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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 neighborhood.

In Vassa’s neighborhood, where she lives with her stepmother and bickering stepsisters, one might stumble onto magic
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Hardcover, 296 pages
Published September 20th 2016 by Tor Teen
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Emily May
Mar 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 weird.

I 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 Beautifu
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Lola
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-cray.

But 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 s
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C.G. Drews
Well that was COMPLETELY BIZARRE...but 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 just...it'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. Pl ...more
Cait • A Page with a View
This retelling is set in an enchanted Brooklyn where night lasts for long spurts. Vassa has a talking doll that's always getting her in trouble. There's a big store in their area that beheads shoplifters and leaves their heads out front. Vassa (Vassilissa) goes in one night and is basically taken prisoner by Babs (Baba Yaga) after her talking doll gets her in trouble.

A ton of the familiar bits of the Vassilissa folktale are woven throughout this somewhat gritty, abstract story in the most creat
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Navessa

Huh.

I....uh...I don't really know how to rate this one, so I guess I'll settle for three stars.

Vassa in the Night reads like one of those dark, grim (see what I did there) fairy tales where the prince doesn't quite 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 t
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Laura
3.5 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. Truly..there were so many elements that made me think "wtf?" But it's all really awesome in the most unique 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 more. I lived for how bizarre certain elements were and I'm not sure it all would have seemed quite as bizarre if I'd
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Rachel Reads Ravenously
3.75 stars



This is quite 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 one.

And 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 m
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Alyssa
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-releases
This book was so bizarre. Magical realism in YA, at its finest. Bizarre, but intriguing.


***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: September 20, 2016
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

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
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Drew
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
“I wish that all of us together in this night could stop hurting. I wish we’d finally cease to bleed.”

2 1/2 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 it.

At first, I just shrugged when talking dolls and walking hands made the
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Arielle Walker
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 sense".

Well I'm sorry (not sorry), but I could not disagree more. If you 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 that works here is both consistent and mesmerising; I never once found myself confused, only captivated by the imagery and plot.

It's grues
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Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
An Advance Reader Copy was provided by the publisher for review. Quotes pulled from the ARC may be incorrect and may be subject to change.

Two sisters, step-mother, no father and the main character is exceedingly beautiful. At first I was getting Cinderella vibes, but then it changed and upended everything I knew. It was just so different and unique that I can't ever look at a convenience store the same way again.

Vassa in the Night was one of the most bizarre and well written books I have ever
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Angelina
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
I feel like this is a read that you either will adore or absolutely hate. There is no middle on it and I loved it.... It was so interesting and so unique. The characters were awesome, they were the kind that sticks on your mind for daya after you finish the book
Melissa (YA Book Shelf)
Super bizarre and unique. I bet you haven't read anything like it before....
Misty
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.

Review:
Now, 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 in…well, anything (odd). But more than that, it’s an occasi
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Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
I'm not really familiar with Russian folklore, though I had a brief introduction to this specific story earlier this year in Spells of Blood and Kin. Needless to say, I liked it . . . Kinda cool, kinda creepy . . . o.O

Here's hoping this one is even better . . .
Taylor Knight
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm in love with Russian folklore so I extremely excited to read Vassa in the Night. It sounded amazing and I seen a bunch of great reviews so I had pretty high hopes.
I loved the modernization of such a classic Russian folklore and it was so bizarre and amazingly weird.
Vassa in the Night is set in America but I would have loved it if this was set in Russia.
The magic in this book is so insane and crazy, I loved it so much.
I didn't find this book to have much of a plot. No one was really doing
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Ameriie
Fantasy? Magical realism? Wherever it falls, I so enjoyed the accelerating madness of this dark tale.
Carrie
May 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Vassa lives in an enchanted version of modern Brooklyn with her step sisters and step mother and her magical talking doll that her mother had given her when she was a child. One night when Vassa returns home her step sister tells Vassa she needs to head to the local store to pick up some light bulbs. The problem with this is the only store open late at night is the local convenience store that is run by Babs Yagg who has a policy of beheading shoplifters whether they are truly guilty or not.

Vas
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Elizabeth Gold
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-ya-books
This is what a YA book should be -- dark, specific, weird... Vassa lives in a dystopian futuristic Brooklyn with Erg, the doll who lives in her pocket. There is so much wonderful imagery. The perilous journey Vassa must take to Baba Yar's convenience store, the scuttling helpers there. The whole thing is like Tim Burton meets Judy Bloom in a Salvador Dali painting. Or maybe Madeline L'Engle meets Fellini. Whichever: read and love.
Simona Stoica
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recenzia completă: http://bit.ly/2sPWr5H

„Noaptea te vede, Vassa. Noaptea te cunoaşte.”

