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.
This is a book I had a really hard time getting into and it’s also a book I was really looking forward to reading. I absolutely adore this cover and I love the idea of this book a group of girls who babysit, who have magic and fight monsters and demons yes please.
With that said the book I got was not the one I was expecting, (which seemed to have happened to me a few times this year side eyes serpent and dove). The babysitters coven reads young I had a hard time remembering that the characters where in high school and not middle school. There were times I had to put the book down and just take a breath because of this before I could continue reading.
While I love Buffy and I love the nod to the show this book relies very, very heavily on it (maybe a little too much) the sitters (this worlds version of the slayers), counsel (which is this world version of the watchers) the way how they explain the portals (hellmouth) It felt almost like a fanfiction.
Despite all that I did somehow manage to enjoy this book after I had given up on what I was expecting and started reading it for what it was.
Things I didn’t like
. The characters I found most of the characters to be a little annoying especially Esme’s.
.the magic system okay by now you all should know how I love magic systems and world building a good magic system and world makes my heart sing and makes me want to live inside the world.
With the babysitters coven I had a really hard time with both of these things. I found the magic very unbelievable and something maybe a child would come up with. They have spells like meat manipulation in the book and hair manipulation and they used items like erasers shaped like fruit and vape cartridges.
Even though I didn’t fully like the magic system it was one of the more originals things in this book and there were a few thing I did enjoy about it.
.the world building
.the ending I have mixed feeling about this like I do with the magic system, the last half of the book is where I started to enjoy myself and I like the big final battle but after that is where I have a problem with it. At the very end the council cleans up the mess, the bad guy is put away and it ties up the ending of the book a little too good and I just really hated that a little, I wanted more from the ending especially since we know there’s going to be a second book and I didn’t get that.
Things I liked
. I loved the background story from Esme’s mom I thought it was really interesting when we finally learn the truth about why she’s gone mental.
.Parts of the magic system, okay while I didn’t like most if the magic system and found it to be very silly and childish I did find parts of it fascinating I really loved that the way they talked to people in the negative (the world the demons come from) is a magic 8 ball and I also like that normal people can steal magic from sitters.
.The fact they have a demon named Kevin who works for the council.
. The romance/not romance I really liked that they started to do something and then it just never happened, not every book needs a romance in it and I like that this one didn’t.
In the end I did enjoy this book it remind me a little of a Disney show but I’m not sure if I’ll pick up the second book.