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For Better or Cursed – Kate Williams

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Esme and Cassandra, under the tutelage of Brian, just finished saving the world from an apocalypse (not that anyone even noticed, thanks to some handy-dandy mindwiping).

These teens have just come to terms with their calling: to protect the innocent and save the world from an onslaught of evil.

And what a doozy it was. They now know that in their world, there are Sitters – who use their witchy magic to keep their charges safe and the world free of demonic portals (caused by red magic).

After the crazy events of the last near-miss of the apocalypse, Esme and Cassandra thought they were going to have a nice and relaxing break – only to realize that the Synod (the people who govern the Sitterhood covens) have called a Summit – a huge magical conference.

And it’s happening in their home town! Esme and Cassandra have less than 5 days to host a party and tidy up some rather inconvenient secrets of their town.

And at the same time, Esme’s dad has pulled a disappearing act, her mom’s curse is being ignored by the higherups in the coven and Cassandra is likely cursed! What is a girl to do?

So, while this was a second book in the series, I do feel like it can be read as a standalone.

The characters were pretty good. Esme was an interesting main character to watch and was engaging throughout.

She had a great sense of humor and her little observations about characters or moments of snark really made it enjoyable. I loved the way she’d play off of other characters in the book – so hilarious!

I loved the concept of this book – with the witchiness combined with babysitting.

And I loved the way the author kept adding more and more tension for the characters. It kind of felt like everyone was juggling eggs and I was waiting for one of them to fall and crack.

All in all, this is my first time with the Babysitters Coven but I really enjoyed the experience!!

With thanks to Netgalley, Kate Williams and Delacorte Press for a free copy in exchange for an honest review

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