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Levitating Las Vegas

Levitating Las Vegas [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Echols
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From the award-winning, wildly popular author of Such a Rush and Going Too Far comes a fun and sexy new adult romantic comedy with a paranormal twist, available exclusively as an eBook.

Twenty-one-year-old showgirl Holly Starr is sick and tired of assisting her dad, a celebrity magician, in his Las Vegas casino magic show. As soon as he keeps his promise to her and shares the secrets to his tricks, she can break out on her own. But can she really make it? For years Holly has taken medication to stave off crazy hallucinations that she can levitate objects. Just when she thinks she’s ready to make a career and a life for herself, her medicine—and her luck—run out.

Elijah Brown suffers from a similar delusion—he thinks he can read minds—and he’s out of medicine too. Determined to save himself and his old flame Holly, he kidnaps her and takes her to a town high in the Rockies where their medicine is made. What they discover there leads them to suspect their powers are not imaginary after all...and neither is the intense attraction they feel for each other.

They make a pact to stick together as they return to Vegas to confront the people who kept them in the dark for so long. But soon they’re pitting their powers against each other in a dangerous world where the nightlife is seductive, domination is addictive, the sex is beyond belief...and falling in love can lead to murder.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1405 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star (6 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ALYRQ84
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, light, wacky paranormal 8 May 2013
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I'm torn. I wanted to love this, I adore most of Jennifer Echols' other works, but this one is very different to her previous works. I'm a big paranormal fan as well as contemps though, so I was excited to see Jennifer's paranormal work. But I really struggled to get on with it.

I found the characters irritating on many an occasion. In particular I couldn't understand Kaylee's desire to keep so many secrets, why not help her friends see the truth instead? The storyline itself was good, there were some funny moments, it was decently paced, I liked the multiple points of view, and it has Jennifer's typical good writing. But overall, I can't say more than I thought it was 'okay'. Yes, vague and unhelpful, but that pretty much sums up my thoughts on this one.

Don't get me wrong, I've no doubt this light and wacky paranormal romance will work great for some people. And it certainly won't put me off getting anything of Jennifer's in the future (after 'Going Too Far' she will always remain an auto-buy author for me), but this one just didn't work for me.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I hope its a series 9 July 2013
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This is something a little different from the wonderful Jennifer Echols. 3rd person narrative replaces her usual (and wonderful) 1st person narrative, it is however, a very necessary tool in keeping the multitude of plot threads this book has under tight control. We also get a paranormal twist as opposed to the classic contemporary Jennifer is known and loved for.

While it is a third person narrative the main focus is Layla and Elijah; all of the characters are charismatic but the relationship between Layla and Elijah is what really sets them apart from the peripheral characters.

The world building is amazing the imagery re-enforced with beautiful descriptive writing. The background details are peppered throughout the story in tantalizing tidbits, there is a lot going on with this story: the different abilities and how they affect each other, the divide in the groups, romance, betrayal and the origin of the abilities each possess. The story as a whole was fascinating and dynamic, although there are still a lot of questions to be answered and I am unsure as to whether there is a sequel/series (I desperately hope there is). The ending was very abrupt.

Although this is classed as a NA it is very `tame' in comparison to the others I have read.

Levitating Las Vegas is definitely worth a read and I hope its a series not a stand alone as I need some answers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sadly Departed (spoiler free) 20 May 2013
By E. Shelton - Published on
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Short summary:

Holly's parents have groomed her to take over their magic act since she was young. Holly's life soon takes a drastic turn when she starts to feel that part of the 'magic' may be more than smoke and mirrors. What she learns will change her life and those closest to her forever.


I am a huge Echols fan. The first time I read her, I was lucky enough to read 'Going Too Far' and 'Such a Rush' consecutively. Those are by far my favorites from her. This book, on the other hand, was such a departure from her best works. Half way through the book I had to double check that this was the same author. The premise was definitely new and I liked that. The characters were not given a chance to build chemistry and a lot of the moments that could have been swoon-worthy felt like half-baked ideas. The ending baffled me. I feel like it just ended and I did not care at all if there was a second one because I won't read it.

That being said, I have not given up on Echols... I just refuse to read anything having to do with this book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting novel 13 May 2013
By Tabitha @ Bows & Bullets Reviews - Published on
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Holly Starr can't wait to freshen up her dad's tired magic show, but until he keeps his agreement to share his secrets with her, she can't do anything but wait and perform as his magical assistant. But before that can happen, Holly's prescription of crazy pills runs out and the pharmacy doesn't know when they'll get more. Terrified that her old delusion of being about to levitate objects will come back, Holly is desperate to get her hands on more. Elijah Brown, her old high school crush, just happens to suffer from the same brand of crazy, except he thinks he can read minds. He is also terrified he'll go completely coo-coo for cocoa puffs, he ends up taking Holly on a road trip to a small town in Colorado where the pills are manufactured. But on the way, they discover that maybe they aren't crazy and maybe that attraction that flared between then all those years ago is still alive and well. Can they beat the odds to make a life together?

This novel is so addictive. I couldn't stop reading and I was immediately draw into this strange world of readers, changers, and levitators. Holly and Elijah were easy to sympathize with, considering all their parents put them through. After all, it was the fact that Holly's parents made them break off their date that caused the onset of both of their powers. It starts off a bit confusing because you feel just like the characters and you aren't sure if what they believed happened or what their parents tell them happened is real, but once you get passed that, it all starts to fall into place.

Holly was a great leading lady. She's spunky and rebellious, but her love for her parents and fear of her "disease" keeps her pretty well in line. Go to college, assist dad in his magic show, and be a good girl. Once she realizes what's really happened, we get to see that rebellion really show its face. She's angry and she isn't afraid to show it. Her parents better be on their freaking guard because there is no excuse for lying to her for the past seven years. Elijah is less inclined to be angry about it. He's mother has always tried to do what's best for him and knowing she's done everything on her own since his dad is dead, he's a bit more sympathetic to her cause, but still more than a little miffed about what they took away from him. Elijah is definitely a swoon-worthy leading guy. He's sweet and funny, with bright green eyes, wavey brown hair, and a muscled body from years of lacrosse and carpentry work. Once he knows Holly really does like him and wants him, he's determined to keep her and protect her....even if she is determined to walk head first into trouble. Their romance is intense and I spent a good portion of this novel just waiting for them to finally get through their s*** and be together because it's obvious that's where they belong.

So if the storyline is great, the writing is addictive, and I love the characters, why only four stars? My issue is that (at the moment) this novel is a standalone and so many things felt unfinished. There is no cliffhanger. Holly & Elijah's story resolves and all is well, but there just feels like there is more that needs to be explored (view spoiler). It's an odd feeling for me because I'm typical that person who doesn't understand why a book needs 5 sequels when the first one was perfect and I'm the one hesitant to start any series that has more than 3 or 4 books in it because I feel like that's a bit too long to drag it out. Seriously, the House of Night series has like 13 books now and I KNOW those weren't worthy of 5 books much less that many. I'm the person who gets irritated at the fan girls begging for sequels to a storyline that is definitely over. I get that you loved the characters, but you realize another book means more torment for them, right? There has to be conflict and do you really want to see them suffer more? If you want more, just go re-read the already published novels or explore the land of fanfiction! I'm not asking for a whole series, in fact that would make me angry, but the content of this book feels to me like the novel itself should be longer (it was only 300 pages), or they should do a sequel just to wrap up the loose ends.

Regardless of this issue, I did wholly enjoy it and I think anyone looking for a good paranormal romance/new adult story would definitely enjoy this.

****Thank you to Pocket Star Books, a division of Simon & Schuster Inc, for providing me with an eARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review****
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I just couldn't get into the book. 27 Jun 2013
By Andrea @ The Busy Bibliophile - Published on
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Elijah asks Holly out on a date during their sophomore year of high school. When her parents find out, they force Holly to break the date and give her a flimsy excuse. While stewing in her anger, she discovers she can levitate objects (including herself) with her mind. Her parents walk in on the levitating and suddenly she's in a doctor's office being told she has a terrible disease that gives her delusions. To stave off the symptoms, she must take medication for the rest of her life. Elijah discovers that very that night that he has the same disease, and must take medication to prevent his delusions of being a mind reader. Seven years later, when the pharmacy runs out of the medicine, Elijah becomes so desperate for more that he kidnaps Holly and drives all night to the source. Once there, they figure out that they don't actually have a disease, they have real powers.

Holly was an interesting character, a bit unusual in the new adult genre. She was a showgirl, and perfectly comfortable parading on stage in a spangled bikini. She was smart and determined and (gasp!) a virgin. (Why is that always supposed to be such a shocker?) She had a nice relationship with her parents, they were a tight family who spent a lot of time together. Elijah was close to his mother, with no father in the picture. Considering they lived in Vegas and worked in a casino, they were pretty average kids.

Their parents, however, were awful people. They knew their children had these powers, and instead of teaching them how to be responsible with them, they scared them into thinking they had a horrible scary disease, then drugged them. In fact, a lot of the adults were real jerks. The old "We're doing it to protect the kids" excuse didn't cut it.

There were a lot of little bits that bothered me. Like how Elijah and Holly just accepted their diagnoses with no question. I don't know about you, but when I get the tiniest little symptom, I'm on WebMD checking to make sure I don't have the bubonic plague. But they never did the first Google search. Even 7 years later, they still took those pills without question. Speaking of their pills - the name of the miracle drug was Mentafixol. As in "Mental Fix All." How cheesy is that? Also (highlight the text to view the spoiler), Holly and Elijah were practically in love, then within a few short minutes, they were threatening real violence to each other. Holly's best friend betrayed her and she was okay with that? And not to be too picky, but "the sex is beyond belief" is quite the exaggeration. There's 1 sex scene total, and it's not all that spectacular. There was definite chemistry, but nothing I would consider super sexy.

