Waiting on Wednesday #72: Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s book:

Book cover for Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
Vassa in the Night
Author: Sarah Porter
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: September 20, 2016

Summary (from 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.

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This book sounds like it’s going to be such a unique read! I am very intrigued by the fact that it is a retelling of a Russian folktale while being set in Brooklyn. I am a big fan of modern retellings, so I’m sure that I am going to enjoy this one.

10 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday #72: Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

  1. Joyce Linnet says:

    I’m actually super excited about this one too. I love modern retellings, especially when they take place in places that are real but are made fantastical. I was actually going to do this one this week but I decided on a different one but I’m definitely waiting for Vassa in the Night too. Good pick!

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