Saturday, February 23, 2013

Week 8 Reviews: Perfect Cover, Killer Spirit

From Goodreads:
Bayport High operates like any other high school--jocks at the top, outsiders at the bottom, and everyone else in between. Enter Toby Klein, a sophomore computer hacker who doesn't play well with others. She has zero school spirit, a black belt in karate, and what her guidance counselor calls an attitude problem. She's the last person you'd expect to be invited to join the varsity cheerleading squad.

But things are different at Bayport.

Bayport's varsity cheer squad is made up of the hottest of the hot. But this A-list is dangerous in more ways than one. The Squad is actually a cover for the most highly trained group of underage government operatives the United States has ever assembled. Athletically, they're unmatchable, though they make it all look easy on the field. Mentally, they're exceptional--but with one flash of their gorgeous smiles, you'll completely forget that. Socially, they're gifted, so they can command and manipulate any situation. And above all, they have the perfect cover, because, beyond herkies and highlights, no one expects anything from a cheerleader.

Toby Klein might not seem like the most likely recruit, but she's never been one to turn down a challenge. If she can handle the makeover, Bayport Hight may just have found its newest cheerleader.

From Goodreads:
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.

My Review:
It was just so darned great to read these books! I love reading Jennifer Lynn Barnes books, and these were something else! So enjoyable, and just so freaking awesome! I loved the voice of Toby, an unlikely cheerleaders-but Bayport High cheerleaders aren't like the others!

The fact that the cheerleaders are spies, well, that's a really fantastic twist! Nobody would expect it, and teenage girls are just about everywhere, and they're not really conspicuous because there's such a common occurrence, so whoever came up with it was pretty smart!

I loved Toby's voice! It was just so snarky, and readable! So awesome to read, and it was a part of her character, which we grew to know over the course of these two books! And it's just something that I love to read about!

I would really, really, really love a 3rd book! There's just so much that could be in a 3rd book-her boyfriend finding out the true nature of the squad, which would be especially problematic. Or that one cheerleader who wanted to be on the squad...I would love another book!

Reading these books was just the best, and I just really want a 3rd book!

Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Series: The Squad #1, 2
Read: February 19th, 19th, 2013
Source: Library
Reason Why: Sounded like good books! And they're both WTC books! And Killer Spirit is a Sequel Challenge 2013 Book!
Publisher: Laurel-Leaf
Published: February 12th 2008, February 12 2008

Perfect Cover:
5/5 Hearts
4/5 Books
4.5/5 Stars

Killer Spirit:
5/5 Hearts
4.5/5 Books
4.5/5 Stars

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