Review: Never-Contented Things by Sarah Porter

Never-Contented Things
Never-Contented Things by Sarah Porter
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication: 03/19/2019
Format: e-arc
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Seductive. Cruel. Bored
Be wary of…
Never-Contented Things
A Novel of Faery

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.


My thoughts

A dark and unique labyrinthian YA novel that can’t be compared to anything else.


Never Contented Things may not be like The Cruel Prince, but it does contain “substance,” like the importance of consent and helping others in need when you can. 

So the two things I got out of this book:

– You can’t help people who can’t be help.

– Help people as much as you can. It’s better to do something than nothing.

This is me as an adult trying to make sense of the oddness and creepiness this book offers.

Sarah Porter took a unique spin on the “changeling” story in her own fashion by describing little versions of some characters and how they seemingly come out of nowhere and everywhere all at once. The more I read this book, The weirder it gets. The author did an amazing job in describing the “otherworldliness” of the faeries and comparing it to the real characters in their world. Hence, Never-Contented Things was a compelling read despite leaving me unsettled. 

Sometimes I felt as though the faeries can be metaphorical. Something negative that can lure people in and can be difficult to get rid off. Something dark that challenges character’s psyche. “Was it real or was it all in their head?” kind of situation and how will the character overcome it? Anyway, I digress and I’m probably thinking “too deep.”

Additionally, the author didn’t shy away from the descriptions of the faeries. There had been an abundance of descriptive language, from the peacock leather a character was wearing to another faerie with three pairs of cheekbones. They were all horrible and grotesque. Needless to say, there were some descriptions and events that happened in the novel that made me uncomfortable. 

Then there’s the unusual relationship between our two main characters, Josh and Ksenia. It had been a codependent relationship but the author handled the topic well. It actually made me think, “will the author go for the forgiveness route or will the character ever redeem themself?” I guess you’ll have to read this book to find out what I mean.  

I think my favorite character is Lexi and I would’ve loved this book more if I were only reading from her POV. However, I do understand that it was necessary for the author to include multiple POVs. I didn’t like Lexi because she was the heroine in this novel, I liked her because she was imperfect. And once I got to her POV, I was able to understand her character more and her role in the story.

Also, I liked how this book had LQBTQIA+ representation and it just felt organic. I thought there had been pansexual rep, bi rep, and ace rep. I’m actually hoping for the author to write “realistic” contemporary books with more of these characters (without any fantasy/paranormal element) just because I think the author can do a phenomenal job at it.

Although this book was on the slow side, I actually appreciated this book in its own way. Like Sarah Porter’s previous novels, this book isn’t going to be for everybody. It’s definitely going to be polarizing: You’ll either like or dislike it. I do think it’s going to be difficult to describe this book without giving too much away. The summary (or blurb) of this book can be misleading because there really is more to the story than what was presented/marketed to the readers. This isn’t about beautiful faeries, faerie court intrigue, and magic, that’s for sure! I’m not sure how the general public is going to feel about this book, but this book is definitely for those who wanted to read something creepy, sinister, and strange.

**Huge thanks to the publisher for approving my request to read this book in exchange for an honest book review.

Published by Claire @bookscoffeeandrepeat

Filipino American YA book blogger. Just here to share to share my interests with others!

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