REVIEW and INTERVIEW : The Babysitters Coven : Kate Williams

Author:  Kate Williams

Release Date: September 17, 2019

Format: E Arc

Publisher:  Delacorte Press

Page Count : 368


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.


Hello lovely readers! There is an author interview at the end of the review, make sure you check it out!

This book was so much fun! I love witches, girl gangs, and all things nostalgic. If you love those things also then this is the book for you!

It starts with a babysitters club but ends with so much more. These characters where all so much fun. Esme was our narrator and I personally never minded being in her head. She goes on quite the adventure. We see long lasting friendships, new friends, parental relationships, and a tiny bit of romance! The romance is just enough and has a fun end game! The parental relationship angle was great. It added depth and surprises. Cassandra is a wild card and crazy destructive BUT so much fun. JANIS is a goddess. I need say no more than that!

I don’t want to give things away but I really had fun reading this. This gives me sugar and spice and Jawbreaker movie vibes. Very campy in the best nostalgic way. They don’t make movies like this any more or books! THIS WOULD MAKE THE BEST MOVIE/TV SERIES TO BRING BACK THE VIBE. So please give it a chance I don’t think you will be sorry. FIVE STARS

ME: Thank you so much for taking the time to answer some questions. I loved the book! It gave me so many nostalgic moments. What inspired you to write this book?
KATE : I had the title way before I had the book. The Babysitters Coven always just seemed like an obvious pop-culture mash-up that I was surprised no one else had done it yet, and it combines three of my favorite things: teenage heroines x babysitters x witches!
ME: You have a great badass girl gang forming in this book, one I wish I was a part of! They are all so unique. They really jump off the page at you. Are you someone who just writes and lets the story take you? Or do you outline everything before starting?
KATE: I learned the hard way that I have to outline! For the first three years I worked on this book, it went no where because I didn’t know how to construct a plot. So now I make a very detailed outline before I start writing. I usually don’t stick to it, but it gives me a nice framework to come back to if I get stuck. I’m definitely a character-driven writer, though—the characters just appear to me, but then I have to work to give them something to do.
ME: You mention Buffy the Vampire Slayer often in this book. I am a huge Buffy fan so this was fun for me. Are you a big fan? If so who was your favorite and least favorite character?
KATE: I looooved Buffy, even though I was late to the party. I never watched it when it was on TV, but got really into it about 10 years ago. As for characters, I loved Spike—I thought he had really good development and some great lines. I love it when a “bad” character gets to have fun with being bad. I always found Buffy’s mom to be pretty meh, but I think that was because we never really got to know what made her tick.
ME: Do you have any unique or quirky writing habits?
KATE: My writing habits are all over the place. I have a 1.5 year old son, so when I can work, I tend to cram as much in as possible and write about 4-6k words a session. It’s not
ideal, but what I have learned about attempting a creative career while parenting is that you have to give up on ideal and be grateful for what you get! I am so thankful that I am able to write, and spend time with my family, and not have to make a choice between the two.
ME : Which of your character(s) would you take with you to spend the night in a haunted house? Why?
KATE: Oh my god, this is such a hard question! Cassandra probably, because she has superpowers and isn’t scared of anything. Janis also isn’t really scared of anything, and while she doesn’t have powers, she’s a really good problem solver. Also, Pig because she’s just a very good girl! That doesn’t really answer the question, but it’s too hard to choose!
ME: How many books do you plan for in this series?
KATE : I just finished the next one, but after that, it’s up to the publishing goddesses (and of course, lovely readers!!).
ME: What are you currently reading?
KATE: I just finished My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix, which I LOVED! It’s kind of like a grown up The Babysitters Coven, and it’s very nostalgic, referential and funny. Reading it felt like staying up late to watch a teen movie on a summer night.
ME : Lastly, the ending. OH MY LANTA the ending. I can’t say too much without spoiling but you know what you did to my non magical girl and it broke my heart, for her and my beloved girl gang. Please tell me you have already started writing the sequel? If so, can you give us a quick synopsis?
KATE : I just finished the second draft of it! There are Sitters, Sitters and more Sitters—Cassandra and Esme get to meet their counterparts from around the country. But there’s also plenty of Janis, Pig and even a little of stupid Dion. 🙂

Kates Bio:

I am a YA write or die, originally from Kansas but now living in California.

I’ve written for Cosmopolitan, NYLON and Seventeen, amongst other magazines, and worked with brands including Urban Outfitters, Vans and Calvin Klein.

The Babysitters Coven is my first novel, but fingers crossed it won’t be my last.