As you know I am very passionate about the 1920′s and the Flapper era. I am surprised to find that few good novels are written with a setting in this time period. When a friend told me about The Flappers Vixen a few months ago, I bought the book on Amazon.com immediately. I rushed home everyday in anticipation that my book had arrived. When I finally got it I dove right into reading it.
Originally I was a little weary of the age of the characters in the book. The girls were in high school and I was not sure I wanted to read a book about high school kids. I have to say I was completely surprised. While the characters are in high school you would never guess that the book was written for young adults. The book is full of suspense involving booze, love, jazz, and gangsters; not typical topics for the younger crowd. Contrary to what others thought of the novel, I loved it!
From the beginning of the book I was transfixed. I could not put the book down because I wanted to find out what would happen next. It kept me on my toes, never knowing what was around the corner. What I loved most about the book was the creativity of the chapters. The chapters went back and forth between the lives of three different girls:
- Gloria: The main character. A young girl engaged to a powerful young man who craves the Flapper lifestyle.
- Clara: Gloria’s cousin whom is in town with and hiding a dirty secret.
- Lorraine: Gloria’s best friend whom is constantly trying to steal her spotlight.
The story is set in Chicago in 1923, as you read the pages you feel as if you are one of the characters sitting in a speakeasy on a Saturday night. Vixen is exactly what I was looking for in a novel about the Roaring Twenties. Luckily it is a series, next up: Ingenue.