Wednesday, August 24, 2016

waiting on wednesday: vassa in the night

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted over at Breaking the Spine!

This week's pick:
Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

release date: September 20 by Tor Teen

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.

Okay, number one, I am obsessed with this cover. Number two, I am also obsessed with Russian folklore. Number three, I love that it is like magical urban fantasy?? In any case, I absolutely cannot wait for this one to come out! 

what are you waiting on this week?



  1. I'm so excited for this one! It sounds absolutely charming and like something that ends up sticking long after it's been finished. Great pick!

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  2. I would have skipped right over this based on the cover, but that is a great blurb. Nice pick!

  3. This sounds different and original, and the Russian folklore angle (Babs Yagg) caught my eye. The cover doesn't jump out at me at first look, but after looking at it a bit I do like the nighttime view and the skyline. Looks like an interesting read!

  4. I'm so excited for this one! I've been debating whether to preorder since it sounds absolutely delectable. Great pick!

  5. Oh, I love the sound of this. And the cover's so pretty. I hope you get to read, and enjoy, it soon. Thanks for sharing, and for stopping by my WoW earlier. :)


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