Skip to main content

REVIEW: After Hours by Claire Kennedy

After Hours by Claire Kennedy
Published by Simon Pulse on 16th June 2015
Pages: 256
Source: *Received from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*

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.
Oh dear, I have not a clue as to what I just read. I stopped reading at 60% for I could not go on any longer. The sad thing is, is that I really like the cover. It is simple, yet it just grabs you.

Anyone who works at Waterside Cafe knows the game Tips. Only the bravest of them play. And to win the jackpot, they must complete a dare, or they lose it. That is pretty much the only thing I can tell you about this, as the rest I have not a clue as to what went on!

First we had four point of views, which I felt Kennedy executed really well as the characters were certainly differentiated enough to distinguish between. Now if you asked me whether I liked the characters, that would be completely different. First we had Peter, who held a secret for his large tip payments. I cannot say I saw it coming because it was so weird and unimaginable, not to mention random. Then we had Xavi, who would do anything to obtain more money. Although she came across as very selfish, I started to like her when she refused to a certain request, but then completely lost my respect as she went back and did it. I mean really?! I could not believe it. Next we have Peter, who was maybe my most favourite character, he looked out for Xavi, and though he was a little awkward sometimes and you could not truly understand his motives, he was probably the best character. And lastly we have Isa, there was just something about her I did not like. She was just... there and did very little.

The plot, oh my. I felt the premise of the novel was very good, the idea that they pay in tips to enter a game of truth or dare. But when the dares were delivered, I expected something more... exciting and dangerous, not just to go and kiss that person; I was really disappointed. But then, we had the really random and unimaginable things that went on when Tips was not on. I just could not continue.

I am really disappointed in this novel, it had such a brilliant premise that really intrigued me however the execution was not there.

Popular posts from this blog

[BLOG TOUR] Dead Jed: Adventure of A Middle School Zombie by Scott Craven

Title: Dead Jed: Adventures of A MiddleSchool Zombie
Author: Scott Craven
Publisher: Month9Books
Date of Release: December 1st 2013
Pages: 214

Dead Jed is Shaun of the Dead meets Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Jed's not your typical junior high geek. He is, to use the politically-correct term, cardiovascularly-challenged. And while his parents have attempted to shield him from the implications of being 'different' for as long as they could (Jed was 8 and at a friend's sister's birthday party when he blew his lips off onto the cake in front of everyone, finally prompting the “Big Talk” from his parents and an emergency SuperGlue repair by his dad), 7th grade at Pine Hollow Middle School as a target of Robbie the supreme school bully and his pack of moronic toadies is rapidly becoming unbearable.
From being stuffed in a filled trash can as “dead meat” and into a trophy case as the bully's “prize,” to literally having his hand pulled off in the boys' room (Jed's always l…

REVIEW: Exquisite Captive (Dark Caravan Cycle #1) by Heather Demetrios

Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios
Series: Dark Caravan Cycle #1
Published by Corgi Children's on 9th October 2014
Pages: 480
A jinni of tremendous ancient power and Empress to Arjinna, Nalia was sold into slavery on the dark caravan, where jinn are forced to grant wishes and obey their masters’ every command. She’d do anything to be free of the golden shackles that bind her to Malek, her handsome, cruel master, and his lavish Hollywood lifestyle.

Enter Raifthe enigmatic leader of Arjinna’s revolution and Nalia’s sworn enemy. He promises to free Nalia so that she can return to her ravaged homeland and free her imprisoned brother. But freedom comes at a heavy price and danger is everywhere.

In this gorgeous fantasy debut, Heather Demetrios brings to life a deliciously seductive world where a wish can be a curse and shadows are sometimes safer than the light. Magical, thrilling and dark, Exquisite Captive was captivating and enchanting, yet dangerous and cruel, but certainly a uniqu…

REVIEW: The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

The Fill-In Boyfriendby Kasie West
Published by HarperTeen on 5th May 2015
Pages: 346
When Gia Montgomery's boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she'd been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend—two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.
The problem is that days after prom, it's not the real Bradley she's thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn't even know. But tracking him down doesn't mean they're done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend's graduation party—three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.
Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn h…