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…
*From the book.
This book is super weird. It is like nothing, okay let me repeat it again. It’s like NOTHING like I’ve ever read before.
Since this book is a retelling of the Russian folktale called “Vasilisa The Beautiful”, perhaps those of you who have ever read that story before will already be familiar with Vassa in the Night. I haven’t, so this book is totally new to me.
This book is full of WICKEDNESS. It’s dark, it’s full of surprises, it’s unusual, it does not make sense, it is weird and dark. It is so wicked that there are moments when I actually can’t stand it. I didn’t expect the story to be this wicked. Okay, how many times have I repeated the word “wicked”? But seriously, this book is messing with my mind in a good way. There were moment of me saying “Wait, what? Oh no..”, or “What the…?”. Yeah. A lot of those moments.
Likes and Dislikes
( + ) What I love about this book is the strangeness of the story and how weird the characters are, but yet Sarah Porter manages to create a great story that plays with my emotions. It’s like I was in a roller coaster ride. The emotions of the main characters, Vassa and her doll “Erg”, feels real. Characters that I honestly can relate to. I may have shed a few tears reading this book.
I adore Vassa for her courage, for her kindness, and for her compassion. For not giving up when she has thousand of reasons to. But she chose to keep going, to face her fear. I also adore Erg, because she is so cute, protective, smart, brave, and crazy. The story has a slow pace, but it was not boring at all.
( – ) There are few scenes that are hard for me to picture in detail. I think it is because the chosen words are rather unfamiliar to me, so I need to read the sentences or the scenes two or three times to get it. That’s it.
If you are in the mood to read something WICKED with a lot of dark touches in it, or perhaps you love weird stories, I think you will love this book <3 I would love to hear your spoiler-free comments on this book though.
Thank you for reading, friends!