Flash Review: Deadly Cool

10:26 PM

A Flash Review is something I do on my blog once in a while when I'm not in the mood or don't have the time to do a full review of a book. I got the name from the term flash fiction--REALLY short-length fiction. Wallah! (I'm so proud.) Hope you like!

Publication Date: October 11, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 303
Source: Library
Format: Paperback

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.

I think I first heard about this book through a review done by Christine on her blog The Bookish Daydreamer. Super glad I re-discovered it! (I seem to be doing that a lot lately....my memory is..not the best.)

I love Hartley's name! Unique names are my weakness. I swear it. The writing was light, sarcastic, and funny too. It was awesome being in Hartley's head. She's smart, determined, and sarcastic. She also exists on ice cream alone. I considered it for a few seconds and concluded that, no, I would not be able to replicate that. Hartley isn't perfect either. She's slightly dramatic and jumps to conclusions half the time. Still loved her.

Her and Sam were the perfect (realistic) best friends. Chase was intriguing (and I totally called certain romantic happenings *wiggles eyebrows*). I was kind of confused at first because I had recently read another book that also had a bad boy Chase aka The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet. Although as I was reading the book I thought it might have leaned a little too much towards current slang, it wasn't too big of a problem for me.

Finally, this is a mystery, yes? It served. Even though this is a contemporary, there was some awesome spy stuff going on. I managed to become suspicious of many, many characters. However, I didn't place the majority of my suspicion on the right person (there was a little though okay). *sigh*

This book was awesomesauce!!

I recommend this book to readers who love contemporaries, sassy girls, cars that smell like frenchfries, and dark nights. Alone. In the Dark. Did I mention the dark?

My Rating:

Disclaimer: I was not reimbursed for this review in any way. I have written it solely for the entertainment of the readers of this blog and myself.

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  1. OMG, this is one of my favorite YAs! :) I love Chase.
    The second book - Social Suicide is out but I still haven't read it yet though it's on my TBR list.
    I like the term 'Flash review'. Pretty cool post.

    1. I loved it too! It contributed to the slow building back of my faith in contemporaries XD Chase was pretty awesome. AND he had mad hacker skills. I need those. Like now.
      I saw the second book! I think it's at my library (eeek) but I haven't read the blurb yet which is what I'm going to do right after this.
      Phew, I wasn't sure when I made the term up but I like it pretty good now too :D Thanks! <3

  2. This sounds perfect! Light, fluffy writing and a smart, sarcastic protagonist! And a little mystery embedded? YEAH! :D This sounds like the perfect summer read - cute and light. Definitely going to have to give it a try! Thanks for sharing Skylar, and, as always, BRILLIANT (flash) review! ;)

    ~ Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

    1. Now that I think about it...YUP this is an AMAZING summer read with all the characteristics that make it interesting but not (thankfully) tear-inducing. YES READ IT SO WE CAN TALK ABOUT IT (please <3).

      No problem! Haha, thank you :D


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