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Review – Never-Contented Things by Sarah Porter

Never-Contented Things by Sarah Porter

Book Title: Never-Contented Things

Book Description: 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.

Book Author: Sarah Porter

Book Format: Hardcover

Date published: 2019-03-19

Number Of Pages: 368

Overall
7.5/10
7.5/10
  • Writing - 8/10
    8/10
  • Development - 7/10
    7/10
  • Overall - 7.5/10
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Be Wary Of…

Never-Contented Things has one of those eye-catching covers. You know the type I’m talking about – where you spot it in the store, and you immediately know that it’s going to be dark and likely full of fae. That’s the first thing that caught my attention about this novel, and I know I’m not the only one who felt that way.

Inside that beautiful cover is a tale of friendship, love, loyalty, and the cruelty of the fae. That was the other selling point in this novel for me. It actually marketed its fae as being cruel and careless in regards to humans. Those stories can be the most disturbing of course, but they can also be the most fascinating as well.

Writing

Never-Contented Things by Sarah Porter

Never-Contented Things by Sarah Porter

Sarah Porter had a great core concept when she sat down to write Never-Contented Things. And it had a lot of elements going right for it along the way. The decision to have the fae marketed as dark and cruel was obviously a smart call (especially since it can play off the current hype for them). Personally though, I’m even happier with the follow through on this. Too often I’ve picked up a novel about dark fae, only to have them end up being handsome and misunderstood. It was refreshing to have the fae be exactly what they are, and nothing more.

What is truly intriguing about this story is that the entire plot is told from the human perspective. That doesn’t sound like much, but it did a wonderful job of showing how much of a challenge it would be for humans to go up against beings like the fae. Far too often it’s easy for us to overestimate our abilities when dealing with a theoretical supernatural situation. Never-Contented Things didn’t play that game though, and instead gave us the reality of the situation.

Sarah Porter was really quite clever in the way she developed the plot as well. Some people may love what she did here, while others may admittedly find the pacing a little bit too slow. But the truth is that she let the mystery ever so slowly build, until we couldn’t deny the truth of what was happening. In a way, this was very human, ironically enough.

Development

There are many unique elements to Never-Contented Things. The characters could only be defined as quirky, both in the ways they dressed and acted, and in their past history. I do think that more time could have been spent on the characters, because as gradual as the plot was, I never really felt like I connected with some of them.

There were some perfect moments between characters though, both good and bad. There was a feeling of permanency in the choices being made. Additionally, even though there was a lack of connection to certain characters, other characters screamed out for sympathy and emotional reactions. It was an interesting blend between the two, and it leaves me thinking that the dissonance was intentional.

Unfortunately, some of the elements that made this novel stand out, also dragged it down a bit. The pacing was refreshing at first, but it does eventually hit a point where the reader can’t help but hope for more. A little too much time was spent questioning the truth behind the supernatural here – time that could have been otherwise spent engaging the reader.

Conclusion

Never-Contented Things is not like any other fae or changeling story I read. It focused on the more human elements while sticking to the long-held belief of fae being dark and disturbing. I personally love that Sarah Porter stuck to her guns here, and gave us exactly the book that was advertised. For a gradual build novel, this story was oddly enticing. There was a lot of depth to the scenery and events, while still leaving plenty of room for doubt and questions. It was an interesting balance, and for that reason, I can truly say that this was a unique reading experience.

 


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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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