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Monday, June 11, 2012

Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday

This one came out back in October, and it's been on my TBR list for a while, so I was excited to dig in once it rolled around. I haven't read anything by Gemma Halliday before, so this was going to be new for me!
Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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. 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.

What I Liked: 1) The humor! Miz Halliday definitely knows how to find the funny in a murder mystery. That's honestly the first thing that struck me about Deadly Cool, that this was not going to be a typical, dark, murder mystery book. MC Hartley's amateur sleuthing adds a lot of humor, but the reactions of all the of the high school kids, from overdramatics to nonchalance! 2) Hartley. The new Nancy Drew, anyone? As the MC, Hartley has a big role to fill, and she does it well. She's got a big personality, and enough compassion in her to try and clear her ex-boyfriend's name even after learning he cheated on her. She was easy to follow along with, and I think her maturity level fit right in with her age. Some books it seems like the characters act either too young or too old for their age, but that's not so with this story. I was glad to see that. 3) The mystery. I loved following Hartley around as she looked for clues to try and solve this mystery. It was kind of like...Nancy Drew + Pretty Little Liars (which we all know is my guilty pleasure) all rolled into one. There is a lot going on, and even I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out. 4) Chase. Okay, he couldn't be the bad guy, he just couldn't! Chase was a fun character to get to know because he's kind of the brooding bad boy type, so he doesn't really speak a lot. When he does talk he has some smart things to say, but it's his actions that really give away his real character. Heh. You'll know what I mean when you read it! 5) The ending. Loved the way it turned out. I wasn't expecting the bad guy to be the bad guy, but I completely knew once it was revealed why! Plus it left an opening for us to return to Hartley and her snooping!

What I Didn't Like: Josh. The boyfriend. Or, ex-boyfriend as it is. Geez, could you be any more shallow? He's a jerk. But it's okay, because it cleared the way for me to like Chase. :)

Overall thoughts: Deadly Cool is a light, and fun read with feisty characters and an engaging plot. The mystery will keep you in suspense even as you're laughing through some of the funnier antics. Hartley's determination drives she and her friends to keep pushing to solve the murder, and her compassion keeps her working to clear Josh's name even after he's been such a jerk. This is a perfect read for those of you who enjoy murder mysteries, but are looking for something that isn't going to drag you down into the depths of despair by it's heavy darkness! Summer would be a great time to check this one out!

My Rating: 4 shots

12 comments:

  1. Great review, Courtney! I've seen this book floating around the blogosphere and have always been intrigued by the cover. Sounds like it's a read work acquiring, so I'll be on the look-out for it now :-) Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us!

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    1. Thanks! The cover definitely fits perfectly with the tone of the book. I've been very excited to get into Social Suicide (book 2) ever since I finished this one, I was just waiting until I finished writing my review. I'll be reading it pretty soon!

      Courtney

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  2. Great review! You said some of the same things I talked about in my review of it! I too loved the humor and the fact that this wasn't a dark mystery novel. And i felt the same way at the end! I totally didn't see the bad guy being the bad guy. And Chase!!! Definitely a fan of Chase! Lol. I hope you get to read the next book in this series soon! Its just as good as this one!

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    1. I'm planning on it! I've already got it on my Nook, I was just waiting til I finished up this review!

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  3. This book made me laugh out loud quite a few times. I totally want to read the next one. :)

    Jenny

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    1. Me too! I loved her humor, and how light it was, but still a great murder mystery!
      Courtney

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  4. Great review! I must read this one!!

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    1. I hope you get a chance to soon! It's great for summer, because it's light, but it doesn't take away anything if you still like your mysteries!

      Courtney

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  5. Great Review- I loved this book as well. The second one (Social Suicide) was good too!

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    1. I already have Social Suicide, and am planning on reading it very soon!

      Courtney

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  6. I really liked this book too! Im glad you liked it. I have social suicide but I have not had a chance to read it yet but I hope to soon!

    Im a new follower of yours :)

    Thanks for the great review!

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    1. Hi Michelle! Thanks for the follow! I have Social Suicide too, but am saving it for my vacation in a few weeks! After reading Deadly Cool, I think it will be light enough and interesting enough to read poolside! *after writing that, it sounds weird to say "Social Suicide will be perfect poolside."....yeah....lol!
      Courtney

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