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If you love The Great Gatsby you'll want to read the Flappers seriesJoy and tragedy collide in DIVA the riveting conclusion to the Flappers series set in the dazzling Roaring Twenties Parties bad boys speakeasies life in Manhattan has become a woozy blur for Clara Knowles If Marcus Eastman truly loved her how could he have fallen for another girl so uickly? Their romance mustn't have been as magica I received a free digital copy through Net GalleyI'm sad to see this series end I'll miss the glitz and the glamor and of course the dramaGloria has had the best plot so far interracial romance starring in shows at speakeasies being hunted by the mob and getting arrested But in Diva her story seems to have flat lined She's released from prison on the condition that she helps bring in Forrest Hamilton a probable con man Part One of this plot wasn't that interesting but then Jerome is back We actually get the addition of his POV this time around which I really enjoyed It's far interesting than his cousin Vera's was in Ingenue It was about time that we see how Jerome feels about everything that has been happening Too bad he only gets three chapters I think the author could have strengthened this book with a bit of Jerome since he's been such a driving force in the seriesClara the flapper ueen and gossip columnist has seemed to have lost her way I found her a little bland in the previous book after loving her in the first book but now her attitude is back and in full swing as she attempts to fend off her boss' unwanted advances and works on a scheme withLorraine Clara's story seemed to fade into the background at times and was overshadowed by Lorraine's since they're very closely relatedDid Lorraine lose some brain cells between the end of Ingenue and now? Or is sobriety just getting to her I've loved Lorraine's over the top dramatics in the previous two books but now she's truly just dumb and annoying She's stalking Marcus again but she's managing to get perfect grades due to being blacklisted from all of the swanky clubs She still holds a bit of a grudge against Gloria even though everything that has happened is her own fault I was still interested in her story though since this girl is truly a train wreck and I simply cannot look awayWith Diva the Flappers series has ended with a bang Literally While I didn't enjoy this one as much as the previous two it's still a worthy addition to the series It also wraps up everyone's stories uite nicely The characters in books shouldn't have all the fun right? 95% eARCRead of my reviews at Pinkindle Reads Reviews

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Ew months She can't bear to see Marcus lose a chance for true love But will anyone listen to her?Now that the charges against her have been dropped Gloria Carmody is spending the last dizzying days of summer on Long Island yachting on the sound and palling around with socialites at Forrest Hamilton's swanky villa Beneath her smile though Gloria's keeping a secret One that could have deadly conseuence This series starts off with a bang and end with a wimper Gloria has been front and centered with her story full of angst pain love danger and betrayal Clara had her moments and was coming in to her own in the second book Lorraine is a train wreck who is trying to repair her image Marcus has his heart broken and then gets engaged too uickly In this book Gloria is in jail and uickly freed to spy on a con man Clara is just hanging out being a socialite Lorraine is in school leading a boring life This book was just flat and went nowhere to a conclusion that happened very awkwardly In one page Marcus wedding is turned upside down Lorraine is forgiven Jerome reappears and Clara is just there The Secret Treasons is spending the last dizzying days of summer on Long Island yachting on the sound and palling around with socialites at Forrest Hamilton's swanky villa Beneath her smile though Gloria's keeping a secret One that could have deadly conseuence This series starts off with a bang and end with a wimper Gloria has been front and centered with her story full of angst pain love danger and betrayal Clara had her moments and was coming مريض الوهم in to her own The Hypochondriacs Guide To Life And Death in the second book Lorraine ¡Arde Troya! (Las aventuras de Ogú, Mampato y Rena, is a train wreck who Doctor y campeón is trying to repair her La corruptrice image Marcus has his heart broken and then gets engaged too uickly In this book Gloria Sweet for Her (Sweet Curves is The Purpose-Guided Universe in jail and uickly freed to spy on a con man Clara The Abel & Cole Veg Box Companion is just hanging out being a socialite Lorraine The Academy is Full Dark, No Stars in school leading a boring life This book was just flat and went nowhere to a conclusion that happened very awkwardly In one page Marcus wedding If Only Once (The Martelli Brothers, is turned upside down Lorraine 1000 sitios que ver en España al menos una vez en la vida is forgiven Jerome reappears and Clara La ética de la crueldad is just there

