Monday, October 10, 2011

Review - Deadly Cool, by Gemma Halliday

First I find out that my boyfriend is cheating on me. Then he’s pegged as the #1 suspect in a murder. And now he’s depending on me to clear his name. Seriously?

As much as I wouldn’t mind watching him squirm, I know that he’s innocent. So I’m brushing off my previously untapped detective skills and getting down to business. But I keep tripping over dead bodies and I’m still no closer to figuring out who did it. And what’s worse: all signs seem to point to me as the killer’s next victim.

I really need to pick a better boyfriend next time.
(From GoodReads)

My Review

I'm smiling right now. I know, you can't see me. But trust me, I am. The reason for the big smile? This book, Deadly Cool. Based on the cover, which  I adore, and the synopsis, you might think Deadly Cool to be a dark, serious book. And I'll admit, there are aspects to the book that are dark and serious. Such as, cheating boyfriends, murder, and a killer on the loose. But author Gemma Halliday told the story with a droll, quick-witted tone that absolutely knocked the ball out of the park.

I'll admit, it helps that Deadly Cool was exactly the type of book I was in the mood for. Young Adult, contemporary, non-paranormal was what the reading-doctor ordered. I knew I was in for a delicious treat when I read the opening lines:

"There are three things you never want to
 find in your boyfriend's locker: a sweaty jockstrap,a D minus on last week's history test, and an empty condom wrapper. Lucky me, I'd hit the trifecta."

And, thankfully, the entire book was able to maintain that tone. It was packed full with witty dialogue and laugh-out-loud situations.

Deadly Cool has an easy to read, conversational tone. I felt like I was a participant in the action. Halliday did an immense job of lending main character, Hartley, and the other teens, non-irritating, engaging voices. Well, except for a couple of the girls. But they were supposed to be irritating! There wasn't a single character in the story that wasn't spot-on, well written. The cheating boyfriend, Josh, is shockingly likeable. Like Hartley, I knew I should despise him, but I couldn't help feeling sorry for the poor guy. I suppose it helps that he is descibed as looking very much like Zac Efron. And as much as I adore Josh, I have a thing for unconventional book guys. Like Chase, Hartley's partner in crime solving. He's cool, wears black-on-black-on-black a lot, has messy hair and sly comebacks. Perfect.

Deadly Cool was a pleasant surprise. I thought I would most likely enjoy it. I loved it. I read within a few hours time, dying to know who did the deed. This book was a fun, breezy read. A stand-alone that could easily be a series. And, Wow, I hope Halliday does give us more Hartley, soon!

Favorite Quote:

"Whether it was the chamomile or the good long cry or the fact that Chase was once again speaking to
  me, I had a little spring in my step as I walked to second period, only five minutes late. I might be a
  leper, but I was a leper with a clue."

Paperback, 272 pages
Expected publication: October 11th 2011 by HarperTeen
Find Deadly Cool at:
GoodReads | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | Book Depository (at an awesome price!)

* I received Deadly Cool from Harper Teen, in exchange for an honest review. *


  1. Okay, that opening line is totally AWESOME! Hahahaha! I'm not a fan of YA, but I might be tempted to read something like this. :-)

  2. I can totally relate to the idea of being in the mood for a book. This one sounds fabulous. Gonna check it out. Thanks the great review and for visiting


  3. Kendall,

    I loved that opening line! I knew it would be a fun ride from there.
    Thanks for stopping by!!

  4. Valerie,

    This was just what I needed! I hope you enjoy it, too.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Mindy,

    You should read it. It was so much fun!

    Thanks for stopping by, hun!

  6. I totally want to read this! I've seen the cover around, but this was the first review I've actually read about it and it sounds like something I'd like - especially the style I'd like based on the quotes! :) Every once in a while it's nice to read something contemporary! Wonderful review! This is going on my wishlist! :)

    Liza @ Book Crook Liza

  7. Liza,
    I seriously had an evil grin the whole te I read Deadly Cool. You should read it soon.
    Thanks for stopping by!


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