Fable

Original Title:Fable
Part of Series:Fable #1
Published Date:1st Sep 2020
Publisher:Wednesday Books
ISBN:9781250254368
Edition Language:English
Format:Hardcover
Number of Pages:368 Pages
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About Adrienne Young
New York Times bestselling author of SKY IN THE DEEP, THE GIRL THE SEA GAVE BACK & FABLE from Wednesday Books. Agent: Barbara Poelle, IGLAAdrienne Young is a born and bred Texan turned California girl. She is a foodie with a deep love of history and travel and a shameless addiction to coffee. When she’s not writing, you can find her on her yoga mat, scouring antique fairs for old books, sipping wine over long dinners, or disappearing into her favorite art museums. She lives with her documentary filmmaker husband and their four little wildlings beneath the West Coast sun.For information on release, appearances, ARCs, giveaways, and exclusive content, sign up for the newsletter at https://adrienneyoungbooks.com/Instagram: @adrienneyoungbooksTwitter: @adriennebooks

Fable Overview

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.

Fable Reviews

  • Check out this review (and more) over on my blog Thank you to Netgalley and Wednesday Books for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!Quick Stats:Overall: 3.5/5 StarsCharacters: 4/5Setting: 3/5Writing: 5/5Plot and Themes: 3/5Awesomeness Factor: 3.5/5Review in a Nutshell: Fable is the start of an addictive new fantasy series that will have you dreaming of the high seas.“Keep your knife where you can reach it. Never, ever owe anyone anything. Nothing is free. Always construct a lie from a truth. Never, under any circumstances, reveal what or who matters to you.”// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Abuse, Murder //“You weren't made for this world, Fable.”Release Date: 9/1/2020Publisher: Wednesday BooksPage Count: 368Premise:Fable follows Fable, the daughter of a renown trader, who is abandoned by her father on the shores of an island of thieves with nothing. After four years, she’s eager to get off the island, find her father, and claim her rightful place in his crew. But to do so requires the help of a mysterious trader named West, who isn’t what he seems.“Like light cast over the morning water, it became new. Every moment that lay ahead, like an uncharted sea. this was a new beginning.”- Writing & Setting - Adrienne Young’s writing is really fun to read. It’s both beautiful and easy to understand, hooking you in from the start and not letting you go. The setting is like that as well. The world-building is minimal, but what we do get is fascinating."I knew that in the Narrows, nothing was what it seemed. Every truth was twisted. Every lie carefully constructed."- Plot -Fable feels like a fast-paced read, making it easy to read in one sitting (speaking from experience here). However, there isn’t much going on in terms of plot. Mostly, a lot of traveling, sailing and talking, with a few action scenes thrown in. It is definitely more character-focused, which can be either good or bad depending on what you’re looking for (for me, it’s good, although it wasn’t what I was expecting from this book).“The only safety that existed was in being completely alone.”- Characters - Speaking of characters, I loved Fable’s growth over the course of the book and I can’t wait to see where she goes in the sequel. I also really enjoyed her dynamic with Saint. Unfortunately, some relationships don’t feel as fleshed out as I would have liked. Mostly the romance. I think how Adrienne Young writes romance just doesn’t work for me, but other things make up for it. Namely that character development. Plus, there are also some great side characters!"It was a love that broke us all."- Conclusion -Pros- Great character development, interesting world, fast readCons- Weak romance plotline, plot if fairly straight-forward and simpleOverall- 3.5/5 stars. If you’re looking for a dark, character-focused pirate book, definitely give Fable a read.Follow Me Here: Blog ||Tumblr || Bookstagram || Twitter|| Reviews
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  • ARC provided by netgalley in exchange for an honest review! Never, under any circumstances, reveal who or what matters to you. In the land of ever-changing Young Adult Fantasy, the newest (as far as I know) trend is Pirates and the like. Anything to do with the sea, really-and I can’t believe how deeply it resonates with me. This is only the third or fourth story set at sea (exclusively) that I’ve read, but it easily catapulted to the top of the pile with grace. I don’t need much to make me happy-a tortured-or loyal (or both)-hero, a feisty or fierce or witty heroine, and a fantasy that takes me away. That has a deeply rooted foundation capable of carrying a story even when things are slow, or only day to day fillers. They don’t need to be action packed from beginning to end. And, as a seasoned reader and reviewer, I’ve learned I don’t even like that. Back when I was a little less sure of what worked for me, I always thought that action meant good and the more there was, surely the better the book would be. This crew had already been in trouble when I stepped onto their ship, but I couldn’t help but wonder if I was going to be the storm that finally sank them. After countless series crashing and burning (in my humble opinion) because of this exact reason, I learned that action does not equal plot, and action does not equal a story that resonates deeply in your soul-it can’t possibly reside there, because what really was there to grasp onto? What did the characters say or do that stuck with you? The answer is convoluted and a whole lot of nothing. But, with master storytellers such as Young? There’s something special there that can’t be won with flash and flare-it’s won with quiet, fierce storytelling and a few perilous battles here and there. THAT is how a good fantasy is told, and it’s how it becomes a permanent resident in my heart. I was standing in the breezeway with my heart in my throat, trying to figure out how to say goodbye, and West couldn’t wait to be rid of me. Character driven stories are really the bread and butter of my all-time favorite books in my most recent, wiser years, and this story-while there was plenty of action for my taste-is no exception. Fable is an AMAZING heroine, one that I rarely see anymore. I don’t get to read like I used to, but I still know a good heroine when I see one. I have always been about the book boys, but I have a soft spot in my heart when a fierce female comes along and steals the show. Fable is made of tougher skin having been raised under the Narrows trade leader, Saint, and after being left on an unforgivable island where she had to fight for her life every single day, she’s not one to be messed with. One goal in mind, she dredged day after day, morning to night, to make coin when the Marigold came every couple weeks looking for what only she could deliver. She’d trade what she had dredged, and she was finally close enough to get off the life-threatening island she was left on four years prior…until she attracted the attention of every other dredger trying to find the same HEA fate as she, and instead it became about fighting for her life not silently and intently as before, but kicking and screaming, striking a deal with the only trader she could halfway trust-West.Which…this brings me to the crux of everything, doesn’t it? West was a beyond amazing character, for me. I love when the heroes (and the heroines) are morally gray and you can’t quite pinpoint who they are, what their intentions may be, and how they want the pieces to fall. West was just that. He is a perfect example of the heroes I continually fall hard for, because he keeps his emotions close to his chest-He doesn’t betray what he’s really thinking. But, his actions continually speak louder than his words (or lack thereof) and he is always waiting in the wings, rushing to help Fable even when he can’t trust her. And though West had said again and again that he didn’t do favors and that he didn’t take chances, he’d done both. Over and over. For me. This was the slowest of slow burn romances and it was EVERYTHING I hoped it would be. I don’t need book long, flashy romances. I need that build, that something to look forward to-the hoping, the praying, the what-if of how it will-or won’t-happen. And, ultimately, I love waiting for that horrible end we just know is coming. I’m sorry, but it gets my perilistic, masochistic heart pumping and my blood buzzing. It simmers under my skin just WAITING to see what obstacles the hero and heroine will face and…I’m done sounding [exactly like who I am] psycho.Fable honestly took me by surprise. I knew I wanted to read it; I was excited about it. But, it wasn’t until I started the book that I felt my soul leave my body and my heart begin pounding, butterflies erupt in my stomach, and a giddiness erupt that is unparalleled since having my little boy. It was an escape, a world to look forward to after a long day with two small children, a sickness that just now seems to be finally going away, and a reprieve from my ‘I must always be on’ duties. I haven’t felt like that in over a year. For that, I will always have a soft spot in my heart for Fable.For more of my reviews, please visit: ******Me. Now=[image error]It’s no secret that I haven’t been able to read much in the past couple years. And fantasy is and always will be my favorite, though it’s by far the hardest type of book for me to read. It takes time, attention, and the ability to immerse yourself without distraction. But this book...after a year of reading here and there, romances only, and hardly anything that requires more than the attention span of a gnat...this book pulled me out of my funk. It brought me back from a two week sickness with two kids that seems to never cease. It made me feel things. It brought me home. RTC
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  • I picked up Fable in a ho-hum reading state of mind hoping to be wowed. Young Adult Fantasy can be hit or miss for me, but I'd only read a few pages when I found myself being sucked in and down into the depths of a story consuming me in a torrential storm of emotion. In a sink or swim panic, I frantically turned pages in an effort to wrap my head and heart around this story while seeking answers. Fable is simply a stunning work of art, folks! Consider me wowed!After her mother is lost to the sea that she loved, fourteen year old Fable is abandoned by her notorious father on an island known for its thieves, misfits, and cutthroats. Telling her she doesn't belong in his dangerous world, he brutally carves something into her arm and sails away. Finding and proving herself to her father becomes the driving force in Fable's life as she barely survives the next four years as a dredger, diving for gems to trade to docking ship masters for coins with the goal of saving enough to eventually buy passage on a ship. When events take a dire turn, Fable's forced to defend herself against one of the greedy thieves inhabiting the island. It's only a matter of time until others find and kill her. Hiding until she gets a chance to plead her case to ship master West, Fable exchanges her saved coins for passage on the Marigold to the place her now infamous father is rumored to be. The story that unfolds is absolutely riveting - a powerful, epic drama taking place on the high seas and exotic ports. Avoid all spoilers and I guarantee this story will sweep you away to another place and time. Fable is a dark, gritty story that dwells in a vibrant setting of both beauty and malice, poverty and prosperity, desire and despair. The author creates a resounding world with breathtaking views of sunsets, magnificent ships with sails billowing and gigantic storm waves breaking over the sea with coral reefs and long forgotten shipwrecks hidden beneath. Sea ports are heavily charged with the sights, sounds and smells of markets, slums, and death with an aura of hope and hopelessness. It's a ruthless, visual world of winner take all . . . or thief take all. I won't say more about the story other than it's unique - a combination of suspense, action, drama, and fantasy with a subtle soft side of romance. Young's writing is lyrical - at times surging like an angry sea crashing to shore and other times smooth as glass like a calm sea at sunset. The kinetic plot unravels at a brisk pace propelling readers forward like a tidal wave barreling toward shore. I can't say enough about the lead character Fable - she's strong, driven, spirited, and haunted by the past, dark secrets and a need even she doesn't fully understand. The support characters are simply out of this world - original, dynamic and intriguing in their own right. The emotional turmoil, trials and tribulations encumbering these characters overwhelmed me time and time again as I stowed away on this journey with the Marigold's motley crew. Ultimately, Fable is a story about overcoming, growing, trusting, surviving, searching . . . for love, family, a place to belong, a reason to exist. I'll go ahead and warn you this book ends on a cliffhanger. It took me by surprise as I had no idea there was a book 2 coming in March 2021. However, I'm thrilled to say that the skillful manner in which this author builds anticipation and suspense while delivering a raw, gutsy, heart-scarring story bringing readers and characters to this point in time - well, it's flawless and totally worth it. I read the final page with my heart pounding, lungs begging for air and an "Oh No!" escaping my lips. I'm composing my email to the publisher pleading my case for an arc of Namesake NOW! I can't wait until March . . . my heart won't stand it. Fans of Young Adult Fantasy will devour this! More than that, I believe fans of adventure, mystery, suspense and epic tales will also be blown away by Fable. This one is special. Highly Recommended! All the stars over The Narrows!Note: Sept. 3, 2020 - I have an arc of Namesake book 2! I love you Wednesday Books!!*So many thanks to Wednesday Books for an arc of this fabulous book!**Review posted at: Cross My Heart Reviews
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  • No, I wasn’t reading on bed for a day.I was sailing the grim, deadly Narrows on the mainmast of a shadow ship, a spyglass sharpening my gaze; I was dredging the bottom of the deep blue sea, silence and chaos my companions.Such is the way of books this atmospheric. Isolde was the wind and sea and sky of Saint’s world. She was the pattern of stars that he navigated by, the sum of all directions on his compass. And he was lost without her. Fable is not a fast paced, fun tale of adventure in line with Pirates of the Caribbean; this fable is grim, and dangerous, and slow—more akin to the show Black Sails, one might say. You can listen to my book playlist where I’ve attempted to capture the vibe of the book → Spotify URLAdrienne Young has spun a yarn from treads of survival, family, abandonment, and the meaning of home. A yarn where the core is love; love of a daughter for a father and a father for a daughter; love of a boy for a girl and a girl for a boy; and love of a brother for a sister and a sister for a brother. It is a fable of love and how to conceal its warmth in the darkest corners of the treacherous sea.Because in a world where a father would leave his fourteen year old daughter on an island of backstabbing survivours at fourteen to fend for herself and cross thieves and seas to find her way back to him and prove she has it in her to live and thrive in the ruthless ocean with its greedy guilds of merchants and two faced pirates, there are only five rules to keep tucked in your heart: • Keep your knife where you can reach it.