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Killer Spirit (The Squad #2)

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  3,268 ratings  ·  117 reviews
Saying Toby Klein is an unlikely cheerleader is like saying Paris Hilton might be into guys-understatement of the year. But as a Bayport High cheerleader and an undercover government operative, she's living a life that's anything but typical. Being on the Squad has its benefits, but just as Toby is getting the hang of protocol and pep rallies, fate kicks things up anotch. ...more
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Published February 12th 2008 by Random House Children's Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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Elspeth LaMorte
Let me explain to you how upset I am that this series has, and will only ever have, two books;

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
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
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?!?!?!?!?!
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
Paula  Phillips
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
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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
Caitlín (Ink Mage)
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

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
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for

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
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)
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
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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
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
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
Naomi Davis
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.
Ayanami Faerudo
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.

Actual rating: 4.25 stars
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?
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
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
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
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
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
Vivian Jane ✯
*do not read this review if you didn't read Perfect Cover*
>>Link to my review of Perfect Cover<<
4 Stars!
I enjoyed the first book a lot! This book was definitely better in my opinion. (Probably because I was so excited to see JACK AND TOBY!!!)

The book starts out with Toby living the ultimate cheerleading life aka part time cheerleading and part time doing badass spy work. They are given a new mission and this time, failure can mean more than just a few lives lost. Beyond this mission,
Heather Tisdale
This series just kind of ended. There was a lot that I felt was left dangling, and since this book was written several years ago I'm not sure there's hope of ever having the series wrapped up. I'm not sure if it just didn't sell well, she went on to other endeavors, or if the author really planned for this to be the last book in the series. If things did get "wrapped up," they were a bit ambiguous.
Kelsey Mitchell
I give this book 4/5 stars because like the first one it had some boring parts that lost my attention a little bit. Overall, though, the book was really good and the twists were unpredictable. I loved Toby's wit, and the plot line. I am a little mad though, because as far as I can tell there's only the two books. Which I don't understand because it still leaves a lot of questions unanswered, and honestly?- I want more of The Squad.
The second book in this series and another fun read. I still love the concept of cheerleaders doubling as government operatives.

The stakes in this book are higher than in the last one, and since the squad has already been established, etc., there is not as much need to set it up; the action starts almost immediately. I liked the plot about the girls tracking terrorist-connected individuals who have recently arrived in town, and there were funny moments that helped lighten a lot of scenes. The m
I love this series. Toby is freaking fabulous and the books are filled with action. Yes, Toby and Jack Peyton finally start to sort of date, it is pretty awesome. I couldn't put down this book, I finished it within a day and was sad because of how sort it seemed. I never suspected the PTA mom! Oh my gosh when we finally meet Brooke's mom she is a total snot. Toby was the target the whole time! The bomb was set for her, the van almost ran her over, and the Kiki's mom almost killed her! All becaus ...more
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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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The Squad (2 books)
  • Perfect Cover (The Squad, #1)
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