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For Better or Cursed

(The Babysitters Coven #2)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  1,028 ratings  ·  216 reviews
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 Cassandr
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Published December 15th 2020 by Delacorte Press
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Audrey The end of the ARC for this says the Sitters will return in 2021. So there will be at least a third book.

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Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-read
For Better or Cursed is the second installment to The Babysitters Coven trilogy by Kate Williams. This Comedic Teen series channels heavy Buffy vibes mixed with a bit of The Craft and a dash of Adventures in Babysitting.

Witchy besties, Esme and Cassandra, are back and beginning to settle into their new lives as full-blown Sitters.

They're back at school, babysitting and continuing to learn under Coach Brian's tutelage.

After their battles in the first book, Cassandra seems to be suffering from so
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: releases-2020
Star Rating: —> 4.5 Stars

My rating on this one is mostly based on my enjoyment of this rollercoaster ride of a sequel! This was SO SO SO good!!! It was just SO entertaining & unexpected; it was even better than the first one!

I really just enjoyed this SO much. An awesome, fresh take on, somewhere between the abilities of witches & hunters, guardians of the innocent (against demons, monsters, etc.)... SITTERS!

Sitters, slayers... tomato, tomahtoe ;-)

These books are like y'know, that guilty pleas
Miranda Reads

Just published my October Book Vlog and whew! It was a lot of reading but so worth it!
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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
Ashley Daviau
Feb 06, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t know where I expected this sequel to go after the end of the first book but it definitely was NOT this way. And I’m not at ALL mad about it because it was pure spooky brilliance! I just love the campiness of this series, the dashes of The Babysitters Club and pinches of Sabrina the Teenage Witch come together to make such a fun read. It does get a bit darker and serious in this one which I didn’t mind because they were fighting a pretty big “evil” so the darkness was perfect. But, and I ...more
Oct 30, 2022 rated it really liked it
I don't know how it happened, but somehow I went from wanting to DNF the first book in the series to being absolutely hooked.
I mean, the story is still silly, over the top, and beyond unrealistic, but I'm all in.

Sep 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
Why did I wait so long to read this?! For Better or Cursed is the second book in The Babysitters Coven series and it just keeps getting better. I think book three is due to come out soon, and that's excellent, because I NEED to know what happens next! Also, I would be remiss if I didn't talk about that cover. I mean, it's pretty freaking sweet. The cover of the first book caught my eye from all the way across the book store and it was love at first sight, so kudos to the cover artist because the ...more
Cole (*≧∀≦*)
Oh god I’ve got a lot to say about this book. I gave the first book 3 stars because i thought “well the execution was a bit poor, the use of texting acronyms in dialogue was weird, and there were many odd interactions between characters, but it’s a debut so maybe the next book will be better”. I was wrong. This book felt the same as the last one, potentially even worse

I’ll start with the characters. If I had a dollar for every time Esme made a snarky comment about a side character I would probab
Sep 06, 2021 added it
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Jan 12, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun sequel to the first Babysitter's Coven book that picks up where book one ended. In this book we get to know more about the organization as Esme and Cassandra are tasked with hosting a once every ten year Synod conference. Pig the pitbull has a starring role in this book and I can't wait to find out what happens to him in book three! Great on audio, this book is a not to be missed supernatural teen adventure story perfect for fans of Buffy the vampire slayer! ...more
Jess - The Hexed Library
DNF @ 30%

I can't do it.

These covers are so gorgeous and I love the premise but I can't deal with the execution of the story.

The plot is not for me. There are too many variables of lying to everyone around you, hiding BIG things from the people who could help, and characters who are basically pointless. Throw in a shady love interested and you've got this book.

Oh yeah, don't forget that everyone is in danger of dying but they're planning a huge party? I just . . . it's so ridiculous I can't stan
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
This was so much fun. I want to be a babysitter now.
Rya Northrop
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I hate that I love this series so much.
Dec 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great second book in The Babysitters Coven series. There are still things that need to be resolved so there has to be a third book in the works... right?? Right? This one takes place not long after the last. A month or so in fact because the first was during Halloween and this one everyone is ready for Christmas. With like three days notice the leaders of the Sitters decides to close all the portals and have a giant multi-day meeting, in Esme's tiny town. Of course nothing is what it seems and ...more
Oct 23, 2022 rated it liked it
This was okay. I so enjoyed the first book. I feel like these second books are a lot like the second movie in you think should we have just stopped at the first? Maybe I will read the third/closing book.
Jul 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. I liked the first book better but this one is still fun. I’ll have to read the next one to find out what happens.
This one was great! And unexpected twist for sure. Now on to the last one!
Oct 17, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Did I like it or did I just not despise it as much as the first one? Either way, never has a book two done such a strong uptick, because this was not painful to read like the first. I would even venture a 2.5? It might have been because I was able to get the audiobook for this one and thus, was more easily able to ignore how utterly trash all the characters are.

