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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 neighborhoodIn Vassa’s neighborhood where she lives with her stepmother and bickering Well that was COMPLETELY BIZARREbut in a good way You know what makes sense in this book? Absolutely nothing Welcome to Russian foklore We have houses on chicken legs and talking dolls and hands sans bodies gallivanting around It's justit's all so weird and you honestly have to go into this kind of book EXPECTING it to be weirdly wonderfully bizarre or you'll end up exploding 89% of an eyeball I read Deathless earlier this year and it has some of the same folklore so I was ready Plus I love Russian things I've read a fair bit of Russian folklore and IT'S JUST SUPER WEIRD AND SUPER COOLI mean this is set in Americabut Still Lowkey sad it's not set in Russia tbhBut even though I thought it wasn insanely goodly weirdI did have a fair few problems with it Which kind of makes me sob because I SUFFERED FOR THIS BOOK Because firstly A it was super expensive dangit and B for some reason the ink from the cover rubbed off on my hands while reading so now I look like I murdered a ballpoint pen #TrueBookwormSufferingAnyway List time L I K E S• Vassa was a really cool protagonist She was pretty snarky but still kind of adorable WHICH IS A GLORIOUS COMBINATION And she totally just went with it when everything was going crazy• The magic is mostly accepted by the world Which I liiiiike I mean there's this convenience store that BEHEADS SHOPLIFTERS So People are just like yep that's a dangerous store over yonder coolio instead of screaming and moving to Madagascar for safety reasons I LIKE WORLDS LIKE THIS Magical realism ftw• The magic is also CRAZY I maybe mentioned this book is weird a few times? Because it is like for instance it starts off with the nights getting longer And I don't mean sunset coming later I mean a minute lasting an indeterminable amount of time And everyone is literally like okay this is annoying but also whatever • Also there's NO ROMANCE I mean Vassa might be considered to have a crush on someone at one pointbut there was no logicchemistrybuild up to it so I consider it a non romance which is eual parts refreshing and awesome• DUDE I LOVE HOW LAID BACK THE WORLD WAS I swear I accidentally fell into Australia here If someone had said she'll be right mate after a beheading I wouldn't have been surprised• It's a retelling Specifically of Vassalisa and her dolland Baba Yaga But dude retellings are the best My favourite I'll take five• Creeptastic moments? WE GOTCHA Especially at the end There were some seriously ewwww moments that made me shudder Which I approve of Creep me out yes please and thank you That's what I'm here for• So it's actually uite dark But it mixes the humour in and the weirdness so it doesn't seem dark and then WHOOMP SOMEONE'S GETTING THEIR HEART PULLED OUT THEIR THROAT Fun times Wellnot really But you my get my drift I hope Probably notD I S L I K E S• But what were anyone's motivations?? I still have no idea I mean Vassa is sick of her half sister being passive aggressive at her so she goes off to this DEADLY CONVENIENCE STORE and gets inducted into working for Baby Yaga or she'll be murdered But like Vassa had another AWESOME sister who loved her unconditionallyso why was Vassa in the no one loves me mind set???? Huh?? And like why would she go potentially die at this shop to spite her other sister?? It just DID NOT COMPUTE• Plus I got confused A LOT I think this is due to how whacky everything was But like I'm still not really sure what Baba Yaga was trying to doat all Like wut now say when huh how• It actually got tedious with the pacingplot Because Vassa is working in a convenience store on chicken legs for 89% of the book THEY BARELY GO ANYWHERE ELSE This does get dull I admit And there were long random soliloues from minor characters And bizarre detours that didn't really fit And I HONESTLY DIDN'T KNOW WHERE THE BOOK WAS GOING MOST OF THE TIMEALL IN ALL I enjoyed it but I'm a little disappointed I expected the weirdness but I wanted a bit solidness with the plot And I wish the creeptastic moments had been spread throughout the WHOLE thing instead of mostly at the end But like IT WAS SO COOL AND CREEPY AND I JUST LIKED IT Plus I'm totally addicted to Russian things so I was doomedAlso reason #9589 it is NOT SAFE TO GO SHOPPING You never know if the store is gonna behead you for being annoying 110would not recommend ever going shopping ever anywhere goodbye UOTES Babs is planning to chop my head off in the morning I explain unless I can get every trace of blood out of the snow I'd run away but if I try it I'll turn int a swan So I just wanted to ask is it legal for her to kill me?Panglin starts and paws his own face as if I had just presented him with some sadistic riddle Are you asking me thissimply to mock the limits of my legal perspicacity? To cast me in a labyrinth and laugh while I strain to decipher each flex and bar of the way?No n I say I'm totally sincere I'd really like to knowChelsea snorts with disbelief clamps an arm around my shoulders and starts hustling me towards the street Tomorrow you can send the owner a note explaining everything Say that you're terribly sorry but your family refuses to let you work for a serial killer Blame me if you want Oh my sister's so overprotective She just wouldn't listen when I told her dismembering people doesn't bother meThe cake I have to admit looks delicious with fat cherries layered in custard and dark chocolate pastry Gilchrist: A Novel rooftops at sunset and tell themselves they’ve arrived A whole lot of Brooklyn is like that now but not Vassa’s working class neighborhoodIn Vassa’s neighborhood where she lives with her stepmother and bickering Well that was COMPLETELY BIZARREbut in a good way You know what makes sense in this book? Absolutely nothing Welcome to Russian foklore We have houses on chicken legs and talking dolls and hands sans bodies gallivanting around It's justit's all so weird and you honestly have to go into this kind of book EXPECTING it to be weirdly wonderfully bizarre or you'll end up exploding 89% of an eyeball I Wired for Culture read Deathless earlier this year and it has some of the same folklore so I was Archangels War (Guild Hunter, ready Plus I love Russian things I've Breed of Innocence (The Breed Chronicles read a fair bit of Russian folklore and IT'S JUST SUPER WEIRD AND SUPER COOLI mean this is set in Americabut Still Lowkey sad it's not set in Russia tbhBut even though I thought it wasn insanely goodly weirdI did have a fair few problems with it Which kind of makes me sob because I SUFFERED FOR THIS BOOK Because firstly A it was super expensive dangit and B for some Me Write Book reason the ink from the cover The Princes Mistress rubbed off on my hands while Cosmological Enigmas reading so now I look like I murdered a ballpoint pen #TrueBookwormSufferingAnyway List time L I K E S• Vassa was a Information Infrastructure for Enterprise Coordination and Integration really cool protagonist She was pretty snarky but still kind of adorable WHICH IS A GLORIOUS COMBINATION And she totally just went with it when everything was going crazy• The magic is mostly accepted by the world Which I liiiiike I mean there's this convenience store that BEHEADS SHOPLIFTERS So People are just like yep that's a dangerous store over yonder coolio instead of screaming and moving to Madagascar for safety Immortal Jellyfish reasons I LIKE WORLDS LIKE THIS Magical At Hells Gate realism ftw• The magic is also CRAZY I maybe mentioned this book is weird a few times? Because it is like for instance it starts off with the nights getting longer And I don't mean sunset coming later I mean a minute lasting an indeterminable amount of time And everyone is literally like okay this is annoying but also whatever • Also there's NO ROMANCE I mean Vassa might be considered to have a crush on someone at one pointbut there was no logicchemistrybuild up to it so I consider it a non California romance which is eual parts Never Goodbye (Albany Boys, refreshing and awesome• DUDE I LOVE HOW LAID BACK THE WORLD WAS I swear I accidentally fell into Australia here If someone had said she'll be Afgantsy right mate after a beheading I wouldn't have been surprised• It's a Chivalry retelling Specifically of Vassalisa and her dolland Baba Yaga But dude ISRAEL & THE PALESTINIAN TERRI retellings are the best My favourite I'll take five• Creeptastic moments? WE GOTCHA Especially at the end There were some seriously ewwww moments that made me shudder Which I approve of Creep me out yes please and thank you That's what I'm here for• So it's actually uite dark But it mixes the humour in and the weirdness so it doesn't seem dark and then WHOOMP SOMEONE'S GETTING THEIR HEART PULLED OUT THEIR THROAT Fun times Wellnot Distant Early Warning (Star Trek (Star Trek: S.C.E., really But you my get my drift I hope Probably notD I S L I K E S• But what were anyone's motivations?? I still have no idea I mean Vassa is sick of her half sister being passive aggressive at her so she goes off to this DEADLY CONVENIENCE STORE and gets inducted into working for Baby Yaga or she'll be murdered But like Vassa had another AWESOME sister who loved her unconditionallyso why was Vassa in the no one loves me mind set???? Huh?? And like why would she go potentially die at this shop to spite her other sister?? 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Vassa in the Night

