There were also parents in this book. I enjoyed Hartly’s scenes with her new age, overly protective mother. I enjoyed hearing about Sam’s parents as well and hope that we get to actually see them in the next book. Its so refreshing to have caring and involved parents in a YA book. All to often the MC is an orphan or their parents are so distant and uninvolved that they might as well be an orphan. I get that it is easier for a main character to do certain things (especially in a paranormal book) when there are no meddling parents but it makes a book seem all the more real when there are caring parents included. At least, it does for me.
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: 11 Oct 2011
Series or Standalone: Series
Format: Paperback (ARC)
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Place(s) Traveled to: San Jose, California
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Deadly Cool Series Order
Book 1: Deadly Cool
Book 2: Social Suicide (24 April 2012)
First Line: There are three things you never want to find in your boyfriend’s locker: a sweaty jock strap, a D minus on last week’s history test, and an empty condom wrapper.
For a long time now there has been this void in my heart. A void that was left when the big wigs at the CW decided to cancel a show called Veronica Mars. I loved this show so very much as it was filled with such snark and wonderful little mysteries and I was so very saddened when it went off the air long before its time. Since that time I’ve been looking in vain for something to fill that void and found solace in Kim Harrington’s book Clarity (my Review). But a book isn’t a weekly series and it was a very long time before Perception was set to come out that I sunk back into my void. Then I picked up Deadly Cool but Gemma Halliday and the clouds parted and I found another book that reminded me of Veronica Mars.
I loved this book and its little quirks and snark and fun murder mystery. I loved Hartly and her side kick Sam who stumbled on a dead body and then decided to try and find the killer themselves. I also loved the supposed bad boy Chase…although I still don’t see a supposed bad boy running the school newspaper. That just seems to go against things that bad boys do but that is a minor quibble and one that is easily overlooked. Hartly reminded me a lot of Veronica Mars, she wasn’t the most popular but she had a really good friend, was smart and sarcastic and while not quite as smooth as VM she managed to get the job done. I could sympathize a lot with Hartly and her tendency to turn beat red at the drop of a hat. I know from experience just how annoying and ill timed that wee little trait can be.
The mystery wasn’t overly convoluted and it wasn’t a huge surprise when the killer was revealed. At least, not to me, but then I do read a lot of mysteries and watch a lot of crime related shows. But it wasn’t something that you figure out on page 2 nor is is a reveal that comes from out of no where leaving the reading scratching their head wondering where THAT came from. I will say that the whole pontificating bad guy cliche was in full effect in this book and while its always nice to learn about motives and such it does take a way from the realism of the story. But then again, without that cliche the ending would have been very different…although wouldn’t that have been a cool little twist on your typical mystery.
To say that I enjoyed Deadly Cool is an understatement. I loved it and while I know that it was filled with minor flaws I am able to overlook and forget about them because I enjoyed the time I spent in this world. I am also already dying for the sequel, Social Suicide, even though I only just finished this book. This is one of those rare books in which I am so very glad that it is the start of a series because I am not ready to say good-bye to these characters. I just wish that April wasn’t so very far away because I want to read more about Hartly and crew now. This is one of those times where I really dislike that the publishing world moves so slowly. While I wait I might have to look into her adult series and see how they compare to her YA debut. Have you read Gemma’s other books? What did you think of them?