I requested this book because it seemed like a good addition for our Horror collection, which has always been kind of my pet project. If I had my way, I'd have an entire room filled with horror books, decorated with ghosts and gravestones and black lights- the whole shebang. But the more of this book I read, I'm not sure I'd shelve it with the horror.
There's not really anything horrifying in it- unless a reader is very religious and is uncomfortable reading about devils and demons. I ended up putting it in our YA collection. I really enjoyed the main character's, Cynthia's, narrative voice because not only is she a believable teen but she also seems to be kind of mocking typical horror stories with her flippant attitude towards the central conflict: the fact that the new (very attractive) librarian is actually a demon from Hell in disguise who is planning to suck the life out of the students.
For example this excerpt: "And so yeah, demons and death and scary terrible terrifying things waiting around every corner, sure, and, for some of us, impossible journeys to some hellish underworld on the agenda very, very soon. Whatever. . . .And so for now I am listening to my favorite songs and dreaming impossible dreams and ignoring the reality of the swiftly approaching future as much as I possibly can."
She's acknowledging this scenario and simultaneously remarking how ridiculous it is and in the same breath informing us that she has other concerns right now, and I find the passage a very truthful account of a typical teen's thought process. Maybe it would be stereotypical if this was a realistic fiction book, but because the plot is so ridiculous already, and the character is aware of it, it doesn't come across as cliche but perfectly in line with the book's tone.
I have to admit that I also fell under the spell of the (very attractive) librarian Mr. Gabriel. The author's choice of surname for him is obviously appropriate, because Gabriel is one of the most famous seraphim, so the contrast of a demon having an angelic name is enjoyable. Mr. Gabriel isn't really described in detail, at least not in his human form, except that he is young and very attractive and has glittering eyes. I also enjoyed this because it allowed me to create my own handsome, young librarian construct in my mind's eye. Something along these lines: