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Levitating Las Vegas

2.95  ·  Rating details ·  354 ratings  ·  76 reviews
Nothing up her sleeves...or so she’s been led to believe.

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 hallucin
ebook, 300 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Pocket Star (first published May 6th 2013)
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
What is the theme here? Is it Magic, Mayhem and Mystery? Or perhaps just Neuroses, Nausea, and Novelties? Or could it even possibly be Blackouts, Bikinis, and Bravado?

Why the nausea, you ask? When Holly swoons over the fact that Elijah just called her Tuna Helper...uh, yeah.

2.5 Stars. Fans of Jennifer Echols seem to be unitedly (wow, no spell check on that - I had no clue unitedly was even a word) appalled over Levitating Las Vegas. Since this was to be my first Echols book, I went in with no e
A random note to begin this review: I think this book has my all-time highest record for attempted sessions only to end up ditching the review draft and starting from scratch. Total number of attempts: ten. Number of nearly completed drafts: two. This one is what I've selected to follow through to completion.

I'm at a loss for words on "Levitating Las Vegas", and I mean that in the sincerest form of disappointment. Reflecting on this novel put me through a range of emotions from very passionate i
3.5 stars

I've been a fan of Jennifer Echols since I read her book, Going To Far and have been following her work ever since. I notice that she usually writes two kinds of escapes. One I refer to as her fluff-n-stuff books. Light, sweet, romantic contemporary and then we have her more edgy stuff that's a little more intense, raw and, for me, favored. But this book would be the first paranormal we got from Echols as well as her first New Adult. Before reading this, I heard it was a bit odd, but af
Feb 21, 2013 rated it liked it
3. 5 stars

Jennifer Echols is an author with whom I always fall in the minority with. Whereas my blogging friends devour her reads up, I am still yet to find a novel of hers to fully win me over. So when I heard about her first foray into the paranormal genre, I was interested to see whether she would be able to pull it off.

Levitating Las Vegas has an X-Men type vibe about it, most of the employers in the casino where Holly’s family works have some sort of powers; levitation, mindreading, telekin
Jun 15, 2013 rated it liked it
A few years ago, I happened upon a book written by Jennifer Echols. Going Too Far was its name, and I enjoyed it a great deal. Since then I've gobbled up Love Story, Forget You, and Such a Rush. She creates real characters, puts them in real situations, and then helps them get out with some dignity. In fact, I think that's what I like most about how she writes: her characters may be teens and college kids, but she treats them with respect and dignity.

I love her books.

But I did not love this one.
Nov 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
Let me preface this review with stating how much I love Jennifer Echols. Her teen novels have been awesome; she tackles serious issues in a realistic manner. Echols teen novels reminds me somewhat of Sarah Dessen, but geared towards an older teen audience. Because I liked Echols books so much I was really excited to read my review copy of Levitating Las Vegas; unfortunately, I just didn’t like it. The concept for the novel was interesting, but I had such a visceral negative reaction to the chara ...more
Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts)
How do I start to write a review for a book when I really don't know how to feel about it? I don’t want to sound rude and too bubbly for others. I'm a fan of Jennifer Echols ever since reading her YA books and was impressively blown away by Such a Rush so upon knowing a new release from her would come out soon - I'm excited.

BUT as much as I hate to say this I was *winced* disappointed with this.
I do struggle a lot while reading this story. It just didn’t catch up well for me and as much as I wil
May 02, 2013 rated it liked it
How would you react when you found out your parents have been lying to you?

When Holly learns that her parents have been lying to her, she’s angry. She feels betrayed, hurt and very confused. Why would her parents do that to her? Of course, they have their reasons. But Holly believes they owe her not just an explanation, but also her innocent teen years, her sense of freedom, her choice of free will. Feeling bitter and vindictive, all she can think of is to do something that would make her parent
Feb 21, 2013 rated it really liked it

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3.5 stars

Levitating Las Vegas was such a strange and unpredictable book. It's the first paranormal and the first new adult novel I've read by Jennifer Echols. It's so different from the other books I've read by her and also from other paranormal and new adult novels out there. It's actually not the weirdest story I've ever read, but it's definitely up there.

The main characters were 21-year-olds Holly and Elijah. What happened with them in the be
Oct 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
Unfortunately, this didn't work for me on several levels -

This had some fun elements and a whole lot of parts that didn't add up (the paranormal world building was weak sauce if you've read a lot of good urban fantasy). Regardless, Jennifer Echols knows how to tell an engaging story, so I'm sure there are people who will enjoy it.

This is labeled as "new adult" and it doesn't capture any of the vibe I associate with that label. The main characters are just
Feb 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: I have no idea!
At the age of 14 both Holly and Elijah suffered mental breakdowns. They have been on medication ever since. But when they are forced off their medication by a delayed shipment, they realise their delusions might not have been delusions at all.

Levitating Las Vegas is difficult to define and almost impossible to review. It's Mandrake the Magician, meets X-Men, meets Barbarella. There is some serious mind f_ckery going on in this book and at times it's a very uncomfortable read...and there are time
Apr 02, 2013 rated it liked it
For my full review please see:

I found the beginning to be a bit slow for this story. I wanted to know where it all was leading because it wasn’t making sense to me. All the time in the casino and why these people were all there was just out of my grasp. Once the story got started though, it was a lot smoother. You were able to find out why everyone was there at the casino and what their connection was.

