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  • Go babysitters!

    I thought that this was a fun book! I really didn't know too much about the book when I picked it up but I just couldn't seem to look away from that gorgeous cover. Once I picked it up and started reading, I was completely sold. This book did a lot of things really well and made for a very entertaining read. I am so glad that I decided to give this book a try. Esme and her best friend Janis are members (the only members) of a babysitters club. When they aren't babysitting, they are busy looking for clothes at thrift shops or just putting together that perfect outfit. When a new girl moves to town and wants to join their club, they are shocked. Did I mention that there are some strange things happening to Esme? Let's just say that Esme has a whole lot on her plate and more than a few things to figure out. I loved Esme. She hasn't had it easy but she is strong and seems to deal with everything pretty well. I loved Esme's sense of humor. I liked the fact that she doesn't always know what to do and is sometimes uncertain as I think anyone in her situation would be. Janis was a pretty amazing best friend as well. She was there when Esme really needed her and seemed to be the best kind of support for her. I did have to warm up to Cassandra a bit. I wasn't sure of her but a big part of that was probably due to the fact that Esme wasn't sure of her either. This was a really quick read for me. I really liked the humor that was a part of this story. I didn't expect this to be such a funny book but I think that the humor really helped to set the overall tone. I liked the paranormal elements that were a part of the story as well. I thought that everything from the spells to the more action-packed scenes had a nice balance of mystery, humor, and magic. I did feel like the story slowed down a bit in the middle but I would recommend this book to others. I thought that this was a very well done introduction to a promising series. I look forward to future adventures with Esme and her friends! I received an advanced copy of this book from Delacorte Press.

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  • quirky, unique, & comical

    Disclaimer: Penguin Random House International has sent me an e-galley of the book in exchange for an honest review. ♥ Witchy books are especially easy to find if you just look closely. What’s difficult is finding the perfect balance of reality and fiction. But this is where The Babysitters Coven lies in wait. It has the perfect mixture of modern society with the right amount of witchy vibes thrown in. Esme Pearl is a 17-year old girl who thinks that babysitting is the perfect job for her in consideration with being “hidden” to the eyes of the people from her school. Little does she know, that there is an inherent calling that made her want to babysit. The Babysitters Coven is more a journey of discovering oneself and finding your calling more than actually babysitting. The first chapter of the book is epically enticing, with its intriguing event and unusual setting. Kate Williams is especially good with her humour. It is either she is a comical personality, or she just has that comedy seeping out of her whenever she writes. The Babysitters Coven gave me a good, hearty laugh, but it also evoked a creepy atmosphere. The book has its ups and downs. It rises and falls like the sea with the changes of the moon, but it is a special read. The characters are a little bit underdeveloped and yet they are vivid and highly relateable. Being that the book is a strong urban fantasy story, the contemporary vibe of it can be highly predictable but that is where the fun in guessing lies. Overall, I had so much fun with the book. It is quirky, unique, and highly comical. What made me put out a 4-skull rating instead of a perfect five, though, was how the story progressed. Although I know for a fact that this would become a series, I think it could have worked out better. Kudos to Kate Williams for her highly recommendable first novel.

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