Witches + Babysitting = Funniest Book I've Read All Year || ARC Review: The Babysitters Coven

by - Monday, August 26, 2019

Author: Kate Williams
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: September 17, 2019
Genres: YA Contemporary Fantasy

I was given an ARC by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Official Synopsis

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.


It’s been awhile since I last laughed this hard while reading a book. It is just SO funny and relatable in so many ways. Anyone who has babysat—whether your siblings or other children—will sympathize and adore Esme Pearl. Also, this book will give you all the fall and Halloween feels! Bring on warm sweaters and hot cocoa!

Esme has been a babysitter since she was twelve...and she doesn’t really want to do anything else right now. I love how practical Esme is—she’s also fashionable, loves kids, and keeps her head in dangerous situations. Like when there’s someone trying to kidnap kids in her small town. The relationship she has with her friends, including her new friendship with Cassandra, takes me back to high school. There's all the drama, all the heart.

The fun in this book is non-stop. Once Esme discovers she is a Sitter, the fun just gets better, more magical. The magic system in this book is maybe not as intricate as other fantasy books, but it’s unique and interesting, a very creative idea, which I enjoyed. (I won't say much because...spoilers ;D)

This book is also very unpredictable! I didn’t guess even a little bit of what would happen at the end, so I’ll definitely be picking up the second book. It ended with a bang and definitely left me wanting more. Can’t wait!

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  1. This book had been on the edges of my radar, but your review has sealed the deal for me---I definitely want to read it!! I love a book that makes me laugh, and this just sounds fantastic.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    1. Yay! I'm so glad! I think it's been riding under the book universe's radar, but I think everyone should read it!