And this was probably the thing that bugged me the most - Holly spent at least 3 quarters of the book in her showgirl outfit - a sparkly sequined bikini and heels. That's all. She walked around Vegas in it, rode a mass transit bus in it, slept in it overnight, then continued to wear it while walking around another town. Never once did she suggest stopping at a WalMart to pick up some shorts, or that she might be uncomfortable or underdressed. That just smacked of improbability.

There were also a few unanswered questions (I really dislike those). For example, one scene clearly described how someone used their keys to open a slot machine specifically to touch the metal inside while exerting their powers. But why they had to that was never explained. I can only assume that the metal helped to conduct powers...?

That was a lot of nitpicking, so let me mention some of the things that I liked about the book. It was very zippy and the plot sped along, so I was never bored. The writing was very descriptive and I enjoyed the dialogue. I loved how strong Holly was, she was confident and friendly. The chemistry between her and Elijah was great, lots of sexual tension and longing looks.

Unfortunately, that wasn't enough to overcome my issues with the book. Near the end, in the middle of the climactic final scenes, I literally found myself thinking "I really should care about what's happening." But I didn't. I honestly didn't care how the book ended, but by then there was less than a chapter left, so I figured I'd just finish it.

I didn't connect with any of the characters and had only a mild interest in what happened to them. On the plus side, it was a quick and entertaining read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Where was the ending? 23 May 2013
By MelissaK - Published on
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**Spoiler Alert**

Let me start my saying that I LOVE Jennifer Echols' books. I devour them in a day usually. I loved this book, the characters were interesting and the plot was good. However, I had some major issues with this one once I realized it was over. This is going to contain some potential spoilers though.

There were some major family twists towards the end and also a potential relationship between two supporting characters at the end that were not left hanging but it felt as if the author just got bored writing and put several little 2 paragraph blubs saying, oh btw, its all fine while a character was unconscious. That was quite a jump from where the characters and those story lines were 2 pages earlier to suddenly just fine. They didn't even have a proper conclusion and there was definitely more to explore with them. Finally, the last scene involved characters talking about going and taking care of a large problem that had developed based on something they had done in the main climax of the story. It did not feel like a cliffhanger but like the final resolution to the story. The next page however, the story just stopped.

I think it was pretty insulting to anyone who went out and read this book. If the author and editor cannot be bothered to even finish the story, why should readers go to the trouble of reading it? I am not usually this disappointing in a book and I hate that it is from an author who typically is great at finishing the story out. I am pretty annoyed to the point of not really wanting to read her next book that comes out in a few months because I got really interested based on the excerpt included in this book but I don't want to get invested in the characters only to be disappointed and insulted again.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I... What was this? What? 7 May 2013
By Ashleigh - Published on
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See more of my reviews on Birth of a New Witch! My copy was an ARC I received from the publisher via Edelweiss.

What happened? I've read a novel by this author before (Forget You) and though I didn't care for that either, it had nothing to do with the writing. Levitating Las Vegas, which is actually a drama instead of the comedy it is marketed as, is unlike any novel she has ever written and that isn't necessarily a good thing.

Echols' prose was fine in the previous experience I had with her. Then again, that novel was written in first-person. As evidenced by long, dry passages revealing how their world works in only the first two chapters (passages that effectively rob the novel of what could have been a great "do they or do they not really have these powers?" psychological perspective) and descriptions that are either hamfisted or dull, third-person narration is not her forte. Elijah and Holly are flat on their own and what brings them together other than their powers is a mystery to me.

The scheme keeping the empowered teens from using their powers has too many holes in it for me to find it plausible that it ever worked. Did Elijah and Holly never think about doing a Google search on their condition out of curiosity? They never missed a dose ever? Did the organizers of the whole scheme really expect these teens not to be angry that they were lied to for years, diagnosed with a fake disorder that ruined their lives, and taken off the medication without any warning? The answers to all these questions being "yes" is outlandishly unlikely even for a novel where people have psychic abilities.

There are also more than a few moments I find iffy at best. A fourteen/fifteen-year-old girl working as a showgirl in a small bikini? This blatant sexualization and exploitation of a minor bothers me and it strikes me as odd that the casino--even when ruled by parties sympathetic to empowered people like Holly and her father--would allow this due to negative publicity. Then there is the use of "transvestite" multiple times when "cross-dresser" would have also worked. Transvestite carries a rather negative connotation with it; while I wrote this review, I overheard people use the word as an insult/derogatory term.

This makes two strikes for Echols. I have one other book written by her (Love Story) and if I find it not to my tastes when I flip through it, that will be the end of it with me and this author. I made it to page 200 out of 300 before I gave up, realizing this wasn't going to be my thing.
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