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 375 stars This is uite possibly the most bizarre book I've ever read But I actually ended up liking it a lot Vassa in the Night is a book I would have never picked out for myself but I got it in one of my Owlcrate's and decided to give it a shot I've been needing a change of pace with my genre's lately so I picked up this oneAnd my god this book is weird BUT the writing style sucked me into the story and I felt like I got lost in the pages of this peculiar tale “Why did it take me so many years to understand that Night is something you can talk to something that might even decide to watch over you or kiss you just when you're about to crumple from loneliness?” The story begins when one of Vassa's stepsisters asks her to go to the local convenience store to get light bulbs for their apartment But Vassa's Brooklyn isn't like our regular Brooklyn it's one under the curse of longer nights and sparse days And the local convenience store isn't convenient at all it's a place that beheads shoplifters and hooligans run by Babs Yagg Vassa might be able to break the curse Babs Yagg has on the neighborhood but she also might get herself killed “No matter who I couldn't save before no matter if I'm stuck being a random mess of a girl I'm still going to save something” Like I said before this book is just plain weird But at the same time it's enchanting I went into this book expecting not to like it based on numerous negative reviews and a low average rating so imagine my surprise when I just couldn't put it downI have no clue who I would recommend this one to it's a hit or a miss for a lot of people The only real negative thing I have to say about this book is the plot wasn't very coherent While I enjoyed reading this very much there were lots of times where I thought to myself what the heck is happening right now?Sarah Porter is a brilliant writer talented at what she does I would be happy to read by her in the future and see the world through her uniue eyes again “You don't have to be human to be a person I mean you don't have to be human to be somebody I don't know you that well but you seem like way of a somebody than lots of humans I know Really” Follow me on ♥ Facebook ♥ Blog ♥ Instagram ♥ Twitter ♥ BITE (A Mate Of His Own read But I actually ended up liking it a lot Vassa in the Night is a book I would have never picked out for myself but I got it in one of my Owlcrate's and decided to give it a shot I've been needing a change of pace with my genre's lately so I picked up this oneAnd my god this book is weird BUT the writing style sucked me into the story and I felt like I got lost in the pages of this peculiar tale “Why did it take me so many years to understand that Night is something you can talk to something that might even decide to watch over you or kiss you just when you're about to crumple from loneliness?” The story begins when one of Vassa's stepsisters asks her to go to the local convenience store to get light bulbs for their apartment But Vassa's Brooklyn isn't like our Home Alone regular Brooklyn it's one under the curse of longer nights and sparse days And the local convenience store isn't convenient at all it's a place that beheads shoplifters and hooligans Dr. Grass run by Babs Yagg Vassa might be able to break the curse Babs Yagg has on the neighborhood but she also might get herself killed “No matter who I couldn't save before no matter if I'm stuck being a Deadly Fallout (Red Stone Security, random mess of a girl I'm still going to save something” Like I said before this book is just plain weird But at the same time it's enchanting I went into this book expecting not to like it based on numerous negative God's Hammer reviews and a low average Akshyay Mulberry Vol.One rating so imagine my surprise when I just couldn't put it downI have no clue who I would Six-Moon Trail recommend this one to it's a hit or a miss for a lot of people The only Como Abrir Mentes Fechadas real negative thing I have to say about this book is the plot wasn't very coherent While I enjoyed The Harlem Hellfighters reading this very much there were lots of times where I thought to myself what the heck is happening Longman Introductory Course for the TOEFL Test right now?Sarah Porter is a brilliant writer talented at what she does I would be happy to Mustard Seed Magic read by her in the future and see the world through her uniue eyes again “You don't have to be human to be a person I mean you don't have to be human to be somebody I don't know you that well but you seem like way of a somebody than lots of humans I know Really” Follow me on ♥ Facebook ♥ Blog ♥ Instagram ♥ Twitter ♥

