Deadly Cool (Deadly Cool #1)
But as much as Hartley wouldn’t mind seeing him squirm, she knows he’s ...more
If Nancy Drew had a cheeky sense of humor, she would be Hartley Featherstone. Hartley's boyfriend Josh has been cheating on her, and even worse, the girl turns up dead and Josh is now the prime suspect in Courtney's murder. What's a girl to do except band together with her best friend Sam and the good-looking Chase to try and solve the crime?
Reading Deadly Cool is like eating a bowl of ice cream. It's a refreshing treat fol ...more
Hartley's cheating ex-boyfriend is the #1 suspect in a murder. Convinced it wasn't him, Hartley is determined to find the real killer. Besides, how can she kick his ass if he's in jail? If you know me at all, you kno ...more
Hartley is definitely one of my favorite characters.
I love her 'excellent sarcastic wit', I like how she is so stubborn in trying to find the real killer and save her ex-boyfriend from jail, even though she does it mostly because she thinks it's her right (and only hers) to kick his ass and she would gladly do that.
"I immediately opened my window, checking outside to make sure Josh had a clear path. The last thing I wanted was for him to get hurt on his way to me killing him"
Now of ...more
Just a snapshot of the things I loved about this book:
1) The easy dialogue. One of my pet peeves in books is that the dialogue doesn’t sound natural enough. Throughout the book the dialogue flowed so easily, it was fun, flirty and fantastic.
2) A kick-ass female lead. I am so sick of reading YA books where the female lead is a sappy whiny Bella...uh, I mean, person who can’t live without a man. Halliday has created in Hartley ...more
This book was not what I was expecting. Usually when you think murder mystery, you think dark and scary. And while this book definitely had it’s creepy moments, I laughed and smiled through most of the novel.
This novel doesn’t have much depth, but that doesn’t necessarily make it a bad book. Sometimes those are just what a reader is looking for, and it’s exactly what I was looking for at the time! This book was fun! It’s entertaining and absorbing, and it will ...more
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Hartley Featherstone life isn't all that peachy right now; not only is her boyfriend cheating on her, but when he's suddenly accused of murder, Harley somehow ends up having to prove his innocence..
Oh, and try not to killed trying.
This. Was. Amazing.
So, yeah... I really don't know where to begin. I loved this book! I fell in love with it when I added it to my to-read list on Goodreads, so when I casually walk ...more
The story opens up with Hartley, a junior in high-school breaking into her boyfriend, Josh’s locker to find out if the mornings text rumors are true: Josh has gotten up-close and personal with the president of the Chastity Club, Courtney Cline. In there she finds a girlfriends worst nig ...more
In a Sentence: Though I wasn't the biggest fan of the ending, Deadly Cool was a quick and fun read with a wonderfully loveable main character who will definitely have me reading the sequel.
There are some days when I wish I had half-heart ratings because once again, I found myself debating over whether to give a book a three or a four. I finally settled on a three (mainly because of an issue I'll mention later), though it's a v ...more
I've been in the mood for YA mystery books lately, so it was only natural that I picked up Deadly Cool, since I owned it ever since it came out. In this book, Hartley finds out that her boyfriend is cheating on her and decides to confront him, but when she sneaks in his bedroom, instead of him she finds a dead girl, the girl he was cheating with. After that Hartley's world is turned upside down. The police is after her ex-boyfriend, the media is all over her and her whole school is ta ...more
Hartley hears rumors that her boyfriend is cheating on her with the president of the Chastity club, Courtney. She ends up finding an opened condom wrapper in his locker. Hartley and Sam, her best friend, head to Josh's house. They break in and find Co ...more
I don't know what it was about this book, but it called to me from the first time I discovered it. Maybe it was the cover-girl's gorgeous eyes (SO BLUE!) or my desire to be just like Nancy Drew when I grow up, but I knew I wanted to read Deadly Cool.
