Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Review - The Babysitters Coven by Kate Williams

The Babysitters Coven by Kate Williams
Series: The Babysitters Coven #1
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: September 17, 2019
Date Read: September 9, 2019
Length:  368 pages
Source: Publisher
Adventures in Babysitting meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer in this funny, action-packed novel about a coven of witchy babysitters who realize their calling to protect the innocent and save the world from an onslaught of evil.

Seventeen-year-old Esme Pearl has a babysitters club. She knows it's kinda lame, but what else is she supposed to do? Get a job? Gross. Besides, Esme likes babysitting, and she's good at it.

And lately Esme needs all the cash she can get, because it seems like destruction follows her wherever she goes. Let's just say she owes some people a new tree.

Enter Cassandra Heaven. She's Instagram-model hot, dresses like she found her clothes in a dumpster, and has a rebellious streak as gnarly as the cafeteria food. So why is Cassandra willing to do anything, even take on a potty-training two-year-old, to join Esme's babysitters club?

The answer lies in a mysterious note Cassandra's mother left her: "Find the babysitters. Love, Mom."

Turns out, Esme and Cassandra have more in common than they think, and they're about to discover what being a babysitter really means: a heroic lineage of superpowers, magic rituals, and saving the innocent from seriously terrifying evil. And all before the parents get home.
My Review

I thought that this was a fun book!  I really didn't know too much about the book when I picked it up but I just couldn't seem to look away from that gorgeous cover.  Once I picked it up and started reading, I was completely sold.  This book did a lot of things really well and made for a very entertaining read.  I am so glad that I decided to give this book a try.

Esme and her best friend Janis are members (the only members) of a babysitters club.  When they aren't babysitting, they are busy looking for clothes at thrift shops or just putting together that perfect outfit.  When a new girl moves to town and wants to join their club, they are shocked.  Did I mention that there are some strange things happening to Esme?  Let's just say that Esme has a whole lot on her plate and more than a few things to figure out.

I loved Esme.  She hasn't had it easy but she is strong and seems to deal with everything pretty well.  I loved Esme's sense of humor.  I liked the fact that she doesn't always know what to do and is sometimes uncertain as I think anyone in her situation would be.  Janis was a pretty amazing best friend as well.  She was there when Esme really needed her and seemed to be the best kind of support for her.  I did have to warm up to Cassandra a bit.  I wasn't sure of her but a big part of that was probably due to the fact that Esme wasn't sure of her either.

This was a really quick read for me.  I really liked the humor that was a part of this story.  I didn't expect this to be such a funny book but I think that the humor really helped to set the overall tone.  I liked the paranormal elements that were a part of the story as well.  I thought that everything from the spells to the more action-packed scenes had a nice balance of mystery, humor, and magic.  I did feel like the story slowed down a bit in the middle but

I would recommend this book to others.  I thought that this was a very well done introduction to a promising series.  I look forward to future adventures with Esme and her friends!

I received an advanced copy of this book from Delacorte Press.
About the Author

Kate Williams has written for Seventeen, NYLON, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, Urban Outfitters, Vans, Calvin Klein and many other brands and magazines. She lives in California, but still calls Kansas home. The Babysitters Coven is her first novel.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Instagram


  1. Lol, I like the sound of this. Go babysitters!

  2. I only just recently heard of this one but I've been seeing some really positive reviews for it already this week. I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

  3. oh, witches that babysit...I can see how powers will help with that

  4. I've been waiting for this one forever it seems. Glad you liked it. Now to get my hands on a copy.

  5. witches...babysitting...sound like a hoot and a book i would love
    sherry @ fundinmental

  6. Oh it's great to find a new good series like that!

  7. I loved Adventures in Babysitting so that reference got my attention! Sounds fun. :)

  8. I am with you. This book wasn't perfect. It took quite a while to get into the whole babysitter business, but it was entertaining the entire time, and I had fun reading it.

  9. It does sound like fun and would also be a fun show for television.

  10. I have seen this cover around and I have to admit, I love the cover of it too which is why it intrigued me a lot too. I am glad you could enjoy it and that it had good humor as well. Esme sounds wonderful!

  11. I am really anxious to read this one, and am so glad you liked it, Carole.

  12. This sounds good but I have to be so careful with YA. Some of it just doesn't grab me. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Wonderful review!

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  13. I love the cover, too! Is there a paranormal element to it? 📚

    Thanks for sharing your review. 👍✨


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