The new librarian isn't quite human... Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen (Review)

Evil Librarian
Evil Librarian
(Evil Librarian #1)
by Michelle Knudsen
YA Paranormal, Horror
Hardcover, Paperback & ebook, 346 Pages
September 9th 2014 by Candlewick Press


#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).

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My Review

EVIL LIBRARIAN was about a girl trying to juggle high school, her crush, and the school play while also saving her best friend from a demon. There's romance, sarcastic humor, some serious drama students, and a few spooky demons who generally like stealing lives. The horror is on the lighter side, while also giving a few good creepy chills. Overall, an entertaining read.

I liked the overall feel of the story with the protagonist's voice and the mix of romance and creepiness. It felt on the lighter side, especially with Cyn trying to figure out the best way to build the chair for Sweeney Todd (school musical) and talk in front of her crush who is the main star of the play. The overall plot also made enough sense that I could buy it as a reader. I do wish that the swearing and innuendo (mostly in Cyn's thoughts about her crush) would have been toned down substantially, but those would be my only hangups.

In the end, was it what I wished for? I generally like my horror on the lighter side and found this one entertaining, although it could have been cleaner. I appreciated that there wasn't a big cliffhanger, making this book stand on it's own just fine.

Content: Swearing (including a few f-words), some violence, and innuendo.

Source: Received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a review nor affect it in any way.

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