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Diva by Jillian LarkinDIVA by Jillian Larkin Book Review
Series: Flappers, #3
Publication Date: July 10th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Rating: – Acceptable |

Book Summary: If you love The Great Gatsby, you’ll want to read the Flappers series.

Joy 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 quickly? Their romance mustn’t have been as magical 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 her.

Being 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 few 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 consequences . . .

Book Review Overview:

  • Watch out for an homage to The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald in one of the storylines!
  • Characters have definitely grown since the first book and I just wanted them all to have a happy ending
  • Not the best conclusion to a series, but I was still satisfied
I continued to enjoy the different perspectives in Diva by Jillian Larkin because I loved seeing how the storylines would intersect. Diva continues through the perspectives of Gloria, Clara, and Lorraine in the 1920’s Prohibition in New York City. I was a little sad at first that Vera was no longer in the picture but it seemed like she already had her happily ever after.
Basically, the theme for this book is redemption. Lorraine wants her friends back, Clara wants Marcus back, and Gloria just wants her life back with Jerome. Jillian Larkin manages to keep me engaged into the different plots with various surprises along the way.
However, Gloria’s subplot to uncover the mystery behind the rich Forrest Hamilton became a little predictable. The Flappers series is pitched for fans of The Great Gatsby, and it became a little too clear by the time I finished the book: Gloria’s subplot mimics the storyline of F. Scott Fitsgerald’s famous novel. If it were any other novel, I probably would have been aghast. But since The Flappers is  a fun series, I looked at it as a nice homage to the author that inspired the books.
For the most part, I read Diva to hope for my happily ever afters. After reading Ingenue, I wasn’t satisfied with the ending, so I just had to finish up the series to get my fix of romance.
It was also a treat to travel back to the 1920’s. I think that Jillian Larkin captures the best in her series is the music. I really get a lot of the setting’s mood and atmosphere through the different types of music that we are exposed to as a reader. I actually wished that there was a playlist that I could listen to while I read Diva. It made me crave for jazz and a little bit of showtunes. I also would have loved to hear Gloria sing!
What makes Diva a little different from the other books in the series is that there is a lot less emphasis on the nightlife in the Prohibition era. The characters in the first two novels were so involved in speakeasies and gin joints. But in Diva, there are only mentions of these places. A lot has to do with the fact that the characters have grown since the last book: Gloria has been arrested, Lorraine has finally matured, and Clara has lost her one true love. For the most part, their partying days are behind them.
Instead, Diva focuses on the life of the young and the rich in the 1920’s. Lorraine is a Barnard girl, Clara is a successful writer for a popular magazine, and Gloria is hanging out with the rich in Long Island. It was a nice change of pace, and it prevented Diva from being too similar from Ingenue, the previous book.

Diva is not the best conclusion to a series that I’ve ever read, but it was good enough. I got my fix of romance and history.



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What’s SOPA and PIPA?

SOPA and PIPA are two bills that are currently in the Senate and House of Representatives. These bills basically censor the Internet for copyright infringement. The bills give the government the right to shut down sites that let people download games, movies, and TV shows illegally. However, the bills are written so vaguely that it will do more than that. The bills enable the government to shut down any site that they feel do not filter the material well enough. And that could mean us. Book bloggers.

Still don’t get it? Watch this informative video. The people over at Fight for the Future do a much better job explaining why you need to get involved.

PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.

How does SOPA and PIPA affect me as a blogger?

SOPA and PIPA give the government and the entertainment industry the right to shut down your site if they feel you are not doing whatever it takes to prevent Internet piracy. Because of the ambiguous writing of the bills, to the wrong judge, something as simple as expressing yourself through copyrighted material – whether it be a clip from a video or an image – your website is vulnerable of being shut down.

Some things that are as simple as:

  • Posting a book trailer or movie trailer
  • Image to a book or movie
  • An excerpt
  • Quotes

can make you a target of SOPA and PIPA.

The Internet was built to be free and without regulation from the government. It is our space to voice our concerns, create something new, and share our creations with others.

But I don’t live in the United States!

Just because you do not live in the United States, it does not mean that SOPA and PIPA will not affect you. Many hosting companies and domain name companies are based in the United States. SOPA and PIPA grant the right to shut down your hosting service or your domain name even if you as an owner do not live in the United States.

Social media websites such as Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and YouTube are all based in the United States and can easily be seen as a target by the two bills.

Furthermore, if SOPA and PIPA are passed, the United States is very likely to influence other countries to write up their own Internet censorship bills.

Voice Your Concern

Tomorrow, January 18th 2012, I will join the fight against Internet Censorship by blacking out my site.

If you have WordPress, fight for your rights to a free Internet by downloading the SOPA Blackout Plugin. WordPress is also joining the fight so download the plugin today!

I strongly urge you to Write to Congress and tell them that you oppose SOPA and PIPA. Fight for the Future has a nifty form at their site.

And most importantly, spread the word. This affects us all.

Fight for your rights for a free Internet.



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Hey all! If you haven’t noticed, Muggle-Born has another new look. This is the second time this month that I changed my theme, and I hope this one sticks around for a while.

I’ve also decided to add a few more Review Badges:

The Borrow It and Must Buy badges will most likely end up showing up more often than any other badges. Hopefully these will end up being useful to readers who are thinking about buying or just borrowing certain books. :)

Also, my love for romance has been growing recently so I finally decided to show some romance novel appreciation on Muggle-Born. I’m not exactly sure what the demographics are for the blog, but note that these reviews for adult romance novels will definitely be labeled differently than my YA and MG reviews. These reviews will be called Amortentia Reviews (Harry Potter love potion – I couldn’t resist) and will be introduced with the following banner:

I plan on keeping Amortentia Reviews very short and sweet, outlining my thoughts on five basic ingredients: Heroine, Hero, Supporting Cast, Plot, and Romance. There is no regular schedule for these reviews but do keep an eye out for them if you’re interested! :)

I will be away for two weeks starting the 29th, so if I fall off the face of the earth, don’t worry, I should be back before you know it. I’ll have scheduled posts for the time that I am gone, but I will probably not be around as much on Twitter and the general blogosphere.



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