Hi Everyone! It’s Becky. I downloaded the audiobook of The Babysitter’s Coven by Kate Williams because it sounded like a fun Buffy the Vampire Slayer read-alike. Unfortunately, I found myself a little disappointed in this one. Here are my thoughts:
Title: The Babysitter’s Coven
Author: Kate Williams
Note: I listened to the audiobook.
Summary: Esme Pearl is an amazing babysitter. She does everything a parent could possibly want from the person taking care of their child. However, Esme’s job duties begin to change after her seventeenth birthday. The strange creature begins to threaten Esme’s charges and she doesn’t know what they are or where they came from. When Cassandra Heaven appears at Esme’s school the two girls quickly learn that they are the newest generations of Babysitters, girls with powers to fight demons and protect the innocent. Can Esme learn her new powers in time to save her babysitting charges and herself?
Review: This is the type of book that I usually love but this one just never got there for me. I found the idea of a secret society of teen girls who are “babysitters” but actually fight evil kind of awesome and totally appeals to the part of me that watched every episode of Buffy dozens of time. However, this book just didn’t have characters that I loved. I tried to like Esme but she never came to life for me. There was something a little flat about her. Cassandra was anything but flat but there was something about her that bugged me more than entertained me. The secret society was never really explained in a way that made me fully invested in their story. Where did they come from? How many other girls are there? Will there be a training montage in future books? I don’t know and, sadly, I don’t think I really care. Plus, there is an issue in books lately about magic being able to solve all problems and this is what it felt like in this book. Esme didn’t really have to learn anything or grow because she could fall back on magic. Adding to all that is a conclusion that happened a little too quickly. I needed a little more resolution instead of a rushed ending to feel like the book had been worth my time. Also, unfortunately, I was a little bored at times. This book is the first in a series but I doubt that I will revisit these characters in book two.
Final Rating: 2.5 out of 5