Book Reviews

Book Review: Vassa in the Night

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Title: Vassa in the Night

Author: Sarah Porter

Book Summary (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 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.


This was on of the craziest fairytale retellings I’ve read so far and I highly enjoyed it. The book is based on the Russian fairytale “Vassilissa the Beautiful”, which I only knew about during this book because I have no knowledge in the Russian fairytales.

The writing in this book was captivating and lyrical, that just makes putting down the book hard. The story is weird and full weird dream, and walking hands. There were some funny dialogues that I couldn’t stop laughing at, and at the same time, the story is dark and gory and magical. The author drew such beautiful descriptive images.

While reading, some stuff flew right over my head because I didn’t know the original fairytale the book was based on, and so I would recommend you reading the original fairytales so you can have a better understanding of the story. But, you can totally read it without reading the original fairytale.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


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