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…
Author: Sarah Porter
Publisher: Tor Teen
So this post is a little different from my others, as I’ve included my own picture instead of just copying and pasting the book cover from Goodreads like I normally do. I’m not sure whether I’ll keep this up, but I’ll give it a go!
So I finished this book earlier, and I actually loved it! It was very unusual, honestly not like anything I’ve read before, but each book has its individualities, and that’s what makes each read special.
I thought the middle of it was quite slow as I was reading it, but once I got to the end I felt like if the middle had been different the book wouldn’t have been as good. At the time, it mostly just seemed unnecessary, but then at the end you realise how much of the story it makes up.
Honestly, my favourite character was Erg, she played such an important role throughout the book. She was lovable, loyal to Vassa and did as much as she could to be a good friend. Even when Vassa found herself getting annoyed with Erg and I felt it too, I also felt the deep love Vassa had for her and how important they were too each other.
The ending was both happy and sad, and I genuinely wasn’t expecting any of it! I loved the plot twists throughout the book, and the odd little peculiarities thrown in.