Monday, September 26, 2016

Vassa in The Night by Sarah Porter

Book synopsis(via Goodreads):

In the enchanted kingdom of Brooklyn, the fashionable people put on cute shoes, go to parties in warehouses, drink on rooftops at sunset, and tell themselves they’ve arrived. A whole lot of Brooklyn is like that now—but not Vassa’s working-class neighborhood.

In Vassa’s neighborhood, where she lives with her stepmother and bickering stepsisters, one might stumble onto magic, but stumbling out again could become an issue. Babs Yagg, the owner of the local convenience store, has a policy of beheading shoplifters—and sometimes innocent shoppers as well. So when Vassa’s stepsister sends her out for light bulbs in the middle of night, she knows it could easily become a suicide mission.

But Vassa has a bit of luck hidden in her pocket, a gift from her dead mother. Erg is a tough-talking wooden doll with sticky fingers, a bottomless stomach, and a ferocious cunning. With Erg’s help, Vassa just might be able to break the witch’s curse and free her Brooklyn neighborhood. But Babs won’t be playing fair. . . .

Inspired by the Russian folktale Vassilissa the Beautiful and Sarah Porter’s years of experience teaching creative writing to New York City students.

***Many thanks to Net Galley and Macmillan/Tor/Forge for the advanced reader's copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.***

This insomniac's opinion: 

Ugh. You guys. This one was painful. Just a discombobulated mess of weirdness. Can someone please regift me the time that I spent reading this one? Please?

Worth staying up all night to read?

Not even a little bit. 


One star. If I'm being generous. 

The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein

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Book synopsis(according to Goodreads):

In her latest book, The Universe Has Your Back,New York Times best-selling author Gabrielle Bernstein teaches readers how to transform their fear into faith in order to live a divinely guided life. Each story and lesson in the book guides readers to release the blocks to what they most long for: happiness, security and clear direction. The lessons help readers relinquish the need to control so they can relax into a sense of certainty and freedom. Readers will learn to stop chasing life and truly live. 

Making the shift from fear to faith will give readers a sense of power in a world that all too often makes them feel utterly powerless. When the tragedies of the world seem overwhelming, this book will help guide them back to their true power.

Gabrielle says, “My commitment with this book is to wake up as many people as possible to their connection to faith and joy. In that connection, we can be guided to our true purpose: to be love and spread love. These words can no longer be cute buzz phrases that we merely post on social media. Rather, these words must be our mission. The happiness, safety, and security we long for lies in our commitment to love.”

When readers follow this path, they’ll begin to feel a swell of energy move through them. They will find strength when they are down, synchronicity and support when they’re lost, safety in the face of uncertainty, and joy when they are otherwise in pain. Follow the secrets revealed in this book to unleash the presence of your power and know always that The Universe Has Your Back.

***Many thanks to Net Galley and Hay House Publishing for the advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. ***

This insomniac's opinion:

Gabby Bernstein! Eeek!

 Ahem. Excuse me for a moment while I calm myself down.

 Let me explain my excitement. Gabby Bernstien(or Gabrielle Bernstein or Gabby B.- she goes by a few names) honest to God changed my life three years ago with her book May Cause Miracles, a book that helped me greatly lower my anxiety and turn around my very negative inner thoughts. That book was the beginning of an spiritual journey of sorts for me and was the the start of a whole new life for me. I consider Gabby to be my guru, even though I've never met her. So, you can see my excitement when I received the advanced reader's copy of this book(confession- I also ordered a hard copy for myself to lend out to friends!). 

I've read nearly all of Gabby's work and this new book may be my favorite. It has Gabby's characteristic spunk and brutal honesty but is the sort of book that a reader can take at their own pace, which I really enjoy(MCM is a 40 day journey that you should read everyday for those 40 days). I think this is a great follow-up for those that love Gabby's other work OR a great starting place for someone that isn't familiar with Gabby. There are lots of very useable tips to change your life in this book. I can't wait to lend it to all of my friends!

Worth staying up all night to read?

Heck yeah!


5 out of 5 stars

So what are you waiting for? Go grab yourself a copy!