Author: Adrienne Young
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Release date: September 1, 2020
My rating: ★★★★.5
Synopsis via Goodreads:
As the daughter of the most powerful trader in the Narrows, the sea is the only home seventeen-year-old Fable has ever known. It’s been four years since the night she watched her mother drown during an unforgiving storm. The next day her father abandoned her on a legendary island filled with thieves and little food. To survive she must keep to herself, learn to trust no one and rely on the unique skills her mother taught her. The only thing that keeps her going is the goal of getting off the island, finding her father and demanding her rightful place beside him and his crew. To do so Fable enlists the help of a young trader named West to get her off the island and across the Narrows to her father.
But her father’s rivalries and the dangers of his trading enterprise have only multiplied since she last saw him and Fable soon finds that West isn’t who he seems. Together, they will have to survive more than the treacherous storms that haunt the Narrows if they’re going to stay alive.
Welcome to a world made dangerous by the sea and by those who wish to profit from it. Where a young girl must find her place and her family while trying to survive in a world built for men
Thank you so much to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
I absolutely loved Fable! It was such a fun & quick read. I’ll admit though, it took me a bit to actually get into the story. Once I did though, I could not stop! I was swept away by Adrienne Young’s stunning writing.
Our main character Fable was spectacular. In her short life she has gone through so many tragic events. Because of those, she had to learn how to survive on her own. Fable is by far one of my new favorite characters. She is strong and oh so brave. Although we do not get to meet her mother in this book, I loved the connection Fable had with her. It’s obvious that she thinks the world of her mom and I thought that was such a sweet part of the story.
I am a sucker for books with a found family and Fable definitely had that. I absolutely loved the crew of the Marigold. Each of them were so unique and a delight to read about. I particularly loved Willa. She is so protective and unapologetically fierce. She wasn’t afraid to ruffle some feathers, especially if you messed with any one of her crew!
The romance was quite interesting. It was kind of a mix between enemies to lovers & slow burn. The tension between the couple was so well written and I was 100% here for it. I can’t wait to see their relationship grow…hopefully.
The setting was the best part of Fable! I adore a book that is set at sea. With beautiful and vivid descriptions, the author made you feel like you were onboard the Marigold. It was such a cool experience.
The ending literally had me yelling! I was so worried the entire book something like that was going to happen and when it did, I couldn’t contain my emotions. I am so happy that we do not have to wait a long time for the sequel. I am eager to see how the characters will react and what their plan will be.
Overall, Fable was incredible. It started out a little rough for me, but oh my gosh I am so happy I stuck with it. Highly recommend this book if you’re looking for an at sea, action packed, fast paced and gritty story!