Friday, June 8, 2012

Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday
Deadly Cool #1
Release Date: October 11th, 2011 by HarperTeen
(Is it just me or would it had been cooler if it was released in Nov?)
Details: 303 pages, paperback
Genre: Young Adult > Contemporary
Source: Bought from Amazon for my Kindle
Summary (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.

I have a thing for snarky main characters. I picked up Deadly Cool because everyone was talking about how snarky our main character Hartley is and she was! Hartley had one hell of a sense of humor!

Deadly Cool didn't evoke too many emotions out of me, it was more like one of those sit-on-your-porch-drink-lemonade-in-the-summer kind of books (except I don't have a porch, but still...). It's full of wit, a ton of humor and characters that you wish were real so you could befriend them on MySpace right now. The plot while it wasn't too serious was still fun and the mystery behind who was in on all the killings were enough to keep you turning the pages. 

As I mentioned, the characters were all fantastic. Hartley was snarky and determined to clear her ex boyfriend's name. I get she still cares about him and all (maybe) but still, the guy shouldn't had been asking for her help. I mean we're all convinced he's cheating on Hartley, he just looks bad in this situation and he should get a freakin clue. But if he wasn't guilty (like he says) then why is he hiding? That part made no sense to me really. And why hasn't Hartley cussed him out yet? Please believe if I saw what she saw he wouldn't hear the end of it! Hartley's best friend Sam was the perfect sidekick for Hartley and Chase, even though I had my doubts about him was pretty snazzy himself. I think he cares about Hartley, it's cute.

Also I'm convinced that the author lives in San Jose because as someone who was born in Silicon Valley, the mall she describes in the book is word for word. Also the street names. It's crazy. But nice when Silicon Valley gets some attention too!

If you're looking for a laid back and funny read this summer, I would definitely recommend Deadly Cool!

-- I stopped at Jamba Juice for a Peach Pleasure smoothie.
(OMG that's the ONLY drink I ever get at JJ too!)

-- "I'm sure it must have been incredibly traumatic for you."
"It was," I answered, "but I'm sure it was much more traumatic for her."
(LOLOLOLOL ohhh snap)


  1. Yay! I picked this one up a month ago when it was .99 for the Kindle so I was pleasantly surprised to see how many great reviews there were for this novel. Yours has made me want to move it up the TBR list though and there are already SO many on that dang list! Thanks for sharing!

    1. @Jade Thanks for the comment! And I saw that! It went $.99 a week after I got it. I hate when that happens lol. It's a good read, perfect for the summer when you're not in the mood for anything intense but the mystery still keeps you flipping pages :P