Deadly Cool

Deadly Cool

by Gemma Halliday


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062003317
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/11/2011
Series: Deadly Cool Series , #1
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

When Gemma Halliday was sixteen she wanted to be either a rock star or Marilyn Monroe. Instead, she ended up working as a film extra, a teddy bear importer, a department store administrator, a preschool teacher, a temporary-tattoo artist, and a 900-number psychic before settling on the career of author. Since then, her books have been published in several countries, optioned for television, and have won lots of cool, shiny trophies, including a National Readers' Choice Award and three RITA nominations. Gemma now lives in the San Francisco Bay area, where she loves watching reality TV shows, eating takeout pizza, and shoe shopping. She is also the author of Deadly Cool.

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“Gemma Halliday delivers a fun, sassy read that has you turning pages so fast, you’ll be breathless.”

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TheMochaLatte More than 1 year ago
Could this day get any worse? First, Hartley discovers a condom wrapper in boyfriend Josh's locker-they aren't sexually active. Then she hears rumours floating around that he's 'effing' Courtney from the Color Guard Squad. Taking matters into her own hands, she and best friend Sam head over to Josh's to confront him and get some answers. However, what they discover is far worse. Hartley, while breaking into Josh's bedroom, discovers Courtney's dead body in his closet-strangled to death with white Ipod earbuds. All the fingers quickly point to Josh and he becomes the prime suspect, but Hartley knows better. Josh may be a no-good cheating jerk but he's not a murder. Ready to prove his innocence, Hartley teams up with Sam and gorgeous goth photographer and editor of the newspaper Chase. The best way to describe Gemma Halliday's Deadly Cool is "a wonderfully entertaining teen murder mystery with a perfect dose of humour". I found Gemma Halliday's voice for Hartley and her best friend Sam absolutely hilarious. They both had a habit of censoring themselves with "effing" and various other words, which made me giggle quite a bit. Conversation between the characters resembled typical high school talk and gossip. It wasn't sugar coated and was raw to the teenage bone. The events leading up to Hartley's discovery of Courtney's body truly resembled that of a girl who fained ignorance to her boyfriend's deception despite the fact that she clearly doubted his innocence. Hartley was a difficult character to get used to reading. Despite her edgy personality, I found myself disliking her daftness and eagerness to leap before looking. As for her friend Sam, I felt like readers weren't given much of an opportunity to get to know her. She felt like a blank void and I found myself knowing more about dis-interesting characters like Kaylee and Shiloh. Chase was an interesting addition and I liked how his role grew from beginning to end. Deadly Cool definitely kept me on my feet. I had a very hard time trying to pin point who the murderer was, kudos to Gemma. The mystery, of course, was present from beginning to end but there was also a very small sliver of romance that definitely didn't outshine the plot's purpose. The cover was complimentary to the novel; beautiful and eye catching. As I crawled towards Hartley's discovery of the body, I began to realise what the cover image depicted. From what I presume it is Hartley's view when discovering Courtney's dead body. It's very eerie now that I think of it but it's still very beautiful and attention grabbing. Deadly Cool is a recommended read for young adults who need a mystery fix with a tiny bit of teenage drama.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm big on mysteries, and when I found out that this murder takes place in a highschool setting, I was super happy. And when I actually read it? OH. MY. GOSH. Hartley is completely relatable. If you found your boyfriend's condom wrapper, you'd react the same way she would, and you'd react the same way to finding bodies. She's super sarcastic and funny, and her lines are so witty and perfect. I absolutely adore everything about this book. If you like murder, or just funny teenage antics, this is the book for you.
