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Killer Spirit (The Squad #2)

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Saying Toby Klein is an unlikely cheerleader is like saying Paris Hilton might be into guys--understatement of the year. But the varsity squad at Bayport High gives new meaning to the phrase All-American, and Toby's double life as a varsity cheerleader and a government operative means balancing protocol, pep rallies, computer hacking, and handsprings.

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Mass Market Paperback, 324 pages
Published February 12th 2008 by Laurel Leaf (first published January 1st 2008)
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Elspeth LaMorte
Mar 05, 2014 Elspeth LaMorte rated it really liked it
Let me explain to you how upset I am that this series has, and will only ever have, two books;

VERY.
VERY UPSET.
WHY CANNOT THERE BE MORE CHEERLEADING SPY BOOKS?
Becky
Mar 11, 2009 Becky rated it liked it
This book is the sequel to The Squad: Perfect Cover. Both books are great fun in a quirky, sarcastic meets Alias kinda way. Both books star a teen girl, Toby, who unexpectedly finds herself chosen to be a cheerleader. But not just any cheerleader, no, the super-fun, undercover-spy, working-for-the-government, top-secret, glitter-wearing kind of cheerleader. Transitioning from proud-loner to popular-cheerleader hasn't been easy for Toby. The first book is about the recruitment and Toby's first fe ...more
Hopelessromantic500
Oct 01, 2014 Hopelessromantic500 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2012
The only thing I hate, is that the ending suggests a sequel, AND THERE ISN'T ONE!!!!!!! What part of 'this is only the beginning' means that there aren't any more books?!?!?!?!?!
Mimi Valentine
I LOVE JLB. See my review on the first book for more thoughts on this cheer-EPIC series, but in summary? It's fun. It's fantastic. And it TOTALLY ROCKS. ;) ...more
Stephanie
Jan 23, 2011 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
After finishing The Squad: Perfect Cover, I immediately purchased The Squad: Killer Spirit. This story takes place three weeks after the first book. Toby Klein is still wondering how she joined the Varsity Cheerleading Squad at Bayport High. It's been a surreal experience and now the girls have been commissioned with their next mission.

They have been asked to track four suspects potentially with terrorist connections who have just arrived in Bayport. What are they doing in Bayport? And more imp
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Paula  Phillips
Apr 27, 2012 Paula Phillips rated it really liked it
I have always had a thing for girl spy novels , not so much the guys ones but I loved the SpyGirl type books like Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter, SpyGirl by Carol Hedges ,Spy Goddess by Michael Spradlin and The Model Specialists by Shannon Greenland. When I discovered that Jennifer Lynn Barnes, a favourite author of mine had a series out called "The Squad" I just had to read it and unfortunately I've ended up reading Book #2 first LO due to the silly settings on my Ipad I thought I was reading B ...more
Jay
Apr 30, 2010 Jay added it
Shelves: for-review
originally posted at curledupkids.com

Toby and the other cheerleader-turned-spies return in The Squad: Killer Spirit, sequel to Perfect Cover. The book essentially picks up where Perfect Cover left off. Many of the unanswered questions in the previous book are resolved while others aren’t, and still more questions are presented. (One such question is the relationship between the voice that gives the girls orders and a certain someone Toby kissed during a mission, but you’ll have to read Killer Sp
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Caitlín (Ink Mage)
Jun 06, 2008 Caitlín (Ink Mage) rated it did not like it
One of the subjects this book is listed under is "humorous stories," but all the humor and jokes were used up in the first one. Toby's continued sarcasm, resistance, and hatred of everything--girly clothes, her family, people talking to her, practically--but computer hacking gets old fast.

The descriptions were extremely unimaginative and repetitive; I don't know how many times the words "perfect" or "flawless" were used, but both were usually followed by: hair, eyebrows, makeup, skin, outfit, ha
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Moonlight
Jan 29, 2014 Moonlight rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
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I love the cover, like the first book the colours are quite girly which is the complete opposite of Toby's preferred colours. I also like the fact they kept the logo with the cheerleaders and then with a spy scene beneath, showing how people are not always as they seem...