Din când în când, simt când o carte este potrivită pentru mine. Poate că are o copertă ce sfidează imaginaţia cititorului, o formă de artă modernă, uşor abstractă, de o frumuseţe ce răzbate pe parcurs, nu de la prima privire. Sau un personaj intrigant şi viclean, imposibil de catalogat drept erou sau antagonist, cu o înfăţişare ce surprinde şi şochează, un intrus în sfera fantasticului. Poate m-a fermecat un
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“Night knows you, Vassa.”


In Brooklyn, the night was much longer than an ordinary night as the BY store appeared in their little town. Vassa was living with her stepmother and her two stepsisters after her mother died and her father leave them alone.

One night, when Stephanie – the step sister of Vassa instructed her to buy some bulbs in the BY store; she hesitates for a moment because the BY store was well-known for being the reason of chop
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Ashley Daviau
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was so wonderfully weird, I was instantly hooked from page one and I was only drawn more in as it went on. Everything about it was so original, it was totally unlike anything I’ve ever read before and I couldn’t have loved it more.

Vassa was such an excellent character, something about her just clicked with me and I was incredibly invested in what would happen to her and how her story would turn out.

I also really loved the role that Night played in the story, it was just pure magic an
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Vikki
This was such an odd but wonderful book. It is a Russian fairytale retelling set in modern day Brooklyn, New York where a magical convience store is open 24/7 and the shop owner beheads shoplifters and hangs their heads on pikes outside the store. The police become befuddled or confused whenever they go to arrest the shop owner so the store becomes a part of the community. Vassa, a teenage girl whose mother died and father choose to become a literal dog, lives with her stepmother and half/step-s ...more
Zyra
Jun 02, 2017 rated it liked it
too weird and too much obsession with the night. also at the end, the painting part with vassa was too confusing to me. it was more like vassa was stumbling in to things by chance rather than adventure during these nights. her toughness was just for the act, she was nothing more than a confused girl throughout the book. also i didn't understand what in the world picnic & pangolin said through the book. at least make the characters say something normal people can understand. no it does not ma ...more
Marina
May 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, 4-star
I've been anxiously awaiting this book, with mixed expectations, since it was announced. As a Russian immigrant living in the US, the story seemed to call out to me, but Reader, I'm jaded. Mostly because I'm constantly on the look out for Russian based and inspired novels, but more often than not, I've been disappointed. So my approach to this novel was one of caution and reserve.

The story is very reminiscent of Deathless both in writing style and weirdness levels. But unlike Deathless, Vassa in
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Cheri
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
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3.75 Stars

Based on, or perhaps inspired by the Russian folktale Vassilissa the Beautiful this YA novel is weirdly wonderful as it introduces you to a view of Brooklyn like you’ve never seen.

Vassa has a tiny doll named Erg, which she takes with her everywhere; it was bestowed upon her by her mother right before she passed away. With her mother gone from this life, and her father gone from her life, she lives with her two stepsisters and their mother, her former stepmother. Vassa sh
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Michelle
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fairyloot, uppercase
4.5 stars

This is probably one of the weirdest books I have ever read and I can tell you it is so worth the read. Somehow Sarah Porter is able to add such depth and such strong human characteristics to characters that are not even human. Our main character, Vassa is human but some of the other characters are not human, but that doesn't mean we should see them as if they are inhuman (did that make any sense?). I had no idea what was going to happen while reading it. I don't even know how to tell y
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Olivia (The Candid Cover)
Vassa in the Night really surprised me. This is a magical realism story, but also a retelling of a Russian fairytale. The characters are very likeable (especially the talking doll) and the setting is so vividly described. I really enjoyed this one, even with no knowledge of Vassilissa the Beautiful.

I am a big fan of magical realism novels, which is probably why I enjoyed Vassa in the Night so much. In this book, there is a creepy convenience store that is actually on legs and surrounded by sever
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Janani
Oct 02, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: retelling
ORIGINAL REVIEW POSTED HERE

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

You know how problematic the mathematics is. This book exceeds the level of complexity than the maths subject. I was perplexed throughout the book. I read the words but sometimes I couldn't make any sense of it. And this was a retelling of Russian folk story. I haven't read the original story, so I couldn't tell whether it was a good one.

I don't know what I feel about this book. Nah., may
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Mizuki
May 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
Pre-review: Ah, a book by the author who penned the Lost Voice trilogy! It deserves a closer look...

PS: but...what is the difference between magical realism and urban fantasy anyway?

DNF-ed@page 144: this book feels like a creative writing assignment gone terribly wrong.

I once enjoyed Lost Voice trilogy by the same author: the trilogy is no great literature but it is still an imaginative piece of YA story with a handful of good ideas. Therefore, when I discovered Sarah Porter wrote a YA novel bas
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“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?” 14 likes
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