book review: fable

Review

4/5

Fable is a beautiful piece of writing combined with a fun adventure story for an epic read!

This is my first experience with Adrienne Young’s writing, but I feel immediately compelled to read her backlist after finishing this one.  Her writing has an easy flow and lyrical quality; it’s captivating in and of itself.  With shorter chapters, it wasn’t hard to get lost in this book.

Fable sets up the second book in the duology nicely, with a lot of great world-building, the introduction of characters, an arc towards a conflict, and, of course, a big ole cliffhanger!  At times, though, the pacing was quite slow which makes me wish that the overall story was a standalone, rather than a duology.

I absolutely adore the cast of characters!  Fable is a strong, determined lead with a family history that adds a lot of intrigue.  She finds herself in the company of the crew of the Marigold, including my two favorite characters, Willa and West.  Willa is a firecracker, and I love her interactions with Fable.  West is phenomenal in all his broodiness!  There’s a lot of angst between he and Fable, and I couldn’t get enough of them.

Overall, I would recommend Fable!  It was just chosen as a Reese’s Book Club pick, so now is the perfect time to grab this one.  Book 2 is slated to release in March 2021!

*Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book.  This did not affect my opinion or the content of my review.

FABLE
BY ADRIENNE YOUNG

YOUNG ADULT ADVENTURE FICTION

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 1, 2020
(wEDNESDAY BOOKS)

Synopsis

For seventeen-year-old Fable, the daughter of the most powerful trader in the Narrows, the sea is the only home she 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. Fable takes you on a spectacular journey filled with romance, intrigue, and adventure.

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