Toby Klein was first presented to us in Perfect Cover, where she was introduced to the Varsity Cheerleading squad... yep, the people who WERE the complete opposite of her. But who would have thought they were undercover opera
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com

In the second book of the THE SQUAD cheerleading spy series, Toby “Anti-Social” Klein is still learning the ropes and trying to wrap her head around the whole ridiculousness of becoming a cheerleader.

The Big Guys have noticed some activity in Bayport that sparks their interest. Soon the squad is going undercover tracking these individuals to place bugs on them. However, something goes terribly wrong and one team comes close to dying. Now the squad
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Samantha
Cheerleading spies are just too cool.

The plot was absolutely absurd (and no, I'm not counting cheerleaders with a secret spy lair under the gym to be ridiculous - I mean the actual progression of events). The ending was actually kind of a let-down after the build-up. (view spoiler)
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Arya
Mar 01, 2010 Arya rated it liked it
Shelves: adventure, chick-lit
What to say. . .hmm. . .well it was good, but not nearly as good as the first one in the series! Ms. Barnes is an amazingly hilarious writer, and I quite enjoyed this story, unfortunately I had built up the hype in my mind so much that it really failed to deliver. Jack was not as mysterious and "bad boy-ish" and he also turned out to be really smart. All in all not as good as I thought it would be, that is not to imply in any way that is was bad in the least, 'cause it wasn't, it just wasn't as ...more
Bronwyn
Jun 14, 2015 Bronwyn rated it it was amazing
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Ally
Aug 21, 2014 Ally rated it liked it
Oh, this girl again. And Charlie's Angels wannabes. There is no Lucy Liu, or those two other women. I don't remember their names. Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz? Right? I can't remember.

Terrorism. And some nano-bot weapon or something like that. I don't care. All I'm interested in is if "Charlie" is really Jack's uncle or not. Unfortunately, such answers are not found in Killer Spirit. But it does go into Jack's dating past with the two cheerleaders (members of The Squad, of course). There is a
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Gabi
Jan 14, 2015 Gabi rated it liked it
I read this one a while ago, but it stuck in my head, just because it was such a disappointment. Let me just say this, so I can maybe move on.

This book had soooo much potential. After that first one, I was expecting to get into some really awesome spy adventuring, with the sarcastic and ever-gruff Toby and her glittery companions. (And her maybe-boyfriend, who I kinda hoped would turn out to know something or be a rival spy or similar.) But instead, things just... stalled. No forward motion, few
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Sese
Aug 11, 2015 Sese rated it it was amazing
Like the first book, this one is amazing!!! The mission was so exciting and realistic since the writer showed real teamwork and made it believable. Other spy books would put the focus on the main character only and that at the end she would be the only one who saved the day. That is not the case in this story, it showed that even if toby was special, she's also a human that makes mistakes and not totally pro.
Although i would have liked more action in the romantic department between toby and jack
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puppitypup
Jan 31, 2016 puppitypup rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
YA Very cute

So many YA novels take themselves too seriously nowadays, but not this one. And that is the joy of this series, it's just plain fun.

In this book, Toby slowly sheds her loner mentality and starts to appreciate being part of a team, but she'll never shed her aversion to all things girly, which is what really makes this series.

Lots of laugh out loud moments, although the bad guys were a bit too amorphous for the mystery to hold my attention.

Three stars with one more thrown in for good m
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Rachel
Dec 03, 2014 Rachel rated it liked it
Cheerleader spies are back, this time hunting possible terrorists and a biological weapon. Also, homecoming.

AHH, I wanted to like this book so much because I LOVE The Naturals series by Barnes, but this book just didn't do it for me. It took me a while to get through because I got bored and would put it down for days and read something else. I actually picked up Killer Instinct from the library and breezed through it before I finished this one. I think it's something about the narrator's voice i
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Charmaine
Aug 08, 2015 Charmaine rated it did not like it
So, I just realized that Jennifer Lynn Barnes has a book called Killer Instinct AND this one, Killer Spirit. Unfortunately, I didn't feel like this book contributed anything meaningful. It was more of the same, and Toby's "Woe is me, I hate my life" attitude gets old after a while. Nothing really happened on the Jack front, and a lot of the big plot points (e.g. Alan? Using Jack?) went unsolved. This is all probably coming in hindsight, as I know this series did not continue on. It was probably ...more
Eulla  Libaton
3.5 stars
It doesn't feel like an only-two-book kind of book. Ha! They did said "When you’re on the Squad, football season is only the beginning."