My first taste of what this was all about was the firs
Tammy  Zautner
May 12, 2013 rated it liked it
I am a bit late to the party with my review. The reason for this is I read this book a bit ago and just never took the time to sit down and write my review. I set it aside with plans to go back after I had collected my thoughts, but I just never got around to it until now. I think part of the reason for that is because I am not fond of writing reviews that aren't glowing; it's not easy telling an author their hard work just didn't work for you as a reader, especially when you can't pinpoint a sp ...more
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-galley
Plus side, this one lacks that thing that's marked a ton of reads like it, the same being extreme amounts of sex that push things from romantic to merely titillating. Yay for NA! (what ever the heck that is.)

Minus: I still found Levitating Las Vegas lacking. Lacking because it was all over the place, and worse the pair of them sounded a bit wooden.

'Twas all over the place. We have casinos and shady elements that seem to go hand in hand. Unknown baddies and other unknown elements that may or m
May 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
*ARC provided through Netgalley*

Usually, I really enjoy a book where they are powers involved like in some of the books I've read before.

So in this book, I liked that part but sometimes it turned out also annoying like when Kaylee was always using her power of "mind changer" to control people all the damn time. It was getting old at the end. I just wanted to shake her and tell her to stop it, or I don't know maybe doing the same thing to her that she's doing to everyone? Mmh, that's an idea.

Feb 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks, arc, new-adult, fantasy

For a New-Adult, I must say I was impressed. It lacks the cliche that formulates this genre. When Echols described it as two teens living behind the lies of a delusion, secrets that were kept form them, and having their lives believed to what was true then she's not kidding. It's a mix of romance, action, adventure, and illustrious 60's celebs and some references.

Review soon.

ARC received from publisher via Edelweiss.
*ARC courtesy of Edelweiss via Pocket Star in exchange for an honest review*
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Tabitha (Bows & Bullets Reviews)
The review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews

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
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
When Holly and Elijah are torn from each other at 14, neither of them know why. That day, they are both diagnosed with MAD, a mental illness that makes you hallucinate you have magic powers. 7 years later, they discover they actually do have magic powers, and no-one can keep them apart.

But dangers lurk around the corner for the Las Vegas casino they both work for. The casino acts as a sort of safe haven for people with powers, and the Res wants to take it over for themselves. After having been
Andrea King
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: edelweiss
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 dis ...more
Feb 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
I'll start off by letting you know that it was the cover that originally caught my attention. After reading Levitating Las Vegas, I'll say the cover actually works quite well. Unfortunately, few other things in this book worked as well for me.

It starts off with Holly at the age of fourteen, she works as a bikini clad show girl in her father's magic act and has a hard time shaking that image off the stage. She's finally caught the attention of her swoon worthy crush, Elijah, who has asked her to
Feb 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
Rating: 1.5 stars

Reviewed @ Enticed by Books

Jennifer Echols is my all time favorite contemporary author. I have read and devoured so many of her books and recommended them countless times to my friends and readers because that is how much their story affected me, so that is why it is really painful for me to say that Levitating Las Vegas is the one book of Jennifer Echols that I wouldn't recommend. It's sad and I don't even know where to begin my reasoning for that statement.

Holly and Elijah gr
Emily Elizabeth
Jennifer Echols is an insta-buy author for me. Her contemporary young adult novels blew me away so when I saw Levitating Las Vegas was available as a review copy, I jumped at the chance to see the author try something new. This is Jennifer's first reach into paranormal romance and I could've sworn that it would be another fantastic edition to Jennifer's phenomenal set of books. Good thing I didn't swear because all this book did for me was made me angry, irritated, disappointed and several time, ...more
I am a fan of Echols's YA books, and I think that SUCH A RUSH is probably my one of my favorite YA novels. That is why I am so extremely disappointed with LEVITATING LAS VEGAS.

While LEVITATING LAS VEGAS was advertised as a New Adult novel, it had more to do with her clashing against her parents and the classic YA adult-vs-youth struggle, which wasn't a primary focus in her YA novels. I actually liked that about her style, that the female protagonist was, due to whatever circumstance, leading an
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Levitating Las Vegas by Jennifer Echols

A Little Magic A Little Weird
Truly I think this sums this story up the best and I totally didn’t expect this. What I expected was a cute Contemporary and what I got was a little different a little weird and a little fun! Totally surprising combination. Even more, the story has a slight hint of magic and paranormal, something I too didn’t expect. So Levitating Las Vegas will be a little different from what you expect, and once you put behind your expectations
May 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed, new-adult
I was really looking forward to this book because I’ve heard nothing but awesome things about Jennifer Echols. The book’s synopsis drew me in and I thought it sounded like a really neat idea for a book- two kids who find out they have strange powers, but are led to believe they have a mental illness thus being forced to take medication for years. Add in some romance and I was all set!

However, this book just fell short for me. It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what I didn’t like, but the whole
Melannie :)
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 entertain
Levitating Las Vegas is Jennifer Echols’ first ever New Adult title and I was really looking forward to it. Not only is it Jennifer Echols’ first NA title, but it’s the first NA book I’ve heard about that wasn’t strictly contemporary. I started Levitating Las Vegas with high hopes but those hopes were quickly dashed. I hate to say it but this was my first ever book that I didn’t finish.I obviously won’t be reviewing this like normal since I didn’t quite make it through the whole thing. I made it ...more
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I loved the premise of this book. What if you're told from an early age that you're mentally ill? That the only way to exist in the "normal" world is religiously take your medication and to comply with everything your parents say - including who you should (and shouldn't) be with? What happens when you wake up one day and find that someone has discontinued your medication and all the things that got you labeled as mentally ill in the first place (hearing voices, seeing levitating objects)start h ...more
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