Kate Williams has written for Seventeen, NYLON, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, Vans, Calvin Klein, Urban Outfitters, and many other brands and magazines. She is the author of The Babysitters Coven trilogy: The Babysitters Coven, For Better or Cursed, and Spells Like Teen Spirit. Kate lives in Kansas.
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Adventures in Babysitting meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer in this funny, action-packed sequel about a coven of witchy babysitters who realize their calling to protect the innocent and save the world from an onslaught of evil.
Esme Pearl’s life used to be all about bumming rides and babysitting. Sure, it wasn’t glamorous, but it was predictable. All that changed when Cassandra Heaven came to town, and they discovered their complicated, and connected, legacy: Esme and Cassandra are Sitters, supernaturally-gifted teens armed with an ever-changing grimoire of Sitter witchcraft to help them protect the innocent and keep evil demons at bay. You know, the typical teenage stuff.
But just as Esme is starting to adjust to–and maybe even like–her new normal, life lobs another glitter bomb her way. The Synod–the Sitterhood’s governing circle–has called a Summit, a once-in-a-generation gathering that promises training, education, and whole lot of ice-breakers.
Esme should be excited–a Summit might mean she can finally get the answers she desperately wants–but she can’t shake a building sense of panic. Especially since Cassandra’s not acting like herself; Esme’s dad is MIA; Pig is out of dog food; Janis is scared to be alone; and there’s a guy who seems too good to be true, again. Worst of all, it soon becomes clear, there’s no one watching the kids. It’s obvious the Summit is a haute mess, but will it be a deadly one, too?
Thank you to Netgalley and Random House Children for the advanced copy in exchange for my review.
Thoughts and Themes: I really enjoyed the first book in this series so I was really glad that I got approved to read this one on Netgalley. I was happy to find that this book was better than the first one and kept me intriged the whole time I was reading it. While the pacing of this book is similar to the first book, I found that this one kept my attention through the beginning because it had a lot of new concepts being introduced.
I recall that the first book was advertised as a mix between buff the vampire slayer and the babysitter’s club but I am unable to comment on the accuracy of either of those comparisons. I also recall that the first book felt like a call back to the 90s but this book feels a lot more set in modern times.
I go back and forth with if this book is something that can be read on its own or if you need to read the first one before going into this one. This book does build upon the things that happen in the first story so I think it is better if you go ahead and read that book before you start it on this one. If you decide not to read the first one before you give this one a try, just keep reading as things do slowly get explained throughout this story and if you do enjoy it I suggest going back and picking up the first one to get more background.
Characters: You get introduced to the majority of the characters in this story throughout the first book but there are a bit of new characters that get introduced mid story. I really enjoyed getting to know the new characters that were introduced and seeing how they would play into this story. I also liked getting to know more about how these characters got to live as sitters their whole lives while Esme and Cassandra were new to this life.
Writing Style: This book is told in first person through the perspective of Esme. I enjoy a first person narrator because I feel that it lets you get an in depth view of one story. I like that we don’t get to see how Cassandra feels through all of this or that we don’t get to see Janis’s point of view because I feel that would take away from the main story line.