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Killer Spirit

(The Squad #2)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  4,819 ratings  ·  172 reviews
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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Emma.S Sorry but she's not writing a third one though I wish she would but she writing other novel maybe she'll come back to it later:-(.

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Let me explain to you how upset I am that this series has, and will only ever have, two books;

Jul 11, 2012 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?!?!?!?!?!
Mar 11, 2009 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
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
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, audio-book-2018
It hurts my black soul to know this series will only ever be two books. I enjoyed it far more than I thought I would and I miss it.
Jan 21, 2011 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
Sep 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars

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 underco
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow, even more engaging than the first. Lacking a little bit of the depth that I wanted, but still a well-planned, entertaining, and relatable read.
May 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Can I just say I expected a lot more from this book, I've read the naturals series and fixer series and i really like them so I thought these books would also be really good. This series disappointed me though, it wasn't very good. Alors, deux étoiles ⭐️.
Caitlín (Ink Mage)
May 30, 2008 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
Paula  Phillips
Apr 27, 2012 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
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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
Jun 15, 2016 rated it liked it
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Toby and friends are back with more school spirit and spy missions that you can handle! As they continue to unravel the mystery left a bit open ended in the first installment to the series, Toby faces a more serious, more pressing matter - homecoming court. As a cheerleader on the Squad, she's nominated to court almost automatically. And with her maybe/maybe-not boyfriend and her cheerleader chasing brother running her campaig
Jennifer Wardrip
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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
Nov 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: action-spy
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)
Aug 08, 2015 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
Feb 08, 2010 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
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 4.25 stars
Francisca  Alvarado
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I want a third book!!! Please!! I need more Jack! <3 ...more
Sep 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Toby has finally started to accept her persona as cheerleader in order to remain part of the Squad, but Homecoming is closing in and she has been named to the court. Winning the crown of Homecoming Queen would be even more horrifying than not catching the terrorist who is planning to release a new biological weapon that has turned up in Bayport. While she and her team dig in to investigate, Toby's brother Noah, stages an active and creative campaign to get Toby elected as Homecoming Queen, inclu ...more
Jesslyn Yeno
Oct 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
This book actually deserve 4 stars. But I didn't end up giving it 4 stars rating because there is still so much things left unexplained at the end of the book. I think the author should've provide more closure for the readers as I still have so many questions in my head. The ending feels kinda abrupt and as if there's still continuation to the series.

Since this is the last book from the series, I ended up downgrading my ratings for this book to stars only. But overall the book is fun and easy to
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Definitely more enjoyable (and thought-out) than the first one. No "cheerleaders are dumb and I'm super smart" shtick from Toby, I definitely still enjoyed the Toby/Jack pairing (any guy who loves that his girl can take him out anytime has got a big plus in my book) and the story was still funny and despite being a little more serious, it was still quite the light read.

The only thing I'm sad about is that it didn't exactly feel like the complete end of the series - I could definitely see some mo
Sep 02, 2019 rated it liked it
First off I would like to say that, both the book are so well-written. The author of this is legit. It clearly shows the extent of research, thought and care she has put behind this. It contains undertones of humor, too. To be honest the Noah act was funny at first, but stretched too long. The girls were super, as per usual. A kickass female squad, both silly and serious, bitchy and brave and an entailing sisterhood that saves you when you most need them(multiple times)? Heck yes.
Miya Alexander
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I just can’t get over how cute the ending was. Toby was an easy character to get behind and surprisingly so was the rest of the characters. I loved that they had each other’s backs through it all.

Sad that this is the last book because I could see it going on strong but hey I guess get out while your a head.
Sandra Foreman
May 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really loved this series and am very sad that it only has two books. Who knew that cheerleading and espionage went together so well? I think Barnes should revisit this series with an updated post college actually in the CIA approach. It would be so fun to see them all as actual
Spies and have some of them be teachers in charge of the cheerleading program at Bayport.
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
1 star for the plot, 1 for the characters (minus Noah) and the easy, free flowing language and writing style. Toby disappointed me long time, there was a lot less 'growth' than what I had expected, and her whining/mocking did not find a fan in me. Add in the fact that Noah is the most annoying background character in a teen (?) book I have read. Hayley is better than Noah.
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: enjoyed
I really enjoyed this book because there were heaps of twists and turns that you never saw coming but you understood everything along the way. It also helps to change the stereo typical ness on cheerleaders, especially when you start to realize all the work they do.
May 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Seriously it needs more action.
Martin Dagarin
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Realy good book, I didn't expect twist at the end
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
does this have a sequel?
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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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