Waiting on Wednesday (135) Vassa in the Night

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. Click the link to see the original post plus a whole slew of links to other blogs. After you read this one, of course.

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Vassa in the Night

Author: Sarah Porter
Publisher: Tor
Release Date: September 20, 2016

Synopsis 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 Yaga, 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, Vassa in the Night weaves a dark yet hopeful tale about a young girl’s search for home, love, and belonging.

Why I’m excited:
With the recent cover reveal, I’m going to guess this one is going to be fairly popular this week, but I just couldn’t resist because what a cover this is. So pretty! I never really got into Russian fairytales, so while I know about Vassilissa the Beautiful, I don’t know, like, ALL about her. I love a new look at an old story, though, so I’m looking forward to this one.
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  1. I did see this on another blog today. I think it sounds interesting. I don't know that much about Russian fairy tales or folklore though I did read a YA fantasy that had the witch Baba Yaga in it. Good pick!

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