Title: The babysitters coven.
Author: Kate Williams.
Publisher: Delacorte press.
Page count: 355.
Release day: September 17th 2019.
Genre: YA, fantasy, paranormal.
Rating: 2 stars.
What is it about? (Summary from GoodReads)
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.
I expected this to be more magical realism than fantasy. But it was definitely a fantasy book taking place in ‘our world’.
In the first half, not much was happening. We got introduced to the characters and to the babysitters club, but that was about it for the first 200 pages. The magic was introduced but very slightly and it was not a very big deal.
And then in the second half, this whole other world get introduced, and new characters, and this whole secret thing (which I don’t want to say in case it is a spoiler).
So the pacing between the two halves was very different from each other. And I think because the first half was so slow, and tbh quit boring, I didn’t really care that much about the second half.
I feel the magic part was explained very rushed, which made it all a bit vague.
Basically this book felt a bit all over the place. As if the author couldn’t choose what to tell, and decided to tell everything. There were some references to movies/shows/actors I didn’t, because it was before ‘my time’. But more current things were nerdy?! There were demons, but only shortly. She randomly found out she had some magic, but wasn’t really surprised by it at all. Also her relation with her dad was weird, I didn’t really understand it, but maybe that was just me.
Something that just really annoys me is when abbreviations like AF/TBH/IDK are used in writing.. I understand it when we read text messages, even in talking I’m okay with it, but in just normal text it annoys me. I mean when I’m thinking I never think TBH I just think the whole words?!
I think it is clear I won’t continue with this series..