Reviewed by Cara C., Grade 10
One day I was browsing through Overdrive, an app through the school library where you can choose online books to read, trying to find an interesting book. My eyes wandered over to the horror section, where I spotted the fiction book Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen. At first, I thought the book seemed a bit strange. The cover did not look very scary in any way; it just seemed to be strange. I was a little doubtful at first, but I decided to try out the book.
This story follows the protagonist, Cyn, who is living an average high school life. She has a best friend, Annie, and a secret love interest, Ryan. Annie is a quiet, smart, normal girl. Everything is perfectly fine until the new librarian, Mr. Gabriel, shows up. Annie immediately falls head over heels in love with Mr. Gabriel, and Cyn is concerned. Annie starts cutting class and avoiding her friends just to spend time with Mr. Gabriel. Cyn starts to notice other students acting weird, too. Almost like they’re zombies but still breathing. She begins to investigate and notices everyone interacting with the new librarian seems to be slow and dazed, except for her. One day, after having an accidental encounter with Ryan, she mentions the librarian to him. He thinks she is crazy and does not believe her. She tells him that she can prove her theory and he follows her up to the library. What they see changes the rest of the story completely. Cyn has to become a heroine with Ryan by her side to go on a quest to save Annie and their entire school.
On a 1-5 rating scale, I would give this book a 4. It was one of the most interesting and creative books I’ve ever read. There were some parts that focused on the school play a bit more than was needed for the plot to develop, but other than that it was an enjoyable story that I recommend reading if you like teen stories, romance, and of course, supernatural themes.