Updated: May 3, 2020
I'm a bit late today because I originally planned posting the list of May book releases but it's a lengthy list so I will leave it for Tuesday. Anyways, today I'm reviewing Fable by Adrienne Young, author of Sky in the Deep and The Girl the Sea Gave Back. I was lucky and I need to thank NetGalley and Wednesday Books for providing an ARC for an honest review. Fable is a Young Adult Fantasy that grabs you and holds you close from the very first page.
I can guarantee you'll love the prose and the story.
Keep reading to find out why.
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.
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.
I'm so thankful to be able to review Fable months before it comes out because I get to tell you this: This book is so good you need to add it to your TBR asap!
I screamed with bursts of excitement throughout the book. It feels fresh, unique and empowering. And how could we not when Fable was an uplifting main character. She was strong, smart and independent in a truly inspiring way. She was abandoned by her father in an island to fend for herself and she learned the trade of dredging to survive on her own. She also feels vibrations that allows her to identify gems, which is a rare and very dangerous gift. I grew instantly fond of her and her journey.
The first two-thirds or so of the book didn't have romance and I loved every second of it, and by the time the slow-burning romance was introduced to the page, I was totally invested in the characters.The writing is beautiful and descriptive, and the plot fast-paced and thrilling. Fable is filled with adventure and struggle, making the characters really work hard to get themselves out of their troubles. There are two major missions in the story that are fulfilled and where you see the characters evolve. West is a sneaky love interest and the Marigold's crew is the perfect found-family.
I consider this book Fantasy only due to Fable's ability to feel gems' vibrations, which allows her to identify real from fake gems. Other than that, the story is well grounded with real world elements that bring it to life. The adventure involves sea diving, treasure hunting, escaping from near death, rivalry, family drama and a sneaky slow-burn romance. With this said, there is only one thing I didn't like: the cliffhanger at the end of the book. Fable is meant to be a duology, and the end of this book leaves you desperately wanting more.
My Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Here is all the info for Fable:
Reading Challenge No.: 17/45
Publication Date: September 1, 2020
Length: ~ 368 pages
POV: #FirstPersonPOV - Fable
Series or Standalone? #FirstInSeries - Fable #1
Thank you so much for reading my review of Fable. If you think it's something you'd enjoy, please support the author and preorder using the links I provided above. For now you can also check out Sky in the Deep and The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young,
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