The Babysitters Coven
by Kate Williams
Book #1 in the Babysitters coven series
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.
oh the references! There were so many amazing references in The Babysitters Coven, I was in heaven! The story is littered with pop culture references and it was incredible.
The Babysitters Coven follows Esme as she discovers that there may just be something paranormal about her and her town.
The flow of the story was easy to read with little pockets of information dumping but nothing that made me feel like I was being bogged down with information. I felt I knew enough to continue to be engaged in the story and that I would learn more if I kept reading. This is a story recipe that always gets me, I am a reader that is always desperate to know more and understand the world as the characters begin to understand more.
Esme felt like a classic teenage protagonist with a passion for fashion and a classic nonchalant teen personality. The only things she takes seriously are babysitting and her dog Pig. I didn’t feel myself getting annoyed with her, even when sometimes her annoyance with her dad seemed unwarranted.
I really enjoyed the pacing of the story. There were times when things to be happening quickly, the book beginning on some intense moments, however I felt that even though these devices sped up the pace of the book a bit they really worked to grip the reader from the beginning.
The story overall gave me some crazy charmed/ Buffy vibes (one of which is referenced in the book) that had me enjoying my time with the story. I cannot wait for the next instalment!
Ease of reading: 8/10
Character Development: 6.5/10
World Building: 6/10
Quality of Writing: 6/10