When Cynthia Rothchild's best friend, Annie, falls head over heels for the new high-school librarian, Cyn can totally understand why - he’s really young and seriously hot and apparently thinks Annie would make an excellent library monitor.
But almost immediately, Cyn starts to sense that something about Mr. Gabriel isn’t quite right. Maybe it’s the creepy look in the librarian’s (literally) mesmerizing eyes, or the weird feeling Cyn gets whenever she’s around him, or the blood and horns and giant bat-like wings that appear when he thinks no one is looking. Before long, Cyn realizes that Mr. Gabriel is, in fact…a demon.
Now, in addition to saving her beloved school musical (Sweeney Todd!) from technical disaster and avoiding making a complete fool of herself with her own hopeless crush (who happens to be the only other person who knows the truth about Mr. Gabriel), Cyn has to save her best friend from the attractive-yet-very-very-bad clutches of the evil librarian, who has not only bewitched Annie but also seems to be slowly sucking the life force out of the entire student body!
©2014 Michelle Knudsen, original book published by Candlewick Press. (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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"A fabulous, and funny YA paranormal"
Yes! It's a great story and the witty dialogue and overall humor make it such a fun book! It's definitely worth a repeat listen.
While I can't think of a particular book right now, the paranormal storyline and snarky humor remind me of the early seasons of Buffy The Vampire Slayer (in style and overall feel, not that the characters or stories are similar.)
I'm new to audiobooks and have been disappointed with many samples I've tried, but she did a great job. I prefer dual narrators for male and female voices but she was able to do well with all of them and I found her very easy to listen to (and NOT annoying to me at all.;)
I loved the dialogue which was very humorous and Cyn's inner dialogue had me laughing quite often.
I highly recommend this book if you are looking for an overall fun and humorous book with a paranormal theme. (There are some curse words but they did not seem out of place being spoken by high school students. If a few here and there bother you, just be aware they are there.;) I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will definitely check out more titles from this author and narrator.
"All dialog with very little action."
Extremely repetitive. Heroine comes to the same conclusions over and over again and doesn't take action or move the story forward.
"Musical theater and an evil librarian... Yes!"
A female protagonist that doesn't require assistance from the male. She is actually more competent than the male love interest. While she does spend an inordinate amount of time mooning over Ryan, Cyn remains on task and focused throughout.
Also while they must devise a plan to defeat the evil librarian, life does continue on a mostly normal path. Cyn goes to classes, attends rehearsal as technical director for the school production of Sweeney Todd.
The writing accurately portrays that feeling you get when you actually talk to and develop a confusing relationship with a crush. Was that a flirt? Did I say too much? Are we going to kiss now? What did they mean by that?
The teens aren't perfect, they curse and skip classes. Characters lie,deceive and act rashly. They have inappropriate thoughts about their crushes. Shockingly this reminds me of my years as a teen.
Overall a great book that left me wanting more.
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