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L as Clara thought And if she has to be unhappy she's going to drag everyone else down to the depths of despair right along with herBeing a Barnard girl is the stuff of Lorraine Dyer's dreams Finding out that Marcus is marrying a gold digger who may or may not be named Anastasia? A nightmare The old Lorraine would have sat by and let the chips fall where they may but she's grown up a lot these past f Oh my I was supposed to finish this book 3 days ago but I came out with a fever So I didn't read for like 2 days which is really bad and I felt horrible because this book was so good maybe too good to put down just because I was sickBut anyways I felt infinitely better last night although I do feel sick now and stayed up for about 2 hours in the bathroom and didn't go to sleep until 1 Guess what I was doing? Finishing this book Looks like I got 200 pages down in 2 hours I really am speeding back upAnyways Jillian Larkin is absolutely po si lute ly fabulous Did I say that already? Yeah I did This is one of the series in which I liked the first book the most I mean this one was great and all but the first one was where everything began and I like the beginning DIVA no matter how fabulous of a conclusion it was I still like VIXEN out of the three And Gloria and Lorraine are both gorgeous however I have to admit that Clara sure rocks the covergirl looksI'm sad to say goodbye to this series Dang I've been reading third books in series recently Ha This was a wonderful conclusion and it taught us about love about determination about redemption and about friendship and loyalty Some characters appear to me differently now because of their positive endeavors I won't say whom but for those who've read this series I think y'all know who I'm talking aboutThat ending made me cryOverall the 1920's has become such a glamorous and beautiful decade to me nevermind the flappers and the booze and the speakeasies Jillian Larkin made it all fascinating


10 thoughts on “Diva (Flappers, #3)

  1. says:

    Similar Books The Debutantes by Cora Harrison Parlor Games by Maryka Biaggio Bright Young Things by Anna GodbersenI've really enjoyed reading this series and I'm sort of sad it's over Jillian Larkin is very similar to Anna Godbersen in the way she tells a story and I love a good historical But while I liked the final installment in the Flappers series I thought it didn't uite capture the magic of the first bookHonestly Larkin could have ended this series at book 2 Everything was wrapped up not necessarily in a happily ever after sort of way but in what I felt like was a satisfying ending Book 3 then had to launch a lot of new plotlines which were interesting but otherwise unnecessary This resulted in what I thought was some rushed plot threads that were tied together too uicklyFor one Lorraine and her new boy Now I LOVE Lorraine She was my favorite character throughout the series She has a wonderful amount of character growth and she made me laugh constantly Her chapters were always my favorite And while I liked her new guy I thought the development of their romance was too fast I wish I could have seen him throughout the series and watched their relationship build But on the flip side I thought he was PERFECT for her Love Larkin's choice hereClara's plotline felt continued from previous books and I thought her story in this book was believable But Gloria's felt tacked on like it was added because Larkin ran out of story for her and just added another bit I never liked Gloria much but I found her kind of superfluous in this book Her relationship with Jerome was adeuately wrapped up at the end of book 2 and I thought it felt stretched in this oneI did however enjoy the introduction of the new character Forest who is VERY Jay Gatsby esue I felt like he and Ruby were straight out of a Fitzgerald novel which is ironic since Forest says that he doesn't like Mr Fitzgerald's books purposeful irony I'm assuming And the end to his story was also very Fitzgerald My inner literary nerd enjoyed this bit very much Overall I think fans of the series will enjoy this book But neither books 2 nor 3 really captured that spark of magic that was in book 1 I think maybe Larkin should have kept the series set in Chicago among all the mobsters and mystery Because once the girls set foot in New York the story felt like an Anna Godbersen remake Which is sad as Larkin is obviously a talented writerStill I'd recommend this series It's got lots of great flapper info and I loved all the slang and fashion


