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REVIEW: Killer Spirit (The Squad #2) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Title: Killer Spirit
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Series: The Squad #2
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
Date of Release: February 12th 2008
Pages: 324

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.
Now something's about to go down in Bayport, and the Big Guys Upstairs need to know what. The Squad is on the case, but it looks like this mission could put the "l" in lethal. And if the spy business doesn't kill Toby, it's starting to look like Brooke, the team's captain, might. The nominations are in for homecoming court, and rumor has it that Toby is the unlikely front-runner for queen.
Terrorist threat? Bloody mission gone wrong? Demented squad captain?
Bring it on.

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 operatives.

As their new mission becomes a “Do Not Engage”, Toby finds herself stuck at the centre of it all. With her suspicions still growing about Uncle Alan, this is now more than a terrorist threat and mission gone wrong. And to add to it all, nominations for homecoming queen are causing mayhem amongst the teens world... wait what? (Well that is if you have a brother like Noah, and a group of girls who DO want to win homecoming queen and have threatened to ship Noah off themselves to a deserted island?)

Now, as many people know, the next book in sequels are either good or bad. However, I feel Jennifer completely pulled it off. I still found the pace a little slow, but there was great humour and laugh-out-loud moments during this book like the first, and a lot of Toby’s usual sarcastic comments. It was also nice to see Toby’s and Jack’s relationship blossom a little more... Jack is definitely the perfect match to Toby's sarcastic-ness, he just shrugs it off. There was also danger and suspense that kept you reading till the very end. This was a nice, easy read that kept me interested to the point were the book had to be taken out of my hands. Literally :0)

You can find my review for the first book in the series here: Perfect Cover.

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