Monday, October 10, 2011

Review: Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday

Published: HarperTeen (October 11, 2011)
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
Series: Book 1
Source: ARC from publisher
Amazon Summary: 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.

My Thoughts: I knew I wanted to read Deadly Cool when I saw the combination of wicked sweet eyes and also iPod earbuds. Because a) blue eyes rock and b) so does Apple. But seriously I had no idea why they used iPod earbuds. Surprisingly enough, this is 100% relevant to the storyline.

After the first few pages, I had an immense amount of love for Gemma Halliday's writing AND for main character Hartley. She was insanely sarcastic and make me crack a couple smiles. She was dealt a crappy hand when she found out that her boyfriend cheated on her. Not to mention she found out in the worst way ever. So imagine her shock when the skeeze asks her to help clear his name of a murder accusation. WHAT THE FUNK.

The story had tons of potential and the author's voice was fresh and smart. After awhile, it got too smart. Everyone's comeback and quips were so calculated and perfectly placed that it didn't feel quite believable. Everyone said exactly what they should’ve said. I like imperfect characters who stumble over their words and sometimes say this when they should’ve said that. Don't get me wrong, I was never to the point where I wanted to DNF this book, but perhaps we just didn't mesh well together.

All in all, Deadly Cool is a quick, quirky read. Those who loved Pretty Little Liars will likely fall in love with the fast-paced, "danger lurking around every corner" feel of this book, but I feel like it didn't live up to its potential. The mystery and intrigue were present and it kept me guessing, but I feel it barely scratched the surface as far as character development. Maybe that wasn't the author's goal, but I was looking for something a little deeper and darker than what Deadly Cool brought to the table.


  1. 1) I didn't even realize those were earbuds until you mentioned it in the post. I thought it was just swirly writing. ha! oops.

    2) I LOVED this: "The story had tons of potential and the author's voice was fresh and smart. After awhile, it got too smart."
    Such an honest statement that I totally understood right away and I love that you wrote this. I have read one too many books where the dialogue is just too perfect with the witty comebacks and sharp timing. It makes me a little disappointed in the book because it doesn't feel natural. So thank you for this statement.

    3) I might want to read this at some point, I'm still on the fence, but I do love me a good murder mystery. Bring on the serial killers, I say!

  2. I want to read this! (: Great review!

    I didn't notice they were earbuds, either, thanks for pointing that out!

  3. Did you accidentally delete the part of your review where you wrote, "NO THIS IS NOT ME ON THE COVER I SWEAR." ?

  4. Every time I see this book I think it's you on the cover.

  5. I didn't realize those were iPod earbuds either. Good eye! and that totally looks like you on the cover. Great review. This book is on my TBR list and I've been seeing mixed reviews. I think I want to read it to see which side of the coin ill be on.

  6. It totally does look like you on the cover! Great review also :]

  7. I agree with Anna and Jamie! She definitely resembles you :-)

    Also, I never noticed the earbuds until you mentioned it haha

  8. I guess I agree with everyone! I just realized Anna and Jamie weren't the only two people to make that comment lol

  9. Another great book full of plot twists, I thoroughly enjoy Gemma Halliday's writing style and can't wait for the next book! As always the characters are easy to relate to and very like able. Couldn't put it down!

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