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Estelle: Levitating Las Vegas by Jennifer Echols

Levitating Las Vegas by Jennifer Echols ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: May 6, 2013 Publisher: Pocket Books / Simon + Schuster Pages: 300 Target audience: Adult / mature young adult Keywords: paranormal, Vegas, mind reading, levitation, conspiracy Format read: ARC via Edelweiss from Publisher. (Thanks!) Summary: For the past 7 years, Holly and […]

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September 16, 2013 - 12:01 am

Levitating Las Vegas | Jennifer Echols | DNF Review - […] Clear Eyes, Full Shelves – “largely failed to to deliver.” Katie’s Book Blog – “The writing was mediocre at best” Rather Be Reading – “the plot felt a bit discombobulated” […]

May 14, 2013 - 6:35 pm

Amanda @ Late Nights with Good Books - I’m not a huge fan of paranormal romance myself, but I do appreciate a good work of speculative fiction. Perhaps Jennifer Echols was just a bit out of her element here? I mean, it sounds like what she does best in her contemporary novels (the romance) is where you found this novel to really shine. I haven’t read anything by her myself, but, after reading your review, I think I’ll definitely look instead to trying one of her contemporaries instead.

May 13, 2013 - 11:14 am

Tara - Sigh. You know my thoughts on this one. I really wish I could have finished it but am looking forward to Dirty Little Secret and everything else she writes.

May 9, 2013 - 10:37 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - When I read the description of this book I just think “why are there so many things happening?” I love Jennifer Echols SO MUCH, but her adult stuff just doesn’t work for me. I did read an egalley of Dirty Little Secret and it’s pretty much everything I love all at once. I practically died from happiness the entire time.

May 9, 2013 - 5:36 pm

elena - Aw, I’m sorry this didn’t work out for you! I know it’s a bummer when you don’t like a fav author’s book. The dialogue sounds like it would be annoying. It’s jarring when characters seemingly don’t act their age and huh over a character always wearing bathing suit tops. Thanks for your honest review!

May 9, 2013 - 5:24 pm

Daphne - i was kinda iffy with the description, but held out hope because it’s JE, but I think I will skip it. There are better JE books out there that I haven’t read yet, so I’ll just read those instead.

May 9, 2013 - 4:40 pm

Allison (Allure of Books) - yeah, I’ve been hesitant about picking this one up. The plot sounds a little too bizarre for me! I am a Jennifer Echols fan though, so I’m sure I’ll pick it up eventually. At least I’ll have fairly low expectations going in!

May 9, 2013 - 3:30 pm

April Books & Wine - This makes me sooooo sad. Boo. BOOOOOO.

I am really looking forward to this one, but oh well, at least Dirty Little Secret was great and I still have Such A Rush and Going Too Far and Major Crush to look forward to.


I think I need to read this soon, so that way I don’t review it during Jennifer Echols week if it’s not great.

May 9, 2013 - 12:18 pm

Alexa Y. - It makes me a bit sad to hear that this book seems to have missed the mark! I’m a JE newbie, as you know, but I’ve enjoyed the two books I’ve read by her (both young adult). I’m always wary of paranormal these days, so I think I’ll pass on this one for now. Sad it didn’t end up being as good as you’d hoped!

May 9, 2013 - 10:16 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Ohhh that’s a bummer. I was really curious by the concept of this one… Sadly just not what I was hoping it would be, apparently!

Estelle: True by Erin McCarthy

True by Erin McCarthy ( tweet | web ) Publication Date: 5/7/2013 Publisher: Penguin Intermix Pages: 238 Target audience: New adult (mature young adult) Keywords: virginity, family problems, college You should know: Sexual situations, drug use are involved. Format read: eBook provided by publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: Rory has never had an easy time […]

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July 7, 2013 - 3:15 pm

A Pair of New Adult Reviews: A Terrible Love by Marata Eros and True by Erin McCarthy | wrapped up in books - […] You can also find a review of True by Erin McCarthy at YA Asylum and from Estelle at Rather be Reading. […]

May 16, 2013 - 7:56 am

Review: True by Erin McCarthy | Smexy Books - […] Reviews: Book Savvy Babe – 3.5/5 Rather be Reading – ‘skip it’ Dear Author – B Romance Around the Corner – 2/5 […]

May 8, 2013 - 3:18 pm

Andrea @Cozy Up With A Good Read - I do find that New Adult has more of a focus on sex, I’ve seen this one around a lot and haven’t really taken much of an interest. And by the sounds of it I’m kind of glad, I hate books where the character has friends that are like these girls. I don’t know anyone who would actually do something like that, if they were truly her friends they would respect her decision. Things like that really anger me. Thanks for the honest review!