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A suicide missionBut 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 fa “I wish that all of us together in this night could stop hurting I wish we’d finally cease to bleed” 2 12 stars I'm so sad about how this book turned out I was ready to love Vassa in the Night and accept it for its strange glittery self This book really was an oddball beautifully written but with one of the strangest plots ever I'd read the reviews beforehand knew what I was in for and thought I could handle itAt first I just shrugged when talking dolls and walking hands made their appearance when a magical store run by a witch who cut off thieves' heads was introduced as the main plot I knew I was going to get weird and a little bit of crazy from this book but the weird didn't end up being a problem I think by the end I just couldn't love Vassa in the Night because it made absolutely no senseThere was very little world building in this story based off the Russian fairy tale Vasilisa the Beautiful Apparently everyone in Brooklyn just accepted that the nights stretched out impossibly long and there were a couple of witches roaming around from who knows where I also didn't like the inconsistency of how one side of Brooklyn seemed to be utterly human and normal for example Vassa's stepsisters while the other side was full of magic and odditiesI was hoping Babs Yagg originally called Baba Yaga would be a complex villain but I felt really conflicted about her Sometimes she just seemed to be a grumpy tired old woman and other times she was a raving axe swinging maniac She confused the heck out of meThe one thing I loved was the writing The sentences wording and flowing descriptions were so gorgeous I feel like I could read Sarah Porter's grocery list and it would still be breathtaking There was also a touch of humor in Vassa and her doll Erg's characters that I liked Erg was a wonderful sarcastic sidekick and Vassa was so bizarre and delightfully funnyThis book reminded me a lot of Daughter of Smoke Bone in that it was weird beautifully written and had a dreamlike uality I love fairy tales but am I the only one who feels like sometimes these retellings can go overboard? I read the original Vasilisa the Beautiful story and it made a whole lot sense than this bookGah I wanted to love this so bad Just look at that cover that beautiful title the enchanting premise I guess this just proves you can't judge a book by its cover Inside Las Vegas ready to love Vassa in the Night and accept it for its strange glittery self This book وجدان زنو really was an oddball beautifully written but with one of the strangest plots ever I'd How To Fart - Louder, Longer, and Stronger...without soiling your undies! Also learn how to fart on command, fart more often, and increase the smell. read the BITE (A Mate Of His Own reviews beforehand knew what I was in for and thought I could handle itAt first I just shrugged when talking dolls and walking hands made their appearance when a magical store Home Alone run by a witch who cut off thieves' heads was introduced as the main plot I knew I was going to get weird and a little bit of crazy from this book but the weird didn't end up being a problem I think by the end I just couldn't love Vassa in the Night because it made absolutely no senseThere was very little world building in this story based off the Russian fairy tale Vasilisa the Beautiful Apparently everyone in Brooklyn just accepted that the nights stretched out impossibly long and there were a couple of witches Dr. Grass roaming around from who knows where I also didn't like the inconsistency of how one side of Brooklyn seemed to be utterly human and normal for example Vassa's stepsisters while the other side was full of magic and odditiesI was hoping Babs Yagg originally called Baba Yaga would be a complex villain but I felt Deadly Fallout (Red Stone Security, really conflicted about her Sometimes she just seemed to be a grumpy tired old woman and other times she was a God's Hammer raving axe swinging maniac She confused the heck out of meThe one thing I loved was the writing The sentences wording and flowing descriptions were so gorgeous I feel like I could Akshyay Mulberry Vol.One read Sarah Porter's grocery list and it would still be breathtaking There was also a touch of humor in Vassa and her doll Erg's characters that I liked Erg was a wonderful sarcastic sidekick and Vassa was so bizarre and delightfully funnyThis book Six-Moon Trail reminded me a lot of Daughter of Smoke Bone in that it was weird beautifully written and had a dreamlike uality I love fairy tales but am I the only one who feels like sometimes these Como Abrir Mentes Fechadas retellings can go overboard? I The Harlem Hellfighters read the original Vasilisa the Beautiful story and it made a whole lot sense than this bookGah I wanted to love this so bad Just look at that cover that beautiful title the enchanting premise I guess this just proves you can't judge a book by its cover


