Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Evil Librarian

Author: Michelle Knudsen
Info: Candlewick Press, copyright 2014, 343 pages

#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).

~Goodreads Description

What do you think it says about me that I like demons?  And possessions?  And the general havoc of the forces of evil?  Probably a lot, but we'll save that discussion for another day.  Right now, let's talk about Michelle Knudsen's Evil Librarian, because it was awesome.

Cyn Rothschild wants two things in life...her high school crush, Ryan, and to build the perfect barber's chair for the school's production of Sweeney Todd.  But when her best friend falls in love with the new, seriously attractive, librarian, the forces of evil have a different plan.

I'd just like to start out by first stating emphatically that librarians are not, in fact, evil.  As a librarian by day, I fully admit that we are not always cheerful, but we are never evil.  But librarians make awesome evil people in literature.  Why?  Because the introverted, unassuming stereotype gets old and believe me when I tell you that librarians like to have a little fun sometimes.

Mr. Gabriel is sweetly evil.  He smiles and you obey.  He beckons and you come running.  He demands your allegiance and you bend a knee.  You need a book for class and he searches the catalog for the perfect read :)  But Mr. Gabriel isn't the only baddy invading the school; he has opened the gates of hell, which introduces a fun cast of characters that are just so Buffy like that you can't help but have fun.

Then there's Cyn.  Let me count the ways that I love Cyn.  1) She adores musical theater.  2) She gets all tongue tied around her crush, but 3) doesn't let that get in the way of bucking up and finding a way to battle hell's spawn.  4) She's unfalteringly loyal.  And 5) She argues non-stop with herself in her head (which I can sympathize with :).

So if you like stories of teenage girls battling the forces of evil while trying to keep her cool around the boy she adores and avoid certain destruction by a cast of hilarious and interesting demons, then Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen might just be the book for you.


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