The Babysitters Coven by Kate Williams
Esme is a babysitter, and a damn good one. But when her latest charge sleepwalks out of her window and onto the roof, Esme begins to realize that strange things are afoot. And something is wrong with her as well…
This was a solid read, although it’s definitely geared towards younger teens, despite Esme being 17. It felt a lot like Rebel Belle in tone, plot and pacing, although social outcast Esme couldn’t be more different than Type-A Harper Price.
I like Esme’s snarky voice, which was funny and upbeat, and I really enjoyed most of the book except for the part with the villain (who came out of nowhere) and all things Dion…who was just ick.
However, the overall story wasn’t as fun or spoopy as I thought it would be? I was thinking something along the lines of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (as mentioned in the blurb) and also more babysitting and more…coven…but this was mostly just Esme linking up with asshole Cassandra and drifting apart from best friend Janis and trying to figure out what was happening with things moving about her. Aside from Esme (who had an intriguing internal monologue but all of the outward personality of Bella Swan), all of the other characters were mostly one-dimensional or existed within their defining quirk. It was also less witchy than I expected, which was a disappointment.
Just about the only thing that was interesting was Brian, and now I am showing my age, because a man who is an interior decorator and likes cozy things is super hot (sorry, honey). Although the sportsball obsession was less hot (yes, I married a non-sporty lesbian—they do exist).
Anywho, I ended up listening to the audiobook because I missed the publication date and my digital library had a copy. Go libraries!
The ending has a set-up to more books. I had thought this was a standalone (don’t know how, considering the series is right there in the title), but the ending leaves room for more adventures and expansion into this universe. I don’t think I’ll be continuing though. It was good, but overall fell a little flat.
I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.
The Babysitters Coven released 17 September 2019 from Delacorte Press