Thursday, June 13, 2013

Review: Levitating Las Vegas by Jennifer Echols

Title: Levitating Las Vegas
Author: Jennifer Echols
Published May 7th 2013 by Pocket Star
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You and your neighbors know what a huge Jennifer Echols fan I am. It’s clear that I wear my love on my sleeve. I love each of her books and her characters and the passions in me are stirred every time I open one of her pages.

That’s why it literally pains me (this combined with the heartburn after all the spicy food I ate) to write this review.

It’s not like I hated Levitating Las Vegas (I so didn’t!), I enjoyed reading it, and not only because it was written by Jenn, but because it was entertaining, and the characters, as always, were witty and sassy and very likable. I loved Elijah Brown and his mysteriousness, his loyalty to Holly and his dazed and confused self was just incredibly endearing. And Holly was pretty fantastic too, she reminded me a bit of Holly Golightly (insert Audrey Hepburn) in her clueless ways.

The chemistry between Holly and Elijah can’t be denied, and their scenes together were the kind that sends sparks flying and induce fires in places that I won’t be talking about *wink*.

Now, what I really had problems with was the story itself. The plot was kind of all over the place. It’s probably best illustrated as a riding on a dirt road with the headlights off: bumpy and holey and no way of knowing what to except. Which isn’t always a bad thing, you know; but usually when you read a paranormal book you want your “facts” straight, and the book kind of did a not-so-good job at explaining most of the things that were going on. And some characters had not much explanation (or interactions) either, like Mr. Diamond, the casino owner, who I have a feeling was supposed to be a very important piece in the jigsaw puzzle but his role was the opposite, inexplicably irrelevant.

Another plus was that it really evokes Vegas to me. Hot and sexy and like, there’s no other place where so much crazy could be happening.

However lack of details and follow-up this book had, it didn’t disappoint me in the aspects I always look for in Ms. Echols books: a good time, a good laugh and characters I like to read about.



  1. What YA book has the best relationships/character development? suggestions?

    1. I am sure I have a ton of anwers to this question but the best one that comes to mind is 'On the Jellicoe Road' by Melina Marchetta. An excellent book, it won't dissapoint!

  2. Jennifer Echols is by far my favorite author, but I didn't finish reading this one. I forced myself to read up to 75% before I put it down. Now I can't make myself pick it back up. But I still adore her as an author, and I am enjoying reading her other new releases this year (there are 4 new books this year!). I didn't enjoy the paranormal aspects of this book. The story was kind of all over the place.

    1. Yeah, I think she's much better at writing contemporary but everyone should try to step out of their confort zone once in a while I guess?

      I know! that's a lot of writing!

      I reaaaaaaaally liked Dirty Little Secret, and enjoyed StarCrossed but I think I'm more of a YA kind of gal. I absolutely love every YA drama she's published (:

  3. I have not read anything by Jennife Echols but i have been planning to.
    I am not sure about this one
    GREAT review
    Your reader,

    1. You should try Going Too Far or Such a Rush, great to get started on JE! (:

  4. I ran out of time to finish reading this as a galley, but the first couple chapters had me wondering if I was going to like it or not. Glad you liked it despite it being all over the place! :)

    1. I read this as a galley too but I think I had time that day because I finished it really quick.

      Yeah, the first couple of chapters are messy, :/


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