Friday, May 3, 2013

Review: Levitating Las Vegas by Jennifer Echols

Levitating Las Vegas
By: Jennifer Echols
Pub. Date: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Pocket Star
Pages: 300
Source: Edelweiss

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 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—that 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 straight to the source, 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 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 is murder.
I am a huge fan of Jennifer Echols books and I found Levitating Las Vegas to be a very interesting, strange and an original read. It is also completely different then anything Echols has done before. For the first time, Echols dipped her hand in the paranormal genre, and I think she did a good job with it. There are definitely aspects that I think could have been better, but I think it is a good first attempt in this genre.

The main characters are Holly and Elijah. They both believe that they are suffering from a mental disorder, and if they do not take their medicines, they could hurt themselves, or someone else. Neither of them know that they aren't actually sick. There is an organization within the hotel that they work out that is keeping the truth from them. An organization that includes their boss, their families and their friends.

I hated how many secrets were kept from Holly and Elijah. I just wanted them to figure everything out, if not for their sanity, then for mine! I had to know the reasons behind everything. I was so invested. My favorite character was Shane. He was so sweet and so much fun! He brought light to a lot of dark scenes.

There were a lot of scenes that I felt could have been written better, or explained better. Especially when it came to the Rez. I also think that the book could have been shorter. There were many scenes I felt were repetitive and/or slow.

Overall, I did enjoy Levitating Las Vegas. I am interested to see if there will be a second book, and where that book will take us. 

3.5 stars rounded up to 4

1 comment:

  1. I haven't read anything by Echols yet, but I hear that she is amazing. This one sounds really up my ally, though. I'll have to see if my library has it.


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