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. 

Rating: 

One star. If I'm being generous. 

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