Sunday, April 22, 2012

Book Review: Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday

Title: Deadly Cool
Author: Gemma Halliday
Series: Deadly Cool #1
Author Links: Website | Facebook
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: October 11th 2011
Format: Paperback
Pages: 303
Summary from Goodreads;
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.
5 stars, recommend to everyone
I am in love with the cover! Well, not like the whole cover, more like the eyes, they're striking! Also the title, creative. I really had no clue what this novel was about, I really just got it because of the cover. Bad, I know, but it worked out anyway. This book was so hilarious, fast paced, and just wonderful overall.
There was character development throughout the book, which I really enjoyed because I really liked the way the characters turned out. Hartley's character was wonderful! She was sarcastic, hilarious, and strong at the same time. Chase was nothing like I thought he'd be. Yes, he was a bad boy but he was also caring and sweet. You can really relate to the characters because they act and deal with issues readers deal with. The only character I wish I'd seen more of were Josh considering he was always in hiding and well, not with Hartley. The romance didn't take over the novel, which I enjoyed considering she was trying to find out who was the murderer and had just dumped Josh but I do want to see a bit more romance in the next book and get to know Chase more.

Gemma manages to keep the sense of mystery in the air but adds some humor throughout the book which will have readers laughing and relating to the characters.Deadly Cool is a fast paced mystery novel that readers won't want to put down.

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