Waiting on Wednesday: Metaltown & Vassa in the Night

Waiting on Wednesday

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Author: Kristen Simmons
Release Date: September 20th 2016
Publisher: Tor Teen

Metaltown, where factories rule, food is scarce, and hope is in short supply.

The rules of Metaltown are simple: Work hard, keep your head down, and watch your back. You look out for number one, and no one knows that better than Ty. She’s been surviving on the factory line as long as she can remember. But now Ty has Colin. She’s no longer alone; it’s the two of them against the world. That’s something even a town this brutal can’t take away from her. Until it does.

Lena’s future depends on her family’s factory, a beast that demands a ruthless master, and Lena is prepared to be as ruthless as it takes if it means finally proving herself to her father. But when a chance encounter with Colin, a dreamer despite his circumstances, exposes Lena to the consequences of her actions, she’ll risk everything to do what’s right.

In Lena, Ty sees an heiress with a chip on her shoulder. Colin sees something more. In a world of disease and war, tragedy and betrayal, allies and enemies, all three of them must learn that challenging what they thought was true can change all the rules.

An enthralling story of friendship and rebellion, Metaltown will have you believing in the power of hope.

Vassa in the Night
Author: Sarah Porter
Release Date: September 20th 2016
Publisher: Tor Teen

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 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. . . .

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.


  1. Vassa looks really good! I'm not entirely sure that Metaltown is my thing though it does look intriguing. May have to check out Tor's catalogue soon! great picks :)

    Here's my pick for the week :)
    Here is a link to my blogoversary giveaway as well!

  2. Both of these books sounds amazing.

    Feel free to pop over and check out my WOW

    Shubba @ Wee Shubba's World.

  3. Ooh! I just mentioned Vassa in the Night last week and I'm pretty interested in the title too! Here’s my WoW

  4. These two books sound terrific. I hope you love them. Great WOW picks.

    Grace @ Books of Love

  5. Definitely going to have to put Metaltown on my TBR, I'm intrigued. Thanks! Hope you get to enjoy both!!

  6. I am SO excited about Metaltown :D And the other book seems awesome too. I hope you will love them both :) Happy reading. <3


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