This is the third book in the series. There may be spoilers ahead, read at your own risk. If you would like to read my reviews of the first two books click here.
Curse of the Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen
Publication Date: August 13, 2019
Summary from NetGalley:
Will it finally be curtains for the demonic Mr. Gabriel in this climactic chapter of the Evil Librarian series?
After sending the evil librarian, Mr. Gabriel, back to the demon world once and for all at theater camp last summer, Cynthia is ready to enjoy a completely demon-free senior year of high school, especially once she learns the fall musical will be Les Misérables. She can’t wait to create the most incredible barricade set design in all of high-school theater. And her boyfriend, Ryan, is sure to land his dream role of Javert. But down in the demon realm, an epic mishandling of Mr. Gabriel’s essence leads to his escape — and soon he’s gathering strength, bent once again on revenge against Cyn and everyone she loves. Best-selling author Michelle Knudsen’s Evil Librarian series overflows with horror, humor, and hot guys — and it looks like this show’s got a third act.
ARC received from Candlewick Press via NetGalley for an honest review.
This is the third book of a very humorous series. All three of these books often made me laugh out loud. All of the characters are well done and I just love their can do attitude, especially Cynthia who never gives up trying to protect her friends and family.
I just love Cynthia. She is snarky and brave but at times so unsure of herself. She often runs into danger without a plan, even when she is thinking to herself, “ we really need a plan! But there isn’t time for one.” Her relationships with all of her friends are great, although we don’t see them as much in this book as in the others.
Ryan is such a great boyfriend. He really has to put up with a lot of crap with Cynthia being a demon ‘roach’, which means she is immune to many of the things that they can do to other humans. He is always there for her even when she is not so sure about her feelings for him.
There is a bit of a love triangle in this book, which was a carryover from the last one. Peter, who is a demon, is back and as fun as ever. I love how he is always trying to come between Cynthia and Ryan, but he really does get that he will never break them up, but he can always try. He does prove to be more helpful this time around though.
And then of course there is Mr Gabriel. He is the worst, but you have got too give him credit for never giving up and always looking for the loopholes in his agreements with Cynthia. He is truly evil in this book, and I was glad to see him get what he deserves in all of these books.
The plot for this book was a little slow at times. They also spend a lot of time in the demon world which was interesting, but one of the things I liked about these books was the musicals that the kids do and all of the drama that entails. I kind of missed seeing that. The demon world was quite terrifying at times with some interesting and icky demons. The plot was intense at times and often hard to put down.
I believe this to be the last book in the series, but the ending was left open enough that I certainly hope it isn’. If you like lots of laughs with your demon stories then you can’t go wrong with this one.