• Never, ever owe anyone anything.• Nothing is free.• Always construct a lie from a truth.• Never, under any circumstances, reveal what or who matters to you. These rules are so vitally woven into each line of every page that I’m going to use them for discussing different aspects of the book: Tragedy & Brutality ► Rule One: Keep your knife where you can reach it. It wasn’t uncommon for women to crew ships, but they were definitely outnumbered. And the softer you looked, the more likely you were to become prey. The world of Fable is a ruthless one, specially for women, and specially as a young girl—yet they have managed to cut themselves places on the seas, mostly as ship bosuns. But there is a certain amount of darkness it takes to live the life of a trader in the Narrows, and Fay is forced to confront this at fourteen when her father, Saint, carves her arm with a knife and abandons her on Jeval, an island of cutthroat dredgers.Ms. Young paints the hard, grim life of Fable and all the characters with a deft hand and shows its violence and unfairness not only through every challenge our main cast face but also the choices they make, the violence they themselves carry out for revenge or justice. You always hear there are worse things in life than death, and you’ll learn ships and sailors have their own evident nightmares that don’t hold a candle to the darker pieces of their lives—you’ll learn there are worse things than a shipwrecking storm. Plot & Adventure ► Rule Two: Never, ever owe anyone anything. “Nothing comes free, Fable. We both know that surviving means sometimes doing things that haunt you.” This is not a book one should pick up looking for a fast paced, plot driven adventure, because the shining jewel and the centre of gravity to Fable is its characters and dynamics. However, that doesn’t mean there is no adventure to be found.As the story of an eighteen year old daughter of a near-king to merchants in the Narrows, who has had to spend four years working for every bit of food or money to survive and save for her journey back to her father so she might demand her birthright, Fable takes us on a unwelcoming trading ship that is more than it seems and through ports where there is no currency more valuable than information. And her tale of fighting to earn a home—unwilling to be weak in fear of disappointing her father—is woven using a hushed and grim tone brimming with secrets rather than a loud and joyful one, and it conveys the message much better for it. Like a weary bird flying out over the most desolate sea, I finally had a place to land. Writing & Atmosphere ► Rule Three: Nothing is free. Nothing is free.He wasn’t just talking about food or passage or the clothes on your back. He was talking about respect. Safety. Protection. They were things no one owed you.And one way or another, you always paid. Undeniably the most exceptional facet of Fable is the author’s unmatched storytelling technique—it reaches through the pages and grabs your collar with steady, reaching hands, and it pulls; it pulls and pulls and no matter how hard you seek a handhold, no matter if you find one and clasp your bed, your chair, your life, you will fall and fall and fall into the churning waters of a Fable that is not where you were but oh is it where you crave to be.I imagine this is what falling in love must feel like. It was unnerving to see the sea asleep when I’d seen how bloodthirsty she could be. To steal and tinker with Fable’s own words: the rhythm of crewing a ship is like a melody of pushes and pulls, of steadily unsteady ups and downs, of waves in water and waves in hands, and it’s melody I’ve never known and yet one I shall hum to myself for the rest of eternity—and this I owe to Adrienne Young. Because not only does she write the rhythm well, her writing is the rhythm. It is constructed of the rhythm’s highs and lows; it carries the rhythm in each word and every syllable. And it is her crime in making me fish and sail and swim between the pages of this book that will keep me forever dreaming of being a dredger diving down to the darkest depths of the drowning deep. Secrets & Lies ► Rule Four: Always construct a lie from a truth. Anything given freely was probably a lie. Listen well and listen close, because here is the cutting reality of a trader’s life: it is “a constant game of strategy,” a “never-ending maneuvering to get ahead” and an “insatiable hunger to want more. More coin. More ships. More crews.” Because “in the Narrows, nothing was what it seemed. Every truth was twisted. Every lie carefully constructed.” “You’re a good liar. Anyone ever tell you that?”My eyes slid to meet his. Koy had said the same thing right before he tried to kill me. These characters lie to live because to tell the truth is to lay yourself down, vulnerable for all to walk over. To tell the truth is to yield