Andreat78 More than 1 year ago
I'm smiling right now. I know, you can't see me. But trust me, I am. The reason for the big smile? This book, Deadly Cool. Based on the cover, which I adore, and the synopsis, you might think Deadly Cool to be a dark, serious book. And I'll admit, there are aspects to the book that are dark and serious. Such as, cheating boyfriends, murder, and a killer on the loose. But author Gemma Halliday told the story with a droll, quick-witted tone that absolutely knocked the ball out of the park. I'll admit, it helps that Deadly Cool was exactly the type of book I was in the mood for. Young Adult, contemporary, non-paranormal was what the reading-doctor ordered. I knew I was in for a delicious treat when I read the opening lines: "There are three things you never want to find in your boyfriend's locker: a sweaty jockstrap,a D minus on last week's history test, and an empty condom wrapper. Lucky me, I'd hit the trifecta." And, thankfully, the entire book was able to maintain that tone. It was packed full with witty dialogue and laugh-out-loud situations. Deadly Cool has an easy to read, conversational tone. I felt like I was a participant in the action. Halliday did an immense job of lending main character, Hartley, and the other teens, non-irritating, engaging voices. Well, except for a couple of the girls. But they were supposed to be irritating! There wasn't a single character in the story that wasn't spot-on, well written. The cheating boyfriend, Josh, is shockingly likeable. Like Hartley, I knew I should despise him, but I couldn't help feeling sorry for the poor guy. I suppose it helps that he is descibed as looking very much like Zac Efron. And as much as I adore Josh, I have a thing for unconventional book guys. Like Chase, Hartley's partner in crime solving. He's cool, wears black-on-black-on-black a lot, has messy hair and sly comebacks. Perfect. Deadly Cool was a pleasant surprise. I thought I would most likely enjoy it. I loved it. I read within a few hours time, dying to know who did the deed. This book was a fun, breezy read. A stand-alone that could easily be a series. And, Wow, I hope Halliday does give us more Hartley, soon! Favorite Quote: "Whether it was the chamomile or the good long cry or the fact that Chase was once again speaking to me, I had a little spring in my step as I walked to second period, only five minutes late. I might be a leper, but I was a leper with a clue." * I received Deadly Cool from Harper Teen, in exchange for an honest review. *
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book ever and it has suspense comedy and drama. Has to be bought so dont wait just buy
BooksAhoy More than 1 year ago
This was a great mystery book!! I am a huge fan of mystery books and this certaintly does mystery books justice. First of all the mystery itself was really good. I had no idea who the killer was and it's certaintly a surprise when you find out. Every chapter keeps you wanting more and more to find out whodunit. I also love the relationships between all the characters and I think it kept the book feeling like a teenage book. The plot, charcters, and overall book was great! I can't wait to read more from Gemma Halliday. I also absolutely LOVE the cover!!!! :) PS: Be on the lookout for the second book Social Suicide!
MaryinHB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hartley finds her boyfriend cheating on her and with her best friend, Sam, breaks into his locker to get the proof, when she finds the truth, she heads over to his house to confront him and finds...a dead body! With her cheating ex as the leading suspect and his partner is the victim, Hartley decides to help him clear his name, especially when she finds another body and realizes she is next on the list. Josh pretty much goes into hiding, leaving her to do all the heavy lifting to clear his name. Chase, a snarky bad boy, helps Hartley and Sam track down the killer and clear Josh's name. I loved Gemma Halliday's chick lit and she delivers again with this fun and snappy murder mystery geared towards young adults. Hartley is dead on funny, with Chase giving out one liners that you will love to repeat and Sam is the goofy BFF that ties everything together. For those of you looking for a bit of diversion to all the paranormal, fantasy and dystopian thrillers, this should be a nice change of pace. There are enough clues to make you turn the page and everything is perfectly paced, but a little predictable for adults. I loved Hartley voice and I am so glad that there will be another one in this series!
hobbitsies on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Deadly Cool is one of those books that I loved parts of and disliked other parts of.First, things I liked. I love a good mystery. I especially love a good mystery where I¿m not able to guess every little thing that happens. Deadly Cool definitely rocked on that bit ¿ I did not expect the killer to be who it was.I also really liked Chase and the romance aspect of the book. Chase was cute and witty and protective and also a bit mysterious.Deadly Cool definitely made me laugh out loud a few times, but there were a few parts that seemed like it was trying too hard to be funny.A few things I didn¿t like ¿ parts of it were slightly over the top, including why the killer did what the killer did. Also, there was a line in there about Hartley sticking her fingernail between her teeth¿and there was no purpose to it! But that¿s one tiny nitpicky thing.Overall, I thought Deadly Cool was very entertaining, even if a bit unrealistic. Like I said, I¿m a sucker for a good mystery/sleuthing teen. Definitely check out Deadly Cool if it sounds like your thing!
