“Evil Librarian” by Michelle Knudsen (2014)
Genre: YA, Fiction, Humor, Paranormal
Page Length: 343 pages (hardcover edition)
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! (description from Goodreads)
As soon I as first saw this book at the bookstore I knew I had to read it. The title and cover art immediately caught my attention. The novel is about a girl, our main protagonist Cyn, who discovers that the new and extremely attractive librarian is a demon.Who also happens to have wings and a tail. Freaky, right?
Though this is more on the paranormal side of YA fiction, the story is cute, funny, and light. I loved the comedic bits placed within the writing and one liners such as “all demons love the musical, Sweeney Todd” had me laughing out loud. The story itself is also a fast paced story and is easy to read, making it an overall fun reading experience.
I liked the fact that Cyn is a relatable character; not really a social outcast or popular, but kinda hangs within the middle of that high school pyramid. All she’s focused on is making it through the rest of high school and not messing up her job as the tech director of Sweeney Todd. Fighting demons is not a totally unique concept in fiction, Knudsen manages to make the story unique with its comedy and characters. I could really see the potential for a sequel for this (I don’t know if this will be a series or not).
Recommended if you’re looking for a fun novel with a dose of the supernatural. A really enjoyable read. 4 out of 5 stars!