priceless information where information is the unofficial currency traders dwell in. So what you do is break it into pieces and hand each broken piece to one person to hold, unbeknownst to all else. It’s what a helmsman would do, and it’s what West does. And that is why there is an ocean of lies dragging behind the very ship Fable has paid and begged her way onto. But how far can you go before the wolves catch you? Characters & Relationships ► Rule Five: Never, under any circumstances, reveal what or who matters to you.Ships and oceans, gems and traders, they are all secondary to the characters and, most importantly, the relationships in Fable, because these are the true essence of the tale. The only safety that existed was in being completely alone. ► Our protagonist and dredger Fable is a wild and unyielding tempest, a brutal girl unconcerned with looks and perhaps more concerned with power, yes, but she is also lost and wandering since the night her home sank, right along with her mother—since the night so changed and her farther the bastard left her, too. So she wants nothing than to belong.► Meanwhile our love interest and helmsman West is a haunted, guarded young man of few words, impatient and ruthless. He is always only pieces, shadows hiding the details, the secrets, his dark side locked behind doors of iron will—a side we don’t get a lot of in this book but are presented a feast of in the sequel. And beneath it all, beneath the shadows and the quiet cold, he has a habit of making other people his problem, of crossing lines to protect what he holds dear, yes, but also to conceal what it is he cares for. He reminded me of Kaz Brekker. Maybe he was ashamed of what he’d done. Or ashamed of not being ashamed. Maybe, he imagined that I thought him a monster. And he would be right.I looked up into the blinding flash of lightning overhead.He was. We all were. And now this storm was going to make us pay for it. ► But the crew, oh the crew! I fell in love with the way Young captured their comradeship and sense of family; they know their places and work in perfect tandem with one another, and this team spirit in their found family we are thoroughly shown instead of told. I specifically loved Auster and Paj and mostly Willa. Oh Willa was a ferocious, caustic, bloodthirsty delight with her heartwrenching lack of choice in the way of her life and longing for freedom.► Then, there was the romance; a romance that unexpectedly shredded me, piercing my soul and laying waste to my heart. You see, there are only two things strictly forbidden on a ship because both could get you or your shipmates killed: love and drunkenness. And when your ship is your life and your life is that of a pirate with enemies watching you for any weakness to exploit, you don’t have the luxury of love; it becomes a thing to fear, your loved one becomes something to fear even as you fear for them. To love is to jump off a cliff and hope you hit water rather than land. If we were going to do this, I would have to be his safe harbor and he would have to be mine. ► But the best part, the most integral part, was family. Saint is a true stoic, lonely, unbeatable, hungry pirate who will cut the knees out from everyone around him so that he would stand taller. And the complicated push and pull between him and his daughter who has dreamt and fought every moment to be worthy of being part of his crew while he has shown her so little love, added to his pain for losing Fable’s mother as well as anger for letting himself become vulnerable...words, my usually loyal friends, fail me this once. When it comes to this layered and painful father-daughter bond, words fail me indeed.My deepest thanks to my superhero for providing me with an eARC through Edelweiss. Companions Book series playlist: Spotify URL Books in series: • Fable (Fable, #1) ★★★★★• Namesake (Fable, #2) ★★★★★
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  • Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for an egalley in exchange for an honest review. This just might be my favorite Adrienne Young story yet. After all, I had only read the first chapter and then hurriedly requested book 2 on Netgalley. Yes, it's that good. A seafaring adventure in which our title character, Fable searches for the father that left her behind years ago while also searching for her own place in the world. But who can Fable trust? Fable is a fierce and determined character and I was pushing for her to succeed right from the very beginning. There are some fairly dangerous people that Fable encounters but she's not afraid to rise to the challenge. There's a little bit of romance but it comes in a little late in the book and it was a little bit predictable. I am glad Young didn't really linger on it that much and ensured that the adventure was still the focal point. I have a feeling this is going to be quite the hit come September. Goodreads review published 03/07/20Expected Publication Date 01/08/20
