Saturday, May 9, 2015

Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold by Katie Finn

ARC, 389 pages
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Published by: Feiwel & Friends
Broken Hearts and Revenge, #2
Source: ATWAT
For fans of: Realistic Fiction, Drama, LOL, Summer Love

     The war rages on between Gemma and Hallie in the second installment of the Broken Hearts and Revenge series.
     After the humiliating events on the 4th of July, Gemma's trying to handle the fact that Hallie knew who she was all along, and she was the one who stole Teddy from her. Gemma vows revenge, but things get more complicated than she planned. Ford, Gemma’s long-time crush, has arrived in the Hamptons cuter than ever. Josh is refusing to speak to her after she lied to him, and Teddy is playing champion to his beloved Marsh Warbler (in Gemma's backyard, no less).
     Gemma and Hallie find themselves locked in an escalating revenge cycle. Just when Gemma thinks she has the upper hand, the biggest bombshell of all is dropped. And it’s one that threatens to change her life forever. This exciting sequel to Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things To Mend will leave you begging for the third installment.


     One thing I HATE about reading sequels is not remembering what happened in the first book. Fortunately there was a recap of everything of importance that happened in Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend.  And from there, I loved everything else about this story. 
     In this installment to the series, Gemma finally knows who was behind all the terrible things that happened to her at the beginning of the summer. Next thing we know, the pranks are flying back and forth between the two of them and things are getting messy. But finally, things come to a screeching halt when the biggest secret of the series is dropped. 
     Ironically, in the last book I thought Gemma was selfish and it was beginning to work on my nerves. But then after the bomb was dropped at the end, I realized that she wasn't, the person doing those things made her that way. Also, I realized that the person doing those things were more than a little crazy. Which means the drama was amped up in this one.
    I was a little upset at first because of the first prank. It just seemed minuscule next to everything they did last month. So, when things started getting more intense, I was met with the familiar second hand embarrassment as I had with the first one. The pranks they pulled on each other were too much to not have to put the book down or to not laugh out loud. And now that Gemma knows what's really going on, things turn out to be much bigger than she originally thought. 
     The romance in this series was beginning to get out of control though. It went from a love triangle in the first one, to a rectangle in the second one, and then climbs all the way up to a love hexagon! (This includes the boys that branch off with other girls...) It was really weird, but in all honesty, I could see all of that happening in real life. Teenage girls are indecisive and teenage boys are even more so. Which is why I didn't have that big a problem with it. The only problem I did have, was the fact that there was no kissing really happening. Everyone was so intent on watching things happen between Hallie and Gemma, no one was really into romance. 
     Last but not least, there's the end. As everything came to a light and Gemma makes a very big decision, I began to wonder why Finn would do that when there was another book to be written. But as things begin to unravel, it becomes evident why. I had to read the very end of this book three times because I just couldn't get over the fact that she would do that to us. There was no clear ending, just more things that came to light that made me want answers to all the new questions I had! In other words, I have no idea how I'm supposed to wait on the last book to this series. I could hardly wait on this one to come out *sighs*
     This book is a wild ride and a very fun read. It made me laugh out loud and gave me second hand embarrassment, much like the first one. But one thing that this one had that the first one didn't, was a little more answers. But then things got bad as all those answers turned into more questions in the end. 
Overall, I give this 

(This one will include no quotes because most of them were spoilers for Book 1)


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