Thursday, January 22, 2009

Book Review: THE SQUAD

Poised at the Edge Book Review
Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Toby Klein is not exactly a Bayport High Socialite; definitely not varsity cheerleader material, or so she thinks. Her combat boot wearing, black belt in karate ass-kicking, class skipping, computer hacking ways don’t exactly fit the mold. So why is the reigning socially elite squad soliciting her membership?
On the surface Bayport High operates like any other high school. Cheerleaders and jocks rule the roost. Outsiders are disdained, and everyone else scrambles for acceptance. But appearances can be so very deceiving. Turns out Bayport’s varsity cheerleading squad is a government run covert super-spy organization. Toby has some serious hacking skills that have caught the squad’s eye. And they’ve been watching her for a long time.
Now Tobey must forgo her combat boots for something a little more sparkly. Post "stage six make-over" she is part of the athletically unmatchable, mentally phenomenal, socially gifted (as in masters of manipulation) group of perfectly polished undercover agents ever. Along with the squad she gets sucked into some action packed espionage.
Highly accomplished YA author, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, makes a leap from paranormal into (not very) realistic fiction. Not unlike her glossy super-sleuths, she manages to make it look easy. The squad is full of such delightful, laugh-out loud, wit, it is sure to please fans of her GOLDEN series, and probably earn her a bunch of new fans as well. Hurrah!

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