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Breadth of darkness Because of its deep dive into the nsettling 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 A Bride by Summer (Round-the-Clock Brides 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 issed to and Josh and Ksenia soon finds themselves in an pside 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 niue 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 Rescued from Ruin 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 thensettling 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 Conard County Witness understood why the romantic confusion was included I still think it was made weirder than it needed to be and probably lostite a few readers before the plot became Childhood Dying 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 extremelyniue in its approach I don t think I ll ever ite 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 I was the one who said the magic words and now we re all living nder 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 Carrying the Sheikhs Baby/Awakening His Innocent Cinderella/The Tycoons Shock Heir/One Night with the Forbidden Princess untamed Josh goes missing after partying with a group of beautiful strangers His foster sister Ksenia was there but even she can t find himntil one day when a domino falls and kicks 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 Sheik Defense (Desert Justice ugly and weighty subjectsp 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 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 Hot Seduction (Hotshot Heroes 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 starsnder 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 p and gly sides of humanity And that brings me to my second point which you should keep in mind before even thinking about reading this book this is fucking dark It s Babys Watch / A Hero of Her Own ugly it s triggering it s maddening and if you manage to read enough of it it has one of the most satisfying character developments and conclusion of any book I ve ever readTo put this on Netgalley without a single trigger warning and especially to set it as Read Now was a huge mistake and a huge disfavor to both readers and the book itself I m sorry if I come off as harsh but I m not just here to review the book if the publisher really cares about feedback I hope they will take this into consideration for the next books they putp for review hi publisher person that will read this when I send my review through Netgalley please don t take this review as your cue to never approve me for your books ever again thank you This is initially a story about the codependency between two foster siblings Josh and Ksenia Their relationship gets about as nhealthy as you can imagine and because for the first good chunk of the book we only get to see things through Ksenia s eyes our reading experience can get incredibly frustrating If you re someone who while reading needs to be told at any given moment This is wrong btw then you should stay away from this book You know it s so so wrong but the book shows you that it is instead of telling you because character perspective matters and that s the whole fucking pointAs the story progresses and the codependency slides pretty heavily into abuse you get a different healthier POV And thank god because reading Lexi s POV chapters are like emerging to finally take a breath after being held nder water by Ksenia and Josh And still it s a while before things can get better because they need to get worse firstWhat truly struck me about this book were two things the writing which is absolutely stunning and it completely captured me from page one and the fact that Ksenia is given all the compassion all the redemption all the healing and forgiveness we Sweet Valentine usually bestowpon male characters And I don t know if she s a female character other reviewers have said she s possibly genderueer altho. Ster siblings Josh and Ksenia Drawn in by their vivid emotions ndying love for each other and passion for life Prince will stop at nothing to possess themFirst seduced and then.
I tried I really triedBut I couldn t get into the story lineThis doesn t catch my interestDNF 20% 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 s 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 fa 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 Ice Wolves (Elementals, 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 How am I just now hearing about this Ahhh I m so ready Let s get one thing out of the way first this is not like The Cruel PrinceThe synopsis might make you think it is but there s no court intrigue no hate to love romance and they are just very different stories with completely different messages Going into this expecting them to be similar will only lead to disappointment Never Contented Things is a dark contemporary fantasy story about a codependent relationship between two foster siblings It sgly messy disturbing and hard to read and if you re the kind of person who likes to read about teenagers doing the right thing I really don t recommend this book The main characters in this story are in no way role models and they aren t meant to be However I think that stories about messed Some Like It Hotter up teenagers finding a way out are very importantThis is a veryncomfortable read with a beautiful message A story that says