Vassa in the Night ★★★☆☆

2.5 stars

To be honest I went into this book without knowing anything about anything and maybe that’s why I didn’t enjoy it that much. I mean it was interesting but I just don’t think I will be recommending this book to any of my friends anytime soon. This book just didn’t sit well with me and I can definitely see myself forgetting the plot or specifics of this book in the near future.

Goodreads Summary:

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…

My review: 

This review is really short because I didn’t really have much to say about this book and it just wasn’t a memorable book.

I read this book really fast and that was for a few reasons. One reason was probably because this book is really short and that just means that I could read it in between classes. Being able to carry around a book that I could read 10-20 pages and then put it away was something that I really like doing. This book was perfect for that, even if the story wasn’t the most interesting.

This book did have some interesting points though but those weren’t enough to make it any more than a three-star book. I think the whole idea of having a spinning store with spiked heads outside was really cool to visualize. I do think it would be interesting to have to walk past a mystical place like that but it would also be terrifying because so many people were killed for “stealing.”

I don’t really think I would recommend this book to anyone but if you want a quick read that has weird elements then maybe you would like this? I don’t know but this book was just weird and I wasn’t 100% interested in finding out if the main character got out of the store or if night escaped.

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