Review: ‘Vassa in the Night’ by Sarah Porter

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Review: ‘Vassa in the Night’ by Sarah PorterVassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
Published by Tor Teen on September 20th, 2016
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Pages: 296
Format: ARC
Source: requested from publisher
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 away 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…

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Two sisters, step-mother, no father and the main character is exceedingly beautiful. At first I was getting Cinderella vibes, but then it changed and upended everything I knew. It was just so different and unique that I can’t ever look at a convenience store the same way again.

Vassa in the Night was one of the most bizarre and well written books I have ever read. I actually don’t even know what I just read, but the imagination and creativity to pull it off was incredible! I’m still confused, but the good kind because I was thoroughly entertained! The quirky characters, the creative magical realism setting, the plot.. They all worked out and what the result was? One charmed reader who will tell others how bizarre and odd it was.

Here’s the one memorable example in the book:

“There is a convenience store on chicken legs. If you’re caught stealing, they behead you and place it on a pike in the parking lot.”

Vassa in the Night will charm reader’s socks off! It definitely charmed me 🙂

book quotes

My sole ambition is to be anyone but me, and anywhere but here. (29)
Well, I try not to be mean, anyway. For whatever that’s worth. I don’t honestly think it’s good for much. (140)
I know a night-doll-monster-beast isn’t the most conventional choice for a boyfriend, but does his inhumanity really have to be a deal breaker? (153)

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  1. Michelle

    February 21, 2017 at 11:33 PM

    Wow it sounds like they should make this into a movie. Dakota Fanning for Vassa please!
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    • giselle

      March 1, 2017 at 10:22 PM

      They really could. I could picture Dakota or her sister as Vassa.

  2. Sophia Rose

    December 8, 2016 at 2:28 PM

    I love darker fairytale retellings so this is on the list for me.
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    • giselle

      December 11, 2016 at 6:59 PM

      It was written so well!

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