ShanonS on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was such a fun and entertaining read. Gemma Halliday combines suspense, mystery, humor, and teen angst to produce a great book that's hard to put down. This book had me from the very first page, which sent me into fits of laughter, and it only got better from there! The main character, Hartley, is hard not to instantly like. The book starts off with her playing the role of detective to find out if the news of her boyfriend's infidelity is true. After she connects the dots she makes an even more startling discovery, which leads to her boyfriend, Josh, being named a prime suspect for a murder. She knows that even though Josh is a cheating douchebag, he's not a killer. Hartley then winds up with the daunting task of trying to prove Josh's innocence, because she seems to be the only one who can. This proves just how good of a person Hartley is and it's one of the things I really liked about her. Even though Josh betrayed her trust, she's still able to overcome her negative feelings towards him because she wants to do the right thing. Hartley and her investigative team were awesome. Her best friend, Sam, complimented Hartley's character perfectly and she proved to be a great best friend to have. The shenanigans that these two got into was priceless, and their attempt at stealth on several occasions had me cracking up. Chase was a great edition to the story and team as well. He has a very upfront sort of personality that I admire. He's also rocking somewhat of a bad boy vibe that makes it hard for a girl to resist (I know I wouldn't resist!). His ability to fluster Hartley on several occasions was certainly proof of that. I couldn't help but grin when they were around eachother. It'll be interesting to see where things lead next between them, and I'm excited to see more of Chase in the next book. I had a fun time trying to guess who the killer was throughout this story, because believe me, there are a fair amount of suspects to chose from. I couldn't read fast enough towards the conclusion of the book once the identity and motives of the killer were discovered. I am really excited to see what Hartley will get herself into next in the second book in this series, because I'm definitely hooked!
C.Ibarra on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hartley hears a rumor her boyfriend Josh was caught hooking up with the president of the Chastity Club. When she sets out to catch him in the act she makes a gruesome discovery. The previously mentioned Chastity Club president dead in his closet, and the cheating boyfriend is conveniently MIA. Even though Hartley believes 100% Josh is a cheating swine, she knows he isn't capable of murder and sets out to prove his innocence (at least when it comes to the murder part). This brings her closer to the killer and straight into the path of danger.I love mysteries and don¿t think we see enough of them in Young Adult. Gemma Halliday has an adult mystery series so who better to tackle a YA mystery novel than her? She did an amazing job. The characters were fabulous. I loved Hartley. If I was a teenager again I¿d totally want a friend like her. Chase was all sexy brooding bad boy. Swoon! Hartley's BFF Sam was also super cool. For some reason I usually find the BFF annoying in most YA novels. I'm not sure if authors write them to be annoying or to make the MC seem cooler. Total speculation here. Any who, I felt Sam and Hartley are a great pair. I love that Sam was willing to risk her parent's wrath and bribe her brother to borrow his car, all to help Hartley track down a killer. If only all best friends were more like Sam.I'm also so darn excited this is a series debut and not a standalone novel. Hartley is awesome and when I finished reading I thought wow this would make such a great series. Imagine my surprise and hell yeahs when I saw on Gemma's website book two, Social Suicide, will be available next year. Awesomeness!I had so much fun reading Deadly Cool. I was laughing out loud at times. The dialogue was fresh and fun. I didn't want to put this one down. I also love that the whodunit was not predictable. At least it wasn't for me. I was guessing until the last moment.I¿m hard-pressed to find anything about this book not to love. Sarcastic and clever writing? Smart and sassy main character? Brooding bad boy type? Stellar secondary characters? A mystery that will keep you guessing? Check, check, check, check, and check! Like I said hard-pressed.
