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Evil Librarian

af Michelle Knudsen

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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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Cyn already has a crush on a cool boy when her best friend Annie falls in love with the new librarian, Gabriel. The only problem is the new librarian is a demon and the high school is about to be the location for a super demon rumble.
It’s a YA novel, good triumphs over evil, the two kids live happily ever … ( )
  minxcr1964 | Feb 16, 2024 |
Something is wrong with Annie, Cynthia's best friend, ever since the new librarian has come to school. Cynthia has to find out what, no matter how mad Annie gets at her, and save Annie from Mr. Gabriel or die trying. Meanwhile Cynthia is harboring a deep crush on Ryan who is the lead in the school's Sweeney Todd production. When Cynthia realizes what is happening at school as she saves Ryan from falling under the enthrallment of Mr. Gabriel, they join forces to stop Mr. Gabriel's plans. Of course, it is not a smooth or easy path to stop him. They must have help but who to trust.

I enjoyed this book. I can just imagine Cynthia's swooning over Ryan to Annie and Annie's disgust with Cynthia when she cannot swoon over Mr. Gabriel. I liked these teens. I chuckled and got caught up in the story as Cynthia discovers what is happening and works to find out how to destroy the evil and save the school. I liked the running commentary that Cynthia had about Ryan throughout the tale. I so identify.

This book was so much fun to read. I cannot wait to read the sequel. ( )
  Sheila1957 | Feb 17, 2020 |
Evil Librarian features a demonic librarian, Mr. Gabriel, who zombifies students into doing his will. Cynthia (Cyn) sees her best friend, Annie, succumb to Mr. Gabriel's "charms" and must find a way to save her --and maybe the whole school. More silly than funny, this book will appeal to zombie-heads and female readers who want a giggle. ( )
  mjspear | Nov 19, 2019 |
Fun, unusual, like watching a crazy caper you hope turns out well. Once you suspend your disbelief, that is. Lots of creepy moments with demon and Annie but that serves to intensify the suspense. How will Cyn save her? Gotta love the double entendres in the book. ( )
  Reyesk9 | Sep 23, 2019 |
I checked out Evil Librarian, the first book in the Evil Librarian trilogy, because I'd won an advance reading copy of the third book, Curse of the Evil Librarian. I'm glad I did. This book is comic horror, not unlike 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer.' It also takes place in a high school as the first few seasons did, but there's no Chosen One and no vampires. The librarian is the Big Bad, as if you couldn't guess from the title.

Our heroine is Cynthia 'Cyn' Rothschild. She has her dream role in the school musical: technical director. This year they're doing 'Sweeney Todd.' As our book opens, Cyn's biggest difficulties are creating a workable version of the Sweeney Todd murder chair and her crush on handsome Ryan Halsey, who is playing the lead. He hardly seems to know she exists. Not all the encouragement of her best friend, Annie Gibson, can get her to strike up a conversation with him. When he hands her her fallen notebook, she can't say a word.

It's not long before Annie gets a crush of her own: John Gabriel, the school's attractive young librarian. Cyn doesn't see what Annie (and other students) see in Mr. Gabriel, but the librarian's attentions to her friend send Cyn's alarm bells ringing. Of course Annie won't hear a word against him.

Cyn finally has an actual conversation with Ryan -- in the kind of circumstances that could make a person with a crush to want a hole to appear underneath him/her so s/he could disappear forever. It turns out better than Cyn expected. It's nice she has that because things involving the librarian and the library are getting quite creepy. Touch is involved and the effects give Cyn plenty of cause for concern. Ryan is unnerved when it happens to his friend, Jorge, but he hasn't observed as much as Cyn has.

That doesn't mean Ryan is going to believe Cyn when she tries to make him believe there's something wrong with Mr. Gabriel. Luckily, he does follow her when she walks away from his disbelief and goes to the library. Ryan's reaction to what Mr. Gabriel is doing made me laugh aloud. I even quoted it to my sister. (I also loved the librarian's response to Ryan's first words to him.)

Turns out that Cyn has the same immunity that Dr. Julia Hoffman had during the original 'Dark Shadows' soap opera's homage to H.P. Lovecraft, the Leviathan storyline. (Yes, this is a plug for a cult show that's cheesy, but grows on you. The episodes before vampire Barnabas Collins joins the cast are good for background information, but you may skip ahead if you wish.) Good thing that the evil librarian didn't take Cyn seriously as a threat, so he didn't kill her when she learned his secret.

Cyn, with Ryan's help, try to find some way to thwart Mr. Gabriel's diabolical scheme. Their first attempt to enlist an adult to help them goes wrong -- very wrong. Then they get some advice from Aaron Litske, an expert at the shop called Books of Darkness. Pity Aaron has his own reason for helping them.

Thanks to Aaron, they get to meet another member of Mr. Gabriel's people: the scary and sexy Ms. Královna. George Kingston is a third. There will be others whose names we won't learn. If Cyn and Ryan weren't committed to saving the day, it would be an excellent time to fake an illness that would let them stay home.

The night of the play is when Messrs. Gabriel and Kingston are all set to unleash their plan. Thanks to Cyn and Ms. Královna, things don't exactly work out for our villains. There's still a horrifying journey and a big fight scene to get through if Cyn and some kidnapped victims can make it back.

Notes:

Chapter 3: That episode of the original "Twilight Zone" is "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" (neatly spoofed in the 'The Man Who Cried Clown' on 'Johnny Bravo').

Chapter 5: Cyn learns about the existence of super-roaches.

Chapter 7: Signor De Luca's great-grandmother was a fortune-teller, a real one.

Cyn's inner monologues about her crush on and lust for Ryan are amusing, especially when she's trying to 'down girls!' her nerve endings while there's some serious planning/escaping to do. I remember when I had a crush on a cute fellow student that died when we chatted while we both stuck waiting. He was sooo boring. Luckily for Cyn, Ryan is brave, good, and talented as well as handsome. Cyn's fears as Annie falls more and more under the evil librarian's influence were understandable. Although the only version of 'Sweeney Todd' I've ever seen was the 1982 TV movie with George Hearn as Sweeney and Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Lovett, I enjoyed Cyn's descriptions of the rehearsal and opening night. I really liked the way she solved the barber chair problem. The big fight scene was tense.

The cover is a nice drawing of the evil librarian's head, but I got a chuckle out of the back cover showing a book pocket with the three main teens' names on the back of the book card stuck in the pocket. (The title is An Introduction to the Italian Language by Anthony Romano, by the way.)

You don't have to be in high school to enjoy this book. I graduated in 1972 and I certainly did.

[June 7, 2019 addendum] I posted a question about Signor De Luca's gray cat on Michelle Knudsen's facebook page. Here is her reply:

'I believe Signor De Luca's gray cat somehow knew (via special extra cat senses) that she was not intentionally abandoned. She set out to find her destiny, experienced a series of extraordinary adventures, and ended up the happy and well-fed companion of a middle-aged woman with a passion for sailing. She spends a lot of time on the sea, watching the fish and the birds, and gets to visit exciting new places all over the world. There is also ample cuddling, petting, and napping; true affection for and from her new human; and the occasional romantic evening with a handsome local tomcat.' (Hurrah!) ( )
  JalenV | May 20, 2019 |
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Fantasy. Romance. Humor (Fiction.) Young Adult Fiction. HTML:

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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