Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Review: Deadly Cool

Book: Deadly Cool
Author: Gemma Halliday
Release Date: October 11, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 320
Source: purchased from bookstore
Stars: 3.5/5
Hartley Grace Featherstone is having a very bad day. First she finds out that her boyfriend is cheating on her with the president of the Herbert Hoover High School Chastity Club. Then he's pegged as the #1 suspect in a murder. And if that weren't enough, now he's depending on Hartley to clear his name. Seriously? Not cool.

But as much as Hartley wouldn't mind seeing him squirm, she knows he's innocent, and she's the only one who can help him. Along with her best friend, Sam, and the school's resident Bad Boy, Chase, Hartley starts investigating on her own. But as the dead bodies begin to pile up, the mystery deepens, the suspects multiply, and Hartley begins to fear that she may be the killer's next victim.

(summary taken from Goodreads

I don't know what it was about this book, but it called to me from the first time I discovered it. Maybe it was the cover-girl's gorgeous eyes (SO BLUE!) or my desire to be just like Nancy Drew when I grow up, but I knew I wanted to read Deadly Cool.  

And it was so much lighter and fun-filled than I would've ever expected from a mystery! Even with the threat of unexpected deaths and trying to find the murderer, I found myself grinning constantly at Hartley's sarcasm and wit. Gemma Halliday's quirky writing style made it so easy to get absorbed in this mystery. 

Smart, hilarious, and every bit the horomonal teenage girl she was, Hartley was such a fun narrator! She was exactly the clever albeit a little reckless heroine needed in every mystery novel, and bad boy Chase (who was actually SO sweet) made the perfect sort-of sidekick. The only thing I wish is that it was a little longer so we could get more character depth, but other than that, it was great!

All in all, Deadly Cool was a quick and fun mystery novel that's sure to keep you entertained for a few hours. Definitely a one-sit read. Thank goodness this is a series, because you'll be craving for the next book as soon as the last page is turned!

BUY or BORROW?: Even if you're not into mysteries, you should definitely pick this one up! I promise it'll make you grin at least once! ;)



  1. I really want to read this one. Your review makes me want to read it even more. I love a good mystery then add in sarcasm and wit and it sounds like a must read.

    Thanks for the review. I'm going to have to add this to me really need to get pile.

  2. I've had my eye on this one for a few weeks. I love the cover, and her eyes are gorgeous! Great review!

  3. I love the blue eyes on the cover of this but for some reason I thought this was a dark paranormal/dystopia; a fun-filled mystery is much more up my alley and makes me more interested in reading this.

  4. I really enjoyed this one too Mimi! Hartley had me cracking up, and I was flipping every page hoping we'd get to spend a little more time with Chase:) I hope we get more Chase in Social Suicide, I cannot wait to get my hands on that one. I love a fun read every now and then, it's nice to break up some of the darker paranormal stuff!

  5. Mimiiiiiiiii! Love your review! I want to grin with this book as you did! Crap, I never really payed much attention to this book until now. I really like mysteries also! I had no idea it was a mystery @_@. I havent even read the blurb but your review makes me want to read it! =)

    thnx for sharing my sweet ^.^


  6. NO WAY! If you're Nancy Drew, can I be Ned?!?! LAWL Mimi, I don't think there'd be a spunkier detective than you out there. ;)

    Me and mysteries don't really mix well (because my tolerance for creepiness is way low), but your review makes me want to pick Deadly Cool up!!!!! Anytime I want a laugh, I'll def think of this book & you! Great review, Mimi! <3333 (:

  7. @Mimi: (answering to what you wrote in my review of If I Tell lol)
    I made that button lol! I put it in every review featuring a Canadian author ^_^

    Have you read Kenneth Oppel? OMG!! He is a must and he's Canadian! read his newest novel This Dark Endeavor! It AMAZING! Y.S. Lee is also absolutely great! She is the author of The Agency series. highly recommended =D I have reviews of both author in my website! they both write 5stars books!! I highly recommend you to read their books! kyaaaaa! you'll love them! =D

    Take care my dear ^.^

  8. This is one of my FAVS of this year dude! I totally loved it!!

  9. OMG OMG!!! I REALLY want to pick this book up because I LOVE mysteries!!! Chase and Hartley make this book sound soooo much more awesome. I'm picking this one up ASAP!!!

    Awesome review Mimi!!! Even if I hadn't read your review I would have picked this book up anyway because of it's BLUE cover too lol! (I prefer purple though!!!).


  10. Great review, chickie! I've seen this book popping up here and there but I hadn't read many reviews of it. "Quirky" writing and a fun mystery...sounds like I need to add it to my TBR!

  11. Even the blurb makes me giggle - cheating with the president of the chastity club? That is brilliant.

    Sounds like a cute, fun story! Not sure if it's my style, but I'll definitely look into it further now. :)

  12. Oooh MIMI!! I still have this unread on my shelf can you BELIEVE IT!!??? KYAAAAAAAAA
    I LOVE the sounds of the protagonist she's just how I like them! I just KNOW I'm going to LOVE this one!!


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  13. Can't wait to read this! Great review, Mimi, it sounds like a lot of fun. :)

  14. The cover draws me in too, even if the eye make up is a bit freaky. Still, I'm a huge fan of witty sarcasm, makes reading so fun!

  15. I've this one in my TBR pile, I really need to read it (like the others I know...). like you The cover has intrigued me since its release. Great review.


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