Evil Librarian

Evil Librarian

Book - 2014
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Feeling suspicious about a gorgeous high school librarian who has become the object of her best friend's affections, Cynthia discovers that the man is actually a demon who is sucking the life force from the entire student population.
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2014.
ISBN: 9780763660383
Characteristics: 343 pages ;,22 cm.

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olive_ant_94
Jul 05, 2016

Super hilarious!! Main character is obsessed with this guy! it minds me of one of my close friends. Kinda stupid plot though

FindingJane Mar 07, 2016

“Evil Librarian” is rather one note when it comes to the presence of demons in the human world (here’s a hint: they’re evil and want us dead). There is an added soupçon of adolescent yearning thrown into the mix and a sly commentary on wild, hormonal lust/love, however. When, exactly, does the pathetic desire for companionship tip over into the loss of self and self esteem, i.e., making us other than human?

Cynthia craves a boyfriend, especially when she notices other girls with their swains, almost the way someone might crave the wonderful sneakers she sees everybody else wearing. She doesn’t want to be one of those girls who only live or breathe to have a boy on their arm. But she wishes for one so desperately you feel both simultaneously sympathetic and a little impatient (depending on your age, I suppose).

So the book throws a curveball when it’s the supposedly level-headed Annie who tumbles head over heels for the hot new librarian. This book could have explored the borderline wrongness of having a romance between an older faculty member and an alumnus or have Cynthia worried about how Annie is drifting away from her because she’s mooning over her new human beau. But the inclusion of demonic presence renders these questions irrelevant and makes this a battle for human existence, not only for Annie but the world at large.

Cynthia survives because of her special protection (she’s some kind of creature that demons can’t mesmerize), her willingness to make unpleasant but necessary alliances and her own inner strength. All this shines through as the novel progresses, even as it pits her own new would-be romance against the incredible affection she has for Annie. I’ve seen female friendships in other novels but hardly any that portray the extraordinary depth of feeling that Cynthia has for Annie. She fiercely loves her friend, an enduring philia such as the Greeks spoke about and that nearly eclipses the warm, fizzy feelings Cynthia gets whenever she is around Ryan, the smoking popular boy that makes all the girls swoon when he smiles at them.

Lest you think this is all gloom and doom, there are surprising moments of humor as well. But it is Cynthia’s love for Annie that truly sells this novel for me (although the final battle royale among demons is a corking good read, too). For a BFF book with the supernatural thrown in, this book surpasses your average YA romance.

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indigo_owl_109
Jun 17, 2015

It is a really good book. The author knows how to make the reader feel the feels. At the beginning it was a little iffy, but then it starts to go away from that and it turns out to be a really good book. The reason why is because the author builds suspense and the makes the story interesting.

ChristchurchLib Nov 03, 2014

"At first, smart, sassy high school theatre tech Cyn can't fault her best friend Annie for crushing on the hot new school librarian, Gabriel. But then Cyn discovers the diabolical source of Annie's infatuation: Gabriel is actually a soul-sucking demon who's trying to brainwash Annie and make her his bride. Immune to Gabriel's power, Cyn will have to do bloody battle with the forces of darkness in order to save her friend… and maybe take a chance with her own crush in the process." Teen Scene November 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/e82b84f8-f906-46f6-88d9-57054db0fdf1?postId=e7c750f1-bb4c-4e2b-b0ab-52217560040c

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Re_Bel
Aug 18, 2015

Re_Bel thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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ellensix Jan 12, 2017

I suppose I'd heard something about a new librarian being hired, but it's not like this is an event I would expect to greatly impact my life in some significant way. And if I'd thought about it, I probably would have assumed that the new librarian would be something like the old librarian. Who was a perfectly nice-seeming middle-aged woman who could help you find whatever you needed for your paper of project or weekend reading but was not someone who inspired breathless words or flushed faces or shining eyes. Unless you happened to be the sort who got really excited about primary-source materials or something, I guess.

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