Here is the thing that I think makes these books the most painful- the author really nailed the teenage voice, which is impressive, but
Dec 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5, rounding up. The Babysitters Coven series is so full of humor and adventure! I always have a good time when I'm reading them, and For Better or Cursed helped me cope with a fairly serious reading slump. Lighthearted and fun, For Better or Cursed followed Esme and Cassandra on to the next chapter of their Sitter experience. Sitters are like babysitters, but instead of babysitting children and keeping them safe, they're babysitting the world and keeping it safe from demons. And instead of bei ...more
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: For Better or Cursed

Author: Kate Williams

Book Series: The Babysitters Coven Book 2

Diversity: f/f relationships

Rating: 5/5

Recommended For...: December 15, 2020

Publication Date:

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Pages: 384

Recommended Age: 16+ (Gore, Violence, Animal violence/near starvation)

Synopsis: Adventures in Babysitting meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer in this funny, action-packed sequel about a coven of witchy
Audra (ouija.reads)
I adored The Babysitters Coven, and I was looking forward to seeing what Esme, Cass, and Pig would be up to in this second entry.

The upbeat, stylish, and sarcastic Esme is such a fun narrator. The book is often silly and over the top, and I am completely here for it. This book focuses on a summit, where all the Sitters (aka teen witches who fight demons) come together to learn about their kinesis (aka magical powers). Of course, shenanigans ensue and everything goes horribly wrong, leaving Esme
Sarah Jefferson
After the events on Halloween in The Babysitters Coven, Esme and Cassandra have started to get the hang of Sitter life: Fighting demons, protecting the innocent, and training with Brian, their counsel. However, after being trapped in the Negative, Cassandra isn't quite herself, unable to remember exactly what happened in the Negative and having crazed episodes. To top it off, Esme's dad is having money trouble AND their coven is hosting the next Summit for all sitters. The Summit should be a tim ...more
Leigh Thomas
Oct 17, 2021 added it
Shelves: 2021
This series is slightly ridiculous and over the top, but it is also so much fun, especially if you're in a big BSC x Buffy mood (the marketing rumors are true). There are certainly a few odd/awkward things (and I felt that the amount of times the phrase "and then it hit me" was used was well within the range of how-did-this-get-past-the-editor). I also sense that maybe there are some serious nostalgic ties to the Babysitters Club left unresolved but hey, we all have our things. In fact, I even w ...more
Jun 18, 2022 rated it liked it
Shelves: witchy-stuff
better than the first one for sure, I think it definitely gained a lot from having a bigger cast of characters this time around which was honestly one of the things I was missing from the first. I think one of the other issues is that every other character is infinitely more interesting than the protagonist, but hopefully now the other Sitters will play a bigger role in the third and I’ll like that even more.

I think my main complaint is just that the writing feels like self-insert fan fic I wou
Elizabeth Mellen
I’m disappointed to be giving this 3 stars because I loved the first one and was hoping to recapture that experience, but it was so slow and some very odd descriptions and similes/metaphors that left me perplexed. (I hope no one is comparing my face to a Krispy Kreme 😂)

Cassandra made me more and more uncomfortable as the book went on, and I wanted to be rooting for her. She’s really horrible to her brother, and Esme seems slightly concerned but never takes it further.

Janis and Pig were my favor
Alexis The Nerdy Bruja
3.5/5 stars

** I was provided an E-ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review **

I'll start by saying I did enjoy this book, however not as much as the first book. I think I just felt that the beginning was slow and the end was very fast-paced, so I kept wanting to put it down. This of course this changed the further I got into the book, but it hindered my enjoyment a little. Overall though I enjoyed the story and the writing and would definitely recommend
Jan 22, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this second book in the trilogy and was quite happy that it was not a kind of lame bridge novel, this novel has some ACTION in it!!

As Esme and Cassandra are forced into a weekend Sitter's conference without ever having been to one before and having no idea what to expect, it becomes an adventure! And of course, scandal unfolds!

I really enjoyed this novel and it was crazy with the twists and turns and definitely finished with me having a lot questions and I want the next novel righ
Apr 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is another amazing sequel that I actually loved more than the original book! I really enjoyed getting to see more of the sitters and their world. The Summit allowed us to learn so much more about everything in such a natural way, and made a perfect setting for the main events.

Once again the humour is on point, honesty the chickens killed me! And we got even more POC and LGBTQ+ rep which made my heart so happy.

Really excited for the final installment!
Jan 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As far as sequels go.... this did NOT disappoint! 🤗 There was just as much chaos and magic and general ridiculousness AND a third installment has been confirmed for the end of 2021.

Esme & Cassandra have become quite efficient in their work as babysitters— not in watching over young charges, Cassandra wasn’t cut out for that, but in returning the baddies that find their way out of the Negative to threaten the mortals of their small Kansas town. Just as they’ve established a routine though, their
Tiffany Dawn
Apr 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow this was so good! I just love everything about this series. From the writing to the character development. There was not a point in the book that was boring to me. Can’t wait for the next one in the fall!!!!
Ali D
Oct 24, 2021 rated it it was ok
I think we can call it a neferet complex now...iykyk
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I'm the author of The Babysitters Coven trilogy (girls, magic, fashion, friendship, LOLs and dogs) and the thriller Never Coming Home (islands, influencers, bikinis, biscuits and gravy, and murder).


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