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  • ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***Fable by Adrienne YoungBook One of the Fable seriesPublisher: Wednesday BooksPublication Date: September 1, 2020Rating: 5 starsSource: Copy provided by the publisherSummary (from Goodreads):Filled with all of the action, emotion, and lyrical writing that brought readers to Sky in the Deep, New York Times bestselling author Adrienne Young returns with Fable, the first book in this new captivating duology.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.Fable takes you on a spectacular journey filled with romance, intrigue and adventure.What I Liked:It has certainly been a while since I reviewed a book. But there was no way I wasn't going to write a review for Fable. I've been reading - no, savoring - Fable for months. This book was exactly what I needed to pull me out of a deep reading slump. This novel is full of high risks, adventure, friendship, found family, and a swoony slow-burn romance.Fable is the daughter of a powerful trader (Saint), who abandoned her on a dangerous island just hours after her mother drowned during a storm at sea. Surviving on this treacherous island hasn't been easy, but Fable has been honing her skills as a deep-sea dredger to collect precious stones and gems to trade for money, so she can get off the island. But circumstances can change at the turn of the tide, and Fable finds herself in a desperate situation to get off the island. With the reluctant help of a trader, West, Fable gets off the island, and she is determined to find her father and demand her rightful place on his ship. I had a feeling that I would love this book before I picked it up because the summary is so intriguing, but I also had read other books by Adrienne Young and I was expecting another excellent story. Young absolutely delivered on this. This story gave me Pirates of the Caribbean vibes in the summary, and I definitely got that feeling as I was reading. The atmosphere is exciting, but also eerie/threatening/dangerous, in a sense. I love the undercurrent of danger that runs through the story, and ratchets up at the climax. One thing Young does so well is building that tension throughout the story.From the first page, I really liked Fable. She is a heroine that is easy to like and relate to (even if you aren't in a situation like she is - most of us aren't!). She is such a strong young woman who has been put in an incredibly difficult do-or-die situation for most of her life. She is so resilient - but she isn't perfect. Her own mistakes lead her to scrambling off the island, which leads to more problems. Fable "enters" this story as a clever, tough, determined individual, but she becomes even more so as the story progresses. She opens her heart to the strangers of the Marigold, which could be a big mistake. In doing so, she finds a family that she has never had, even when her parents were in her life.You won't just fall in love with Fable - you'll love West, and the rest of the Marigold crew. West is such a mysterious character with so many layers of backstory and tragedy. I am terribly fond of characters who aren't who they seem, and who don't trust anyone, and who have had to make awful decisions in the past. Both West and Fable are this type of character. The other members of the crew are mistrustful of Fable at first - especially Willa - and with good reason.There is slow-burn, sweet romance in this book, and I love it so much. I shipped this couple from their initial interaction of the book, and I want them to get a happy ending so badly. There is also another romance between secondary characters which I loved. The ending of this book is a pretty intense cliffhanger, so be prepared to be screaming for book two when you get to the last page. I personally hate cliffhangers and I appreciate the heads-up, so that I can binge-read the series when it is published, but I read this book so early (back in January) and had no idea about the cliffhanger. The good thing is, Namesake publishes in March!Fable is one of those stories that lingers in my mind, and I haven't been able to stop thinking about it. I am so happy that the book has lived up to its predecessors and the hype, and I can't wait to read the conclusion to the series. What I Did Not Like:Like I said, I personally don't like cliffhangers. Even in a series, I love it when the author wraps up each book, but perhaps the "big picture" plot hasn't been quite wrapped up, or something like that. I understand the need to "hook" the reader, but cliffhangers are so mean (especially when a series gets cancelled or more books are never published, for whatever reason!). As far as cliffhangers go, this is a pretty intense one, so it's a great type of cliffhanger but readers are going to be upset that Namesake isn't available yet. Hang in there!Would I Recommend It:I absolutely would recommend this book - especially as someone who has been in a months-long reading slump. If you're looking for action/adventure with a slow-burn romance in the background, this is a great book to read. It has crossover appeal so I would say that adults, young adults, and maybe even upper middle grade readers could read and love this book. Rating:5 stars. I will read anything Adrienne Young writes. Fable has cemented that. I can't wait to read Namesake!
