Me before reading this book: There was a musical version of The Scarlet Pimpernel? (Although, why wouldn’t there be?)
Me after reading the book: Where have this musical (and this book) been my whole life?
Okay, I’m exaggerating, but only a little. Like Evil Librarian, the first book of this trilogy, I did not think that Revenge of the Evil Librarian was the sort of book I’d like. I was looking forward to reading it, because Evil Librarian proved me wrong, but I was still a bit apprehensive, because it may not live up to the first book. I have to admit that there are bits that disappointed me just a little, but they’re balanced out by the bits that made this book so much better.
In this book, Cynthia Rothschild thought that she had put all demon-related things behind her with the defeat of Mr. Gabriel, and was happy with the fact that (1) she was going to a theater camp for summer, and (2) so was Ryan, her former crush, and current boyfriend. Once she reaches camp, however, she finds out that Ryan’s best friend at camp is a girl – and not just that, but a girl that Ryan had never mentioned to Cyn. And she couldn’t seem to shake the feeling that something else is going on around camp, and that it might be something demonic.
The two things that bothered me in this book were:
(1) the fact that Cyn was just a little too focused on Ryan for parts of the book, and as cute as they were as a couple, they weren’t the reason why I was reading this.
(2) the fact that Ryan’s best friend obviously had a thing for Ryan, which made for three things I didn’t like – girls and guys not being able to be friends without wanting a romantic relationship; the girl vs. girl thing; and the resulting love triangle between the three.
But! These are the things I liked:
(1) Cyn was still funny and awesome whenever her attention’s on someone/something other than Ryan. Oh, and the fact that her tendency to decide what’s best for everyone was explored in this book, which I hope would bring her other friends into the next one.
(2) Theater. Camp. I am so jealous of not only people who had options like this growing up – I am incredibly jealous of all the young people who get to read books like this to find out that these options are available somewhere in the world. Seriously, this camp sounded amazing.
(3) The Scarlet Pimpernel. I put my reading on pause a few times just to look up songs and videos on YouTube.
(4) The original musical that Cynthia was doing the stage design for. It sounded incredible, and I wished it was real and something I could watch and listen to.
(5) Peter. I absolutely loved his character. Like with Aaron from the previous book, I’d love to dedicate a couple of paragraphs to him, but that would be too spoilery, so I won’t.
There will be a third book – Cynthia still owed the demoness a favour – which is supposedly coming out this year (according to Michelle Knudsen during our skype Q&A event last year), and I can’t wait.
Note: I received my copy from Pansing Malaysia for work.