I was interested in this book when it initially came out because I saw it quite a bit on bookstagram (I think it was part of a subscription during its release) and I was intrigued to see how the Russian folklore was incorporated. So on a whim last week I picked this up at the library! It’s based on “Vasilisa the Beautiful”, which I originally heard on the podcast ‘Myths & Legends’. Porter’s urban fantasy take on this classic story takes place in working class Brooklyn and the main setting is a magical convenience story rather than an evil witch’s hut. While I appreciated the revamping of the story I feel like the story lacked depth and development overall. It suffered from fairy-tale flat characters. I hated the weird love interest in it. The attempt I think a magical realism or perhaps dream-like writing fell flat on its face, in my opinion. Sadly, I was pretty disappointed in this. At just under 300 pages, it was a quick read if you’re looking for a fairy-tale retelling. But, honestly, I’m happy I didn’t spend my hard earned pennies on this. Back to the library you go.

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