And it was so much lighter and fun-filled than I would've ever expected from a mystery! Even with the threat of unexpected deaths and trying to find the murderer, I found myself grinning constantly at Hartley's sarcasm and wit. Gemma Hall ...more
My absolute favorite books to read are ones with great mystery. Mystery novels is one of my favorite genres because I love solving them and creating theories. I experienced an enjoyable Agatha Christie faze last year. (Where I was able to correctly guess some murders!) I find that the best murder mysteries contain confusing clues, logical solutions, relatable characters and plenty of twists. Deadly contained all that.
Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday creates ...more
Gahhh! Such a...bland book.
Let's start with the good stuff. I maybe read Deadly Cool in two hours. Despite being fairly long, it's incredibly fast and pretty good fun. I'm a huuuuuge Veronica Mars fan, so a mystery in high school was right up my street. If you love mystery, and don't mind it being fairly light and fluffy, I would read this. However, maybe get it from the library instead of buying it? There's really no reread value in this one at all, and apat from Hartley's sparky voice ...more
How awesomely funny was this?
If at first she read sometimes shallow and with not that much to her, well... I was wrong. After a couple things happen to her, around her, her reactions were enough to get me to consider her more, and in the end, I say, I actually I do like this particular girl detective. Because this girl detective would likely give Sophie of Hex Hall fame a run for her money in snark. Well, that and the fact that her story is very straightforward in the telling and never d ...more
The story was very alluring with all the clues that Hartley uncovers. Halliday’s unique way of making her readers become part of the investigation was ...more
In the beginning of the story it basically starts out with her finding ...more
The one thing that makes this novel is the humour. If it wasn't for the humour I would have stopped reading this cheesy, slightly childish-ly written novel. However I was laughing so often I just had to keep reading.
Great Funny quotes:
"Yeah? Well, at least my boyfriends not effing the president of the Chastity Club"
"We're censoring now"
"Hey, I'm already driving the getaway car. I might as well be a full-blown accomplice"
"If we can get on the roof, it'll be easy to c ...more
320 pages of pure fun and entertainment - Deadly Cool is a pretty cool book indeed. It's a teen murder mystery told with a surprising lightness and sprinkled with some seriously hilarious teenage humor. Fast-paced and riveting, this book will both chill you and make you laugh out loud!
The story kicks-off with Hartley discovering a condom wrapper in her boyfriend's locker (FYI, Hart is still a virgin). And I know what you're thinking, but well, ...more
She keeps you laughing throughout the whole entire book and my stomach hurt at the end in a good way.
I LOVE Hartley! She is an amazing charcter and you ju ...more
Deadly Cool proves that murder and high school can be a killer combination. (:D heehehehehe)
Our story revolves around Hartley, your average teen girl turn Nancy Drew after her cheating boyfriend (Josh) is framed for murder when the body of his fling, the popular "chaste" Courtney Cline, turns up straggled in his bedroom.
The more I read Deadly Cool, the more I got into the story. The way that everything comes together from the who-done-it mystery to the characters involved was all extre ...more
I much prefer a darker and scary murder mystery book, but sometimes a quick and lighter read is always refreshing. Althoug ...more
Humor. Wonderful, wonderful humor.
Basically, Hartley reminded me of Sophie from Hex Hall--which is a good thing, because I really, really loved Sophie. Snarkiness is a very nice trait to have in protagonists.I also liked how Hartley didn't feel the need to describe how hot Chase was every time she met him. Let's take a lesson from her, okay? One time's enough, people. Get on with the story.
Oh, and the story. Hmm...for a mystery that involves two murders, the book is surprisingly light-...more
Now on to Harley,first of all what a cool ...more
I'll ad ...more
Really looking forward to Social Suicide!
Still, it's a book not to be taken seriously, and the author knows this. For a murder mystery, the book is rather light hearted. The characters sort of stumble along towards ...more
As if finding out your boyfriend is cheating on you with the president of the chastity club isn’t bad enough, you find said president’s dead body in your boyfriend ex-boyfriend’s closet. Hartley has some serious issues she’s dealing with, ...more
Since then, Gemma has written several mystery novels ...more