Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Tor Teen (March 19, 2019)
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
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.
Okay. Right off the bat, this book confused me. Wait . . . I should clarify. It confused me because of the narrative format. The book is written in different point of view clusters where in each piece, the reader only gets a taste of what is going on. I love unreliable narrators and there is an unreliability with each one individually. But together, you see the broader picture.
The book is right away dark and weird. It is about the codependency between two foster children who aren’t blood related, but are seen as siblings. You will feel the creeps with their relationship. You will want to put down the book and either let it fester until you need to keep reading or you eventually DNF. Do not DNF. The story is more than that, more than the weird feels, and more than the fae in the book.
Speaking about the fae, these guys aren’t seen all the time. You do meet them, you do get a feel about them, but they aren’t the focus of the story. They are the vehicle behind the emotional and mental roller coaster Ksenia goes through to find a way to heal and not need someone in an unhealthy way.
I felt that this book was very close to old world fae. If you don’t understand what I mean, I mean old world fae where akin to demons. You don’t eat or drink in their world. You could easily be switched with another. A man once killed his wife because he thought she was a fae changeling. Fae are horrifying. And the power they have is scary.
Now imagine that old world with a modern setting. With two young adults who are trying to navigate their feelings, the world around them, and their queer identities. I could go on and on, but I don’t want to let on the rest of this book. Suffice to say, it is about the power of human connection and trauma. It is about getting lost in your own world in order to find happiness, but never really be in touch with reality. It’s about growing up and finding personal resolution.
Seriously, read this book.
Final Rating: 4/5
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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