Review: Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen

Evil Librarian Book Jacket. Image from Michelle Knudsen's blog. Jacket designed by Matt Roeser.

Evil Librarian Book Jacket. Image from Michelle Knudsen’s blog. Jacket designed by Matt Roeser.

I’ve always found it sort of ironic that my library’s teen librarian ordered this book. I mean, it’s about an evil librarian. Doesn’t that go against some sort of librarian moral code? Is my teen librarian secretly evil? Is yours? Ah, the questions of life.

What it’s about

Our main character, Cyn (short for Cynthia), and her best friend Annie can’t help but notice their high school’s new librarian. He’s highly attractive, and Annie pretty much falls head over heels for him. But there’s something strange about all of this, Cyn notices. The way the librarian looks at everyone is really creepy and off-putting, and people are literally drawn to him. Cyn realizes the one explanation; Mr. Gabriel is a demon. Now, amidst all of the other things going on in Cyn’s life, she is tasked with saving her school from a life-sucking demon and all the evil that comes with him.

The part where I start saying stuff about the book

First of all, I love the book jacket on this book. It’s eye-catching, unique, and it makes sense with the book. I especially like the fake library check-out slip on the back. Great design work. So right off the bat, we’re off to a good start. (If you’re interested, check out the book jacket designer’s website here.)

If you can just take a deep breath and get past the sheer amount of “OMG THAT GUY IS SO HOT” that occurs in this book, you won’t be able to put this book down. (Yes, those parts made me cringe for being in the same species as those girls at times. Like, we get it, he’s attractive, can we move on to the part where there are demons who murder people? Thanks.) If you do put the book down for any reason, though, you’ll morph into some kind of protective mother (or father) bear trying to make sure nobody lays a finger on your book. See, I’ve got you all figured out.

This book is plain fun. You’ve got your horror served up with a bit of romance (the paranormal kind, of course) and some laughs. I read it in one sitting, completely engulfed into this world of demons and good vs. evil and the school play Cyn is trying to put on. There are some truly hilarious moments, and I wish I could tell you about them without spoiling the book. (When you find out the school play, and how they feel about it, tell me you didn’t laugh.) Just don’t take the book too seriously, and you’ll have a hell of a good time reading this one.

However, I am not responsible if you start having nightmares about your local librarian. I promise most of them are wonderful HUMAN beings. Most.

I gave Evil Librarian 4 out of 5 stars.

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2 thoughts on “Review: Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen

  1. This book sounds like an absolutely fun ride, delightful review! I always knew those librarians were up to something behind their nice demeanour haha!

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