Thursday, June 11, 2015

After Hours by Claire Kennedy Blog Tour Book Review+Giveaway!

Edition: Kindle, 256 pages
Publisher:Simon Pulse
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Release Date: June 16th

After Hours

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Release Date: June 16th 2015


Isa, Xavi, Peter, and Finn know that a job at the high-end Waterside Cafe isn't just about waiting tables. It's about the gossip, the hook-ups, the after-hours parties and, most of all, it's about Tips.

Tips--the high-stakes game based on dares. Whoever completes the most dares wins the collected money. A sum that could change a wasted summer into a Summer to Remember.

Isa is the new girl with an embarrassing secret, and as long as she stays on top of her game, she sees no reason why anyone could ever find out.

Xavi will do anything for the money...absolutely anything.

Peter, Xavi's stepbrother, has been in love with her for years, and he thinks the game is the perfect time to confess his feelings.

Finn is in the game just for the thrill. He has enough tips coming in to keep him happy...even if those tips come with some conditions.

From seduction to stealing to threats, the dares are a complete free-for-all, and only the best can win.

The sophisticated Waterside Cafe is anything but classy behind the scenes...and things are about to get dirty.


What a treat! After Hours was such an entertaining read. The book is as the synopsis says, a group of teens work for a swanky restaurant called, Waterside Cafe--but they're not only dishing out food, and bussing tables. Between the walls of the Waterside Cafe, lives a game called, Tips. Tips is a high stakes game of dares--put simply, complete the most dares, get the most money. Seems simple enough, but it turns out to be anything but.

Xavi, is Peter's stepsister, and all she wants is the money--and all Peter wants is her. Finn, is happy. He gets tons of tips, and doesn't really need the game. He's in it for the fun of it. His tips, are substantial, but they come with conditions. Isa is the new girl, just hoping to keep her secrets.

What's really fun about this book, is it's originality. Kennedy took a simple idea, and made it interesting. It kept me intrigued for the entirety of the book. Everyone was up to something and it kept me reading, wondering and pondering.

It's not intense but it's certainly entertaining. I wasn't exactly connected to the characters, but I didn't find it necessary for this book, and it did nothing to take away from my enjoyment of it.

If I had to choose a favorite character, it'd have to be Peter. He was the most honorable of the bunch--especially compared to the rest. But, I loved all the scandal, and the secrets. It was kind of no-holds barred, and I dug that. It was the best part.

I definitely think readers will be enticed by all the goings on, the humor, the shady business, and the scandal. Everyone is out for something, and they don't seem to care how they get it.

My only complaint was the ending, it was pretty abrupt. I actually thought there was more. I kept clicking my screen but, that really was it. The last couple of lines were a little off, but overall this is an enjoyable novel, that will be great for older teens and adults alike.


Claire Kennedy is a pen name for author Amanda K. Morgan. She is a freelance writer living in Nashville, TN. She covers events and works as a technical writer when she isn't working on her YA novels.

At age 15, Amanda finished her first novel and continued to write in college, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in English and an emphasis in Creative Writing.

Amanda is an avid volleyball player and spends time playing both indoors and out. When Amanda isn't writing, she enjoys being entirely too busy and trying new things. Endeavors as of late include appearances in music videos, TV, and movies, rock climbing, and attending as many concerts and shows as her schedule allows.

Amanda headed up the Do The Write Thing for Nashville Project (with co-organizers/authors Victoria Schwab and Myra McEntire), which tapped some of the biggest authors, editors, and agents in the industry for an online auction that raised over $70,000 for Midsouth flood relief.

For more information on Amanda's freelance or technical writing, contact her.



  1. The idea of this book had piqued my interest, but the drama the plot gave off scared me into not signing up for the tour. I sorta regret it, but at least if I go out and buy the book, I know it will sit on my shelf for awhile, so at least I don't have a time line when I purchase it for myself :D Anywoo, glad it was a fun one! The ending sounds like it was a bit of a letdown. :/

  2. It does sound like so much fun and really different from anything I've ever read before. I'm just worried about the number of perspectives in the book. Over all, I dig it. :)

  3. I'm so glad you loved this book (minus the ending)! I've been super excited for it ever since I first saw it around on Goodreads, and now I want it even more haha.

  4. What a cool idea! This book sounds a bit like #scandal by Sarah Ockler, not because of the plot, but with the secrets and playing between the characters.
    Great review, Jazmen! :)

  5. Not sure about that kissing cover, but this one does sound pretty cute though. I love the secrets aspect, great review!
    <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

  6. Oooh, this one sounds real fun! But multiple POVs I presume? I don't think that's going to fly for me, lol. But great review!

    Blessie @ Mischievous Reads

  7. I tried to read this one, and I do agree it was loads of fun! I just felt the characters were shallow and hard to connect to. It was quite an interesting concept though. Nice review!

    Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books