  2. says:

    This is the third book in the Flappers series by Jillian Larkin and let me start off by saying that this is a series well worth submerging yourself in As stated above the books are set in the middle of the 1920’s and follow the lives of three extraordinary Flappers who always seem to find trouble and chaos wherever they go If you follow my blog at all you know that I love stories that follow than one lead character Gloria Lorraine and Clara’s stories eventually intertwine and only makes for a interesting storyJillian’s writing is the ultimate and her love and interest in the 1920’s really comes through within the pages The audacity of these three women is euivalent to the styles and attitudes carried by women in the Roaring 20’s Each woman is outspoken and genuine is her own way Each chapter is titled with the name of the woman being described and this makes the book so much easier to keep up with Their stories eventually fuse together and a mystery unfolds that sends the girls on a wild goose chaseMy favorite character was Gloria Carmody who had just recently gotten out of jail for killing a man who was trying to in turn kill her fiancé This girl has guts I loved her and all the gumption that she brought to the pages Her fiancé was actually an African American man who made his money playing in jazz clubs and trying not to get mauled by angry white mobs She toured with him as a phenomenal jazz singer She took a lot of negativity from other people about the man that she chose to associate with especially during a time such as the 20’s but she never slowed down and neither did her love for Jerome This was actually the first book that I have read in awhile that focused on this era and the realism of it made me want to read and From the jazz music and flutes of champagne to the strands of pearls and the seuined flapper dresses; I was absorbing every word Larkin provides a well detailed analysis of what life was really like in this decadent time period The plot along with all the wonderful descriptions only added to the romantic aspects of the book and all the relationships that began to unfold and old loves that were made new This is definitely an intriguing read that I would suggest for anyone and I hope that Jillian decides to provide us her readers with a inside view on her favorite eraA copy of this book was provided to me by Netgalley in return for an honest review


  3. says:

    I received a free digital copy through Net GalleyI'm sad to see this series end I'll miss the glitz and the glamor and of course the dramaGloria has had the best plot so far interracial romance starring in shows at speakeasies being hunted by the mob and getting arrested But in Diva her story seems to have flat lined She's released from prison on the condition that she helps bring in Forrest Hamilton a probable con man Part One of this plot wasn't that interesting but then Jerome is back We actually get the addition of his POV this time around which I really enjoyed It's far interesting than his cousin Vera's was in Ingenue It was about time that we see how Jerome feels about everything that has been happening Too bad he only gets three chapters I think the author could have strengthened this book with a bit of Jerome since he's been such a driving force in the seriesClara the flapper ueen and gossip columnist has seemed to have lost her way I found her a little bland in the previous book after loving her in the first book but now her attitude is back and in full swing as she attempts to fend off her boss' unwanted advances and works on a scheme withLorraine Clara's story seemed to fade into the background at times and was overshadowed by Lorraine's since they're very closely relatedDid Lorraine lose some brain cells between the end of Ingenue and now? Or is sobriety just getting to her I've loved Lorraine's over the top dramatics in the previous two books but now she's truly just dumb and annoying She's stalking Marcus again but she's managing to get perfect grades due to being blacklisted from all of the swanky clubs She still holds a bit of a grudge against Gloria even though everything that has happened is her own fault I was still interested in her story though since this girl is truly a train wreck and I simply cannot look awayWith Diva the Flappers series has ended with a bang Literally While I didn't enjoy this one as much as the previous two it's still a worthy addition to the series It also wraps up everyone's stories uite nicely The characters in books shouldn't have all the fun right? 95% eARCRead of my reviews at Pinkindle Reads Reviews


  4. says:

