May 17th

Waiting on Wednesday – Vassa in the Night

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. It features upcoming releases that we are super excited for.

Kate’s Pick:

Vassa in the Night

Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter.
Publication Date: September 20, 2016
Publisher: Tor Teen

Here’s the summary 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 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.

Russian folklore, Baba Yaga, and a doll with a voracious appetite? Sign me up! I’m super excited for Vassa in the Night! I love fairytale retellings and Russian culture and folklore, so mixing the two makes this book an auto-buy for me! A lot of fairytale retellings set the story in the same region, or in a fantasy world, so I thought it was very unique that Porter decided to set her story in Brooklyn. If it follows the folktale, this will be a very empowering book for females. Think of it as a Russian version of Cinderella. Vassilissa got her happy ending, but by being a very strong, independent character, with a little help from her doll. As with a lot of Russian folktales, Vassilissa the Beautiful was very dark and I can’t wait to see if Vassa in the Night is just as dark! If you’re a fan of Rosamund Hodge’s Cruel Beauty you should definitely be pre-ordering this book!

Are you excited for Vassa in the Night? What release are you waiting on? Leave a comment below and let me know!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. It features upcoming releases that we are super excited for.

Kate’s Pick:

Vassa in the Night

Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter.
Publication Date: September 20, 2016
Publisher: Tor Teen

Here’s the summary 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 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.

Russian folklore, Baba Yaga, and a doll with a voracious appetite? Sign me up! I’m super excited for Vassa in the Night! I love fairytale retellings and Russian culture and folklore, so mixing the two makes this book an auto-buy for me! A lot of fairytale retellings set the story in the same region, or in a fantasy world, so I thought it was very unique that Porter decided to set her story in Brooklyn. If it follows the folktale, this will be a very empowering book for females. Think of it as a Russian version of Cinderella. Vassilissa got her happy ending, but by being a very strong, independent character, with a little help from her doll. As with a lot of Russian folktales, Vassilissa the Beautiful was very dark and I can’t wait to see if Vassa in the Night is just as dark! If you’re a fan of Rosamund Hodge’s Cruel Beauty you should definitely be pre-ordering this book!

Are you excited for Vassa in the Night? What release are you waiting on? Leave a comment below and let me know!

By Kate Woods

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