Book Review: Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen

Cover: I think that this cover is pretty awesome. I love that it looks like a school book but also looks like an old book that might be used for I don’t know maybe summoning demons. I also Love the fact that it has a big huge b-movie devil drawing on the front.

Synopsis:#EvilLibrarian He’s young. He’s hot. He’s also evil. He’s . . . the librarian.

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).

Goodreads Rating: 3/5 however it really is a 3.5/ 5 

Review: Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen is a fun read. However, there were some parts of this book that annoyed the hell out of me. So this story follows Cynthia Rothschild, she is the run of the mill average teenager. She spends most of her days hanging out with her best friend Annie and lusting after her crush Ryan. One day a new librarian arrives at her school and her friend Annie is smitten, actually she becomes rather obsessed. Annie stops hanging out with Cyn and starts spending all of her time in the library. What Annie does not realize is that the new librarian Mr. Gabriel is a demon. Now I do not want to say too much more on the premise of the story. However, it basically breaks down into Cynthia discovers that he is a demon and all hell is set to break loose at the closing of the schools musical Sweeney Todd. This book left me with a lot of mixed feelings while I liked the book I hated it as well. First thing first, I liked it because it did make me laugh, it was a tad ridiculous. Which is what made this a fun read. If the authors intentions were to write a B movie style book she hit it on the nose. However, the thing that got on my nerves was Cynthia’s consistent lusting after her crush, sure I get it, she thinks that he is hot and swoon worthy, that is great. However, I do not feel that this needed to be stated a billion times throughout the course of the book. Eventually, Cynthia and Ryan start hanging out because Cynthia tries to convince him that something is off about Mr. Gabriel. Ryan is reluctant to believe her until they walk into the Library and find him in a demon like form. From there Ryan and Cynthia begin hanging out and try to figure out how they are going to save the school from Mr. Gabriel. I felt that every time the story started getting better it was stopped by Cyn’s consistent lusting after Ryan. For Example, in one part of the book Ryan and Cynthia are talking to a teacher, whom they think will be able to help them, however, Cynthia can do nothing but lust after Ryan. “Maybe he’s got some additional motivation, maybe there’s a larger story, some ultimate overarching goal, but in the end, demons do what they do because they want to. I think our essences are like candy to them. Or like drugs. They cannot always come through to our world; that must be true, or else we would all have been wiped out long ago. But some of them come through, and some of them are able to get to us in various ways.” “Alright,” Ryan says. “So how do we stop him?” LOVE. Seriously, the way he stays on topic is just incredibly hot. (Pg 131). Stuff like that happens A LOT throughout the duration of the book. Other than that the book was ok. It read like a B movie, which is always fun. It is cheesy and ridiculous and that is what I enjoyed. I don’t mind a little bit of the girl drooling over the guy, but this was overboard. All in all I do not foresee myself reading this book again in the future. I do believe that this is a stand-alone novel, however, if there was a second book I may pick it up, but I am not too sure. Have any of you read this book? If so, I would love to hear your thoughts. Leave your comments letting me know below.

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Book Review: Jackaby By William Ritter

Jackaby

Cover: I absolutely LOVE this cover. I love the colors and I love the style. It tells so much about the book without giving anything away. BEAUTIFUL!

Synopsis:Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary–including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police–with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane–deny.

Doctor Who meets Sherlock in William Ritter’s debut novel, which features a detective of the paranormal as seen through the eyes of his adventurous and intelligent assistant in a tale brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre.

Goodreads Rating: 5 out of 5. 

Review: Jackaby by William Ritter is one of my new all time favorite books. It is a combination of Sherlock Holmes meets Doctor Who, which if you are a fan of these shows you are going to LOVE this book. The story follows Abigail Rook who sails from England to New Fiddleham in 1892. She has the need for adventure in her life, which is why she left home. When she arrives in New Fiddleham she has little to no money and a few select items of clothing. While in a bar she meets R.F. Jackaby a strange and delightful character. He is a detective of the paranormal. Jackaby while he reminds me of Benedict Cumberbatch’s version of Sherlock Holmes he does posses qualities that remind of Matt Smith’s portrayal of the Doctor. While this is a short book, only 299 pages, it is fast paced and it flows really well. It draws you into the world and it makes you feel like you are right there alongside Jackaby and Abigail Rook. From what I understand this is not a stand alone book, I believe it is going to be a series, though I do not know how many books there will be. I will have to do some research and find out! Once I do though I will let you guys know. I am so excited to see how the story will progress. While there are no cliff hangers at the end and everything is tied up I believe there is so many ways that this story can develop. So if you have had not had a chance to check this book out yet I suggest that you do. You will be in for one heck of a ride. If you have had the chance to read it I would love to hear what you guys think!!! Let me know in the comment section below.