Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Book Review: Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday

Title: Deadly Cool (Deadly Cool #1)
Author: Gemma Halliday
Publisher: HarperTeen
Released: October 2011
Summary: 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. - Goodreads 

Deadly Cool is a fun and gripping mystery book that follows Hartley Featherstone, an ordinary girl who is turned teen detective when dead bodies start accumulating at Herbert Hoover High. Similar in tone to Kaz Delaney's 2012 YA novel Dead, Actually, another whodunnit murder story for the high school crowd, Deadly Cool is written in a light-hearted way despite the serious subject matter (people are dying, yo). 

The real star attraction of Deadly Cool is the smart and funny narration by protagonist Hartley who is prone to such one liners as "How was it fair that I had to conduct a murder investigation and do trig?". Hartley's sarcastic wit and humor keep the story fresh and funny even though there is a killer on the loose and all. Along with her BFF sidekick Sam and bad boy/future love interest Chase, Hartley must find out who the killer is to absolve her ex-boyfriend. The fact that her ex was cheating on her just goes to show how nice, or delusional, a character Harley is as she is still determined to help him. 

Going by the cover of this book I was expecting something a bit more sinister or serious from Deadly Cool but it was really just pure entertainment with a few scary nail biting moments (remember that pesky killer?). The mystery element was well done and it was fun reading and trying to work out who was behind the murders along with Hartley. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series Social Suicide partly for more Hartley/Chase moments and partly to see what other tricks Halliday has up her sleeves for the sweet and sassy Hartley Featherstone. Deady Cool is a promising start to a new series which people who like a bit of mystery in their YA are sure to enjoy. 



  1. Great review!! I'm glad that you liked this book! I really need to check it out and hopefully I can read it before the summer ends :)

  2. p.s. I LOVE your blog design! Did you do it yourself?

    1. Thanks :)

      Yeah I did. I muddled my way through it and am still learning!

  3. Great review! This seems like an interesting novel and I do really like the cover :) Your blog layout looks so great. Thanks for following me
    Alex @ Possession of Books


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