Sarah Porter: Never Contented Things

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Esn t mean our characters see the whole picture 9 This is a fictional story with magic Therefore anything can happen 10 Finally and the most important FOSTER SIBLINGS BEING ATTRACTED TO ONE ANOTHER IS NOT INCEST They met at 11 and 14 This is NOT incest at all They are not blood related They merely live in the same house You may find it awkward or weird and you re supposed to but it doesn t make it wrong illegal and is technically not inappropriate They are just two teens like any other that met each other as teens Sorry to yell but it infuriates me that people are condemning this book because a core plot point is incest It s not incest as there is zero blood relationChoosing Who To LoveEven were the attraction between our two leading teens incestual it would be okay to be in this book Why Because it s fiction You may not want to read it and that s fine Then put it down One of my favourite books as a teen was Flowers in the Attic by VC Andrews Partially because it s so horrifying but also because it made the point that you don t choose who to love You just fall in love It helped 14 year old me understand that the world is messed up and as we humans live in this weird world so too can our desires be explainable It doesn t make us bad people it s merely a complication that we have to deal with as we ourselves deem appropriate We may need to follow a few laws in place for our own protection and that of future offspring but that doesn t mean that we are fundamentally bad people Writing StyleThis likely would have been a higher rating had the writing style been a little smoother At times Never Contented Things felt disjointed Like there were chunks of the story missing I also felt that too much was revealed too soon It was very obvious to me from the get go what was happening I d have liked a little mystery to the events transpiring and subtle foreshadows Readers are smart yes even teenagers and can sort certain things out in their mind In fact many readers love to have ah ha moments that have pieces falling into place perfectly But you can t have an ah ha moment if you ve nown what s happening all along OverallThe idea here is not necessarily new Fae realms and trapping humans has long been a fundamental piece of most fairy stories What s uniue here is the driver that leads our characters to decide to act the way they do One of those pieces is the uniue relationship between our two lead foster ids It would have helped understand their co dependent relationship had there been back story on where they came from and how they got to the foster home where they met I also felt like no time was given to the foster parents who obviously have an influence on the teens and setting rules More early development of all our characters before any fairies show up would have been great My favourite part of all is the little nod to traditional fairy stories by making one of the most evil of them named Unseelie This is the name commonly used to describe the lower or underground or evil Fae court It was perfect and an early tip off to just how far these crazy fairies might be willing to go To read this and of my reviews visit my blog at Epic Reading Please note I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley This is an honest and unbiased review I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes but all opinions are my own 45 stars rounded up after careful considerationThis book s biggest flaw was the way it was marketedFirst things first I loved this book I think it might have been a 5 stars under slightly different circumstances and if I can ever bring myself to read it again I think I will be able to give this the 5 stars it probably deservesBefore we get into what it did right and why I liked it let me once again do the job that the publisher failed to do and clarify that first of all that blurb is totally misleading Prince is not the protagonist of this book and he s frankly not even that important Fairies in this book are just a clever excuse to explore humanity or better said some very fucked up and ugly sides of humanity And that bring Let s get one thing out of the way first this is not like The Cruel PrinceThe synopsis might make you think it is. 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.

Best There are betrayals secrets and lies But at the heart of this story it s ind of a uestion of forgiveness Like how can we love someone who has wronged us Can we forgive someone for wrongs they ve done when they aren t really themselves Especially when it s someone you can relate to so well Someone who understands you on another level that I tried I really triedBut I couldn t get into the story lineThis doesn t catch my interestDNF 20% I was the one who said the magic words and now we re all living under a spellThis is one of those ratings where I m being objective because though it s not an easy or entirely enjoyable read for me I was still very much in awe of some of the writing here and the subjects tackledIn a small town near Buffalo beautiful and untamed Josh goes missing after partying with a group of beautiful strangers His foster sister Ksenia was there but even she can t find him until one day when a domino falls and icks off a bigger chain reaction than anyone could have predicted Firstly the good points the writing here is lush and poetic and will absolutely resonate with it s audience The book wraps some ugly and weighty subjects up in those pretty words but they re things teenagers have to think about and for the right reader this book is going to feel like a revelation and validation all in one Add to that faeries done right full of teeth and torments and you ve got yourself a dark opera of a book emotions always front and centre and everything tinged with pain but lifted by the ever present promise of escapeFor me being a few years past the teenagetwenties emotional minefield it was always on the verge of edging into too much But I m not yet far enough away that I ve forgotten how it felt back then and for a teenager going through a hard time this book might just be that everything to escape into that some of our characters so desperately neededOverall a very good book even if I m no longer it s target How am I just now hearing about this Ahhh I m so ready This is a book about the attempt to find relationships and connections when in circumstances where it is hard to develop either and how that can lead both to unhealthy behavior and to real love it simply depends how it is expressedDon t look at the average rating yet We ll talk about it Never Contented Things follows two foster siblings who are in love or so they think no this is not romanticized and their journey after one makes a deal with faerie So yes the first half of this book is deeply fucked up but that s the point we see these characters hit their lows and we ar This is a dark creepy book It s not horror but it s skirting the line While this is clearly written in the tone of YATeen it is maybe only appropriate for about 15 due to the sex scenes and gore Sarah Porter takes us into the realm of the Fae without actually ever referencing fairies that is far from all happy and delightful Some things are easy obtaining food having clothing no money needed etc While other things are harder no real people creepy fairies mini versions of yourself crumbling infrastructure etc The overall morale is uite simple even if the story itself is complex in order to get something you must give something Be careful that what you re getting is worth that is being sacrificed Yes it s true some believe there is incest in this book Read 10 below for Tips to Reading Never Contented ThingsI m gonna give a list of tips These are things that I found I had to accept or make my brain ignore in order to get a bit of enjoyment out of Porter s novel 1 Fairies exist They will not be called fairies and they are clearly evil2 Remember the standard fairy rule never eat or drink while in the Fae realm3 Stop thinking you now what will happen and just go with it This story is teens making decisions and of course those decisions may not always be logical or make sense to you as the reader Remember being a teen is confusing4 Yes teens have sex If you d like to live in a world of ignorance leave this book behind 5 Children are creepy and vulnerable 6 You might want to eep the lights on while you read this7 Little mini gremlins as I called them in my head are clever Not weird or stupid but clever 8 Just because it s obvious what is happening to us do. Ster 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 themFirst seduced and then.