that no matter what you went through there s hope You can heal And maybe you will always be haunted by those memories but you can get betterI think we need this kind of stories too because teens go through similar things well not the part were they re trapped by creepy fairies but you can see that as a metaphor and this deserves to be recognized And we need messed More Than a Convenient Bride (Texas Cattlemans Club: After the Storm up stories from the point of view of marginalized characters all main characters here areeer as well It may not be the most positive representation ever but it can help Not everyone sees themselves in stories about Marrying Well unproblematic peopleThis book follows three charactersKsenia Adderley arguably the main character She s currently living with her foster brother Josh and her foster parents Mitch and Emma who accuse her of having a bad influence on her brother She s white presents as masculine and is described as not a girl in some parts of this book which makes me think she is nonbinarygenderueer but she never says anything about it or at least if she did I missed it She is attracted to multiple genders but doesn t label herself She has been in multiple traumatic situations before including sexual assault and she s perceived as cold by many because she s very closed off She says and thinks a lot of messedp things but I Tavern Wench understood her and she grew on meJoshua Josh Korensky chubby pansexual and gender non conforming He s perceived as the good sibling by his parents While Inderstood his motivations and he is after all a victim too I still kind of despised himAlexandra Lexi Holden black mostly into men but not only grew And the Winner - Weds! up in a supportive family and is a good student She s Josh and Ksenia s friend she sees how the situation spirals out of control and she has a major role in Ksenia s recovery I really liked her PoVThe relationship Josh and Ksenia have isnhealthy codependent and becomes abusive throughout the story Ksenia is over protective because she feels like Josh is the only one who Manhattan Heat understands her and loves her She is really afraid to lose him as she has lost many people before She takes all the responsibility for every time he messesp and she is seen as the one who has a bad influence on Josh even if she s actually the one who sees him as a brother Josh however doesn t really see Ksenia as a sister disregards her lack of consent because he believes he knows what she actually wants and pressures her in romanticsexual situationsThey re doing all the wrong things to remain together and it s difficult to readBut Never Contented Things isn t just about nhealthy relationships The friendship between Ksenia and Lexi was healthier and even the romance ff fgenderueer that develops from it seemed to be I really liked Ksenia and Lexi togetherOne could argue this is a story about a romance helping a person get out of an abusive relationship but I don t really agree Ksenia isn t saved by Lexi or by Lexi s love Lexi helps her realize she has a problem but the decision to confront the truth about herself and her relationship with Josh was ltimately Ksenia s Ksenia doesn t just get out of a relationship she gets out of the mindset that got her there and that s why I didn t mind that this book ended with a romanceI won t lie I didn t enjoy reading most of this While it does have its fun moments the scene about Prince on the burning chair made me laugh out loud I almost DNFed it multiple times It made me feel sick I also highlighted entire pages of it especially near the ending because the character development was wonderfulWhat I liked the most about Never Contented Things was Ksenia s character arc It s one of the most well written arcs I ve read in a whileThis is a story about denial and self hate Ksenia believes she can t be loved or The Ruthless Italians Inexperienced Wife understood and that s why she gets too close to the only person she believes loves her she also believes she is a bad person that she doesn t really deserve to be happy That part in which she says that she struggles to appreciate the good things about herself that she gets she should in the abstract but doesn t really feel it Inderstand this kind of double standard than I d like toYou might have noticed that so far I ve barely mentioned the fairies That s because this is not really a fae book the fairies here are kind of incidental They make the situation worse and they add a lot of creepiness pool party with dying ghost horses Door graveyards Eyes growing on your hat There s a lot here but they re not the focusThat doesn t mean they weren t awesomely disgusting Especially Unselle She s the girl on the cover of this book and everything she says and does is very creepy and wrong on so many levels I loved reading about herTrigger warnings for foster brothersister incest codependency parental neglect emotional abuse sexual assault on page death body horror mentions of suicide 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 Billionaire Baby Dilemma / The Wrangler 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 Nightmareality Pacing Character Introductions Sarah Porter has created a tale that is stunning in its. Seductive Cruel BoredBe wary of Prince and his fairy courtiers are staggeringly beautiful All Night with the Boss unrelentingly cruel and exhausted by the tedium of the centuries ―ntil they meet fo.
