Posts Tagged: Gemma Halliday

Apr 26

Review * Social Suicide by Gemma Halliday

Reviews 8 ★★★

Review * Social Suicide by Gemma HallidaySocial Suicide by Gemma Hallidy
Series: Deadly Cool #2
Published by HarperTeen on April 24, 2012
Genres: Mystery, Young Adult
Pages: 275
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: Deadly Cool
Add to: Goodreads
three-stars
Twittercide: the killing of one human being by another while the victim is in the act of tweeting.

Call me crazy, but I figured writing for the Herbert Hoover High Homepage would be a pretty sweet gig. Pad the resume for college applications, get a first look at the gossip column, spend some time ogling the paper's brooding bad-boy editor, Chase Erikson. But on my first big story, things went . . . a little south. What should have been a normal interview with Sydney Sanders turned into me discovering the homecoming queen-hopeful dead in her pool. Electrocuted while Tweeting. Now, in addition to developing a reputation as HHH's resident body finder, I'm stuck trying to prove that Sydney's death wasn't suicide.

I'm starting to long for the days when my biggest worry was whether the cafeteria was serving pizza sticks or Tuesday Tacos. . .

What I Thought…

  • When I was a kid I read the Trixie Belden books (I will confess right here that I’ve never read Nancy Drew) and Hartley reminds me of her.  I love her “I’ll do anything to solve the crime” attitude, her fearlessness (and her fearfulness) and her inner humor.  She’s just a normal student with an above average interest in solving crimes and a large amount of right place, right time (or maybe it’s wrong place, wrong time) luck.
  • Twittercide.  Seriously, there is no cooler name for murder than Twittercide.
  • There is so much tension between Chase and Hartley.  Will they?  Won’t they?  You just don’t know.  It’s nice that Halliday didn’t go the traditional route with them, I’m a big fan of tension.
  • Sam is still the ultimate bff, still making sacrifices to help Hartley solve the crime, except for one minor thing.  Sam and her boyfriend Kyle have take their relationship to the next left: Matching T-shirts and coordinating outfits.  It was funny, but if I was Hartley I don’t think I could have stayed silent.
  • Hartley’s mom is even funnier in Social Suicide.  SMother mode was turned on early and often.  Hartley also has to deal with the fact that her mom is now interested in dating, Match.com style.
  • I figured out who the killer was fairly early in the book, but that didn’t make it any less good.  The killer’s motives were just as humorous in this book as in Deadly Cool.  In both books the killer’s motives are completely over the top, but it fits the humorous nature of the book.

Overall Social Suicide is a quick, light and funny read, with a little mystery thrown in.

 

Kimberly


Feb 11

Deadly Cool Review

Reviews 4 ★★★★

Deadly Cool ReviewDeadly Cool by Gemma Halliday
Series: Deadly Cool #1
on October 11, 2011
Genres: Mystery, Young Adult
Pages: 303
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: Social Suicide
Add to: Goodreads
four-stars
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. Seriously? Not cool.
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.

What I Thought…

Deadly Cool is a quick, fast, funny read.  I’ve always loved teenage sleuth books and their inadvertent discoveries, mishaps and unusual ways they solve crimes.

Hartley is a character that you just have to like.  She’s funny (her inner monologue in the book is one of the funniest I’ve ever read), sweet, caring, curious and opinionated.  You can’t help but like her.  Sam is the ultimate best friend.  Who else would help you break into your boyfriends house?

The mystery was ok.  There wasn’t too much too it.   I was surprised by who the killer was.  The killer, and the killer’s motives, made me laugh at the ridiculousness of it (not really realistic, but funny).  This is one of a few books that I didn’t really care what was happening in the plot because the characters were written so good.  The plot wasn’t bad or anything, I was just more invested in Hartley, Sam and Chase than I was in the mystery.

I’m looking forward to reading Hartley’s next adventure, Social Suicide.

You should read this book if… you’re looking for something light and funny.

Notable Quotes

Everyone knows the Y chromosome carries with it the instinctive urge to lie under pressure. 
Which, incidentally, was what Josh was going to be under when I found him.  Serious pressure. 
On his larynx.

Kimberly