yabotd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday was different than I expected it to be. Normally, when I think murder mystery, I think dark, creepy, and edgy. While the book covers some dark content (hey, we are talking about teens being murdered here), the overall feel of the book is light, fluffy, and fun. Kind of a cool mix, if you ask me.Hartley Featherstone is a really fun character. Her thought content is typical for what I'd expect of a teenager, but she's got a strong sarcastic and snarky vibe. She's witty with her thoughts, even if she's not quick enough to be so in conversation. And...she loves putting extra zing into her thoughts using parentheses (and we all know who else likes doing that *smiles*).Even though Hartley is dealing with some pretty difficult stuff -- murders, cheating boyfriend, way more attention from peers than she ever wanted -- she's able to deal with it through her sense of humor. Love that. Made it very enjoyable to read. I also appreciated that the whole boyfriend-cheating-on-her thing didn't get swept under the rug. Sure, it wasn't a priority to deal with considering everything else going on, but it kept popping up throughout the story, tugging at Hartley's heart-strings. Her conflicted emotions towards her ex were very real and believable.Overall, Deadly Cool is a quick, enjoyable read. I'd recommend for fans of Ally Carter's Gallagher Girls series and anyone else looking for something entertaining, but not too deep.Final thoughts: Borrow.
SJKessel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Halliday, G. (2011). Deadly Cool. New York: Harper Teen.303 pages.Appetizer: Sixteen-year-old Hartley has been hearing rumors about her boyfriend, Josh. Apparently he's cheating on her with Courtney, a queen bee and chastity club princess. That's why Hartley and her best friend Sam search Josh's locker then drive to his house after school. But instead of being able to confront Josh like they had planned, they find Courtney. Dead. Strangled with the iPod earbud cords. (Major tangent: could a person properly strangle someone to death with earbuds? I spent way too much time contemplating this. Mostly because I have to buy earbuds in bulk. They break easily and often. Am I alone in this situation?)All evidence points to Josh being the killer; especially the fact that he has gone into hiding. Josh reaches out to Hartley, swearing he didn't kill Courtney. So, it falls to Hartley, Sam and a broad-shouldered and handsome online high school newspaper editor named Chase to uncover the truth.Admittedly, Hartley is no Veronica Mars (which is what I had been craving when I picked up this book). There are a lot of fun touches of humor and some interesting word play ("She shot me a sugar-coated smile. I matched it calorie for calorie." (p. 106)) throughout the story. I liked Hartley's mom solely due to her reactions when she learns that her daughter had been dating a boy who turned out to be a murder suspect:"Oh, Hartley," Mom said, hugging me again. "To think I let you go out with a killer!"..."God, I can't believe it. I played tennis with Josh's mom just last month," Mom said. "And here she was, raising a murderer." (p. 81)Oh, you amuse me, Hartley's mom.It is worth noting, that while this series seems to be gearing up to be a bit of light fun, there may be a red flag or two for some overprotective parents of tweens. Although the book avoids swearing for the most part (they're censoring themselves now), there was some explicit discussion of sex (no actual sex scene, but early on in the first book, Hartley describes an unsuccessful sexual encounter in more detail than some might prefer). But as Hartley says to another character, "Teenagers have sex...get over it" (p. 108).The mystery isn't too complex, but the touches of humor are nice. Overall, this was a fun bit of light reading if you have a bit of free time. I'll probably check out the second book, Social Suicide at some point.Dinner Conversation:"There are three things you never want to find in your boyfriend's locker: a sweaty jockstrap, a D minus on last week's history test, and an empty condom wrapper.Lucky me, I'd hit the trifecta." (p. 1)"So, I did what any good girlfriend would do. I broke into Josh's locker. Would the more mature thing have been to confront him directly with the rumors? Possibly. Would