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Evil librarian
2016
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"Forget paranormal romance; this horror-humor-romance pastiche is where those in search of hot nonhumans should set their sights." -- Kirkus Reviews

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 before long Cyn realizes that Mr. Gabriel is, in fact, a demon. Now, in addition to saving the school musical and trying not to make a fool of herself with her own hopeless crush, Cyn has to save her best friend--and, it seems, the entire student body--from the clutches of the evil librarian. Multitalented author Michelle Knudsen has crafted 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 varieties).
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School Library Journal Review
Gr 9 Up-Many high school students may think they have encountered an evil librarian, but they've never met one who turns students into zombies and murders the school principal. Cyn Rothschild would ordinarily have been too busy orchestrating the set construction for the school's musical, Sweeney Todd, to get involved with the evil librarian, Mr. Gabriel. But her best friend, Annie, has quite a crush on him. When Cyn and her own heartthrob (and star of Sweeney Todd), Ryan, discover the librarian covered in blood and sporting horns and bat wings, they feel responsible for stopping the murder and mayhem. As Annie slips completely under the control of the librarian, Cyn and Ryan visit an occult shop to learn more about demons, and how to counteract their influence on people. Unfortunately, Cyn and Ryan fail at their first attempt to eradicate Mr. Gabriel, and more demons show up at school. Throughout, Cyn's first-person narrative demonstrates passion, intelligence, and empathy. Her common sense and comprehension of the gravity of their situation overrule her desire to be closer to Ryan. Romantic tension builds as Cyn and Ryan struggle over how to fight the demons. Narrator Emily Foster distinguishes each character's voice enough to advance the story seamlessly. VERDICT This mixture of fantasy and teen romance is fast-paced and will prove satisfying to any horror-loving imagination.-Ann Weber, Bellarmine Coll. Prep., San Jose, CA (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
High school can feel like hell some days, especially when you see the new librarian's ritual summoning circle, or spot his giant wingspan unfurl during study hall. Initially, Cynthia and Annie have no idea that the fantastically hot Mr. Gabriel, their new high-school librarian, is actually a minor demon planning to soul-suck their school into submission to conquer a demon throne. When Annie is targeted by Mr. Gabriel to be his human consort, it's up to Cyn to save the day. Cyn must carve time for reconnaissance and research around her busy school schedule, and, at the same time, she struggles to stay focused around her own crush, a dreamy fellow thespian who is starring in their school production of Sweeney Todd. The only thing buying time for the teens before a fiery death is the musical, which, unsurprisingly, is a favorite among demons. There's plenty to like here: a budding will-they-won't-they romance, demonic possession, musical theater references, and more. Knudsen keeps the terror well-tempered with plenty of hilarious situational comedy and touches of the absurd.--Howerton, Erin Downey Copyright 2014 Booklist
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