hectic holidays

If it seems like I’ve disappeared off the face of the blogosphere, it’s because the holidays have made it nearly impossible for me to sit down and write. Preparations for holiday parties, gift exchanges, and family get-togethers have taken over most of my free time, and what’s left has been dedicated to relaxing and enjoying my lack of homework. Will try to post once again when things slow down.

In the meantime, I did manage to get around to reading Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons, which is a very quiet sort of novel that sort of sneaks up on you with its humor. It also put me in the right frame of mind for mad family events.

Happy Holidays to all!

Random life update & a quickie review

One research paper and one final project to go… Plus, I start a new job on Monday 🙂 . Going to have to re-work my blogging, reading, commenting time to fit into my new schedule, but hoping that things will settle down soon. Also, only two more classes to go after this term! After nearly 8 years of uni, I am happy to say that this will officially be the last term (for the foreseeable future, at least).

Vixen by Jillian Larkin

It looks like flappers are the new vampires… possibly, maybe. With Bright Young Things by Anna Godberson currently on the shelves and Vixen by Jillian Larkin coming out in December, the ’20s may very well be the next YA trend. I signed up to receive an ARC copy of Vixen as part of B&N’s Teen First Look Book Club for November because I love the ’20s (the early 20th century is my second historical obsession, after the Victorian era), and the plot sounded intriguing. Three privileged girls living in ’20s Chicago trying to find themselves amidst the danger and glamor of speakeasies, gangsters, and flappers. One is looking for redemption, one for a chance at life, and the other for something she can’t quite understand. I wanted to read more.

Like many YA novels, this is a coming-of-age story, except that it’s really three coming-of-age stories held together by one girl’s story. If it weren’t for Gloria, Lorraine and Clara’s stories would be entirely unrelated. This was one of the problems that I had with the novel. I couldn’t stand Gloria or Lorraine, both read like whiny, over-indulged socialites playing at life among the lower classes. Lorraine just seemed petty and entirely lacking in any sense of self-esteem, while Gloria seemed like a bland, little white girl with a sudden need to rebel and escape dull society life. I only really cared for Clara’s story–the country girl from Pennsylvania who moved to New York City, fell in with the flapper crowd and made a mess of things. Arrested after a raid, Clara is shipped to Chicago under threat of reform school unless she shapes up, and her Aunt Bea, Gloria’s mother, will make sure that she does or else. Perhaps it was Clara’s effort to make others believe that she’s changed, or perhaps it that she comes across as a much more self-aware individual than Lorraine and Gloria, but Clara’s chapters were the only ones that I really enjoyed and looked forward to… I would speed read Lorraine and Gloria’s sections to get back to poor, Country Clara. Think I would have enjoyed it more if the author had used one perspective, rather than three.