May 7, 2013 - 6:22 pm

Renae @ Respiring Thoughts - Erm, yeah. That whole concept makes me super uncomfortable. Just like we shouldn’t shame girls for having romantic partners, neither should we shame them for being virgins. It’s not that hard to just be respectful, really. That concept is so problematic. It’s great that the chemistry between the characters was good, though—makes the story a bit more tolerable, at least. Hmm.

May 7, 2013 - 9:16 am

Christina (A Reader of Fictions) - What the fuck did I just read? Her best friends PAID some guy to rape her? Is this real life? No. Just no. In Losing It, I got her best friend’s desire to help Bliss lose her virginity, but paying some dude to rape her? That’s not even close to the same thing. Ew. I am so enraged and I haven’t even read the damn book.

May 7, 2013 - 5:30 am

VeganYANerds - I am already over all this New Adult, they all seem to have the same plot – bad boy, nice girl, sexual assault that is not dealt with, and too much drama.

The plot of this one reminds me of Pushing the Limits which I strongly disliked, so I know I will be skipping this.

Also, the friends sound awful!

May 6, 2013 - 5:15 pm

Savannah - I haven’t heard many nice things about this book… I’ll go ahead and use your rating as the closed door on that possibility for reading material. 🙂

May 6, 2013 - 2:32 pm

Alexa Y. - I don’t think I have to elaborate on how I feel about this book. What you saw on Thursday was probably telling enough. (Seriously, though. Those references in the first chapter KILLED me.)

May 6, 2013 - 1:01 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Eek, I just don’t like that whole concept of the book. I agree with you — Is being a virgin really that bad? Why do her friends feel the need to meddle? That’s not cool. And paying him to sleep with her? Isn’t that some form of prostitution? Yikes. Yeah, I think I will pass on this one! Doesn’t sound like my type of book.

May 6, 2013 - 10:31 am

daphne - i am a big fan of Erin McCarthy’s adult books, but i’m very wary of any New Adult books because they generally feature some kind of sexual assult, from what i understand and I want to be entertained and rape doesn’t entertain me. but i do have this from netgalley and intend to read it, but i’ll try to keep an open mind.

May 6, 2013 - 10:18 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - I’m so interested in this one even though it sounds like it may be part of the NA trend that is overshadowing the rest of the good NA stuff. I hate that it didn’t work out for you but it just makes me want to push things aside so I can check it out for myself. I swear, there are great NA books out there! Don’t give up on the genre altogether – that doggone hype and buzz about the same cookie-cutter books (that I don’t always mind when done *well*) are just making it hard for people to see the other stuff that doesn’t fit that mold.

An example: Fight or Flight by Jamie Canosa – I’m covering this one on the blog in a few days. Issues-driven contemp, no blushing involved. Great contemp. Love your honest thoughts, as always.

Magan: Easy by Tammara Webber

Easy by Tammara Webber Publication Date: May 24, 2012 Pages: 304 Target audience: Mature Young Adult or New Adult Keywords: rape, self-defense, break-ups, college, music major Format read: Purchased for my Kindle. Summary: After an unexpected break-up with her boyfriend, Jacqueline attends a frat party where her ex-boyfriend’s friend tried to rape her. She’s saved by […]

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December 1, 2012 - 2:00 am

Kristen Evey - Once again, this is why I love your reviews. I can always count on both of you to temper the flailing and OHMYGOSH THIS BOOK IS PERFECT found in other reviews (btw, neither of those things are bad). I did buy this book for my Nook based on the recommendation of a couple other blogger friends and I’m planning on reading it soon. I’m really glad I read this review first though because now I think I won’t be as disappointed. Biggest disappointed would have been Lucas (LOL at your description of him btw). I absolutely can’t stand perfect boys in books, particularly YA (or NA in this case, I guess). It’s the same problem I had with Adam in Shatter Me. He was so effing perfect it was irritating. But then, I’m also a sucker for the dark and tortured soul character, so I’m a little biased against the perfect ones. 😉

November 19, 2012 - 5:59 pm

Karen - I enjoyed Easy but I did like The Between the Lines series more.

