I would say it has been a good three years since I read the first book in this series, Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend. I was a little bit worried that I would have out grown the more juvenile antics of Gemma and the gang but I guess I was in a lighthearted mood because I really enjoyed this one.

Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review, today it is Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold by Katie Finn.

The story picks up immediately where book one left off, but Finn is so kind as to do a quick recap (literally, there is a "previously" section at the beginning of the book) in case you aren't marathon reading the series. I won't say too much about what happens in this one because a lot of it is just Gemma and Hallie plotting against each other and I don't want to give anything away. There's also a bit of romance and some ice cream, basically, just a cute summer read.

When I first starting reading this, I was really worried that I wouldn't be a fan of the childish antics but I think that what made this book so readable was the fact that the revenge plots were really well done. Hallie was always three steps ahead of Gemma and probably two steps ahead of me and I think that made it more interesting for me to continue reading. I never knew what she was going to do next or what was going to happen. The story was predictable in the sense you knew the other was going to retaliate, but you didn't know what was going to happen. I think that kept things interesting.

The romance in this one was a little bit all over the place and I think that might be where this book is lacking most. But then again, it's not really a romance, it's a revenge story, so I can't fault it too much. There are a couple of love interests but the romance itself was such a secondary element to this book I didn't even bother getting too caught up in it.

I kind of predicted the ending, but I feel like once a few details were given, it was the next logical step. I suppose it won't be confirmed until book three, but I'm pretty sure I know what is going to happen.

By no stretch of the imagination would I consider this a particularly literary novel. But I wanted something quick and fun and a little bit summery and it was exactly what I got.

Overall, a fun read that leads right up to book three, which I will be promptly picking up next.