When I saw this cover (omg I want a tattoo like this) and the title (I used to read The Babysitters Club), I was like “yes, please!” Witches, babysitters, and a secret?? That’s my jam. But The Babysitters Coven was a little different than I expected. It’s still about teenage girls and babysitting and witches, but the twist near the end kind of threw me for a loop (in a good way). But before I say too much, let’s get to the review!
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
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.
Esme is just a normal teenage girl trying to get by until she can leave her boring hometown. She hangs out with her best friend, Janis, they obsess over fashion, and they babysit. It’s a pretty normal life.
But then weird shit starts happening.
During driver’s ed, the car moves on its own and while playing dodge ball in gym class, a ball meant to hit her in the face veers back in the direction of her bully.
And then Cassandra Heaven and her brother, Dion come to town and Cassandra seems to know exactly what’s going on with Esme.
Turns out, the strange things that keep happening to Esme are her own doing. She has powers. How does Cassandra know all this? Her mother left her a note and her journal filled with spells. And Cassandra is a witch herself.
While Esme can move things with her mind, Cassandra can set things on fire. Together, they practice spells and figure out what they can about the dark being that keeps coming around when they babysit.
But witch-training isn’t the only thing on Esme’s mind. Dion just so happens to be hot af and seems interested in Esme. They have a few dates together and seem to have a connection, but before anything really starts, the whole witch thing gets in the way.
And as it turns out Esme and Cassandra aren’t the only witches in town
Their gym teacher, Coach Davis, happens to be a teacher/trainer for new witches and he helps them hone their powers. And they need all the help they can get because one night, while Esme and Cassandra are babysitting, the little girl they’re watching is taken and sucked up into a portal. They must figure out how to get her back and how to defeat the evil villain who came through the portal from the other side.
This book was such a fun read. I loved going on this journey with Esme and Cassandra (and Janis once Esme finally tells her what the hell is going on). I especially liked the fashion element. Esme and Janis are total fashionistas and picturing their outfits based on the book’s descriptions made my fashion-loving heart so full. Two descriptions I especially loved were “Sylvia Plath goes to prom” and “art teacher on a bender.” LOL
Oh and that twist at the end I was talking about? Well, no spoilers, but lets just say, don’t expect too much romance. Dion turns out to be kind of an… idiot and Esme (thank god) has standards.
Also, don’t discount Esme’s mom. There’s a huge secret behind why she is the way that she is and I hope, since it seems like this will be a series, that the next book has her gaining her freedom.
The Babysitters Coven is a fun, delightful, and magical book that I needed after reading so many sad/dark stories. Sometimes, you just need a a light read and that’s exactly what this was for me. I am giving it 4 out of 5 stars. If you like witches, fashion, and girls fighting off evil together, this is the book for you.
The Babysitters Coven by Kate Williams is out now!
Thank you to NetGalley and Delacorte Press for the free eARC in exchange for my honest review.
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