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Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter: Cover Reveal & Giveaway

Today we are thrilled to host the brand new cover reveal for Sarah Porter’s upcoming new novel, Vassa in the Night.

Inspired by the Russian folktale Vassilissa the Beautiful, Vassa in the Night will be published by Tor Teen in September 2016. Without further ado, behold! The beautiful cover!


About the book

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 Yaga, 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, Vassa in the Night weaves a dark yet hopeful tale about a young girl’s search for home, love, and belonging.

EARLY BUZZ: “Bizarre, beautiful, and richly imagined. Sarah Porter weaves a dark, thoroughly modern fairy tale crackling with wit and magical mayhem that would make Baba Yaga proud.”—Leigh Bardugo, New York Times bestselling author of the Grisha Trilogy and Six of Crows

“An enchantingly twisted modern fairy tale, perfect for those who prefer Grimm to Disney. Inventive, darkly magical, and beautifully written, it will stay with me for a long time.” —Kendare Blake, author of Anna Dressed in Blood and The Goddess War trilogy

About the Author

Sarah Porter

Sarah Porter is a writer, artist, and freelance teacher who lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two cats. She has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from City College.
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The Giveaway

Courtesy of the publisher, we have an ARC up for grabs! (NOTE–ARCs aren’t quite ready yet but they will be sent out as soon as they arrive in February.) The giveaway is open to all! To enter, please use the form below. Good luck!

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  • Mary A
    January 14, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    That is really hard. Currently Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

  • Laura Hartman (@LH171)
    January 14, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    I love folktales, this looks really interesting.

  • mcf
    January 14, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    If non-books are allowed, I think mine is probably the Magnificent Seven, a retelling of Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai.

  • Gerd D.
    January 14, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    Couldn’t name a book from top of my head, if movies go I’d say Orfeu Negro.

  • Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy
    January 14, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    My most recent favorite retelling would be Uprooted, but I know I’ve read so many. This cover is gorgeous! Can’t wait to read it:-)

  • Kira @ Horror Novel Reviews
    January 14, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    This looks amazing!

  • Lan
    January 14, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    Favorite retelling(s) would probably be the Valor anthology edited by Isabelle Melancon and Megan Lavey-Heaton. You should read it (it’s AMAZING), peopled with badass women, kind women, awesome female protagonists galore!

  • Marina
    January 14, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    My favorite retelling is Thorn by Intisar Khanani. It’s based on Goose Girl and it is fantastic. Highly recommend checking it out.

  • Amber Terry
    January 14, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    I don’t have a personal favorite, but this one sounds really interesting. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Anonymous
    January 14, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    I do very much love fairy tales, and Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson is one favorite!

  • C.N. Rowen
    January 14, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    I have to say that the cleverest re-telling I’ve read and enjoyed is Uprooted. It’s both got an air of timeless, but is completely fresh.

  • Kristy
    January 14, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    There are SO many! I think one of my favorites is Entwined by Heather Dixon. I also just read The Toymaker’s Apprentice by Sherri Smith, and it was pretty awesome, too. The cover of this book is gorgeous! Can’t wait to read it!

  • Rachel
    January 15, 2016 at 12:18 am

    Deathless by Catherynne M Valente and Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson are definitely favorites. A Thousand Nights by EK Johnston is a recent favorite as well.

  • Abbie Mclean
    January 15, 2016 at 2:08 am

    My fave retelling is The Wrath and the Dawn!!!

  • Sigoalentq
    January 15, 2016 at 2:08 am

    Genevieve Valentine’s Girls at the Kingfisher Club is one of my current favorite retellings, but it’s hard to choose!

  • Mary Preston
    January 15, 2016 at 3:37 am

    My favorite is a BEAUTY AND THE BEAST re-telling – HEART’S BLOOD by Juliet Marillier

  • Nikki Egerton
    January 15, 2016 at 5:43 am

    This sounds brilliant! I’m reading the Lunar Chronicles at the moment, by Marissa Meyer and really enjoying the fresh take on familiar fairy tale characters. I also loved A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sara J Maas, which is a twist on the Beauty and the Beast story.

  • Vanessa
    January 15, 2016 at 9:39 am

    I love retellings so /much it’s hard to pick a favorite. I’ll settle for the first one to enter my life. Robin McKinley’s Beauty is the first one I ever remember having a huge crush on.

  • Danielle
    January 15, 2016 at 9:51 am

    I love all kinds of retellings! I’m reading Marissa Meyer’s short story, The Little Android, right now – yay for the little mermaid stories! 🙂

  • Amanda Lee
    January 15, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    Picking a favorite retelling is so hard- but my mind immediately jumped to Genevieve Valentine’s “The Girls at the Kingfisher Club”. So good!

  • Rae
    January 15, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier (it’s a retelling of Beauty and the Beast) and as a teenager I adored The Goose Girl series by Shannon Hale (guess which fairy tale that one is).

    Oh, and Enchantment by Orson Scott Card – I don’t think much of his opinions but he writes excellent books.

  • Jane Ray
    January 15, 2016 at 7:16 pm


  • Lauren
    January 16, 2016 at 2:38 am

    This sounds amazing!
    My current favourite retelling is Sea Hearts/The Brides of Rollrock Island, by Margo Lanagan, a retelling of ‘The Selkie Wife’. I also love Cinder, Daughter of the Forest, East and many more.

  • Ju Transcendancing
    January 16, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Booksmugglers are bringing so many fairytale, faerie and related tales to my attention and I’m going to be reading them all year! This book looks fascinating and I’d *love* to read and review it.

  • Aldana
    January 16, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    The Wrath and the Dawn is a retelling I really enjoyed!

  • JoLee
    January 17, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    So intrigued! I want to do a Russia-inspired books blog post this year, and this book would be perfect!

  • Courtney
    January 18, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    Probably my favorite is Spindle’s End

  • Sharon Tomasulo
    January 18, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    I just read Baba Yaga’s Assistant, by Marika McCoola and Emily Carroll, which tells some of these same classic Baba Yaga stories. I can’t wait to read this!

    I think my favorite retelling has always been Robin McKinley’s Beauty.

  • Lexi
    January 20, 2016 at 5:43 am

    The Princess Curse is my favorite retelling. I love how there are two stories woven through it.

  • Kay
    January 21, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    This looks like a great read! My current fave rebelling is Uprooted.

  • Kay
    January 21, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    and this is why I hate autocorrect. Uprooted is my current fave retelling, not rebelling ?

  • Jennifer
    January 22, 2016 at 12:21 am

    Uprooted is my current favorite retelling even if I don’t know about the original story.

  • Alicia
    January 23, 2016 at 12:00 am

    I loooove retellings! Some of my favorites are The Wrath and the Dawn, A Court of Thorns and Roses, and Ice by Sarah Beth Durst.

  • JazzFeathers
    January 24, 2016 at 11:33 am

    This sounds like a great story. I love retellings and this sounds like a very weird, fun one 🙂

  • Avery
    January 24, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    Ash by Malinda Lo was one of my very favorites

  • Vanessa
    January 25, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    I adore retellings. The Lunar Chronicles are among my favorites.

  • Snapback Caps
    November 9, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    I know I’ve read so many. This cover is gorgeous!

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