Book Review

The Babysitters Coven – Kate Williams

The Babysitters Coven (The Babysitters Coven, #1)

The Babysitters Coven by Kate Williams

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Babysitters Coven is plugged as Adventures in Babysitting (never seen) meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer (loved), so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this. Legitimately, the babysitters in this world are basically slayers – I know that it mentions Buffy in the description (and in the book), but that doesn’t change the fact that it ultimately just changed the word slayer to babysitter and Watcher to (honestly I forget, it wasn’t a particularly memorable book, whoops.) It felt too copy-cat to really ultimately be enjoyable and would have only been redeemable for me if it had really played up the fact that it was a parody of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

I picked this book to read because it was around October and I thought witchy reads would be perfect then. It didn’t really expect much from the book and I didn’t get much from it. The plot was campy and enjoyable in a fluffy, predictable supernatural way. The characters weren’t particularly likable or memorable for me. Esme was the main character, but beyond her love of “unique” fashion and babysitting – I could not tell you much more about her. Did she really even do anything else? I’m dubious.

Overall, it was an okay read for the Halloween season, but I’m not entirely sure if I would keep an eye out for the next book in the series to see what happens next. I’m just not that invested in the world and don’t have enough faith that it would improve going forward, which would make me want to read more of her books. It’s just a simple, campy, predictable, supernatural read.

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