{ARC Review} #EvilLibrarian by @MichelleKnudsen @Candlewick

September 6, 2014 Reviews, Young Adult 7 ★★★½

{ARC Review} #EvilLibrarian by @MichelleKnudsen @CandlewickEvil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen
Pages: 352
Published by Candlewick Press on September 9, 2014
Genres: Humorous Stories, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: Paperback ARC from Publisher

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).


YA Review My Thoughts Evil Librarian is a mixture of humor, and demon-y paranormal. There are also some cute high school crushes and some not so cute ones. All in all this book was unique and a lot of fun. I never quite knew how to classify it in just one word or category. Evil Librarian is a lot of things, and what it comes down to is that it makes a young adult book that is refreshingly different.

Evil Librarian starts out with Cyn crushing hard on a guy. It was nice to see high school students and teenage girls, act like teenage girls. Too often I see either one of the extremes played out. Super immature or way too mature for high school. Cyn was very age appropriate. She had the right amount of maturity with a splash of crush obsessive-ness.  The funny part was with Cyn’s best friend- Annie. She was the no-nonsense no time for a thing as silly as a crush- kind of gal. But then she meets the new librarian. And she goes completely gaga.

Michelle Knudsen had the perfect mix of levity and humor with demon backstory and lore. It was cool. I loved that throughout it all there was a school play going on. And that it was Sweeny Todd…AND that all the demons love Sweeny Todd. I think it was quirky and funny. Cyn enlists the help of her crush to try and stop the Evil Librarian. And it was great because there was no insta love, no unbelievable “omg a demon…thats crazy but I totally believe you”. Everyone was the right amount of skeptical. But eventually Ryan and Cyn get on the demon train and try to stop him.

Evil Librarian is a very fun read. Minus the fact that Cyn falls prey to the same ploy that most heroines do, that I still don’t quite understand- she tries to save everyone herself. Hello! She has someone helping her that believes her and wants to keep her safe, and she still goes off and keeps secrets and tries to do it on her own. But other than that, I have no complaints with Evil Librarian. It was fun, funny, with a of touch of bid bag villian and a cute romance to boot. The summary says it best- Evil Librarian is perfect for readers “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).” Check it out!


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About Michelle Knudsen

I’m the author of 43 books for young readers for all ages. Titles include the New York Times best-selling picture book LIBRARY LION (illustrated by Kevin Hawkes), and the middle-grade fantasy novels THE DRAGON OF TRELIAN and THE PRINCESS OF TRELIAN. My newest picture book is BIG MEAN MIKE, illustrated by the wonderful Scott Magoon.

Next up is my first YA novel, EVIL LIBRARIAN, which comes out September 9, 2014!

Coming in 2015:
MARILYN’S MONSTER (picture book, illustrated by Matt Phelan)


I also work as a freelance editor and writing teacher. Please visit my website to learn more if you’re interested – I especially love working with new writers!

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7 Responses to “{ARC Review} #EvilLibrarian by @MichelleKnudsen @Candlewick”

  1. Tracy (@Cornerfolds)

    I don’t normally love humor in novels, to be honest, but this one might be worth reading. I love the rest of the premise! I totally agree with you about teenagers in books acting way… off for their age. It’s nice to hear that this one acts like a teenager! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Tracy @ Cornerfolds

  2. Kimberlybuggie

    OMG so glad you reviewed this! I really want to read this one! I have heard about it a few months ago and it sounds really intriguing! Also, I’m glad you liked it and that the heroine acted age appropriate. I don’t like it when they are super immature. I have to stop reading!
    Gerat review! I’m going to put this in my amazon cart now! 🙂

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