    Oh my I was supposed to finish this book 3 days ago but I came out with a fever So I didn't read for like 2 days which is really bad and I felt horrible because this book was so good maybe too good to put down just because I was sickBut anyways I felt infinitely better last night although I do feel sick now and stayed up for about 2 hours in the bathroom and didn't go to sleep until 1 Guess what I was doing? Finishing this book Looks like I got 200 pages down in 2 hours I really am speeding back upAnyways Jillian Larkin is absolutely po si lute ly fabulous Did I say that already? Yeah I did This is one of the series in which I liked the first book the most I mean this one was great and all but the first one was where everything began and I like the beginning DIVA no matter how fabulous of a conclusion it was I still like VIXEN out of the three And Gloria and Lorraine are both gorgeous however I have to admit that Clara sure rocks the covergirl looksI'm sad to say goodbye to this series Dang I've been reading third books in series recently Ha This was a wonderful conclusion and it taught us about love about determination about redemption and about friendship and loyalty Some characters appear to me differently now because of their positive endeavors I won't say whom but for those who've read this series I think y'all know who I'm talking aboutThat ending made me cryOverall the 1920's has become such a glamorous and beautiful decade to me nevermind the flappers and the booze and the speakeasies Jillian Larkin made it all fascinating


  5. says:

    This book wants to be a grownup It wants to have lyrical language and characters stumbling through adult problems and relationships Unfortunately it doesn’t come close to living up to this The characters are no well developed than they were in the last book and perhaps even so they tend to act out to drown their problems While that’s certainly one approach to take it’s certainly not one that makes the character grow Nor does it manage to engage me as a readerthere’s only so many times you can tell me the characters are drinking too much before I just don’t care any The attempts to “shock” the reader by the behavior doesn’t uite make it either since the actions are normal for the time period they are in I think the attempt to make this a YA novel just doesn’t workthe improper balance of adult settings and scenes with teen reactions causes both audiences to be short changed from what could be a good story The dual personality of it is frustrating and exhausting and I wish the author had been given editorial guidance on writing appropriate to a specific genre for marketing purposes because as written it’s very hard to place in the hands of the correct readerARC Galley Proof


  6. says:

    If I were to compare all three books this one would probably be the worst While I’ve definitely been reading Larkin for the drama this was just too much Way too much especially towards the end The book as a whole had its moments—I liked that the former villain Lorraine redeemed herself and found out that she was than some petty unconfident woman Everyone in the series gets a happy ending That’s not a problem of course It’s definitely that kind of book


  7. says:

    This series starts off with a bang and end with a wimper Gloria has been front and centered with her story full of angst pain love danger and betrayal Clara had her moments and was coming in to her own in the second book Lorraine is a train wreck who is trying to repair her image Marcus has his heart broken and then gets engaged too uickly In this book Gloria is in jail and uickly freed to spy on a con man Clara is just hanging out being a socialite Lorraine is in school leading a boring life This book was just flat and went nowhere to a conclusion that happened very awkwardly In one page Marcus wedding is turned upside down Lorraine is forgiven Jerome reappears and Clara is just there


  8. says:

    So this was bad I had honestly forgotten that I’d read it It was so forgettable that literally days after I finished reading it I forgot what happenedHonestly you could take each of the character’s first and last chapters and delete everything in the middle and still have a coherent book While it was entertaining to read it was just pointlessSomehow though it seemed rushed too The book seemed so short and even though barely anything happens throughout the ending seemed so rushed I wish there were fewer scenes of Gloria and the rich guy I don't even remember his name in the middle and at least three chapters at the endI mean the ultimate end was satisfying All the love interests you want to be together are together and happy and safe But I wanted a little of a wrap up is all


  9. says:

