Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold

Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold by Katie Finn is book two in the Broken Hearts and Revenge series.  Gemma has sworn to get revenge on Hallie but Hallie is proving to be harder to beat than she originally thought.   To make things even more challenging, Teddy (her ex-boyfriend who is currently dating Hallie) is in town and Gemma’s long time crush Ford is visiting his father.  As Gemma and Hallie continue to spar (often in outlandish and devious ways), Gemma finds her summer being much more interesting than a quiet time lounging on the beach.

I love this series!  First of all, Finn’s titles are so witty and whimsical.  They perfectly capture the plot and the playful nature of the story.  The characters are entertaining and believable.  I love how hard Gemma tries to correct the mistakes of her past even when she knows it is next to impossible.  You get lost in the chaos of the story and filled with a sense of friendship and new love.  This is an absolutely perfect summer read.

New Releases

Here are a few new release for the week:

Day Shift by Charlaine Harry (book 2 in the Midnight, Texas series) (Hardback Autographed copies available at the store)

The Art of Baking Blind by Sarah Vaughan (Hardback)

Beneath the Bonfire:  Stories by Nickolas Butler (Hardback)

Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd (Paperback)

The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams (Paperback)

Rock with Wings by Anne Hillerman (Hardback)

A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson (Hardback)

14th Deadly Sin by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro (the latest in the Women’s Murder Club) (Hardback)

Ruins of War by John Connell (Hardback)

American Wife by Taya Kyle (Hardback Autographed copies available at the store)

Out of Orange by Cleary Wolters (Hardback)

When to Rob a Bank…and 131 More Warped Suggestions and Well-Intended Rants by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen Dubner (Hardback)

Whirlwind:  The American Revolution and the War that Won by John Ferling (Hardback)

The Heir by Kiera Cass (the latest in the Selection series) (Hardback Autographed copies available at the store)

Saint Anything by Sara Dessen (Hardback Autographed copies available at the store)

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas (Hardback)

Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold by Katie Finn ( book 2 in the Broken Hearts and Revenge series) (Hardback)

The Worst Class Trip Even by Dave Barry (Hardback)

Survivors:  Tales from the Packs by Erin Hunter (Paperback)

Llama Llama Red Pajama  by Anna Dewdney (Board Book)

Penguin on Vacation by Salina Yoon (Board Book)

 

 

July’s Book Clubs

Here are our book clubs for the month of July:

In-Store Book Clubs

July 23rd Mystery Group (7 PM):  A Sunless Sea by Anne Perry

 

Online Book Clubs:  Click here to join our conversation for the month of July

                                               Theme:  Beach Reads

Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn

To All the Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

 

Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend

Katie Finn’s novel Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend is a great contemporary YA read.  Gemma’s summer isn’t starting out like she had planned.  Instead of saving the world, she is picking up the pieces of her broken heart and heading to the Hamptons to spend the summer with her dad.  Realizing that she is mourning the end of her romantic relationship with Teddy for a strict one year period (since that is what the magazines have determined to be the proper amount of time) she plans to stay close to the house and keep her head down.  That is until she meets Josh who is sweet, funny, and somehow makes her think less about Teddy.  Of course the kicker is, she already knows Josh and his sister Hallie from when she was younger and things did not end pleasantly between her and Hallie.  Determine to fix things from the past, Gemma finds her summer turning into a Shakespeare play with all of the mistaken identities.

Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend is the perfect summer read.   Finn creates a fun atmosphere with beach parties, babysitting and new love.  It was great to just get lost in this world.  It was fun to see how hard Gemma worked to try and hide her true identity from Hallie and Josh.  She has such good intentions, but you just have this feeling that everything is going to crash down around her.   Although that didn’t stop you from hoping that it would all work out.  Another thing that I liked about this book was that all of the characters are charming and likable.  They just end up in crazy situations.  Without giving anything away, the end twists are awesome!  I really didn’t see some of it coming and was left shocked and so excited to read book two (Revenge, Ice Cream and Other Things Best Served Cold currently planned for May 2015).

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

The Kill Switch  by James Rollins and Grant Blackwood (the latest Sigma Force book)

The Kraken Project (Book 2 in the Wyman Ford series) by Douglas Preston

The Most Dangerous Animal of All by Gary Stewart with Susan Mustafa

Raging Star by Moira Young (Book 3 in the Dust Lands series)

Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn

Mila 2.0:  Renegade by Debra Driza (Book 2 in the Mila 2.0 series)

 

Of Neptune by Anna Banks (Book 3 in the Syrena Legacy)

The Tombs of Shadows by Peter Lerangis (Book 3 in the Seven Wonders series)

The Guns at Last Light by Rick Atkinson (paperback)

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks (paperback)

The Longest Road by Philip Caputo (paperback)

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson (paperback)

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson (paperback)