For Better Or Cursed by Kate Williams
Adventures in Babysitting meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer in this funny, action-packed sequel about a coven of witchy babysitters who realize their calling to protect the innocent and save the world from an onslaught of evil.
Esme Pearl’s life used to be all about bumming rides and babysitting. Sure, it wasn’t glamorous, but it was predictable. All that changed when Cassandra Heaven came to town, and they discovered their complicated, and connected, legacy: Esme and Cassandra are Sitters, supernaturally-gifted teens armed with an ever-changing grimoire of Sitter witchcraft to help them protect the innocent and keep evil demons at bay. You know, the typical teenage stuff.
But just as Esme is starting to adjust to–and maybe even like–her new normal, life lobs another glitter bomb her way. The Synod–the Sitterhood’s governing circle–has called a Summit, a once-in-a-generation gathering that promises training, education, and whole lot of ice-breakers.
Esme should be excited–a Summit might mean she can finally get the answers she desperately wants–but she can’t shake a building sense of panic. Especially since Cassandra’s not acting like herself; Esme’s dad is MIA; Pig is out of dog food; Janis is scared to be alone; and there’s a guy who seems too good to be true, again. Worst of all, it soon becomes clear, there’s no one watching the kids. It’s obvious the Summit is a haute mess, but will it be a deadly one, too?
This is a book two. There are spoilers for book one below.
I actually ended up liking For Better or Cursed more than The Babysitter’s Coven. That surprised me since I rarely like a book two more. This was a fun, quick read.
Esme and Cassandra are still dealing with the after effects of Halloween. Cassandra is losing time and acting weird during it. She has no idea what she’s done when she snaps out of it. Esme’s dad isn’t paying bills and that’s been stressful for Esme. Brain tells them that the Synod is going to have a summit for Sitter’s and they need to plan the party. The Synod seals the portal during this time.
The girls meet some other sitters that they got close to. I ended up loving all the new characters. Each girl has a different kinesis. There’s a lot of talk about Red Magic and why it can’t be used. The Sitter’s magic is about protecting the innocent and not for personal gain like Red Magic. Esme meets a boy there, Adrian, that she starts to connect to. It’s hard for her after what happened with Dion. Janis and Pig are back, too. They are probably always going to be my favorites. During the summit, Esme sees a demon outside and can’t figure out how it got out with the portal sealed.
Like the first book, there is a lot of pop culture and fashion, which made the book fun. Esme and Cassandra learned a bit more about their parents, but they still have more questions than answers. Esme is determined to break her mom’s curse. The ending has a bit of a cliffhanger and I’m just hoping for the best in the third book.
I gave this book 4 stars. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for my review copy.
Warnings for blood/cutting, parent in a nursing home type place, demons and dark magic.
Have you read this yet? Did you read The Babysitter’s Coven?