The Babysitters Coven

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The Babysitters Coven
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Age Range
12+
Release Date
September 17, 2019
ISBN
9780525707370
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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.

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The Babysitters Coven
(Updated: November 21, 2019)
Overall rating
 
3.3
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
3.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
What worked: This is a quirky, humorous at times paranormal novel where a babysitter's club is really a code name for a group of teens who are in charge of humanity. These teens have super powers that are suppose to help them banish evil from our world. There's lots of Pop culture references throughout, including a huge shout out to 90s icon Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

There's some really, really funny scenes throughout this story. The driver's ed scene with Esme had me literally laughing so hard I was in tears. Esme seems to be that accident prone girl where destruction follows her. She actually does like babysitting, and prides herself on being good at it.

Cassandra is another member of the Babysitter's Club. She's edgy, has mega 'tude, gorgeous and has her own ability. Seems when these 'chosen' teens turn seventeen, their supernatural abilities come into being. They even have their own 'Giles', someone who helps them with their task of keeping demons and other paranormal beings out of our world.

I liked this hilarious paranormal, especially the antics of Esme and her observations of the world around her. At times though the Pop references pulled me out of an otherwise engaging novel. There's going to be future Babysitter Club adventures coming in 2020. Can't wait to see the havoc that will follow Esme and Cassandra.

Humorous, modern-day spin on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer premise where those with superpowers learn to battle evil and still try to squeeze in time to study for their final exams.
Good Points
1. Quirky, humorous at times
2. Buffy meets Babysitter's Club
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