it have been as effective?I looked at the shiny gold-foil in my hand.Doubtful." (p. 3)"But as Courtney's head dropped back like a rag doll's, I realized there was no way she was getting up. Her hair fell away to reveal her porcelain pale face. Her big, blue eyes were open, staring straight ahead. Her mouth was fixed in a surprised little O. And the smooth, blemish-free skin of her long, dancer's neck was bruised purple beneath the cord of her white iPod earbuds, wrapped in a deadly stranglehold around her throat." (p. 20)"'Look, someone killed Courtney, and until the cops can nail that guy down, I'm going to be their number one suspect." He paused. "We need to find out who really killed Courtney.""We?" I let out a short bark of a laugh. "You must be joking.""Please, Hart, you're the only one I can trust." (p. 39)"I wasn't hot on the idea of my every move being printed for all HHH society to see. On the other hand, I wasn't so hot on the idea of visiting Josh in a jail cell either.And, the sad fact was, beyond canvassing the street for any nosy neighbors, I didn't have a clue where to begin a murder investigation. Let's face it, I could use
skaohee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Poor Hartley! Her boyfriend cheated on her and now he wants her to help clear his name?! UHH, let's just say she's a lot nicer than I would have been!WHERE has this sub-genre been hiding! Murder Mystery with not a speck of paranormal or supernatural to be found. Hartley is a modern day Nancy Drew (I thought this before it's actually said in the book!). And she's sarcastic, witty, funny, and she is trying to prove her cheating ex-boyfriend is innocent so you know she's a nice girl.I've been looking for a book like this for a while. I devoured it and loved playing Who Done It along with Hartley, CHASE (baddd boyyy), and Sam. I'll definitely be picking up the sequel, Social Suicide, which comes out in April.PS - I know vegans are stereotypically "weird" and "hippy", but I would love to see a book where "vegan mother" is not synonymous with "kooky". (I'm vegan and hopefully not as kooky as vegans come off in books) Oh, also! Soy cheese is not vegan kosher as it has Casein in it.
TheLibraryhag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hartley has a bone to pick with her boyfriend, Josh. She just found out he is cheating on her with the president of the chastity club, Courtney. (I kid you not). Anyway, she and her best friend decide to confront him, but when they sneak into his bedroom, they find Courtney...dead. Althouugh Hart is still angry with Josh, she knows he is not a killer and sets out to clear his name. When another chaste student shows up dead, the pressure increases because Hart is beginning to think she might be the next person to die.This was a really entertaining book. Hartley is a fun and snarky narrator. Her mother is a hoot. The teen voice here rings very true. There is a lot of texting and boyfriend angst, but not too much. The kids in the book are 16 to 18 so I would think it would appeal to older teens. I am already on hold for the second in the series.
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I must say that this book is not what I expected though it keep me on my heels throughout the whole story. I love following along with the main character, Hartley, solving a crime that no one seems to see right under their nose.The plot line of this book left me giddy. Ms. Halliday did a great job creating a great mystery yet something accessible. I could see this plot really playing out in really life. Ms. Halliday gives the reader clues to piece by piece dragging them through the whole.The main character Hartley, is a girl I would love to be friends with. Loyal to the end, despite the betrayal she pretty much does anything she can to help. She's not one to leave them on their own but she made she they knew exactly where they stand. I love how she got help and snooped around.The whole motive of the story is good. I liked how Ms. Halliday unfolded it slowly before the readers eyes. I, myself, was dying to find out who the murder is. I tried to think but nothing came to mind. And when I finally found out, it made sense. Bravo, Ms. Halliday!If you want to solve a mystery, one depicted of purity and embarrassment, Deadly Cool will give you a great scandalous mystery to solve!