I want to see mooooreee!!

The story was entertaining. I got to read about teenage cheerleader spies. It became more dangerous and serious and I like the turn of events. Some ends didn't tie up so I did hope this wasn't the last one but sadly, it was. I'm not going to rant about the lack of something that would make it special since I only looked for s
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Naomi Davis
May 31, 2014 Naomi Davis rated it it was amazing
I adored this book! I think that I can honestly say that I haven't recently read a book that made me laugh nearly as hard a this one.
Francisca Alvarado
Jan 22, 2016 Francisca Alvarado rated it really liked it
I want a third book!!! Please!! I need more Jack! <3
Ayanami Faerudo
Feb 21, 2014 Ayanami Faerudo rated it really liked it
The first book was good enough that I actually read this. I figured since there are actually just two of them why not get both and be done with it. Besides, even if I had some things that I didn't like in the first one, the second book actually gave me more of that adrenaline rush I had in bits in the first one.

And the snark!

It's really quite boo how the author managed to balance the story between the typical high school scene and the espionage. I hope there will be more books in the series.

P.S
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Catherine
Nov 08, 2014 Catherine rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 4.25 stars
Cecilia
So...the first book left me rather unimpressed. High school for spies? Gallagher Girls did it better. Jack Peyton? Jack Bishop did it better. But the premise was interesting enough for me to continue on to the second book.

My main criticism with the cheerleader spies was that they were amateurs. Teenage girls are often underestimated, girly ones especially, so I'm not dismissing the fact that they all have various talents, it's just...anyone can join as long as they have an aptitude of some sort?
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Cereus
Got about 70% through with this book, then stopped reading because it was just getting so boring, vaguely offensive, predictable, and...just...blah.

Point 1: "retarded" is actually incredibly offensive, an ableist slur, and despite being part of the teenage lexicon, something any good writer avoids. Particularly when using it to describe a character's cheerleading skills, AND EVEN MORE SO by using it EVERYWHERE, in the term "cheertarded."

Point 2: Zee is literally the biggest asian stereotype tro
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Shreeka
Again, i'd like to point out that the cover for the book is NOT GOOD!! its boring totally!! the cover doesnt highlight anything in the book!!so i hate the cover!!like a lot!! and yes im one of those whose obsessed with book covers!!

now talking about the story, it was good with the suspense and all but i didnt like the ending at all!! i was totally in love with the first book and i had high expectations for this one. But the ending spoiled it!! I mean first we are told that Amelia is this BIG th
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Goldie
This review is originally posted at My Book Musings.

Yesterday, I wrote about the first book in the Squad series, The Perfect Cover. Since I enjoyed it so much, I continued to read the next book with the same budding excitement. Alas, I ended up only giving this book four stars for a number of reasons.

The plot remained the same, with the same humor, same bantering between friends, although the romance factor between Jake and Toby considerably increased. The book had even more action and excitemen
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Audrey
May 02, 2012 Audrey rated it it was ok
Shelves: type-na, meh-writing
This book mainly elaborated more on how the lead girl, Toby, adjusted into the cheerleading-slash-spy world. Therefore, here she faced a lot of dilemmas with being herself and being a member of the Squad. There was also good development on her love line with the not-her-boyfriend Jack and her friendship with the Squad. The book also gave more background of the cheerleaders, specially their families.
I really didn't like certain parts of the book that, to me, were completely unnecessary. There was
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Nian
Oct 10, 2008 Nian rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2008
In this sequel to The Squad: Perfect Cover Toby Klein is faced with a new terrorist plan that contains a deadly weapon, the possibility of getting crowned Homecoming Queen, and the awkwardness of Jack, the guy she socked in the stomach when they first kissed.

First of all, is it weird that instead of rooting for—or even remotely paying attention to—the main character, I was more interested in another cheerleader? Toby has some pretty nice qualities about her, like her persistency and intelligenc
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Jennifer Lynn Barnes (who mostly goes by Jen) was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has been, in turn, a competitive cheerleader, a volleyball player, a dancer, a debutante, a primate cognition researcher, a teen model, a comic book geek, and a lemur aficionado. She's been writing for as long as she can remember, finished her first full book (which she now refers to as a "practice book" and which none ...more
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