Title/Author: Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen
Genre: Young Adult, Horror, Fantasy, Supernatural, Humor/Satire
Published: September 9th, 2014 by Candlewick Press
Hardcover, 343 pages
How I Got This Book: Checked it out from the library
Why I Pick It Up?: Hello? Do you see this cover?! How can I NOT read this?! 😉
Book Jacket Blurb: “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…”
Honestly, I am completely unsure of whether or not Knudsen intended this book to be a satire or not. I hope she did. Because if she didn’t, this book would get a lower rating. This story does well as a satire, as the tone of the story from the get-go is snarky and amusing. The snarkiness immediately drew me in, both to the plot and to Cyn’s character. And this snarky tone kept me reading, even when the story turned ridiculous–funny and exaggerated and ridiculous.
To be perfectly honest, this book is much more plot-development than character development, but for this story it works. You will still get enough development from the characters to keep you interested, but they definitely don’t have enough depth to become someone you fangirl over. Cyn is a main character/heroine that is completely ordinary–no special qualities, just sheer determination and concern for others. Her relationship with Annie is so realistic, even within the context of such a satirical story. Ryan is the boy that gets dragged into this story almost because it needed the love interest. But at least, within the story itself, it is believable enough.
While I really enjoyed the beginning of this story, the middle dragged a bit. That is probably due to the fact that the plot stalled and there was no character development to make up for it. But the ending packs a paranormal punch that makes up for it. And it leaves the storyline open for a potential sequel. I probably wouldn’t read the sequel, but I do know that some readers will be all over one!
Overall, this story is an engaging satire that entertains its audience. And it’s a book that you can recommend to many different readers–horror lovers, humor lovers, paranormal lovers, exciting-story lovers…the possibilities are endless.
My Bookshelf Rating:
A Middle Shelf Book.
This was an enjoyable story but it kind of drudged through the middle. It was a humorous satire [I hope that’s what she was going for] that makes the horror elements funny and exaggerated. Cyn is a heroine that readers will get behind, and her solution to her school’s demon problem is one part logical and one part ridiculous. If you like paranormal/horror, or you want to try a horror book that’s not scary, give this one a try! You may like it!
Middle School and Up.
Love and Icicles,