I received this book at no cost from the publisherNever-Contented Things by Sarah Porter
Published by Tor Teen on March 19, 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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.
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.
Ksenia and her “brother” Josh are living with their foster parents in a not-good situation. Lexi is their friend and best support system they have since she grew up in a good home. Each character tells this story through their own perspective in a messy way that works. It is dark and treacherous, but isn’t everything that occurs when you deal with the fae? This story is perfect for fans of Holly Black and Carrie Jones’ Need series. These fae don’t play nice and can take advantage of those even who agree but don’t know what they are giving consent to.
As Ksenia approaches 18 and prefers to identify as masculine, her foster parents are convinced that the relationship she has with Josh is unhealthy. They find a group of teens that are different and a bit unruly that Josh seems to fall in with. As he disappears into the shadows, Ksenia finds herself bereft and kills herself. And when I think this is the end, she turns up with Josh in an otherworldly land run by thoughts and created by whims. During this time, Lexi is trying her hardest to reconnect with Ksenia and bring her back to the real world.
This story was seriously creepy and evil at times. I found myself having to put it down since parts were very difficult to read but at the same time, I couldn’t stop. For the most part, the book was paced perfectly but then I wanted to tell the characters to stop talking so much and get on with the action. Overall, a very good horror-filled fantasy!
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