Published by Macmillan-Tor/Forge on March 19, 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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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.
I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Have you ever started reading a book thinking it’s this kind of book and then finding out it’s totally not? This isn’t the kind of young adult-fantasy that I was expecting. This book is actually a lot darker than expected and also a lot more meaningful and I am here for it!
Never-Contented Things is about Josh and Ksenia who are foster siblings soon to be separated. Josh is in love with Ksenia and he would do anything to keep them together, including making a deal with the faeries. Josh gives up their freedom in this world to live in a darker lonelier world just to be with Ksenia. And he drags Ksenia with him.
This book surprised me in so many ways. As I said, it was not what I expected. I didn’t like it at first because the beginning is confusing but just get through it because this book’s middle and end is phenomenal. I also think that I need to warn you that this isn’t fantasy. Not really. It’s magic realism and it takes a lot to get used to.
I really loved the characters. They are all so complex and I guess we can relate to each and every one of them. They seem too mature for teenagers though but I guess that can be quite understandable for Ksenia and Josh because they’ve been through a lot. I also liked the character of Lexi who is also a main character in this book. Unlike Ksenia and Josh, Lexi is actually living a good life. I liked how this book showed that each and every one of us have different circumstances. Some may seem to have a better life but it’s not perfect. No one’s life is perfect. I do agree that we should pay more attention to Josh and Ksenia’s struggles because they’ve been through worse. I guess what I’m saying is that we really shouldn’t undermine each and every one’s every day struggle.
I also really liked the antagonists in this book – the never-contented things. They do seem to be just tools for the plot here instead of characters. They are empty as they should be. I think that the fairies are really meant to not feel alive like the human characters. It just made us distinguish them more from the main characters. I think it’s genius in the part of the author.
The best part of this book is it’s take on love. This book actually shows us that the distinction between love and obsession is a thin line. Josh and Ksenia’s love is complicated. They’ve relied on each other so much that their lives felt like intertwined forever. They could not bear to be apart that their judgment was seriously compromised. I am actually familiar with that kind of love… the kind of love that calls to you, that consumes you. It actually feels like there’s nothing else working inside of you except for that love. And I have to tell you how hard to let that love go. Maybe I’m just biased with this book because I could relate to it. Anyways, I think that showing a twisted kind of love like this is brave.
There’s nothing that you could ever do, Josh, that I wouldn’t forgive, even before you finished doing it. That’s the way we love each other, and we always will.
And that ending… I won’t spoil you but I just want to say that the ending was perfect for me. It was sad but it was right for the story. The tone of the ending is the same as the beginning. It was hopeless and beautiful at the same time.
Overall, I really recommend this book to those who is looking for something darker to read… to those who want to feel things because this book will give you lots of emotion.