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Ugh this isn t explicit in the text but she s a character I feel was missing in YA or maybe I just haven t encountered one like her yetThe leading theme in this book is how abuse will affect the mind and affections of a victim How a victim is left alone ignored blamed even and is left so vulnerable to the slightest hint of what they think is love They think this is the best I can ever hope for This is better than it was before so it must mean it s all I m worth And sometimes things really are good but sometimes they re really fucking not and Ksenia was Redeemed (Redeemed, unlucky enough to first read the definition of love from the dictionary of Josh except Josh is a victim too and his definition of love is all wrong too This book does an amazing job at never victim blaming anyone but also at showing the effects of your first your second your life long abuse because those things can t be ignored when we talk about abuse and especially when we talk about surviving itKsenia isn t magically saved by her love for Lexi or by Lexi s love for her but she s given the tool to dig herself out of eighteen years of wrong and that s the most powerful message you can send readersThere are so many other things I loved about this book Everyone iseer Ksenia is possibly genderueer and attracted to multiple genders Josh is fat pansexual and gender non conforming Lexi is Black and discovers her multiple gender attraction throughout the novel the writing as I said before is absolutely beautiful and atmospheric The faeries are seriously creepy 35 If you let yourself feel how empty the sky is you know 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 nhealthy at best There are betrayals secrets and lies But at the heart of this story it s kind of a estion of forgiveness Like how can we love someone who has wronged Claiming the Cowboys Heart 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 whonderstands you on another level that no one else does How can everything become nothing just because someone did something wrong Personally this story did not work for me It may simply be because I had expectations from the synopsis that were in no way close to being met I think this is a GOOD and Undercover with a SEAL (Code: Warrior SEALs uniue story One that hasn t been told over and over in the YA world I think being fresh works in Never Contended Things favor I grasp what the author was going for and think that there is a very niche group of people who will LOVE this book Sadly I can t sit at their table because I didn t love itI m giving this book a 35 and roundingp to 4 for goodreads because it is well written Truth or Dare (Sweet Valley University, uniue and takes you on a crazy dark YA standard ride I don t feel right rating it lower simply because it doesn t appeal to me That being said I d maybe edit the synopsis In my opinion it is SERIOUSLY misleading to anyone who has read a certain other YA seriesAVAILABLE NOWARC provided by NetGalley 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 tonhealthy 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 p but that s the point we see these characters hit their lows and we are forced to empathize deeply with the situation they ve been put in Josh and Ksenia s relationship is based on intense codependency one where they have been forced into a mutual relationship based on necessity the narrative does a frankly impressive job of showing this while still sticking in what the characters actually feel about each other By 50% through you re rooting for both of their characters in very different ways but actively rooting against their relationship Also you are very fucking terrified of the faeries The reason this probably shouldn t be a five is that I actively did not enjoy reading the first 20% and indeed struggled with a lot of this book you read because you re almost too horrified and scared for these characters to look away I do get why the average rating is somewhere around a 3 It s not a fun novel This novel was also marketed as I believe my reviewer friend Acua pointed out somewhat poorly Never Contented Things is asking for a very certain type of reader I think leaning older teen and new adult demographic and is certainly not a book that should be placed on read now on Netgalley I also have noticed that a great percentage of the bad ratings are readers who DNFed this and rated it one star which is perfectly fine it s just that this has dropped the rating pretty damn far The reason this is for me at least a five is that it is frankly one of the most emotionally cathartic novels I ve ever read Here are just a few things we should talk about in regards to this book gender as it plays into self image the idea of only loving what you want to see in someone the fact that one of the plot points is essentially about the mortifying ordeal of being known and it made me cry rape culture and the way in which Ksenia s character has closed herself off due to being an nspoken victim the degree to which the narrative works against romanticization of self harm the narrative s focus on healthy love as not something revolving around ownership the sheer tenderness of loving someone as your best friend before your crush and being willing to sacrifice a lot for them simply because you love them without it mattering how or whether they love you back the idea that no matter what your past is you can always find your way out I m going to really Shores Of Love unpack all of these in further depth because I honestly just have so many feelings about this But if you re already intrigued and want to avoid any possible spoilers please do just go read it yourself Seriously It s one of the most wonderfully well written narratives I ve had the pleasure of reading go buy a copy etc Ksenia is a character who projects to the outside world being very comfortable in her identity Actually she dresses androgynously to the point where characters mistake her for a boy also every description of her outfits within this book made me cry she s such a legend But inwardly she s not there for herself at all not yet There s a plot point in this book involving Ksenia s inner selves being captured into tiny bodies and beingsed to create the pstairs of her and Josh s house it s terrifying and I m such a fan of it And neither she nor Josh can get than two steps on the stairs to the pper floor This makes sense given that Josh doesn t want to see who she really is it s just that she doesn t want to see who she really is either The truth is that Ksenia is dealing with a lot of trauma from being sexually assaulted something she has 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.
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