by Michelle Knudsen
Candlewick Press (Random House)
Suggested Ages: 12+ (Mild Violence & no naughty stuff)
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Description: 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).
The Good Stuff
- As a Library Technician I got a total kick out of the librarian jokes
- Snarky, quirky fun humour, very Whedonesque
- Extremely likeable heroine and really appreciated how dedicated she was in saving her friend and that her friend was more important than the love interest
- Absolutely adorable and a perfect choice after reading a heavy or dull read like I had just done
- Did I mention how hilarious it was
- Wonderfully realistic teenage emotions
- Enjoyed all the musical theatre references
- Message about real friendship is fabulous
- Loved the last paragraph of the acknowledgments
- Relate able characters that are realistic and normal
- A Tad predictable (but it was so fun, I didn't really care)
- Poor Signor De Luca, he was such a good character
"Maybe Librarians get points or something for all the books they get checked out, points that can be redeemed for valuable goods and services, like fancy date stamps or maybe those reading posters with t he celebrities on them holding books, and he has a master plan to get all the points he can by charming all the charmable kids in the school and getting them to read a lot. Maybe it's not even h is master plan; maybe it's like, the American Library Association's master plan, and they are stocking high schools across the country with hot young librarians as part of a massive literacy initiative."
"Because, you know, evil demon librarians, not so much known for the honesty policy, I bet."
"It took all my self-control to resist looking for some of those "love poems" she'd mentioned while I was in her e-mail, but I knew I couldn't resist the distracting and time-consuming throwing up they would probably induce."
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