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  • AHHH. This was fantastic and I was NOT ready for it to end. Absolutely, undeniably need more of Fable, West, Willa and the rest of the Marigold.This was so atmospheric and everything just felt so right. Adrienne’s descriptions make me feel as though I can smell the salty, sea breeze, feel the wind and water wash over me. I loved this story and am already dying for the sequel.
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  • ❝ Keep your knife where you can reach it.Never, ever owe anyone anything.Nothing is free.Always construct a lie from a truth.Never, under any circumstances, reveal what or who matters to you.❞ What the what?Holy shit, this was phenomenal!It was exactly what I wanted. Starting from the breathtaking cover (seriously look at that fucking cover! Hands down one of the best of 2020!), feminist YA fantasy storyline, LGBTQIA representation, badass pirates, adventure with a touch of action in the high seas and let's not forget the well-considered controlled pacing romance between West and Fable that wasn't rushed nor forced—It was damn near unputdownable!Besides the epic adventure the author takes readers on, what I enjoyed the most was the authors writing. The author's writing has improved drastically since 'The Girl the Sea Gave Back' and dare I say, the ‘Fable’ series is her best work yet. She was able to captivate me far more with the main characters than imaginable and what led the Marigold crew to cross paths, well paced plot, remarkable supporting characters whose backstories I hope is further explored in the 'Namesake' including Fable’s parents Saint and Isolde, the strong friendships and broken families ties. And that cliffhanger though! Take notes authors because that’s how you get readers amped for the sequel.I seriously can't remember the last time I raved so wholeheartedly for a young adult fantasy novel. I thought for a second I was in a rut but hell to the naw! ‘Fable’ resurrected me from the slump grave and I’m sitting on the edge of my seat eager to get my hands on the next installment, ‘Namesake’ because it’s going to blow everything else out the water.
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  • Well, I felt a whole lot of nothing. First off, there's not… a lot happening to keep the plot afloat. Suuure, the protagonist sails to places, but that's. it. Hell, aside from all the sailing shenanigans, there's about buggerall going on. "Butit'saboutagirlsearchingforherfather!"—again, the stupid romantic side of me pipes up that argument. Huh. You're telling me all that tired mishmash of angst is meant to... mean something to me?Alright, I'll get straight to it. The plot's nothing more than a protracted character's "arc" set against the high seas, which wouldn't be a problem in itself, if not for the characters (at least the setting sails sells).The characters are too thin to convince. Though, I guess the problem is less the protagonist, and more the others. Oh, the characters are different enough from each other to sort-of fit together and function-ish, but that's about it. I mean, there's potential for them to be more, to be real-er, but the pity is, there's nothing more to be realised than thin snatches of personality here and there.Now, what's Fable all about? It's about bargains and debts, about gaining and losing riches and something more precious than that—relationships. It's about how people grow together and apart—and I'd have loved it for that, if that's what it'd showed. The how, that is. I mean... how? Howinthesevenseas did this person end up giving (or not giving) a single shit about another person, I cannot, for the life of me, fathom (cough, Saint, cough). The thing is, the characters are thin, and the relationships are thinner. There's no depth to them, nope, nada. What's the point of all this? Is it the setting? I guess the seas are a big place, but all the same, that'd be a stupid amount of pagetime... Is it the plot? That's possible, if there'd been more happening—and if there'd been some sort of climactic payoff. Is it the character's "arc"? Well, I was apathetic to all that, whoops.(But, uh, the writing's good?)3.0/5note: arc generously provided by adrienne young and the publisher, wednesday books, for an honest review.