DarkFaerieTales on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales Quick and Dirty: Deadly Cool is written straight from a teenage girl¿s mouth, and the mystery of who is killing the Color Guard girls kept me reading to the last page. Opening Sentence: There are three things you never want to find in your boyfriend¿s locker: a sweaty jockstrap, a D minus on last week¿s history test, and an empty condom wrapper. The Review: Deadly Cool is very much a high school novel, and I mean that in a good way. The characters and plot are written realistically, even though the premise is based on murderous teenagers, which is thankfully not very common. There is enough drama going on at Herbert Hoover High without the murder plot. Hartley just wants to return to the time before she found out that her boyfriend, Josh, was cheating on her with the president of her school¿s chastity club. Hartley is an average teenage girl. She does alright in school, doesn¿t love it or hate it, is not in any extracurricular activities, but is happy with her life. Hartley doesn¿t fit in with any of the social cliques, so she sticks with her friend Sam, and they get along well enough with their peers. I identify with the character of Hartley, and I imagine other readers will too, because she doesn¿t have a group identity like the Color Guard girls do, but is her own person who is shaped by her experiences. Gemma Halliday did a good job researching the modern teenage girl for this novel. I have a younger sister Hartley¿s age, so I found the depiction of the girls to be very spot on, especially with brands and dialect. Texts messages are an important vehicle of information in this novel. Personally, I spell out all of my texts, but teens do have a tendency to shorten what they say. I imagine those factors will date the novel in the future, but what contemporary novel isn¿t antiquated after the time it¿s written? Josh is the top suspect in the murder, but Hartley knows he is innocent. She and her friend Sam take it upon themselves to investigate. They team up with Chase, the editor of their school¿s online newspaper, and go where the cops cannot to find out what they can about the murders. By being right in the middle of the action, Hartley has a different perspective of the murders, and uses her own way to get information that could clear Josh¿s name, and solve the mystery. There are not a lot of round characters, but the novel is focused on the plot, not characters. We get an insight into Hartley¿s mind since she is our first person narrator, and we do see how she matures some as she deals with the tough matters of death, deception, and new relationships. The characterization of the Color Guard and cheerleaders is very one-sided, but that is the only side Hartley sees of the girls. She isn¿t out to make friends with everyone, so her view of the vapid, appearance-obsessed cliques of girls is not the most sincere. I was a teenager once, so I understand not liking the girls who made it a point to not be friendly; so the characterization is realistic in that respect. I know I couldn¿t stop reading until I knew what happened, and I am glad to see that there will be another novel in the series that comes out later this year. Notable Scene: ¿I¿ll help you.¿ ¿Oh, Hart, you are the best¿¿ But I cut him off. ¿Let¿s be clear. I¿m not doing this because I¿m your girlfriend. We are so over that. Done. Finito. The end.¿ For a moment he looked like he might protest, but then his shoulders sagged in defeat. Apparently the day had taken the fight out of him as much as it had me. ¿I¿ll help you,¿ I said, softening my tone, ¿because I believe you.¿ He nodded, his eyes a little sad. ¿Thanks, Hartley. I appreciate it.¿ I pulled my hand away, shaking off the emotion I could feel backing up in my throat. ¿Look, the police will probably be watching your phone. How do I get hold of you?¿ He reached into his back pocket and handed me a slip of paper with a name on it. HHHrunner94. ¿What¿s this?¿ I asked. ¿MySpace ac
BookishBrunette on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hartley and her boyfriend, Josh have been going out forever... so when rumors start flying that Josh is sleeping with Courtney Cline- the PRESIDENT of the CHASTITY CLUB, she ignores them... Until, it seems that EVERYONE knows about it and Hartley decides to do some investigating! "So I did what any good girlfriend would do. I broke into Josh's locker. Would the more mature thing have been to confront him directly with the rumor? Possibly. Would it have been as effective? I looked at the shiny gold-foil square in my hand. Doubtful."Dude!! Right? I know!! Hartley proceeds to text, call and all but send smoke signals to get ahold of her estranged boyfriend- with no response, she waits until after school to stalk him at Cross Country practice. Miraculously, he is