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.
Vassa in the Night is a modern retelling of the Russian folktale “Vassilissa the Beautiful”. I wasn’t familiar with the original version going into this one so I had no clue of the weirdness this would contain, a store ran by a witch who has trapped night itself and has dismembered hands guarding the store along with a girl with a magical talking doll that likes to cause a bit of mischief of her own.
First starting out this story as weird as it was I found myself completely fascinated and intrigued while loving the uniqueness of the tale. However, somewhere along the line I think it just tended to stall out for me and started to drag a bit when it seemed the story continued to throw in weird things but dare I say not make anymore real progress with the plot.
In the end I’d say this one was just an OK read for me. A lot of weird things going on so I’d warn that this is definitely an out there type of fantasy read that probably won’t be for everyone but somewhat fun if you like that type. Perhaps it might have been a bit better if knowing the story it was based on but I can’t say for sure myself.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.