Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: The Babysitters Coven (The Babysitters Coven #1) by Kate Williams

Title: The Babysitters Coven
Series: The Babysitters Coven #1
Author: Kate Williams
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Witches
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: September 17, 2019

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.

Disclaimer: I received an Advance Reader Copy at no cost from the publisher/author. All opinions in my review are my own. 

This book was such a joy to read. It is very different from much of the YA fantasy that I usually read. It reads like a mashup of The Babysitters Club and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, two things that have had a special place in my heart at one point or another in my life. I truly loved the originality behind the premise. 

Esme is just the smart and quirky lead character that you want to champion. I adored her so much. She's so easy to relate to, and I think that other teens would be able to as well. Her character is the epitome of a typical teenage girl and it really took me back to my awkward teen years. I loved how realistic her character was. 

I noticed while reading this that the main character seemed much younger than she is supposed to be in the story. Esme is seventeen, but the general feeling of the book would lead me to believe that she is several years younger. 

I liked the theme of friendship throughout the book. A lot of books lay it down thick with romance and totally forget about friendships. This book felt quite the opposite. Esme does have a love interest in the story, but it peters out. Though it did feel like it may have been that way on purpose so that she can find a better love interest in the next book perhaps? 

Overall, this is a fun and entertaining story that is perfect for young teenagers. In the end, while I enjoyed the book it was obvious that I am not the target audience. If you enjoy a light read with a touch of magic then you'll no doubt have fun with this book. I am definitely interested in reading the next book in this series. 

Check out an excerpt on the Penguin website by clicking here

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.


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