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  1. says:

    I’m slipping saying too much; in a night this deep and strange the boundaries start to blur This is one of those books that I absolutely loved but I'd hesitate before rushing out to recommend it Because it's weird No seriously it's REALLY weirdI guess it shouldn't be that surprising The book promises a fairy tale version of Brooklyn NYC with talking wooden dolls a witch's curse and people partying on rooftops at sunset A story inspired by the Russian folktale Vassilissa the Beautiful It's bound to be a tad strange If you read the blurb and thought awesome then you're probably good If you read it and thought sounds a bit weird but I'll try it then you're probably notIt's a story full of bizarre dreams walking hands yeah just the hands witches setting impossible tasks and an absent father who is now a German Shepherd It's also a dark gory magical tale full of beautiful imagery and just the right amount of snark Around here it’s the dead who are living large On the living side of the fence we have plastic kids’ bikes wedged into the balconies of burned out apartment buildings Mosaics of garbage and broken glass in the mud So it’s not too surprising that I tend to wind up wandering around the graves It reminds me that there are always options I kept trying to figure out what it reminded me of At first I thought Laini Taylor and later that changed to Catherynne M Valente but I think in the end it resembled the works of several authors of the weird and beautiful whilst also having its own styleWhile not necessary I recommend a basic knowledge of the Vassilissa fairy tale unless you want to experience some complete WTF? moments In this version of the story Vassa lives in Brooklyn with her stepmother two stepsisters and a little secret hidden in her pocket Erg a talking wooden doll her mother gave her before she diedNight has been slowly getting longer in Brooklyn creeping over everything and making the morning ever further away Even stranger than this is the magical convenience store that seems to float above the ground and has a policy of beheading shoplifters The parking lot is ringed in by poles maybe thirty feet high and on top of every pole a severed head stares down some with eyes and some with just gutted pits When Vassa stumbles in one night she finds herself falsely accused of thieving by the owner Babs Yagg She desperately protests her innocence and in return is given three nights and several impossible tasks to prove itIt's very atmospheric and creepy You can practically feel the darkness and the magic swirling off the pages I also really enjoyed the beautifully written conversations between characters and the friendship between Vassa and ErgThe novel gets weirder and weirder and builds to a crescendo of blood and secrets before delivering a bittersweet ending For me it was an oddly perfect mix of so many things I love and I felt completely sucked into Vassa's world It's not one for those who like everything to make sense but I really enjoyed itBlog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | Store


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    If I hadn’t read the summary of the original Russian fairytale ‘‘Vasilisa the Beautiful’’ I would have thought this book to be totally cray crayBut it still doesn’t make much sense It’s very different from what I now know of the classic story The main elements are still present – father and mother gone talking doll bitchy stepmother orders to fetch light Baba Yaga and her skulls and dancing house and tedious riders the chores etc – but the ending is entirely different and so are the setting and magical eventsBut again I’m not the must trust worthy person to compare those twoHowever I am a reader and I must admit I felt uite confused by the ending as well as the darkness seeping into people and the true identity and predicament of Vassa’s mother And what’s with her father wanting to become a dog to collect his dead father’s maybe approval?The world building makes no sense Most of the characters do but the events are seriously strange The magic also has no back story Where does it come from? What kind of world does Vassa live in? And I really didn’t see the point of Bea’s role in the story aside from her cursing Babs and giving the doll to Vassa’s mother who then gave it to her daughterI guess it can be said that I ‘‘didn’t get it’’ I wish I had but it may also be part my fault since after a while I had to speed up my reading of it as I really wanted to finish it as fast as possible and be done with it especially its craziness So it is possible that I may have missed or not paid attention to slight details about the story and worldThe sad part is that it was extremely intriguing in the beginning I couldn’t wait to know what would happen next even though I already had a mild knowledge of Vasilisa’s story But like I said after a while it just becomes too weird and convoluted than it should have been I felt like Babs’ magical house was a second Wonderland And I’m not a die hard fan of Alice’s absurd adventuresSo that’s it folks I didn’t get this one It was too strange even for me as I usually welcome strangeness in my reads But ‘‘strange’’ does not necessarily mean inventive or captivating Sometimes it just means strangeBlog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google | Bloglovin’


