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

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Review: Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold by Katie FinnRevenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold by Katie Finn
Series: Broken Hearts & Revenge #2
Published by Feiwel & Friends on May 5, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Humor, Romance
Pages: 400
Format: ARC
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three-half-stars

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.

Katie Finn’s Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend was a surprise hit with me last year. I’d initially passed it by and was pleasantly surprised by its light-hearted ridiculousness. I’ve been looking forward to Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold since I finished, and I’m not disappointed. Katie Finn brings to bear the same wit and deft hand with absurdity that made the first book enjoyable in the same way as the best teen television drama.

Once again, I think the real strength in the book lies in what might seem like a weakness: Gemma’s not the brightest lightbulb on the chandelier. More and more, I do like Gemma a lot, but she’s no mastermind. As I said with the first book, I think her character makes the series feel realistic in a way that is impressive, considering the plot.

Gemma’s naivete and unawareness also keeps Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold from being any sort of a mystery. The reader pretty much always knows what’s coming and is just waiting for the ax to fall. It’s more about how Gemma reacts and evolves through all of this than it is about the twists and turns, because you see the twists coming from a mile away.

There’s something so compulsively readable about these books. This series really is like a CW show that you get hooked on and cannot stop watching. I’m really enjoying the romance, not that there’s much in this book, but I think it’s cool how Finn progressed it in this book. Gemma’s basically got three choices: to chase after Teddy, her ex, to try to win back Josh, her crush from the last book, or to try for more than friendship with Ford, her childhood crush. I like that Gemma ends up making a choice for herself, and not out of convenience. This is a book of character arc for Gemma, where she really begins to question who she is and what she wants.

One thing that did really bother me was one of the pranks. In this prank, a whole bunch of money is spent to send something to Bruce’s house. Hallie uses Gemma’s credit card, thanks to the receipt that Gemma left in the bag with the swimsuit from the previous book. However, this would never ever work because only the last four digits of a credit card number get printed on a store’s receipt to prevent that very thing.

In general, too, I found it pushing the realm of believability, even for this series, that people would react so well to Gemma confessing the events of the previous book. She lets a couple more people in on her secret, and it goes really well, with them even offering to help. They don’t necessarily think that it’s the best idea, but they’re not opposed either, which I find really unlikely. Gemma alone thinking that her plans for vengeance are a good idea, I can totally believe, but she’s surrounded by smarter people who should have a stronger grip on reality.

If, like me, you can’t resist a good backstabbing CW drama full of pretty people, you need to be reading the Broken Hearts & Revenge series by Katie Finn.

Favorite Quote:

“It passed mustard.”

Tl;dr – Review in a GIFfy:

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One response to “Review: Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold by Katie Finn”

  1. Layla says:

    Oh man. Describing something as akin to a CW drama is enough to pique my interest. (I love CW dramas full of pretty people who scheme and backstab left and right; Reign has been my not-so-secret love for the past two seasons. More crazy plot twists, please!) Knowing that the romance isn’t hugely central and that the real pleasure of the books comes from watching the MC react and adapt to what’s going on sounds … right up my alley. I’ll see if the first book’s at my library.

    Awesome review!
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