[460]: Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen


GOODREADS SUMMARY | Candlewick Press | September 9th, 2014 | ARC Paperback, 343 pages | Young Adult | Paranormal | Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars

My husband, the sounding board.

So this is what happens when I’m not in proximity of another person passionate about books. My husband receives the brunt of the abuse. The poor man. I don’t think he can take any more of my hissy fits in the name of frustrating books, so I suggested all too sweetly that he invest in one of those noise cancelling head phones.

“Have you  considered reading from another genre?” He asked.

As if I haven’t been trying! I just…I really need to get out of this YA funk, or I’m in trouble. Because 80% of the books on my TBR are YA!

Help. Me.

It’s like Hellmouth, except…not.

Evil Librarian is the story of how satan found his own personal Hellmouth at the school’s library. What does he want? Well, besides total world domination, he wants food. And what kind of food? Not pizza, that’s for damn sure. Souls. He eats the souls of the students weak enough to be captivated by satan’s charms. Cynthia, for some reason, is immune. Her friend Annie, however, was not. Soon, and almost predictably, he started killing teachers. The human race’s problems  worsens when Cynthia learns that the doorway from hell to Earth is open like a 7-11. Between trying to save her best friend, preparing for the school production of Sweeney Todd, and trying to garner up the courage to talk to her crush, Cynthia also has to find a way to close the doorway.  But hey, I’m sure with a little bit of time management and determination, she’ll manage to achieve world peace and eradicate poverty before the year is out. This girl is buhh-sy.

I am not impressed.

First, I’d like to apologize for the glib tone of my review. I don’t know how else to write this without a serving of sarcasm. So please move on if you’ve had enough. Otherwise, keep reading.

What didn’t work for me here? Well, it wasn’t horror. It wasn’t even funny either. Romance? What romance? I felt like Knudsen kept putting her readers on the edge of something but doesn’t really come through for us. Like the ominous background music is on, indicative of the coming heart stopping scene only to watch someone…eat a banana.

There was a generous helping of swooning from Cynthia and Annie, but honestly? I don’t get it. Most of the time, Ryan (Cyn’s crush) was oblivious, and maybe even spacey. Because of that, I never really felt like there was anything resembling a spark between the two. And what’s with the overly contrived tension that wasn’t really there? It was just plain awkward.  The “hot” librarian looks to be in his twenties, but apparently, this has no bearings because, well, he’s the devil. And who gives a flip about laws, moralities and such? No one, that’s who. Anyway. Demon magic or not, that is just…gross. No matter how hot he is. Especially if he’s planning on making Cyn’s friend into the bride of Satan himself. Ick.

Why was Cynthia immune to satan’s hypnotic mojo, but the rest of the school is not? Beats me.

I can’t find anything redeeming about this book. Mostly, I thought it succeeded in stating the obvious: Demons are evil. The end.

  • Hah so although I enjoyed reading your review it does make me a little sad because I got this book from the wonderful ladies at Candlewick and was looking forward to reading it. I heard it was not to be taken seriously but in humorous way. I will still give it a shot someday but I am a little more skeptical now.

    • Oh I know! Candlewick has always been good to me, too. I just feel real bad when I couldn’t enjoy their books. 🙁

  • Oh Joy, sorry this didn’t work for you either. It’s really a pity, I kinda want it because of the cover… nope, nope, not going to actually buy it 😀

    I hope you get out of that funk soon. And I don’t know if it’s going to be any help or not but the books I have read recently were all pretty good and I would definitely recommend some of them to you as well. So if you haven’t already read them (I don’t remember seeing reviews of them here): Boys Don’t Knit series, The Dogs of Balboa by Rose Christo, The Universe Versus Alex Woods and Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia are all books you would probably enjoy/love 🙂

    • Oh! I have The Universe Versus Alex Woods. I’ll keep that in mind for my next reads. Boys Don’t Knit series sounds interesting, as well, The Dogs of Balboa. I have to see if I can find myself copies.

      Thanks for the recommendations, Cayce!

  • Sorry you didn’t like it :/ I’m definitely not convinced to read it xD Good review though! (:

    – Love, Felicia
    ( http://asillygirlsthoughts.weebly.com/ )

  • Sarcasm is an art form that you have mastered in this review! Thank you for the cheesy grin on my face while reading (:

    This book sounds.. boring seems like not a harsh enough word. Pointless could be the one I was looking for..? Little to no romance, along with no explanation or answers to questions? And no goosebumps while reading? Meh. You have every right to be disappointed! It seems as if the last handful of books that you’ve read have been underwhelming. If YA is your genre, have you tried any books by Jennifer Armentrout? Personally, I have yet to be disappointed in anything that she has written. Just a suggestion to get you out of your slump of meh books! Good luck with your next read girl!
    Morrighan @ Elysian Fields ( http://ufbooks.blogspot.com )

    • Yeah. Unfortunately, I found that her characters tend to me cut from the same cloth. It immediately became tedious. :/

  • Ha, great review. My husband does not share my passion for books either, unfortunately. Haha

    • They’ll just have to endure the torture, I suppose. 🙂

  • It’s difficult when you’re waiting for something and it finally doesn’t come up…. I think I saw this one a while ago but I don’t remember the review. I’m sorry it wasn’t for you.

    • Thanks, Melliane. Dem’s the breaks. 🙂

  • Alise (Readers in Wonderland)

    LOL Joy! I’m really glad I have a co-blogger to express my frustration with, my family members and friends would definitely kick me out otherwise. Your husband sounds like a pretty good sport though 🙂 The characters and romance sound pretty frustrating, as does Cynthia’s random immunity. Hope you find an awesome read soon!

    • Sometimes, I think having that kind of co-blogger would be awesome…and then I’ll remember just how much of a nut job I can be when it comes to frustrating books, and I scare myself . Lol.

  • Hahaha… I’d still check this library out. Sorry it didn’t work for you though, I feel bad for the hubs.

  • I’m on the waiting list for this book at my library…but it looks like it’ll be a pass for me. Thanks for the heads up!

  • Oh no. I was excited to read this because look at that cover, it’s so beautiful. Too bad it didn’t deliver. 🙁

    • I thought that too! I thought the cover looks creeptastic. Too bad I didn’t enjoy it quite as much. *sad panda face*

  • Sheeesh, good thing I didn’t request this on Netgalley. Hope your next read is better, xx

  • Aw. I’m sorry you had issues with this book, Joy : That’s not good. I am not reading it, but looking at the cover, it looks pretty awesome, lol ;p But anyway. I adore your review. <3 Thank you for sharing sweetie 🙂 And haaaah. Your poor husband, lol 😀

    • It does look awesome. I think you should try and see for yourself. Who knows? Maybe you’ll like it? 🙂

  • I hate book funks, they seriously are the worst! I am so sorry you are going through one right now. 🙁

    • I know. Hoarders can’t afford to be in a funk! So cruel. 🙁

  • This review made me laugh! I have this one on my TBR list, but I’ll reconsider after reading your opinion.