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    Well that was COMPLETELY BIZARREbut in a good way You know what makes sense in this book? Absolutely nothing Welcome to Russian foklore We have houses on chicken legs and talking dolls and hands sans bodies gallivanting around It's justit's all so weird and you honestly have to go into this kind of book EXPECTING it to be weirdly wonderfully bizarre or you'll end up exploding 89% of an eyeball I read Deathless earlier this year and it has some of the same folklore so I was ready Plus I love Russian things I've read a fair bit of Russian folklore and IT'S JUST SUPER WEIRD AND SUPER COOLI mean this is set in Americabut Still Lowkey sad it's not set in Russia tbhBut even though I thought it wasn insanely goodly weirdI did have a fair few problems with it Which kind of makes me sob because I SUFFERED FOR THIS BOOK Because firstly A it was super expensive dangit and B for some reason the ink from the cover rubbed off on my hands while reading so now I look like I murdered a ballpoint pen #TrueBookwormSufferingAnyway List time L I K E S• Vassa was a really cool protagonist She was pretty snarky but still kind of adorable WHICH IS A GLORIOUS COMBINATION And she totally just went with it when everything was going crazy• The magic is mostly accepted by the world Which I liiiiike I mean there's this convenience store that BEHEADS SHOPLIFTERS So People are just like yep that's a dangerous store over yonder coolio instead of screaming and moving to Madagascar for safety reasons I LIKE WORLDS LIKE THIS Magical realism ftw• The magic is also CRAZY I maybe mentioned this book is weird a few times? Because it is like for instance it starts off with the nights getting longer And I don't mean sunset coming later I mean a minute lasting an indeterminable amount of time And everyone is literally like okay this is annoying but also whatever • Also there's NO ROMANCE I mean Vassa might be considered to have a crush on someone at one pointbut there was no logicchemistrybuild up to it so I consider it a non romance which is eual parts refreshing and awesome• DUDE I LOVE HOW LAID BACK THE WORLD WAS I swear I accidentally fell into Australia here If someone had said she'll be right mate after a beheading I wouldn't have been surprised• It's a retelling Specifically of Vassalisa and her dolland Baba Yaga But dude retellings are the best My favourite I'll take five• Creeptastic moments? WE GOTCHA Especially at the end There were some seriously ewwww moments that made me shudder Which I approve of Creep me out yes please and thank you That's what I'm here for• So it's actually uite dark But it mixes the humour in and the weirdness so it doesn't seem dark and then WHOOMP SOMEONE'S GETTING THEIR HEART PULLED OUT THEIR THROAT Fun times Wellnot really But you my get my drift I hope Probably notD I S L I K E S• But what were anyone's motivations?? I still have no idea I mean Vassa is sick of her half sister being passive aggressive at her so she goes off to this DEADLY CONVENIENCE STORE and gets inducted into working for Baby Yaga or she'll be murdered But like Vassa had another AWESOME sister who loved her unconditionallyso why was Vassa in the no one loves me mind set???? Huh?? And like why would she go potentially die at this shop to spite her other sister?? It just DID NOT COMPUTE• Plus I got confused A LOT I think this is due to how whacky everything was But like I'm still not really sure what Baba Yaga was trying to doat all Like wut now say when huh how• It actually got tedious with the pacingplot Because Vassa is working in a convenience store on chicken legs for 89% of the book THEY BARELY GO ANYWHERE ELSE This does get dull I admit And there were long random soliloues from minor characters And bizarre detours that didn't really fit And I HONESTLY DIDN'T KNOW WHERE THE BOOK WAS GOING MOST OF THE TIMEALL IN ALL I enjoyed it but I'm a little disappointed I expected the weirdness but I wanted a bit solidness with the plot And I wish the creeptastic moments had been spread throughout the WHOLE thing instead of mostly at the end But like IT WAS SO COOL AND CREEPY AND I JUST LIKED IT Plus I'm totally addicted to Russian things so I was doomedAlso reason #9589 it is NOT SAFE TO GO SHOPPING You never know if the store is gonna behead you for being annoying 110would not recommend ever going shopping ever anywhere goodbye UOTES Babs is planning to chop my head off in the morning I explain unless I can get every trace of blood out of the snow I'd run away but if I try it I'll turn int a swan So I just wanted to ask is it legal for her to kill me?Panglin starts and paws his own face as if I had just presented him with some sadistic riddle Are you asking me thissimply to mock the limits of my legal perspicacity? To cast me in a labyrinth and laugh while I strain to decipher each flex and bar of the way?No n I say I'm totally sincere I'd really like to knowChelsea snorts with disbelief clamps an arm around my shoulders and starts hustling me towards the street Tomorrow you can send the owner a note explaining everything Say that you're terribly sorry but your family refuses to let you work for a serial killer Blame me if you want Oh my sister's so overprotective She just wouldn't listen when I told her dismembering people doesn't bother meThe cake I have to admit looks delicious with fat cherries layered in custard and dark chocolate pastry