not there... and Courtney Cline isn't practicing with the other members of the Color Guard on the other side of the field either. Interesting... "Sam, think I could borrow your brother's car?" "Probably," she paused. "Why?" "Because if I find Courtney Cline at Josh's and kill them both, I'm going to need a quick getaway." "Okay but we need to think of an convincing alibi on the way."Ha! Seriously, I could have written this entire review based solely on awesome quotes from Deadly Cool! Sam was so freaking awesome, I totally loved her!Hartley and Sam take off to Josh's house, only to have NO ONE answer the door. But, Josh's jeep is there and Hartley won't be deterred... She climbs through his freaking bedroom window. YES! Josh's bedroom is empty, but upon further inspection Hartley sees a sparkly purple shimmering coming from Josh's closet... the same shiny purple of Courtney's Color Guard uniform!She opens the door, FURIOUSLY demanding this boyfriend stealing, hypocrite to get up and explain herself! But Courtney doesn't get up and she never will again... because someone has strangled her with her iPod earbuds!OMG! Right?Of course Josh is still MIA, until he scares Hartley half to death by showing up in her room in the middle of the night- pleading his innocence as a murder! She decides he isn't a cold-blooded killer, but that he IS in fact a cheating a-hole and breaks up with him... all the while agreeing to help prove his innocence!Harley enlists the help of the epic-ly awesome Sam, and the uber hot, totally EMO, badboy Chase to aide her in this investigation.As the tangled web is wove... deeper and deeper into the story I fall. Chase is OH SO YUMMY, and after an 'anonymous' tip, a few leads and Hartley finds ANOTHER dead body on the football field, things aren't looking so hot! "Why did everyone think that stumbling on dead bodies was somehow my fault? Like I wanted to stumble on them. Like this was my idea of a good time."Okay, really... This book was full of freaking amazing. Seriously, I took Deadly Cool with me to the RACES (because my hubby insists on going FIVE freaking hours before the race even starts...) and I could NOT stop reading! Hubby kept making fun of me the entire time, "People are looking at you! No one READS at the track babe!" Ha! Well, they aren't as awesome as I am- and they weren't reading Deadly Cool!Deadly Cool is a MUST READ of 2011! Hartley is amazingly awesome... There is romance, thrills, chills and mystery a plenty, you will NOT be disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really cute, fast read. Loved the characters and story. Can't wait to read the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good book to sit back and enjoy reading. I would recommend this book.
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I read some intense mysteries previously, so I really enjoyed this easy, breezy murder mystery! It kept your attention and surprised you with the murderer. Super, great read!
Naj More than 1 year ago
Deadly Cool was one of those really talked about books of 2012. It was something that was buzzing all around the book blogging community and being part of that community it was hard not to get caught into the web of book buzz. From the looks of the cover itself it looked a lot more mature but the contents weren’t.  Where do I start… ah yes. Let’s start with the plot of the book. The book was about these two teen girls finding a dead body of another teen girl in the room of a teen boy. Then the two teen girls set out to figure out who the killer is to save the name of the teen boy. Yeah, original right? (sarcasm intended). It may be kind of new in the genre. But it isn’t in a bigger scale. What is new now-a-days? All the new ideas are well, not exactly new.   The plot didn’t do much for me. It was light, extremely predictable and well, not very ‘wow’. But good news for parents, this book is very clean. There was minimal swearing, not much blood and not really much to go around in the romance department. So, this is a safe read for you teens.   As for the writing style, like I said above, it was clean. The swearing have been censored, the descriptions, inner monologues were all adequate to the genre. The characters on the other hand, didn’t bother me much. They can be obnoxious at times, but other than that. I think they’re pretty great characters to follow.  Overall, Deadly Cool was an interesting read. I don’t think I’ll be reading the next two books in the trilogy. But the book was still an enjoyable read with a predictable plot, and characters you’ll like. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She sits down in her red slu<_tty dress and smiles at Zero
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks in. His shaggy blond hair gets blown into his emerald green eyes and he brushes it out of his face. "Anyone here?"