Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen
Summary from Goodreads:
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).
Revenge of the Evil Librarian
Summary from Goodreads:
The stage is set for a fiendishly dramatic summer at theater camp for Cynthia and her boyfriend, Ryan. With no demons at all. Right?
Last fall, Cynthia Rothschild saved her best friend, as well as the entire student body, from the demon librarian, Mr. Gabriel, all while executing the most awesome set design for the school musical, Sweeney Todd. But now that all that demon stuff is behind her, Cyn is looking forward to the best summer ever at theater camp with her former-crush-and-now-boyfriend, Ryan Halsey. Once she gets to camp, though, Cyn realizes this summer might not be all she’s been hoping for. First, Ryan’s best camp friend is a girl (which Ryan had never mentioned to Cyn), and she just happens to be ridiculously pretty. Plus, it seems the demon stuff is not entirely over as Cyn had hoped. At least any new demons that show up to ruin her summer can’t possibly be as evil as Mr. Gabriel. It’s not like he could somehow come back to life to seek his terrible revenge or something. Best-selling author Michelle Knudsen brings back all the hilarity and horror (not to mention hot guys) in this sizzling sequel to Evil Librarian.
Being a librarian, I was of course drawn to the first book, loved the title and the cover. The first book was published way back in 2014, and I was beginning to think that the second book was never going to arrive. Luckily this week we finally have more of Cynthia’s story.
The first book reminded me very much of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the movie not the TV show. With the evil librarian turning everyone in the school into soulless zombies except for Cynthia who has a ‘superpower’ that resists them and can see through their human guises. It is a very humorous tale of good vs evil. Cyn was hell bent on saving her best friend from the evil librarian at all costs. I really admired her strength and loyalty to her friends and to her school. The scenes between Cyn and Mr. Gabriel, were laugh out loud funny. Her budding relationship with Ryan was adorable and clever, she kept having strong feelings to kiss him at very inappropriate times. Cyn’s inner dialog is also entertaining and witty. I also very much enjoyed the musical theater aspect of the book and the fact that the demons all seem to love Sweeny Todd. All in all a very amusing read.
The second book continues in the same vein, lots of amusing jokes and drama. Cyn continues to do all for her friends, even when her choices were perhaps not the best. The theater camp setting was amusing, although some what unrealistic in my view. If a camp like that exists, I would love to go there. I continue to root for Cyn, even when she was making poor decisions. She did some growing in this book in learning about her motivations for what she does. Her relationship with Ryan is still adorable and he is a great guy. Even when Ryan was mad at her you could tell that he still really cared for her and would be there when she needed him. I also enjoyed meeting Peter, a ‘good’ demon. His role in the plot was awesome and I hope we get to see more of him in the future. A solid second story in the series and I look forward to the third. Hopefully we won’t have to wait 3 years!