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The Squad by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Squad: Perfect CoverThe Squad, so far, contains two books in the series, Perfect Cover and Killer Spirit. In the first book, Toby Klein is surprised to find a coded note telling her to attend a meeting for her high school’s varsity cheer squad. But then she finds out that those girls are much more than cheerleaders – they’re spies.

And Toby has to join them. To make her cover complete, she has to undergo a Phase 6 Makeover to make her look like one of those girls. Thanks to a background in martial arts, she doesn’t need any training in the physical fighting area, but she does need to learn how to cheer because she is, after all, a cheerleader. So even though Toby has her doubts about becoming one of those girls, she can’t help but feel thrilled to be hacking and sneaking and all else that spies do.

Killer Spirit (The Squad, Book 2)I found The Squad series to be a fun and refreshing read. First of all, I love the spy aspect and especially its combination with cheerleading. Toby’s character is easy to relate to, besides the hacking part of course. Many times, I found myself agreeing with all the cheerleading and other stereotypes going around her head. Plus, Toby is witty and hilarious. She’s what any reader is looking for in a main character.

I also liked how Jennifer Lynn Barnes kept the story unique. It may be that I have only read a handful of spy books, but I felt that The Squad series was special, which most likely had to do with the cheerleading part as previously stated. I felt that the missions that Toby and the Squad had to go on were fresh and not at all repetitive, and that is saying something for the girl (me) who can usually guess what happens next in spy books. I was totally surprised by the ending in Killer Spirit. Although the action never got dangerous to the point of multiple gunshots and catfights, the plot was exciting the whole way through.

I highly recommend all of you pick up copies of both books quickly, and I thought they were amazing. The Squad series is especially good for fans of the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz, (review of Snakehead here), and the Gallagher Girl series by Ally Carter (review of Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy here).

Rating: 4.5

Review copy from personal collection

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Chelsea said...

I really, really want to read these!

Liv said...

hmmm. Those look pretty good! I've read the Gallagher Girls books and liked the spy part of those so I'll put the Squad books on my to-read list!

keri mikulski :) said...

I'm going to check out this series.. I've heard a bunch of good things about it. Great review.

Keri :)

Nicole B. said...

Oooo, sounds like a good book. ^^ Can't wait to obtain a copy for meself!

Nic said...

I just hope she makes more of that series. I can read those same 2 books 20 times in a row and never get bored from them!

Anonymous said...

is the third book out yett? I CANNOT WAIT TO READ!! She's awesome, and so original. Anyone knows of any other cheerleading and spying bks?

Rosy.

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