Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

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Vassa in the Night

Author: Sarah Porter
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: September 20, 2016
Pages: 296

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Goodreads Synopsis: 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…

Jen’s Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

REVIEW: I really enjoyed this read. It had strange vibes, a doll that spoke, creepy I know, but weirdly I found this book very entertaining. Loved how the night was portrayed as being alive, with feelings, depth, and how everything, Brooklyn included, is not at all what it seems to be as it is in our world. Full of the supernatural and oddities that we find in Grimm fairy-tales and others like it.

I didn’t know how I was going to feel about Erg as I have been traumatized by doll movies at a young age lol. But, as I kept reading I found that I was not as freaked by her as I thought I would be, might also be the fact that no matter how much trouble she started or got involved with she was always there for Vassa. Still didn’t bring down the creepy factor by much, but it did keep things interesting.

“Vassa,’ Erg says firmly, ‘its going to be fine. As long as we’e together, you’ll be fine. And we’ll be together forever! So stop worrying!”

There was much going on in this novel and I couldn’t get enough of it. Day becoming night a lot quicker, was a big part of everything, bringing back what had occurred with night when the book first started. And Vassa finds herself at the center of many of the ongoing mysticism. Including dreams that seem as vivid as being wide awake, such as that with the man whom carries part of the night in him.

“Don’t speak to me.’ Suddenly the dark is rumbling on all sides. ‘What did I do?’ Even though he’s so angry, and with no real reason that I can see, I wish I could touch his face. Comfort him somehow. My hand is hovering in front of me and I suddenly notice that it’s giving off a white-gold glow. ‘You woke up.’ He makes it sound like an accusation. It’s true, though. I’m suddenly awake.”

I  can’t leave out Babs, that lady is a character and she truly instills fear in all those that come near her and her shop, most of them end up dead or indebted to her. If the reader needed more hair-raising moments and creepier characters, here comes a walking hand with no body that is just so disturbing as everything else in Vassa in the Night.

“The hand is big-boned and long-fingered. Bulging veins like indigo snakes that have gorged on too many rats. And there’s an oily mauve tinge to its skin.”

There is much that gave me goosebumps in this world, many of those things I am glad I do not see in a daily basis, but enthralled by it even so. And there is so much more that goes on in the rest of this book, aside from everything mentioned above. I am glad I gave this novel a try, even after seeing so many mixed reviews and feels about it, because I would not have known how much I would come to enjoy it if I hadn’t read it myself. Looking forward to adding more novels by Sarah Porter to my collection.

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