JILLIAN LARKIN's fascination with flappers and the 1920s era began during her childhood, which included frequent home screenings of the classic Julie Andrews and Carol Channing film Thoroughly Modern Millie. She lives in New York.
"Elle Girl" (online)""Ingenue" hits shelves August 9, and we are way ready for the latest glamorous chapter. Short skirts, dark and dank speakeasies, and a slew of boys are more than enough to grab our intrigue. It s high time we strolled into our imaginary time machines back to the 1920s" "Booklist""This is a minxes-and-mayhem cross between Friends and Boardwalk Empire." "School Library Journal""The booze, deception, scandals, and romance will keep readers looking forward to the next book in the series." "TeenReads.com""Larkin brings the colorful 1920s alive with her vivid descriptions of the amazing fashions and jazzy music. And she doesn't back away from the dangers and dirt of the time period either, incorporating the illegal speakeasy nightclubs with their smoky atmospheres and flowing liquor bars, and the law-breaking mobsters who rule the streets. She also tackles the racism and bigotry of the time, doing so with honesty and sensitivity. Fans will be excited to know that this talented writer is offering more thrills, romance and history with book three, DIVA, coming in 2012." "Bibliophile Support Group" (blog): "The cliffhanger end was pitch-perfect, and I am very much looking forward to the third book "Diva" when it comes out. I can t help hoping that this is not the final book in what is turning out to be a lively, wild, romantic, opulent series! Want to sit back, relax, and be flat-out entertained? Grab "Ingenue"! That is, after reading "Vixen"!" "Feathered Quill""This series should definitely be on your list to buy, as these books tell what 1920 s New York was really all about - good gossip and a whole lot of fun." "Book Loving Mommy""I love the descriptions of New York in the 1920s! They are so real that you feel like you are watching it on TV. The speakeasies were well-described and it is obvious that the author has done her research into this world and time...I highly recommend that you pick up this series and give it a try!" "One Page at a Time""Fun brain candy with lots of historical insight.""""
Gr 9 Up-Picking up where Vixen (Delacorte, 2010) left off, this installment finds Gloria, Clara, and Lorraine in New York City. Gloria is on the lam and living with her African-American jazz-piano-playing boyfriend, Jerome. Their lives are very different than they were in Chicago as they struggle to make ends meet while looking for gigs. Lorraine works for Chicago gangster Carlito Macharelli at the Opera House speakeasy where her main job is to lure in Gloria and Jerome. Clara and Marcus's relationship is strained as she goes back to her old flapper ways all in the name of being a reporter for Manhattanite magazine. When Vera discovers that a hit woman is after her brother Jerome, she heads to New York City, accompanied by his best friend and trumpet player, Evan. Things come to a head when everyone ends up at the Opera House on the night that Gloria and Jerome finally perform. Racial inequity is explored as Vera, Jerome, and Evan must enter clubs through the back and are not allowed on the floor of Harlem's Cotton Club, and the lack of acceptance of interracial couples is evident through Gloria's sneaking through a white apartment building in disguise before entering the building she shares with Jerome. With a full plot, Larkin's writing falls flat. Her characters seem to have lost themselves and do not shine as brightly as they did in Vixen; however, the booze, deception, scandals, and romance will keep readers looking forward to the next book in the series.-Adrienne L. Strock, Maricopa County Library District, AZ (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
This second book in Larkin's the Flappers series and follow-up to Vixen charts the lives of two teen girls-whose friendship was torn apart by betrayals, misunderstandings, and jealousies-as they navigate Roaring '20s New York in search of romance and revenge. This colorful tale of flappers, speakeasies, and gangsters translates well to audio, with Abby Craden providing compelling narration and embracing the breezy spirit of the novel. She gamely tries to provide the book's characters with distinctive voices (her rendering of various speakeasy employees and gangsters are especially fun and feature nasally, whiny, or gravelly tones), but with so large a cast, some of the voices she creates sound a bit similar and listeners may find it difficult to keep track of everyone. Still, this fun-filled narrative with its star-crossed romances, betrayals, danger, and fabulous clothes is a treat to listen to. A Delacorte Books for Young Readers hardcover. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.