Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Babysitter’s Coven by Kate Williams. This tour is being hosted by Fantastic Flying Book Club. I’ll be sharing my review and some favorite quotes.
The Babysitters Coven (The Babysitters Coven #1)
by Kate Williams
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: September 17th 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Witches
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.
The Babysitter’s Coven is just a fun read. Is it the most perfectly written book? No. But it was really enjoyable and I would recommend it for anyone who likes The Babysitter’s Club, Adventures in Babysitting, The Craft, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I laughed out loud a lot throughout the book.
Esme is a babysitter. She only has one real friend, Janis. When they were younger, they decided to start a babysitter’s club with two other girls. But they left it and now it’s just Esme and Janis. I loved their friendship and Esme’s babysitting stories. And then there is the fashion. Both girls love fashion, so they plan outfits every day and name them. Both girls shop for vintage stuff and find these amazing deals. Some of the outfits sounded so cool. I wish I could see them, but could picture them pretty well.
When Esme is babysitting Baby Statan, Kaitlyn, something really weird happened. First, Esme couldn’t get into Kaitlyn’s room. Once she finally got the door open, Kaitlyn was gone. Esme found her on the roof and had to get her back in. Kaitlyn said a man with sunshine fountain hair, marker eyes, and sparkly clothes with ruffles took her. Esme just assumed that Kaitlyn’s mom let her watch Labyrinth since she just described David Bowie. It did bother Esme though. She truly does care about the kids she watches, even when they are a bit evil.
A new girl shows up at school, dropped off by a hot guy. This was a big deal since the town rarely gets new neighbors. Cassandra doesn’t really hang out with anyone, but one day, she approaches Esme. She asks about the babysitters. Esme thinks it’s odd and Janis doesn’t trust her. But they let her come over and take a job. During this time, Esme gets to meet the hot guy. He is Cassandra’s older brother, Dion. She crushes hard and they spend a bit of time together. Shortly after this, Cassandra finally tells Esme why she wanted to join the sitters. She found a note and book left by her dead mother that told her to find the babysitters. That was it. She had a picture of her and her mom along with Esme’s mom and Esme. Esme’s mom had a break from reality and lived in assisted living. She rarely spoke and didn’t make any sense. She did steal random items for her collection. So Esme doesn’t know much about her, but knew her mom was a sitter, too.
Esme starts to move things without touching them when she is really emotional. Cassandra’s moms information helps her realize that she has powers. And the book was a book of spells using random items that she could pick up anywhere. Cassandra has a power, too, and they slowly learn about what they are. Cassandra wants a lot of power and it goes to her head at times. Esme mostly wants to control it, learn more about her mom, and hang out with Dion.
I also have to mention Esme’s pitbull, Pig. I freaking loved this dog and was thrilled to read about her throughout the book.
When a girl does missing while Esme and Cassandra were watching her, they need all the help they can get to stop whoever it was.
There were so many pop culture references that I really enjoyed throughout the book. All the fun little “extras” made the book stand out to me. I gave it 4 stars. Thank you to the publisher for my review copy.
Warnings for anxiety, assisted living, parental death (not on page), kidnapping, bullying, demons, offensive jokes (mostly told by teenage boys), and a bit of sexual talk (by those teenage boys). There is also mention of inappropriate contact with students by a coach, but that didn’t actually happen.
“Esme, I think he wants me to help him wipe his butt.” Her voice was cracking with fear.
I blinked several times, taking in the entirety of his face. This was the most gorgeous guy I had ever seen IRL. Then I leaned over and threw up on the floor.
She wore her power well, like it was something that was owed to her. When I’d started to figure out what was going on with me, I’d felt the opposite.
I decided to do what I always did when I was depressed: watch horror movies and try to scare the sadness out of me.
“You have any dirty underwear around here?” she asked. “I love dirty underwear, and I haven’t eaten any in months.” “You ate a pair just last week,” I told her.
Babysitting on Halloween-what could not go wrong?
I was doing everything the opposite of the way Esme Pearl usually did things, and yet I’d never felt more like myself.
I’m a YA write or die, originally from Kansas but now living in California.
I’ve written for Cosmopolitan, NYLON and Seventeen, amongst other magazines, and worked with brands including Urban Outfitters, Vans and Calvin Klein.
The Babysitters Coven is my first novel, but fingers crossed it won’t be my last.
1 finished copy, US only.
Starts September 11th
Ends September 25th
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