Content Warnings: bullying, home invasion
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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.
WHERE DO I EVEN BEGIN WITH THIS BOOK???
The Babysitters Coven has definitely been the second most disappointing book I’ve read this year. There was so much wasted potential that I’m honestly having a bit of a hard time wrapping my head around it all.
Before I get too far I want to let you know that I did DNF this at 60%. I wanted to finish it so bad since I was so far into it but I couldn’t do it.
Kate Williams writing was mediocre at best. The plot was so thin and the majority of the time it felt like Williams wasn’t sure where she wanted her story to go. It also seemed like she wanted to make this an empowering feminist book but she instead contributed to stereotypes. The cheerleaders? They’re bullies that start fights over boys.
Nothing in this story felt connected. Details would pop up and then be quickly forgotten. Sometimes they would reappear but it all felt very random. Nothing seemed like there was a purpose behind it.
If it’s supposed to be funny then where are all the jokes? Did they all go over my head? Did I somehow skim over them? I DON’T KNOW.
None of the characters were likable. They were all flat and one dimensional and none of their actions made much sense. Janis, Esme’s supposed best friend, was constantly mean to Esme. We need to stop showing teenage girls that friendships, where one person is abusive to the other when things don’t go their way, is okay.
Overall, The Babysitters Coven was a huge trainwreck for me. The synopsis promises so much and Kate Williams never delivered. I’m not going to tell you to skip reading this all together if it’s something you’re interested in but maybe check it out from the library or borrow it from a friend before buying it yourself.
A digital ARC was provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.