Google+ Reading Teen: Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (October 11, 2011)
Buy the Book: Amazon

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 out by saying that this is not my type of book.  Honestly, if I hadn't been reading it for this blog tour, I probably would have put it down after the first chapter and moved on.  There was just too much girly, chipper, like OMG-ness for my taste, not to mention the slightly raunchy sexual dialog.  Again, not my thing.  However, since I did sign up for the blog tour, I thought I would see this one through, and it actually ended up being a fun read.

I enjoyed trying to figure out the mystery, wondering who the killer was.  The writing style for this book was very trendy, with text messaging, stereotyping, cheerleader bashing, and product placement galore.  Sometimes this can be a bad thing, because often by the time the book is published, trends (like Farmville) have changed, and the book seems dated.  However, I kind of felt like it worked with Deadly Cool.  I actually liked the way that Gemma Halliday writes, even if it isn't the type of book I'd normally read.  I really do like mysteries a lot, and crime solving, so that's what really kept me interested in this story.  I wanted to know who did it.  Plus, I was a little freaked out by the fact that the killer strangled people with iPod headphones....since I pretty much wake up to my headphones wrapped around my neck every morning.  YIKES!

Overall, this was a fun, quick, interesting read.  I would say that it seemed to be written for younger teens, but then again, the content was more for older teens.  If you like books like Pretty Little Liars, or The Lying Game, I think you might like this book as well.

  • Sexual Content:  Heavy
  • Profanity:  Moderate*
  • Violence:  Heavy
  • Other Notables:  Mention of a bulimic girl, mention of kids smoking.
For more details, check out Deadly Cool on Parental Book Reviews.

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1 comment:

  1. I've heard really good things about this and even though I usually don't read murder mysteries, this sounds really intriguing. I probably need to take a closer look at it. :)

    Thanks for sharing your opinion,
    Carina @ Fictional Distraction


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