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June 04, 2013

Mini Reviews: Levitating Las Vegas by Jennifer Echols & Hide and Seek by Sara Shepard

Levitating Las Vegas
Levitating Las Vegas

Jennifer Echols
May 7, 2013

2/5 stars
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Levitating Las Vegas was an experience that ended up as a flop. A total and disappointing flop. I HAVE been warned about how "weird" the book is and how many of the readers I know ended up not liking it. However I am always at the opposite spectrum when it comes to book ratings so I still gave this book by unbiased attention. Initially I really enjoyed it, the whole powers and the parents repressing them and keeping the two main protagonists, Holly and Elijah, apart. After that, the story went downhill, in the sense that NOTHING made sense. The Rez (the evil organization) consisted of a bunch of teenagers who had powers.. it apparently consisted of less than 30 people? then there is the Casino, which is where people with powers seek refuge, only to get drugged and told that they have a mental disorder called MAD and they actually do not have powers. Suddenly assassinations occur, people are taken off the drugs, and incomprehensible actions are taken. Holly and Elijah were so menopausal (no offense). Holly would one second trust Elijah, then the next she would think of chocking him (she is a levitator). While Elijah is a mind reader and somehow wants to "control" Holly. HUH? I ended up skimming through the last 60 pages of the novel, not really caring what happens. But what I did read by skimming? wow. One of my goodreads status said "I like Holly and Elijah", now I officially take that back. I am so disappointed right now because I adored every single book Jennifer Echols wrote, until I read this one. I honestly would prefer for Jennifer Echols to stick to contemporary novels because she always excels in those and some of her titles are favorites of mine. 

Hide and Seek (The Lying Game, #4)

Hide and Seek (The Lying Game #4)
Sara Shepard
July 31, 2012
4/5 stars

If you've read my review of the third book in The Lying Game series, Two Truths and a Lie, you would know that I didn't like it and I was starting to get annoyed with the typical cycle of this series. Surprisingly, Hide and Seek broke from that mold and restored my faith in this series once again. I won't post any spoilers but I will say that a lot is revealed in this book. So much stuff!!! My heart was beating like crazy in this book took. I knew from the beginning we won't be finding out who the killer us but we ARE eliminating suspects every time I finish a book so I'm excited for that. I honestly couldn't put this book down and it was such a contrast between Two Truths and a Lie which I found to be boring. I've always loved Sara Shepard's writing because it takes me exactly where the characters is. I don't think I ever counted how many pages I had left of this novel because I was so immersed in the plot and Sutton's flashbacks, as well as what is going to be unraveled next. I can't wait to pick up Cross My Heart, Hope to Die, especially since the last book, Seven Minutes in Heaven, is coming out this July. I definitely recommend this series to all mystery and contemporary lovers, especially fans of Pretty Little Liars. 

The Lying Game series:
The Lying Game
Hide and Seek
Cross My Heart, Hope to Die
Seven Minutes in Heaven


  1. I was looking forward to read Levitating las Vegas.
    thanks for your review.

  2. Yeah, I've heard some pretty weird stuff on Levitating Las Vegas, mostly on how weird it is and how it doesn't really work. For me, Echols books can be hit and miss, but when they do click with me, THEY REALLY DO. Like with GOING TOO FAR (all time favorite). But that sucks that this one would be the first to disappoint by her for you.

    I read the first book in the Lying Game series a long time ago, and while I liked it, it wasn't enough to inspire me to finish the rest of the series. I watched the TV show for a while, and it left me with the same feeling as I did when I finished the first one at some point and I stopped watching. I'm glad, though, that the series is looking up for you.

  3. Aww, sorry LLV didn't work out for you and was such a flop. :( I hate when you're looking forward to a book only to be disappointed.

    Thanks for the honest review!

  4. I've been curious about the Lying Game series, I think I will have to see if I can get the books from the library. Sorry you did't really enjoy Levitating Las Vegas.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  5. I have heard about both of these and The Lying Game series is something I avoid cause for some reason it sounds like a great frustration to me. Glad you like it though. For LLV I've heard only great things but it really sounds like a great disappointment. Thanks for your honest reviews! :)

  6. I actually liked Levitating Las Vegas, although it *is* quite a departure from what she usually writes.

    Kate @ Ex Libris

  7. Levitating Las vegas was such a disappointing read. The only part I loved in that book was the first chapter/ prologue where Holly and Elijah discover their powers and I was so getting into it, but after that the story was very very bad. I couldn't believe it was written by one of my favorite author. You right, she should stick with contemp.

  8. I have not heard of any of these (A) but they both sound pretty good :) Thank you for sharing your honest reviews. <3
    Thank you for commenting on my blog. <3
    Love, Carina @ Carina's Books