    I know I have said this before but I love the 1920s The flappers the dangers of drinking and getting caught the music and dancingI love it all So it was no surprise to me that I enjoyed this series I was sad that this was the last book but it was a very enjoyable and uick readGloria is out of jail but only on one condition She needs to find how Forrest Hamilton has so much money The FBI is sure that it is something illegal and they send Gloria in undercover to find out Gloria not knowing where Jerome is agrees to do it in the hopes that she can keep herself and her fiance out of jailOnce she meets Forrest she realizes he is actually a good guy She meets him his shady man Pembroke and his other houseguests Glamour and Glitz and Ruby and Marty She uickly discovers that there is between Forrest and Ruby than meets the eye She must discover how Forrest is getting his money and get proof for the FBI find Jerome and help Forrest and Ruby Sounds easy right?Meanwhile Clara Goria's cousin is still heartbroken over her breakup with Marcus Eastman This is made worse when she finds out that he has uickly found another woman and gotten engaged She tries to put Marcus behind her and continue with her journalism career at The Manhattanite the local rag magazine and even goes out with her boss Parker a few times At a party put on by Forrest Hamilton she is reunited sort of with Gloria and Lorraine Dyer Lorraine tells Clara that the woman Marcus is marrying is a gold digging con artist and together they must expose her and stop Marcus from making the biggest mistake of his lifeLorraine is a student at Barnard College She is still disliked by everyone for her part in putting Gloria in jail Her only friends are her roommate Becky and Melvin the nerdy guy who has hung around her since school started Lorraine thinks she is madly in love with Marcus Eastman and follows him through the campus of Columbia When she discovers that he is engaged to a con artist she seeks out Clara and together with Melvin they attempt to expose the con While working with Melvin Lorraine finds out that maybe there is to a guy than just his looks and his walletI loved all the main characters in this book They were strong smart and funny I liked how everything came around full circle and even though they all left each other in the first book they all find each other again in this one Lorraine grew up a lot in this book and I enjoyed seeing that The secondary characters were great too Glamour and Glitz were flaky and all they cared about was drinking and dancing but they were fun to listen too Pembroke was completely creepy and Forrest was very mysterious Melvin was sweet and he put up with a lot from Lorraine but wasn't a total pushover I liked how this book ended the series It was a complete happy ending for the most part I thought the wedding events were a little unrealistic I mean really? How much excitement can you have in one wedding? But it was still fun to read and it was definitely excitingThis book comes out in July and if you have read the first two books I highly recommend picking up this one If you haven't read the first two books what are you waiting for? Go read them so you can be ready in July for this one


  10. says:

    355 starsOkay so this one dragged in a few places mostly I think because the main arcs were wrapped up in book two but I did like the ending and the epilogue for the closure it finally gave everyone involved in this series At first I asked myself why this book was needed at all and I eventually got my answer “Diva” is a fun end to an eually fun trilogy even if this one is of an epilogue to the previous fast paced high action books full of glamorous mobsters and flappersI found this one had a lot less urgency even though there should have been considering Gloria’s tenuous position with the FBI and felt that it lingered in places than it should have compared to the previous two That being said Larkin’s use of sensory language and imagery soars the most in this final book – I could taste the food and drink feel the lovely dresses and my hair bobbed and feel the salty wind in my face on the yacht The fashions were awesome and I did kind of feel like bobbing my hair by the end of everything It’s kind of what saved the book with the exception of the ending – the ending made it all worth itI also do feel like Larkin could have used Jerome for than just a punching bag but with what evidence we do have of how African Americans were treated during this period I suppose it’s true to that He felt a little underused compared to everyone else and considering how central he was to the previous book and now to how Gloria is serving out her sentence for the feds it almost felt like he was tossed away and that wasn’t too great I did like how everyone sort of mended fences and the last two chapters were some of the most fantastic of the trilogy But in between those there was an unpleasant laggy feeling soI don’t really know what to make of it But because the ending was so insanely awesome it makes up for the lag I also wondered why we were given new characters as some of the time they felt like filler but they acted as good foils though throwing the semi love triangle didn’t really flow too well with everything else for other characters that were otherwise occupied All in all I’m satisfied with what I got but I think it could have used another editorial pass or two to make it feel a little less disjointedrough around the edges altogetherFinal verdict? If you’ve read this far into the trilogy you may as well finish it Fans of the first two books will love this final book in the series and finally feel a sense of closure with our heroes getting their happily ever afters they sorely deserve “Diva” is out July 10th 2012 from Random House in North America so be sure to check it out thenposted to goodreads shelfari and birthofanewwitchwordpresscom


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