Blog Tour Review, Guest Post & Giveaway: EVIL LIBRARIAN by Michelle Knudsen
Sep 9th, 2014 by Liza Wiemer

20708754Blog Tour: EVIL LIBRARIAN by Michelle Knudsen

Publisher: Candlewick Press 

Pub Date: September 9th 2014

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Guest Post:

Where did the idea for the Evil Librarian come from?

As someone who loves libraries, I must admit I feel a teeny bit guilty having written a book called Evil Librarian. But that’s the thing about fiction — despite the old cliché “write what you know,” the most fun is in writing about what you don’t know. Or in taking something that you know and looking at it from an entirely different direction. Maybe that’s why the idea of an evil librarian was so appealing to me.

The library has always been a safe place in my life. I’ve worked in several, beginning with my first library monitor position in junior high school. And all the librarians I’ve known in real life have been wonderful, even the ones who maybe seemed a little scary before I got to know them. Perhaps I seemed a little scary myself sometimes when I worked at the Cornell University Library, at least when the situation called for it … such as when students tried to stay in the library after closing to keep working or attempted to “borrow” materials that weren’t supposed to leave the building.

At Cornell, I was an evening and weekend supervisor, and one of my responsibilities was walking through the entire library after closing to make sure no students were hiding in there, trying to stay in the library all night. On some nights, the library was open until 2am, and walking through the empty hallways and silent rooms at that hour was often pretty spooky.

On some of these late-night walks, I started thinking about writing a scary library story, but instead I ended up writing my picture book Library Lion, which is about as far away from a scary library story as you can get. But I wonder if that scary-library idea hung around in the back of my mind, and eventually turned up again in this novel. The evil librarian certainly makes the high school library in the book a very scary place at times. (Although careful readers will note that even though he’s very, very evil, he takes the librarian part of his existence very seriously. He’s actually a good librarian, when he’s not trying to suck out people’s life forces or do other very, very bad things.)


From Goodreads:

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).

My review:

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Cover: Clever – I like the overlay of the devilish outline and fangs with the title in the middle. Red on black = perfect.

I really, really like this. A demon (Mr. Gabriel) gets the job of a school librarian, ends up sucking the essence out of students, and gets girls to swoon, especially Annie, Cyn’s best friend. Cyn, the MC, is immune to the demon’s powers and she’s determined to stop him, whatever the cost.

Things that I liked about this novel:
1. Cyn’s crush on Ryan, the boy she ends up fighting demons with.
2. Cyn’s loyalty as a friend. She would walk to the ends of the earth (or to a Hellish place where demons dwell) for her best friend. I love how she doesn’t give up on Annie, even when Annie is under a spell.
3. The invasion of demons into the school and their murderous ways. Strangely, I was totally into the murder of teachers etc. That’s what’s great about a fiction. It’s make-believe!
4. The development of Ryan and Cyn’s relationship. It wasn’t insta-love. Even though Cyn has crushed on him for a long time, they don’t get together too quickly. I like how they talk with one another, learn about each other. (And sharing banana bread!)
5. The inclusion of the play Sweeney Todd. Cyn is in charge of props/stage crew and Ryan plays lead. Love that the demons are into the play and can’t wait to see the production.
6. The description of the store Books of Darkness: Your One-Stop Shop for Magic, Mystery, Hidden Secrets of the Universe. I could completely visualize the place.
7. Cyn is a strong female character, and I loved that she stood her ground, wasn’t swayed to change her mind once she decided what she felt was right.
8. The tackle!!!! Swoon. (You have to read it to understand!)

I really believe that young adults will enjoy this one very much! Even though the cover says 14 and up, I wouldn’t have a problem giving this to a seventh grader to read. And YES! libraries should absolutely carry this book!


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