Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Levitating Las Vegas

Levitating Las Vegas by Jennifer Echols
Genre: New Adult/Young Adult
Published: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Pocket Star

     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 of 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 was so very excited for this book, you guys, seriously. Look at that cover! And that synopsis...oh man. And I bet that you can guess that this is leading to a 'but', so I'm mentally pulling a Bob Barker as in 'ding, ding, ding give them all a prize!' 

     Okay, sorry, sarcasm over. Probably. This book had so many appealing aspects: it takes place in a casino in Las Vegas, our main character is a girl struggling with the idea that she has a mental illness, there's glitz and glamour and cute boys and MAGICIANS for Pete's sake. 

     However, as anybody who has ever tasted my cooking can attest, throwing a bunch of yummy ingredients into a pot does not a delicious meal make. There was a little something something missing from this book for me, a certain cohesion. I know that sounds super vague but the truth is I can't exactly pinpoint what was missing, I only know that something was and it left me wanting. 

     I usually really enjoy Jennifer Echols writing, too. Oh, well. 

     If you're looking for something fun and a little flirty to get you through one of those 'I don't want to think' days, or a lazy beach day where your brain is all sun-soaked I would recommend picking this up. 

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  1. I was actually looking for a light and fun read and this sounds like the perfect book for it! Great review. :)

    1. Thank you! I'm not sure how long you can read it online for, but you should check it out . : ) Free is nice!


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