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    HuhIuhI don't really know how to rate this one so I guess I'll settle for three starsVassa in the Night reads like one of those dark grim see what I did there fairy tales where the prince doesn't uite get to the princess in time and so she's eaten alive by a dragon Only instead of a medieval or fantasy world it's set in a part of Brooklyn that has managed to escape gentrification A place where night lasts longer than it should dolls can talk and the local super market mounts the heads of shop lifters on spikes outside its doors Intrigued? Well why not This is magical realism at its finest There were a lot of things to like about this book The prose is lyrical the story based on the Russian folktale 'Vassilissa the Beautiful' is imaginative and complex and the characters are richly developed and painted in various shades of gray This book is definitely not for everyone however You can't half ass it You REALLY need to pay attention when you read it Thanks to the heavy use of metaphor and Alice in Wonderland style weirdness I can see a lot of people struggling to keep track of it all My struggles came with the MC Vassa who would do things like think How stupid would you have to be to step through this door into an obvious trap? and then proceed to step through said door And also with the romantic aspect of it and the slow unraveling of sense I mean it's an old school style fairy tale It's supposed to be weird but the book started to lose me a little when the euivilant of this happened Overall I did enjoy most of this book but I really hesitate to recommend it to anyone This review can also be found over at The Alliterates


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    35 stars It's only logical BY's can't kill everyone who shops there If they did they'd go out of business This is such a strange odd book Trulythere were so many elements that made me think wtf? But it's all really awesome in the most uniue way I had no prior knowledge of the fairy tale it is based on Vasilisa the Beautiful though I think that made me enjoy it even I lived for how bizarre certain elements were and I'm not sure it all would have seemed uite as bizarre if I'd seen it before in the original fairy tale even I was enchanted from the start by the fantastical components and that perfect blend of darkness and humor It ended up being so much fun I think my only faults here would be when the story began to drag somewhere along the line not furthering along the plot And then the ending was very rushed frustratingly leaving certain uestions unanswered The journey to get there was still worth it It’s a destination and everyone piles up and congratulates themselves on having made it all the way here from some wherever or other To them this is practically an enchanted kingdom A whole lot of Brooklyn is like that now but not the part where I live We have so many weird things in this story There's a chain of dancing convenience stores that dance on chicken legs They behead shoplifters so be dubious of that ring of rotting heads just outside There's a wooden doll who can walk and talk named Erg She's mainly known for her huge appetite and bad habit of stealing Oh and only Vassa knows about her There's walking handsI was picturing Thing a la The Addams Family There's a witchwho happens to run the convenience store There's bleeding swans Nights that seemingly never end and can last insane amounts of time And a whole lot Like I saidit is so beyond strange Sometimes I get sick of how demanding she is Sometimes I’ve even toyed with the idea of letting her go hungry for a few days or even not feeding her again She’d complain at first but eventually I’m pretty sure she’d just go back to being inanimate Erg is the only thing Vassa has from her mother One night rememberyou don't know if night will be over in a few hours or days Vassa needs lightbulbs The only store open is BY's It's a risk that she takes only to get accused of shoplifting Despite the insistence of her innocence Babs the witch owner sentences Vassa to 3 nights of work “Vassa? Remember how you said that no one sees past the obvious stuff? If I go by what’s obvious then I’d have to assume that you’re a raving pathological liar” There is plenty of magic as this is a magical realism story And it's beyond atmospheric and creepy I don't think I would have liked it uite as much if it didn't feel so uniue and out there to me It really made for a fun book I'll have to check out the original fairytale now


  6. says:

    375 stars This is uite possibly the most bizarre book I've ever read But I actually ended up liking it a lot Vassa in the Night is a book I would have never picked out for myself but I got it in one of my Owlcrate's and decided to give it a shot I've been needing a change of pace with my genre's lately so I picked up this oneAnd my god this book is weird BUT the writing style sucked me into the story and I felt like I got lost in the pages of this peculiar tale “Why did it take me so many years to understand that Night is something you can talk to something that might even decide to watch over you or kiss you just when you're about to crumple from loneliness?” The story begins when one of Vassa's stepsisters asks her to go to the local convenience store to get light bulbs for their apartment But Vassa's Brooklyn isn't like our regular Brooklyn it's one under the curse of longer nights and sparse days And the local convenience store isn't convenient at all it's a place that beheads shoplifters and hooligans run by Babs Yagg Vassa might be able to break the curse Babs Yagg has on the neighborhood but she also might get herself killed “No matter who I couldn't save before no matter if I'm stuck being a random mess of a girl I'm still going to save something” Like I said before this book is just plain weird But at the same time it's enchanting I went into this book expecting not to like it based on numerous negative reviews and a low average rating so imagine my surprise when I just couldn't put it downI have no clue who I would recommend this one to it's a hit or a miss for a lot of people The only real negative thing I have to say about this book is the plot wasn't very coherent While I enjoyed reading this very much there were lots of times where I thought to myself what the heck is happening right now?Sarah Porter is a brilliant writer talented at what she does I would be happy to read by her in the future and see the world through her uniue eyes again “You don't have to be human to be a person I mean you don't have to be human to be somebody I don't know you that well but you seem like way of a somebody than lots of humans I know Really” Follow me on ♥ Facebook ♥ Blog ♥ Instagram ♥ Twitter ♥


  7. says:

