Hello everyone! Today I will be participating in the blog tour for Never-Contented Things by Sarah Porter! Besides a review from me, this post will also feature a giveaway for five copies of this book, so stay tuned!
Release Date: March 19, 2019
Hardcover Page Count: 368 Pages
My Rating: 4/5
About the Book:
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.
AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | BOOK DEPOSITORY
Praise for NEVER-CONTENTED THINGS:
“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
Praise for WHEN I CAST YOUR SHADOW:
“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
About the Author:
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.
PHOTO CONTENT FROM SARAH PORTER
Packed with mischief, just the right amount of magic, and characters realer then most that you find in YA fantasy, Never-Contented Things is the story of a pair of siblings who accidentally find themselves to be the center of a fairy prince and his entourage’s attention. First drawn in by them and their gifts, it isn’t long before the siblings realize the true cost of their indulgence. Though this description might sound relatively simple, I believe that it is the story’s simplicity in its description that allows it to be so much more.
The plot’s simplicity is something that stuck with me as I read the book. With the recent influx of faerie books, the genre has become increasingly popular for its mystical twists and devious court intrigue. Because of this, I at first felt a bit let down with the book because it lacked many of these elements. But as I read on, I realized just how real the characters are, both in how they are relatively unlikeable (but in a good way) and how their problems aren’t solved with a snap of the fingers. The author also made sure to not use the world of faeries as a plot device but as more of a tool to add additional meaning to the work. By this I mean Porter focuses more on the relationship between Josh and Ksenia and how they suffer through both the dangers of the faerie world and the unhealthy aspects of their codependent relationship instead of how much political intrigue she could stuff in.
Never-Contented Things is a book very similar to Damsel by Elana K. Arnold in the sense that it goes past the stereotypes and plot points that it leads readers into thinking it would have. Beautifully written, Sarah Porter shows off her mastery of the contemporary genre by fusing its powerful emotions with that of a fantasy that feels not only real and believable, but at times close to home. And though her main characters are far from likeable and even further from healthy, they will still stick with readers for years to come. I would recommend this book for readers ages 13 and up.
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