Review: Deadly Cool By Gemma Halliday

Friday, December 23, 2011 0 Comments A+ a-



  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.

The cover:

I love this cover. It illustrates Hartley very well, and those iPod earbuds?? Oh my!! *_*

The storyline:

So, this is one kind of a book. I enjoyed every bit of it.

The beginning was great, introducing us directly to the issue while explaining things at the same time.

Hartley’s boyfriend, Josh is the worst boyfriend I’ve ever seen, though he did one thing only by cheating on her, this made the deal for me. The girl didn’t deserve this and he was her first love!

I hate boys…

Anyways, at the beginning when Hartley discovers a school mate dead at her boyfriend’s house, every evidence points to him as the killer. However, he shows up and apologizes to her and asks her to help him find out who’s the real killer who’s framing him.

Throughout the book, you’ll go through weird twists and awful discoveries that’ll keep you reading.

One of the many things I loved about this book is that Gemma, the author, did a great job making the characters alive. There were a lot of moments when I’d have acted the same way. It was funny to see Hartley mentally debating with herself on many things and because she’s awesome, she always chose to help others, even if it meant sneaking out of the house at midnight!!

And because I’m a geek, I fell more for this book, there were mentions of Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Apple, Mac, Google and many more! And they were part of the story, not just mentions .

The writing was smooth, funny, fun, mysterious and very good. I just have nothing to complain about in this book!!

The characters:

Hartley is my heroine. She’s been through a lot of things and still acted strong and brave and fought to prove her ex-boyfriend’s innocence. She’s honest and blonde who adores Legally Blonde!! <333

I’ve always liked blondes despite what others might think of them, but her, I loved her!!

Josh….hmmm… Josh is an effing jerk. That’s it. Just because his girlfriend wouldn’t give in to him he went on and cheated on her, then came back asking her to forgive him??? What a boyfriend!!

Chase is super freaking cool. I’ve always loved Goths for their mysterious looks, and I loved Varen in Nevermore. So Chase was no surprise to me when he offered to help Hartley investigate the murder while he kept making jokes and funny statements. He is a gentlemen with a bad driving.

Sam is the BFF. She’s cute, funny, crazy and supportive. She’s been all the way with Hartley.

Other characters that are note worthy are Kevin who’s Sam’s brother, they kept borrowing his “evironmental friendly” car. Which was funny to read because each time he asked them to fill her with some sort of oil fuel lol. Caitlyn whom I let it to you to discover what’s going on with her.

My favorite quotes:

Some of them Winking smile.

“So it wasn’t your fault.”     

Chase shook his head. “Nope. Totally the guy in front of me. I mean, who stops for a yellow light, ya know?”     

Oh no… – Chapter 5

If everyone was on Facebook, MySpace was the virtual equivalent of a hideout in the woods. Deep, deserted woods. – Chapter 6

I scrolled down, hitting the Message Me button shaped like a skull and crossbones (Really, Josh? That didn’t strike you as just a little bit inappropriate?). – Chapter 6.

I scrolled down, hitting the Message Me button shaped like a skull and crossbones (Really, Josh? That didn’t strike you as just a little bit inappropriate?). – Chapter 6

“Unless you’re one hell of a hacker.” He grinned. A big toothy thing.     

“I take that smug look to mean you know one hell of a hacker?” I asked.     

“You’re looking at him.”     

“Shut up,” Sam said. “You can break into the phone company’s computer?”     

He shrugged. “Piece of cake. How do you think I got all those sexting messages?”     

“You read them?” Sam asked.     

He nodded. Then leaned in close. “You would not believe the filthy stuff some of our classmates are doing.” He gave her another wink.     

Sam looked like she was going to pass out from embarrassment. -- Chapter 8

“But it’s not healthy for you to bottle feelings up in here,” she said, gesturing to her torso. “You can’t feel better unless you’re willing to feel.”     

I felt Chase snort behind me. – Chapter 8

It was against the rules to light a cigarette anywhere within twenty feet of school grounds. The Goths sat twenty feet and two inches away, puffing like chimneys. Take that, establishment! – Chapter 14


This was a wonderful fun read. I recommend it if you like laughter, mystery, thriller and social networks Open-mouthed smile.




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