4 starsIt s the nightmare in the corner of your eye when you re about to fall asleep It s the daydream that starts out innocuous and turns sour before you realize your own train of thought It s twisted it s stunningly inventive in its nightmares and the portrayal of its characters is unsettling for a purpose Never Contented Things is one of the darkest fantasies I ve ever read and it s not here to cater to any of your preconceptions Imagination Nightmare uality Pacing Character Introductions Sarah Porter has created a tale that is stunning in its breadth of darkness Because of its deep dive into the unsettling I think it s safe to say that Never Contented Things is not for most readers Take the charismatic glittering world of Holly Black and remove all of the redeeming aspects of her faeries and their world the beauty the inherent hunt for good and the semi likable character traits and you re a step closer to Porter s take Androgynous Ksenia is living a lackluster life with her foster brother Josh and their friend Lexi Things seem normal until Ksenia and Josh find themselves at an outdoor party and the guests areodd This is the arrival of the tale s brand of Fae all cruel and several steps away from the ethereal beauty that the genre is used to and Josh and Ksenia soon finds themselves in an upside down everything is just so slightly wrong world where the details are not like Wonderland or Faerie but rather a completely warped version of their mundane surroundings It s incredibly hard to describe the concept but suffice to say it is haunting and not at all like any other preexisting trope I can t overemphasize enough how intensely uniue Porter s vision is The plot progresses in the form of six parts which rotate points of view between Ksenia Lexi Josh and Unselle In terms of enjoyability Lexi s sections are the clear winner Lexi s grounded no nonsense approach to the surreal madness of the plot is a refreshing breather from the occasionally disturbing sections of the othersWhile we re on the subject of disturbing aspects The reason Never Contented Things stalled out at 4 stars was due to its frankly alarming character introductions for both Ksenia and Josh They are foster siblings with hard backgrounds which are not their fault but due to their intensive closeness fostered out of past trauma there is the introduction of romantic feelings that have bubbled up out of their closeness It s incredibly hard to push through especially as it s our introduction to these characters It s convoluted and leaves a bad taste in your mouth I almost considered DNF ing it due to the unsettling relationship discussions BUT Never Contented Things needs this confusionbad taste Without divulging spoilers I ll just say that by the end of the story I understood why the romantic confusion was included I still think it was made weirder than it needed to be and probably lost uite a few readers before the plot became unputdownable but the justification is there It s just buried in the last sections of the plot Overall I do think Never Contented Things provides a new slice of the Fae genre and is extremely uniue in its approach I don t think I ll ever uite forget itand it certainly will come to me the next time I m in the dark Many thanks to the publisher via NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review DNF 50% Y all I had to do myself a solid and pull the plug on this I legitimately felt like I was on heavy drugs reading this it s such a weird story Just when I thought it couldn t get weirder it did and not in a this is uniue type of way it s a what the fuck am I reading type of way The whole foster sibling incest discussion one is in love with the other was just a big nope Plus this promised TCP vibes but where were the Fae Blog Twitter Instagram 35 If you let yourself feel how empty the sky is you now you re always falling into an enormous hole To start if you are looking for a book like a certain cruel wicked and fae driven YA series I was this book will NOT make you happy If you are looking to read something that has non traditional main characters dark fairies as an accessory and a very dark magical Labyrinth yes my age is showing feel to it then you will LOVE this storyThe relationships are unhealthy at. Seductive Cruel BoredBe wary of Prince and his fairy courtiers are staggeringly beautiful unrelentingly cruel and exhausted by the tedium of the centuries ― until they meet fo.

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I'm no longer checking goodreads If you'd like to contact me please write to wateryden at gmail dot com Thank youI write stories that seem to me to be uite true enough for all practical purposes Among them are VASSA IN THE NIGHT THE LOST VOICES TRILOGY and the forthcoming WHEN I CAST YOUR SHADOW and TENTACLE AND WING Realism makes little sense to me and I experience truth in the