Review: Deadly Cool

10.22.2011
Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday
Published October 11th, 2011 by HarperTeen
//Amazon//B&N//The Book Depository//
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.

Let me start by saying that I'm not sure the rating I gave this actually conveys my feelings on it, I think I rated it more on a critical level than an enjoyment level, because while I sped through the book and am anxiously awaiting the sequel, I found the actual writing lacking a bit. I guess because I used to spend a lot of time on Inkpop critiquing novels, sometimes I critique a book instead of actually just reading it, if that makes sense.

Anyway, Deadly Cool starts off as normally as any high school book does - Hartley (I love her name, by the way) finds hears the rumor going around school that her brother is screwing another girl. Like most girlfriends, she goes to investigate, expecting to find Josh in bed with Courtney.

Instead, she finds Courtney's body. 

I really liked Hartley. I felt like her reactions and actions were realistic most of the time, and she was kind of a fun and easy character to read through. She was a bit too naive at some points for me, though - who meets a stranger in the dark football field alone at midnight when there's a killer on the loose? -_- (And also, she didn't seem nearly mad enough at Josh, if you ask me.) But otherwise, I liked how persistent she was in finding the real killer.

I had a problem with the side characters. Sam was hardly developed at all, and I don't think Chase was much better. We don't know anything about him other than he works for the school newspaper. (And he goes commando ;D) He was so vague about his relationship with . . . *blanks on name* Deep Blogger. Whatever her real name was. He said it was "complicated," but we know nothing else about it. Who does he live with? Who is he friends with? I really hope more is revealed about him in the next book, Social Suicide. Otherwise, I just can't buy him as the romantic interest.

I wish there was a way to tell authors that, YES, I DO WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE FREAKING ROOM LOOKS LIKE. AND THE PEOPLE. There was next to no description in this book. It was all just Hartley's thoughts and the dialogue/action. We get a pretty good description of Chase, but that's it. No one else. All I know about Hartley is her hair color. And I don't know what her room looks like, what her mom looks like, what Chase's house looks like . . . I know some people don't like to read paragraphs and paragraphs of descriptions, and neither do I, but I think something could be thrown in there! 

And of course, Hartley was another MC with no hobby. I suppose you could argue that the investigating was her hobby, but she didn't investigate anything until someone died. Teenagers have hobbies. Whether it's sitting around and watching TV or playing tennis, they have hobbies, gosh dang it -_-

Okay, despite those rant-like points I've made, I read through this book in just a few hours. I liked how the romance between Chase and Hartley is going very slow, just developing so that it's not really a romance yet. It wasn't love-at-first-sight, they're still not in love, and it's very realistic to me. 

And the concept was fairly original to me, too. I know lots of books involve murders, but this was fairly different from all those, the fact that it wasn't anything paranormal just being one of them.

Overall: Deadly Cool is fast-paced, light read that I suggest for anyone who wants to be mildly amused and doesn't want to read something where you have to think about every sentence. The writing style is simple, easy, and Hartley was a refreshing character. Despite the problems I had with it, I give it 3.5 stars. 

And hey, if you ask me, the killer was a total surprise :D

1/2
~Zoey~

7 comments on "Review: Deadly Cool"
  1. Ha! Great review :) You actually got me all excited for this book and I might just pick it up next thing tomorrow morning :) You made some good points here and I'm definitely gonna pay attention to see if everything you said is actually true (*I'm watching you*).

    I really like your thorough, "ranty" review :) Thanks, honeybee~! <3

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  2. I've been excited about this novel for awhile, although the points you brought up about the writing make me a little wary of it. Maybe it'll be better to go in with fewer expectations. :) I'm glad the romance is handled well -- I'm getting really tired of the instant falling in love thing. Great review! :)

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  3. Alyssa: Honestly, I wasn't thinking about the writing until I was actually done. So maybe it's fairly unnoticeable? xD

    Evie: You stalker, you.

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  4. I'm glad you liked this one, I really want to read it myself! It's good to know there is no pointless detail but then again, no detail at all is bad. But I can live with that though. What really gets me is insta-love so thank god there is none of that, I'm gonna hold your word for it;D

    Have you seen the cover to the sequel of this? I just saw it and I didn't even know there was a squeal!

    -thank you&come again.

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  5. Oh, I like this review a lot!I I started this book but didn't finish it (yet) because I wasn't really "feeling" it. I agree with you about her not being mad enough at Josh! It was kind of brushed away. Hartley was okay but yeah, definitely naive. I don't know, there was just something lacking from the book! I think you articulated your problems with it really well.

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  6. I've been hearing mixed feelings about this one. I've got it on my shelf, so I'll still check it out. With reservations. I wonder how I'll feel about this one.