I don’t want to spoil anything in my comments but it was the twist that I didn’t really like. I saw it coming a mile away and would have preferred a more straight forward approach to things. Does that make sense even though I’m being cryptic?

I also never entirely clicked with Jacqueline even though I liked her.

November 18, 2012 - 3:28 am

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - I, surprisingly, haven’t seen too many reviews of this book at all, but I do recall reading some really excited and positive reviews of this book. But I’m sorry that you didn’t enjoy this one as much as you expected to, Magan! I hate when hype gets to your head, and it prevents you from enjoying the book. It’s happened to me a lot before, and it’s never fun. :/

However, the main character really does seem flat to me. And it makes me sad that the author kind of shifted the focus of the book from the major issue at hand and instead focuses on the relationship instead. I feel like that’s kind of a missed opportunity. And I seriously dislike when characters are perfect- like Jack seems to be. I like my characters realistic and flawed, thank you very much.

I’m sorry that this one disappointed you, Magan! I think I’ll look out for a few more reviews of this one, but for now, I think I’m going to pass on this one.

November 18, 2012 - 12:57 am

kailia @ Reading the Best of the Best - I love your review and I agree but to even more degree: Lucas was too perfect and I didn’t fall head over heels for him. Jacqueline was a MC I didn’t feel anything for, even though I really, really wanted to. Maybe it’s because I’m only 17 but I felt like all of the feminist talk was being shoved down my throat and not really part of the story, if that makes sense! Yet another aspect was: how did Jacqueline and Lucas get together. I can understand that he saved her…but what? I just felt like the sexual tension skipped the getting to know each other aspect.

November 17, 2012 - 10:18 am

Leah - I’m among the teensy handful of people who haven’t read this book yet, but I can totally relate with being in the minority when it comes to reviewing a book. I’ve given in to hype more times than I’d care to admit and more often than not it ultimately leads to a huge disappointment. Unfortunately I expect the world of these books and the tiniest flaw can lead to a letdown.

Hoo boy. Lucas must have organizational skills down to an art. Or, you know, maybe he owns a time-turner. 😀 Really though, I’ve read enough YA to expect the love interest to be incredible at everything (& we can’t forget about his looks!), but this is a little extreme.

I’m still deciding whether or not I want to read Easy. I’m NOT a fan of issue novels, so it already has one strike against it, but perhaps I’ll eventually pick it up one day.

November 17, 2012 - 6:01 am

Lori - I really enjoyed Easy, but I can completely see why some people didn’t. My one complaint with it was that Jacqueline kept putting herself in situations with the attacker, knowingly. Who does that? And I definitely agree that she wasn’t fleshed out. But, my goodness, did I enjoy the sexual tension! 🙂 I love the point you make about the author preaching. I didn’t notice that but now that you mention it I totally see it.

Fabulous review, Magan!

November 16, 2012 - 4:32 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Though I felt differently about this book, like Alexa said.. I do appreciate your honest review! And it has made me look at things from a different perspective as well. I know for me, I went into this book not having a clue what it was about. I had never even heard of the author before. I sometimes wonder what my reaction would have been if I read it after all the hype? Who knows. I do think Tammara Webber is an excellent writer and want to read more by her.

November 16, 2012 - 2:21 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Funny enough, even though I felt the extreme opposite and really loved Easy, I also love your review. It’s not just the honesty or the intelligence with which your feelings are expressed, but rather that you allowed me to take a step back from my opinion of the book and go, “Huh, you know what, you might be right!”

It is true, now that I think about it, that we don’t really get the opportunity to learn much about Jacqueline or get invested in her story. And a lot of the stuff is a little too ideal or perfect, especially in terms of characters like Lucas.

BUT I do like the way it was written. And I like the message Tammara was attempting to share with her readers. And maybe I just read it at a time when I wanted something that would entertain me 🙂

November 16, 2012 - 12:39 pm

elena - We’ve already discussed this but I agree with your review! After all the raving reviews, I was expecting it to be more but it came off sort of heavy handed to me. I was sending out WTF? e-mails to my friend in the beginning while I was reading it. I felt like everyone else defined who Jacqueline was as a main character, but I didn’t have a good grasp on the things she proclaimed to love. SO TRUE. She & Lucas seemed more like a list of traits to have in a character to me than an actual character. I don’t know how Lucas manages to do EVERYTHING and still be a student? He must be superhuman.

Anyway! Thanks for your insightful & honest review.