    “I wish that all of us together in this night could stop hurting I wish we’d finally cease to bleed” 2 12 stars I'm so sad about how this book turned out I was ready to love Vassa in the Night and accept it for its strange glittery self This book really was an oddball beautifully written but with one of the strangest plots ever I'd read the reviews beforehand knew what I was in for and thought I could handle itAt first I just shrugged when talking dolls and walking hands made their appearance when a magical store run by a witch who cut off thieves' heads was introduced as the main plot I knew I was going to get weird and a little bit of crazy from this book but the weird didn't end up being a problem I think by the end I just couldn't love Vassa in the Night because it made absolutely no senseThere was very little world building in this story based off the Russian fairy tale Vasilisa the Beautiful Apparently everyone in Brooklyn just accepted that the nights stretched out impossibly long and there were a couple of witches roaming around from who knows where I also didn't like the inconsistency of how one side of Brooklyn seemed to be utterly human and normal for example Vassa's stepsisters while the other side was full of magic and odditiesI was hoping Babs Yagg originally called Baba Yaga would be a complex villain but I felt really conflicted about her Sometimes she just seemed to be a grumpy tired old woman and other times she was a raving axe swinging maniac She confused the heck out of meThe one thing I loved was the writing The sentences wording and flowing descriptions were so gorgeous I feel like I could read Sarah Porter's grocery list and it would still be breathtaking There was also a touch of humor in Vassa and her doll Erg's characters that I liked Erg was a wonderful sarcastic sidekick and Vassa was so bizarre and delightfully funnyThis book reminded me a lot of Daughter of Smoke Bone in that it was weird beautifully written and had a dreamlike uality I love fairy tales but am I the only one who feels like sometimes these retellings can go overboard? I read the original Vasilisa the Beautiful story and it made a whole lot sense than this bookGah I wanted to love this so bad Just look at that cover that beautiful title the enchanting premise I guess this just proves you can't judge a book by its cover


  8. says:

    Before reading Vassa in the Night I came across countless reviews that did not like it purely for the fact that it doesn't make senseWell I'm sorry not sorry but I could not disagree If you're the kind of person who'll look at a Dali painting and think but animals don't actually have legs that long then this probably isn't the book for you but the gorgeous dream logic at work through Vassa is both consistent and mesmerising; I never once found myself confused only captivated by the imagery and plot It's gruesome in parts yes hugely so The pulling of Russian folklore into a strange otherworldly now lends itself to as much grit and grime and viscera as it does beauty and lusciousness The characters are oddly suspended in this world something in its oddity reminded me of the film The Lobster The story is weird offbeat but follows its own rules and I loved it Not uite perfect but I'm now dying to read by the author


  9. says:

    This book was so bizarre Magical realism in YA at its finest Bizarre but intriguing Review posted on The Eater of Books blogVassa in the Night by Sarah PorterPublisher Tor TeenPublication Date September 20 2016Rating 4 starsSource ARC sent by the publisherSummary from GoodreadsIn 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 neighborhoodIn 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 missionBut 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 What I LikedThere are not nearly enough stories in YA that are heavily based in magical realism at least in the last ten years or so Magical realism isn't just fantasy or paranormal aspects; it's the combination of realistic elements with surreal or magical elements in which the surreal or magical elements don't seem surprising or out of place What comes to mind when I hear the words magical realism is Gabriel García Máruez who wrote some masterpieces in magical realism This story is a fairy tale retelling set in an enchanted modern day Brooklyn following a young girl who is meant to be something extraordinaryVassa lives with her stepmother and two stepsisters the oldest who loves her the middle who hates her The family lives in Brooklyn where Babs Yagg has a BY's convenience store famous for beheading shoplifters One night after midnight Vassa's mean stepsister orders her to buy light bulbs and the only store opened after midnight it BY's Out of defiance Vassa goes And while she isn't beheaded she becomes trapped at BY's forced to work there for three nights and sleep there during the day While she's there Vassa begins to figure out how to undo Babs Yagg's enchantment and how to free the mysterious watchman motorcyclist who is made of darkness than humanityThis book is written in first person present following Vassa However there are a few chapters that delve into the past and they are clearly marked and they are in third person While those few chapters were interesting they also didn't feel totally necessaryThis entire book is so uniue starting with the setting the characters the retelling itself and the bizarre plot I mentioned that this story takes place in an enchanted modern day Brooklyn Most of the story itself is in BY's in which Vassa must thwart Bags Yagg night after night to stay alive The setting is fairly tale esue but in a modern place and time I love how imaginative and richly detailed everything is especially the setting I got a good feel for this distinctive world It was a slow build type of world building which I was fine withEverything about this book is slow build especially the reveal of information and plot We don't get everything all at once which is great no info dump and sometimes a little mean you want information about this or that NOW At first Erg the alive wooden doll is a mystery as well as Vassa's parentage and how she ended up with her step siblings and stepmotherI liked Vassa At first I was a little annoyed with her because of how she put up with Erg and her stepsisters but I had a lot of respect for Vassa When she becomes trapped in BY's she isn't always thinking about how she's going to survive She wonders about the night watchman who drives aimlessly round and round BY's who is made of night and darkness She is determined to free two lawyers who came to BY's as well as the watchman motorcyclist Vassa is kind and selfless even if she thinks that her heart is hardI love the magical realism in this book It's totally normal and accepted for a convenience store to behead shoplifters and display the heads on pikes outside the store just like it's normal for the store to dance around on bony legs just like it's normal for the store's employees to be two severed hands scuttling about weird right? Vassa doesn't uestion any of this I love how the author wove in these little details that are uite significantAnd really this book is full of magical things The dancing store the severed hands that are alive Erg the walking talking wooden doll the swans made of snow the motorcyclist made of darkness So many interesting aspects of this book lie in the magicThere is a small romantic part of this story At first it seems like the motorcyclist will be a love interest which literally makes no sense since he never talks and he's made of darkness ie nothing really tangible but then it becomes clear that someone else is a love interest someone on the same wavelength as Vassa Which I was fine with That boy is sweet though he wasn't at firstThe ending was pretty satisfying There was one part about the motorcyclist that I thought could have been a little clearer But it was a very good ending with everything wrapped up In fact I'd say it's a very positive ending for what I was expecting I vaguely know the story of Baba Yaga the children's version though and I don't know the original story's ending but I will say that this version's ending is goodWhat I Did Not LikeEhhh nothing I can think of specifically The book started a little slowly and didn't really begin to get REALLY good until the light bulb scene happened in the middle of the night and Vassa went to get some at BY's I was pretty hooked after thatI did mention that I would have liked clarity on the part of the ending about the motorcyclist and the darkness We know that a certain thing happened but the how eludes me stillWould I Recommend ItIf you like magical realism andor fairy tale retellings then this might be one for you Magical and mysterious the story is every bit as uniue as I'd expected When I finished the book the first word that came to mind was bizarre this book was bizarre and a little dark and very enjoyableRating4 stars I actually didn't know much about this book before I received the advanced reviewer copy thank you Tor but I'm glad they sent one my way This book was exceptional I don't think I did it justice with this review


