Saturday, October 30, 2010

Vixen by Jillian Larkin

iconiconI actually read this book nearly a month ago, but I refrained from blogging about it sooner because it was a First Look Book Club book, and the discussion hadn't ended yet.

Barnes & Noble's First Look Book Club allows you to get advance reading copies of upcoming books, as long as you agree to discuss them on the forum. Vixen was my first First Look book, and I have to say it was a great experience, although I am not used to discussing a book in such detail on a forum.  I felt a bit like I was back in school, though it was well worth the "homework."

Vixen is the first book in a new YA series, which is going to follow several girls' lives and loves during the 1920s.  I'm fascinated with the Roaring Twenties, especially ever since my 1920s-themed wedding, but there don't seem to be many really good novels set in the period.

I loved the book.  It was just adult enough to be interesting to teen girls as well as adults (like me) who enjoy reading YA fiction.  The setting felt very realistic — obviously the author loves the 1920s and knows a lot about the decade.  The three main female characters were all very different, but very believable.  My favorite turned out to be Clara, whose character seemed somewhat sneaky and unlikeable at first, but who turned out to be the strongest in a lot of ways. The book ended with all three of the girls — including perhaps a new fourth character — disembarking on a new chapter of their lives.  I'm looking forward to the next book in the series — hopefully it won't take too long!

Click here to read the First Look discussions of Vixen for yourself!

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