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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Review: Vixen

Vixen (The Flappers)Title: Vixen
Author: Jillian Larkin
Page count: 432 pages
Publisher: Delacorte
Genre: young adult, historical romance
Copy for review provided by Around the World Tours in anticipation of an honest review

50 words or less: Set against the backdrop of 1920s Chicago, Vixen has all the makings of luscious drama- cute heroines, dastardly villians, romance, exciting costumes, and lots of smooching.  Just goes to show you I guess!

Wow, I haven't written one of these in quite some time.  For those that don't remember, a Don't Panic! book is a book that I freely admit that I did not finish, but that isn't necessarily one that is deserving of a poor rating.  Vixen is a perfect example of that- I can totally see myself picking up this book at a different time or when I'm in a different move and totally loving it.

The setting and time period of the book and the author's obvious love for everything about it are evident from the first page.  This devotion to detail, from the fashion to the jargon to the social vibes of the time is a huge strike in this book's favor.  I'm a total sucker for detailed historical fiction that shows not only research, but passion for the time and place, and Vixen fits the bill on both counts.

Where the book didn't grab me this time around was in the characterization and in the drama of the book.  The story is definitely soap opera-esque, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing! I can totally see myself on a rainy Saturday absolutely gobbling this book up.  After dealing with drama all day, though, it wasn't the best choice, although through no fault of the book's.  Lots of character names and interactions and side plots and nefarious schemes means that this book needed me to pay attention, and I was looking for something else in a book I guess.

Will I pick this book up again in the future? It's a distinct possibility.  It definitely is a book I have to be in the mood for, and while it didn't grab me this time, the future is an entirely different story and at this point I wouldn't discourage anyone from picking it up.
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