June 11, 2019

Never-Contented Things Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Never-Contented Things
Author: Sarah Porter
Release Date: March 19, 2019
Publisher: Tor Teen 


Seductive. Cruel. Bored. Be wary of…  

Prince and his fairy courtiers are staggeringly beautiful, unrelentingly cruel, and exhausted by the tedium of the centuries ― until they meet foster-siblings Josh and Ksenia. Drawn in by their vivid emotions, undying love for each other, and passion for life, Prince will stop at nothing to possess them. First seduced and then entrapped by the fairies, Josh and Ksenia learn that the fairies' otherworldly gifts come at a terrible price ― and they must risk everything in order to reclaim their freedom. 


“Sarah Porter is a genius. Her language is lush and dangerous, and her books burn with the beautiful, ferocious intensity of a bonfire in the darkest night. Read Never-Contented Things with the lights on. Then read it again.” ―Brittany Cavallaro, New York Times bestselling author of A Study in Charlotte  

“Sarah Porter’s Never-Contented Things creates a creepy new world like none I’ve seen before. Eerie, edgy, and filled with mystery, Porter takes us to the depths of the magical and psychological.” ―Danielle Paige, New York Times bestselling author of Dorothy Must Die  


“You’ll never think of your nightmares the same way again. Darkly seductive. Sarah Porter’s writing glitters and her storytelling stuns in this twisted tale of siblings, love, and death.” —Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of CARAVAL  

“Sarah Porter’s darkly imaginative WHEN I CAST YOUR SHADOW intrigues from the start. Tragic and engrossing, filled with nightmarish dreamscapes and menacing villains, it also treads the tender terrain of family, and the strange and sometimes dysfunctional ties between siblings. Highly recommended!”  —Kendare Blake, New York Times bestselling author of THREE DARK CROWNS
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'Never-Contented Things' is a very unique dark fantasy novel that will appeal to a certain audience. I want to state two things before jumping into my review. First, I try to never read reviews of the book before I read it myself. I don't want anyone else's opinion skewering mine. Second, I never believe any hype that compares a novel to any other book out there. Saying it'll be good for fans of whoever or comparable to whatever title. For instance, after I finished this one, I read a lot of reviews that said readers were expecting a story like The Cruel Prince and were horribly disappointed when it didn't end up that way. I like to go into a book with an open mind with no expectations and that's exactly what I did with this one. And I'm also a sucker for a gorgeous cover - and this definitely ticked that box!

I will say that the description doesn't tell us much about the story at all and it can be quite a shock to people who are expecting something completely different. That being said, I thought every single aspect of the book stood out in some way. The writing itself was both beautiful and strange. It had detailed descriptions and lots of vivid imagery, but the plot was very odd and hard to keep up with sometimes. The characters are incredibly complex, especially Ksenia and Josh. It's mentioned in the description that they are foster siblings, but that doesn't begin to cover their codependent and taboo relationship that unfolds throughout the story. I know a lot of people were turned off by the whole foster siblings loving each other in more than a "family" way. Although this definitely wasn't a huge plus for me, I thought it was an intriguing aspect to the characters and the plot and it definitely made this novel stand out from basically every other one out there.

The story is hard to follow at times and I did get a little confused at times, but I personally like books that are outside the box and strange. Which this definitely was, without doubt. It covers some incredibly disturbing topics like the codependent relationship between Ksenia and Josh, their personal histories before and during their time in foster care, sexual assault, gender fluid characters, and some others. To me though, these were tough but interesting. The most important thing to me was how incredibly real it made these two characters. Some people might not like to read about these types of things, and that's fine, but sadly they are a part of life that many people have to endure. Because of the first person point of views that the book is written in, we get a deep look into each of the character's inner thoughts, memories, dreams, fears, emotions, and so much more. They were raw, gritty, and totally realistic. And I loved that the author put these damaged and broken people at the center of the story. I could keep going on about how I liked the characters because of (or in spite of) their attributes, but I'd just keep going in circles. Basically, this book isn't going to be for everyone. It's a dark YA fantasy with disturbing contemporary topics and a tiny bit of fairy lore thrown in. I highly recommend it for fans that like books that are controversial, a bit outside the norm, and are dark and realistic.
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SARAH PORTER is the author of the Lost Voices Trilogy (Lost Voices, Waking Storms, The Twice Lost) in addition to Vassa in the Night—all for the teen audience. For over ten years she has taught creative writing workshops in New York City public schools to students in grades K-10. Porter also works as a VJ, both solo and with the art collective Fort/Da; she has played venues including Roseland, Galapagos, Tonic, Joe’s Pub, The Hammerstein Ballroom, The Nokia Theater, and the Burning Man festival. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two cats.

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