Never-Contented Things

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Tom Doherty Associates, Mar 19, 2019 - Young Adult Fiction - 352 pages
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“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.”—Brittany Cavallaro, New York Times bestselling author of A Study in Charlotte

From critically-acclaimed author Sarah Porter comes Never-Contented Things: a standalone surreal young adult fantasy of teenagers ensorcelled into a wicked bargain with otherworldly beings...

Every moment of the night—
Forever changing places—
And they put out the star-light
With the breath from their pale faces...
—Edgar Allan Poe, “Fairy-Land”

Bound by haunting tragedies, Ksenia Adderley and Joshua Korensky have shared a home as foster siblings since they were children. Despite their opposite personalities—Ksenia is prickly, mistrustful, Josh, flamboyant and outgoing—they are fiercely protective of one another. As teens, they’ve grown even closer. Some say unnaturally so.

With Ksenia's eighteenth birthday approaching, their guardians expect her to move out. They want to free Josh of his obsession with the foster-sister whom they regard as a strange, unhealthy influence. But they don’t understand the depths of Josh’s feelings for Ksenia and how desperate he is to ensure they stay together—forever.

The one called Prince understands all too well. Attracted by the intensity of Josh’s desires and Ksenia’s fears, he can grant them a home among his kind: beautiful creatures not of this earth. All they have to do is surrender their very humanity and succumb to the cruel whims of Prince and his fae courtiers...

“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

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Frankly, Never-Contented Things is a significant disappointment. Sarah Porter’s version of the cruelty of the Fae towards humans is neither original nor good. The heroes are weak, and the villains are ... Read full review

Contents

PartOne
11
What Was I Supposed to Do?
23
We Need to Be Happy While We Can
36
They Might Not Find Their Way Home Again
47
You Could Put It Like That
54
What a Little Savage You Once Were
60
Because We Werent Really Home Before
68
Tiny Sparkly Hands
75
What Is a Grave If Not a Doorway?
202
Please Dont Think This Is Me
209
As Any Artist Does
215
PartFour
221
Nothing Essential Is Safe
232
Minds Slap Shut Like Books
239
Even Dreams Consume
245
There Are Lies That Have Some Truth in Them
251

It Was What We Had to Give
83
Do Tell
92
PartTwo
101
An Orchestra of Breaths and Bells
116
A Velvety Minuscule Death
125
Not a Single One of Them Reaches My Voice
137
Just Enough of the Truth
149
My Voice Becomes Vapor
157
Now Were All Living Under a Spell
168
joshua korensky
175
The Land of Not Too Late
183
You SendMe to Die?
195
Nothing of Great Matter to Her
261
A Vast and Hollow Darkness
267
PartFive
273
PartSix
279
They Stole Me from Myself
289
They Didnt Make Everything
295
This Ground Im Lying On
302
My Version of Love
308
How Can Everything Become Nothing?
329
What Else Would I Do?
343
Whatever Heart You Can Make for Yourself
359
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Sarah Porter is a writer, artist, and freelance teacher who lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two cats. She is the author of the Lost Voices Trilogy (Lost Voices, Waking Storms, The Twice Lost) in addition to Vassa in the Night and When I Cast Your Shadow—all for the teen audience. She has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from City College.

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