  10. says:

    Initial thoughts Just under a 5 for a bit of a rush job on the ending but for the most part lurved it And really lurved Vassa ReviewNow I’m going to say right off the bat this story is certainly not for everyone It’s weird and it’s odd and somehow those are different things The nights are getting longer and longer even though the clock stays the same weird and there’s a talking doll who could eat several times her weight inwell anything odd But than that it’s an occasionally non linear story something some readers struggle to follow or stay engaged in where nearly everything is off putting and slightly discordant—or should I say diskordant because every single ‘dis’ word that has a C in it and you’d be surprised how many there are instead has a K—and this is yet another layer of the strange and bizarre and weird and odd that will be found in Vassa’s pages And yes though that may not seem like much it is a symbol of just how thoroughly The Odd pervades this book It’s written to make you a little uncomfortable to keep you than a little unsettled Plenty of people struggle enough with “weird” books when it’s just the contents that are weird but when the storytelling itself goes wonky that’s enough to drive some readers awayWhat’s it’s disturbing and it’s dark and yes those are most definitely separate things though they certainly go hand in hand I mean there’s a dancing store on giant chicken legs disturbing surrounded by a fence of heads on spikes dark There are glitter nail polish –wearing disembodied hands disturbing who wield axes and are bloodthirsty to tear people apart dark There is a missing father who has made possibly one of the strangest fey deals in any story I’ve ever read no spoilers butdisturbing and odd and weird and a half sibling who sends her sister to the dancing chicken legged store at night knowing it could very well end with her head on a spike and hoping it will—dark There are no cookie cutter happy endings here where resolution is given to each bit of each story line; where the good guys always win and the bad guys always get what’s coming to them and any real damage done is undone Vassa’s world is one that is pretty downtrodden and unsettling even before she gets snarled up in Babs’ murderous machinations and even if she should prove victorious and manage to survive her very long nights at BY’s she still has to go back to that small unhappy worldBut—there is hope As with any fairy tale worth its salt there is some small chance of a silver lining an improvement in one’s lot And there is the realization of self that only the really good fairy tales possess that newfound understanding of one’s own power and competency and agency And all of these things—these weird odd disturbing dark things—are what drew me in and made me love the book No it won’t be for everyone and the lack of perfect resolution may mean that even some readers who were enjoying the book will feel as if the rug has been pulled out from under them by the end or as if they’ve invested their time for not enough pay off But for those—like me—who enjoy the surreal and the bizarre who like their fairy tales dark and their retellings darker and who appreciate a good Coming Into One’s Own type of story you may find it doesn’t get much better than Vassa It’s fantastical and strangely compelling and has a great voice and it hits a lot of right notes the thrills the chills the funnies and tingliesI’ve seen some people say it was slow but you all know I’m not the person to ask about a book’s slowness because I always seem to love them when they build and burn and luxuriate in setting the scene Though I will definitely agree with those who felt the ending seemed rushed by comparison because it most definitely did Though it doesn’t seem there are plans as of yet for a seuel I’m hoping there will be because I would like to fall into Vassa’s world again to see what becomes of her and some peripheral characters and also to see if we get any resolution of some of the weirder storylines—but all in all I find myself heartily recommending it to those who think they are likely to like the weird things I like and only cautiously recommending it to those who don’t – and fully curious to know the thoughts of any who do end up reading itClaiming for future bad punk band name To an extent because there are definitely some books that my godddddd are too slow And I can not abide info dumping which makes a book insta slow