prohibition and the night life of mobsters and mayhem.
One thing that's mentioned in this book unexpectedly but handled very well is how the difference in a person's color influenced so much back then. It didn't seem to matter how talented or handsome you were, if your skin was labeled the 'wrong' color you had no way of changing anybody's mind. Interestingly enough, Gloria gets to experience the opposite side of prejudice as she ventures out into the real world.
I recommend this book to any young adult and above who enjoy adventure and want to experience a touch of romance and glamour in late 1920s Chicago style. Jillian Larkin is an emerging author who I am personally excited to read more from. This is the first book in the Flappers series.