Review: Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen.

evil librarian

Release Date: December 1st 2014.
Publisher: Walker books Australia (Candlewick Press.)
Source: From publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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).

My Thoughts:

5 stars!

I love this book with the love of a thousand loves! It was brilliant. As soon as it was over I wanted to immediately read it again to revel in its awesomeness all over again. Funny paranormal is one of my favourite genres and this was an excellent example of the genre.

Cyn is in love with Ryan Halsey, fellow Italian class student and lead role in the school musical. She has been drooling over and dreaming about him for ages but hasn’t ever had the courage to actually speak to him. Her best friend, Annie, teases her about this obsession ceaselessly, and Cyn can’t wait for the day Annie gets her first crush so she can get her friend back.

But when Annie does get her first crush, Cyn never dreamed it would be with the librarian. He may be incredibly hot, but there is definitely something wrong about him. Annie starts falling deeper, and Cyn becomes increasing worried. Annie starts turning into a different person, and half the school start acting like lifeless zombies. Something weird is going on and Cyn is determined to find out.

She doesn’t expect to find out that the librarian is in fact a demon. Now Cyn has to figure out how to stop him and save her best friend from falling into his evil clutches. Ryan is the only other one who seems to notice something weird is going on, and they work together to try and stop the librarian. Which is a dream come true for Cyn since she is now actually talking to him rather than fantasizing about talking to him (and doing other things with him). And while all this is going on she still has to try and figure out a design for the main prop in the school musical!

This is how friendship is done. If you are looking for a YA book about friendship, this is the book for you. Cyn was smart and brave and would stop at nothing to save her friend, and she didn’t even loose her head just because her dream boy was involved. She kept her priorities right! Cyn is one of my favourite YA heroines ever. She had me laughing out loud so many times. I loved her and I loved Ryan, and their developing romance was both sweet and swoon-worthy – and for those who hate love triangles there wasn’t one is sight.

This book left me with all the best kind of happy feels. I loved it and I want everyone to read it. READ IT ASAP. If you are looking for a humourous change to the grim and gloom, and like paranormal, then I highly recommend this one to you!

You can add it to your Goodreads HERE.

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2 thoughts on “Review: Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen.

  1. I’m completely sold and have just added it to my Goodreads.

    This sounds like a brilliant title that both middle grade and adults will enjoy. YES! I love books which portray strong friendships despite a love interest. All too often the main character will neglect former friendships for the sake of the ‘dream boyfriend’ and so happy to hear that he plays more of a secondary role. Brilliant review Rochelle, I’m going to pick up a copy over Christmas ❤

    1. Oh, it’s more YA than middle grade, there are a few darker bits and some swearing.

      And YAY! I am so glad you are going to get a copy. It was so good to see a great friendship in this book. I don’t think I’ve read one as good as this. I hope you love it as much as I did.

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