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Book Review: Fable by Adrienne Young

Why do I keep letting myself get behind with reviews? Ughh it’s so bad when I leave reviews because now, I can’t remember the book as well.

This was definitely one of the books that I was really anticipating. I got the Fairyloot edition, but I’ll obviously have to buy the original cover because it’s stunning!

I’m feeling super lazy as I write this as I have amounted six reviews (this was written two weeks ago – yes I now have many more) to do so I’m going to put the Goodreads summary in.

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.

I really enjoyed this book. The only other book I’ve read by Adrienne Young is Sky in the Deep, which I also loved, but this is making me want to read The Girl the Sea Gave Back.

Fable was the kind of character you couldn’t not like. She was strong and resourceful. I really enjoyed her story. It was interesting to watch how she navigated the different situations both as a dredger and then as a member of the Marigold. Even when she was in powerless situations she managed to survive.

It took me a while to warm up to West and the crew of the Marigold but, even in such a short book, Adrienne Young managed to make them very vivid characters and more than that managed to make me care for them.

This book definitely didn’t go where I expected it to and that ending particularly was brutal. Here I was thinking I would be safe with Namesake due out in a short few months.

I’m trying to pinpoint things I didn’t like and I’m struggling to come up with it. Adrienne created a very vivid, if vicious world. I certainly wouldn’t like to go there anytime soon. I would perhaps have liked a little more build up of the relationship between West and Fable. However, I think that, particularly given West’s backstory, it really made sense. I liked where this book left their relationship off at.

This book left me with so many questions and I’m certainly going to pick up Namesake to get those answers as soon as it comes out. I’ve heard that we’ll find out more about Fable’s mother and I’m excited to find out more, she sounds like such an interesting character.

Overall, I gave this book 4.5*. It was wonderfully written, and I have such a vivid picture of the world and characters in my head.

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