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  7. I liked your review and now I know what to expect:)

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10.22.2011

Review: Deadly Cool

Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday
Published October 11th, 2011 by HarperTeen
//Amazon//B&N//The Book Depository//
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.

Let me start by saying that I'm not sure the rating I gave this actually conveys my feelings on it, I think I rated it more on a critical level than an enjoyment level, because while I sped through the book and am anxiously awaiting the sequel, I found the actual writing lacking a bit. I guess because I used to spend a lot of time on Inkpop critiquing novels, sometimes I critique a book instead of actually just reading it, if that makes sense.

Anyway, Deadly Cool starts off as normally as any high school book does - Hartley (I love her name, by the way) finds hears the rumor going around school that her brother is screwing another girl. Like most girlfriends, she goes to investigate, expecting to find Josh in bed with Courtney.

Instead, she finds Courtney's body. 

I really liked Hartley. I felt like her reactions and actions were realistic most of the time, and she was kind of a fun and easy character to read through. She was a bit too naive at some points for me, though - who meets a stranger in the dark football field alone at midnight when there's a killer on the loose? -_- (And also, she didn't seem nearly mad enough at Josh, if you ask me.) But otherwise, I liked how persistent she was in finding the real killer.

I had a problem with the side characters. Sam was hardly developed at all, and I don't think Chase was much better. We don't know anything about him other than he works for the school newspaper. (And he goes commando ;D) He was so vague about his relationship with . . . *blanks on name* Deep Blogger. Whatever her real name was. He said it was "complicated," but we know nothing else about it. Who does he live with? Who is he friends with? I really hope more is revealed about him in the next book, Social Suicide. Otherwise, I just can't buy him as the romantic interest.

I wish there was a way to tell authors that, YES, I DO WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE FREAKING ROOM LOOKS LIKE. AND THE PEOPLE. There was next to no description in this book. It was all just Hartley's thoughts and the dialogue/action. We get a pretty good description of Chase, but that's it. No one else. All I know about Hartley is her hair color. And I don't know what her room looks like, what her mom looks like, what Chase's house looks like . . . I know some people don't like to read paragraphs and paragraphs of descriptions, and neither do I, but I think something could be thrown in there! 

And of course, Hartley was another MC with no hobby. I suppose you could argue that the investigating was her hobby, but she didn't investigate anything until someone died. Teenagers have hobbies. Whether it's sitting around and watching TV or playing tennis, they have hobbies, gosh dang it -_-

Okay, despite those rant-like points I've made, I read through this book in just a few hours. I liked how the romance between Chase and Hartley is going very slow, just developing so that it's not really a romance yet. It wasn't love-at-first-sight, they're still not in love, and it's very realistic to me. 

And the concept was fairly original to me, too. I know lots of books involve murders, but this was fairly different from all those, the fact that it wasn't anything paranormal just being one of them.

Overall: Deadly Cool is fast-paced, light read that I suggest for anyone who wants to be mildly amused and doesn't want to read something where you have to think about every sentence. The writing style is simple, easy, and Hartley was a refreshing character. Despite the problems I had with it, I give it 3.5 stars. 

And hey, if you ask me, the killer was a total surprise :D

1/2
~Zoey~

7 comments:

  1. Ha! Great review :) You actually got me all excited for this book and I might just pick it up next thing tomorrow morning :) You made some good points here and I'm definitely gonna pay attention to see if everything you said is actually true (*I'm watching you*).

    I really like your thorough, "ranty" review :) Thanks, honeybee~! <3

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  2. I've been excited about this novel for awhile, although the points you brought up about the writing make me a little wary of it. Maybe it'll be better to go in with fewer expectations. :) I'm glad the romance is handled well -- I'm getting really tired of the instant falling in love thing. Great review! :)

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  3. Alyssa: Honestly, I wasn't thinking about the writing until I was actually done. So maybe it's fairly unnoticeable? xD

    Evie: You stalker, you.

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  4. I'm glad you liked this one, I really want to read it myself! It's good to know there is no pointless detail but then again, no detail at all is bad. But I can live with that though. What really gets me is insta-love so thank god there is none of that, I'm gonna hold your word for it;D

    Have you seen the cover to the sequel of this? I just saw it and I didn't even know there was a squeal!

    -thank you&come again.

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  5. Oh, I like this review a lot!I I started this book but didn't finish it (yet) because I wasn't really "feeling" it. I agree with you about her not being mad enough at Josh! It was kind of brushed away. Hartley was okay but yeah, definitely naive. I don't know, there was just something lacking from the book! I think you articulated your problems with it really well.

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  6. I've been hearing mixed feelings about this one. I've got it on my shelf, so I'll still check it out. With reservations. I wonder how I'll feel about this one.

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  7. I liked your review and now I know what to expect:)

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