Sunday, October 26, 2014

Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen

Published: September 9, 2014
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Pages: 352
Copy: Library
Summary: Goodreads

EvilLibrarian He’s young. He’s hot. He’s also evil. He’s . . . the librarian.

When Cynthia Rothschild’s best friend, Annie, falls head over heels for the new high-school librarian, Cyn can totally see why. He’s really young and super cute and thinks Annie would make an excellent library monitor. But after meeting Mr. Gabriel, Cyn realizes something isn’t quite right. Maybe it’s the creepy look in the librarian’s eyes, or the weird feeling Cyn gets whenever she’s around him. Before long Cyn realizes that Mr. Gabriel is, in fact . . . a demon. Now, in addition to saving the school musical from technical disaster and trying not to make a fool of herself with her own hopeless crush, Cyn has to save her best friend from the clutches of the evil librarian, who also seems to be slowly sucking the life force out of the entire student body! From best-selling author Michelle Knudsen, here is the perfect novel for teens who like their horror served up with a bit of romance, plenty of humor, and some pretty hot guys (of both the good and evil variety).

When I saw the title 'Evil Librarian' at work in the catalogue, well I just had to request it, all the while wondering why I hadn't seen or heard of it before.  With a title like that, I certainly would have remembered it.  'Evil Librarian' was fun, from start to finish.

Cyn is a snarky, kind, normal girl, who loves musical theatre and has a huge crush on Ryan, who just happens to be the lead in the school production of Sweeney Todd.  Cyn's asides to herself - and her libido - throughout the story arc are laugh-out-loud hilarious.  I love her no-nonsense attitude with a big side of humour. The person she most reminded me of as the book progressed was Buffy (the vampire slayer, of course!).  In fact, I'm sure Ms. Knudsen must be a fan.

Ryan is an absolute hottie and I would just love to hear him sing. One aspect of his character that i really enjoyed was the fact that he wasn't afraid to say he was scared (?) - a nice change from the usual macho jock-type characters.  Another aspect I thoroughly enjoyed was the slow simmer of the romance.  Even though Cyn is comically head over heels infatuated with Ryan, her transition to the 'real' thing is wonderful to experience.

We've got Demons taking over the school and sucking the energy out of everyone and only Cyn and Ryan can stop them.  Thrills, spills - sorry football tackles would be more exact - and romance to set your heart aflutter.  'Evil Librarian' is fun from start to finish.

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