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  • AY took a fascination i had with pirates and turned it into a full-blown obsession. this story is EVERYTHING i need to feel like im living a stolen life on the open seas with the salty wind in my hair and a map in my hand. this book holds masterfully built worlds and perfectly crafted characters. there is such a great balance between who the story is about and the places they navigate. i was constantly enamoured by each character and their motivations, as well as where each scene was set. i just really cant get over how great this kind of storytelling is. its the kind of storytelling that made me panic when i realised i only had a couple of chapters left because i didnt want it to end. so praise the book gods that theres a sequel coming!a huge, heart-felt thanks to st. martins press/wednesday books for the ARC! <3↠ 4.5 stars
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  • 4.25/5 stars"Never, under any circumstances, reveal what or who matters to you."This was a solid 4/5 stars until the ending had changed my mind and had me in NEED of the sequel!This is a self-discovery book packed with action as well as the theme of found family. While romance is featured it is minor compared to the overall story. Pros: I found it was incredibly immersive and the writing had me able to visualize what was happening. It was almost as if her words and the descriptions made this book come alive. I loved our main character, she has not only been through so much but fights her way through every step. Her strength is admirable and I felt for her throughout the story. I also love how she highlights how she is not the only one that has had to bring themselves up from struggles. Since it is her perspective, it was just a voice I enjoyed seeing the story through. Cons: While I loved what we got to see from our secondary characters, I wanted more. I still feel more scenes and development was needed BUT the world itself holds on the concept that people need protect themselves from others incase they use their secrets or things they care about against them. Plus this is only book one and I feel this still allowed us a great start to hopefully more from them AND their relationships. Also with our main character and her 'special trait' I wanted more of that but I have a feeling sequel will give us that.The Romance isn't a full pro or con. I found that I was just hoping for more of a build between the two, it's hard to explain without spoiling BUT once at the end I saw it for what it was. These two characters, separately, had gone through hell and back. They are closed off due to the circumstances they faced but found comfort in trusting each other. Plus, how they were; avoiding eye contact and distancing themselves reminded me of how I act when I like someone and trying to not make it obvious. Received a Netgalley ARC in exchange for an honest review
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  • I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.Well, this was a nice surprise!!! Until yesterday, this wasn’t even on my tbr, much less on my radar for books that I wanted to read this year, but how could I resist a fun adventure on the high seas??? I’ve never read a book by Adrienne Young before (edit: I just read Sky in the Deep and The Girl the Sea Gave Back because I loved this so much), but I’m glad that I finally have! “Keep your knife where you can reach it.Never, ever owe anyone anything.Nothing is free.Always construct a lie from truth.Never, under any circumstances, reveal what or who matters to you.”Fable, at age 14, was abandoned on the island of Jeval by her pirate father after her mother drowned aboard their ship. He left Fable to fend for herself for YEARS with the promise to give her what she was owed, should she ever manage to find her way back to him. Four years later, and she’s barely surviving, making whatever coin she can by dredging for gems, in the hopes of making enough to buy passage off of the island, in search of her father. Then, life throws more curveballs at Fable and she barely makes it off the island with her life. After begging for passage aboard the Marigold (as well as paying for it with almost every coin she has), she finds herself among a very young crew who aren’t who they seem, helmed by a young man with questionable morals, named West. (Every time I saw his name, I read it as Westley – aka the Dread Pirate Roberts, hehe). There, she struggles to prove her worth as a member of the crew, as well as finding her true place within the world. “‘What?’ The breath hitched in my chest.But his smile turned sad. ‘I have thought about you every single day since that day. Maybe every hour. I’ve counted down the days to go back to the island, and I pushed us into storms I shouldn’t have because I didn’t want to not be there when you woke up. I didn’t want you to wait for me. Ever. Or to think I wasn’t coming back.’”I absolutely loved Fable as a character, especially her courage and strength. No matter how many times she was knocked down, she got back up again. I also liked the majority of the crew, even if they did treat her rather poorly, at first. But I especially loved the overall vibe of the novel. Rather than Daughter of the Pirate King, which very much resembled The Pirates of the Caribbean, this book definitely had more of a Black Sails atmosphere. It was fast-paced, wrought with danger, dark and gritty…basically anything you could want from a pirate novel. Finally, among the dozens of YA novels that I’ve read, I’ve come across one that finally did JUSTICE to the genre. Considering that massive cliffhanger ending, I’m distraught that not only do I need to wait for this novel to release – seeing that I read an ARC – but I need to wait even LONGER for the sequel. I hope that all of you read this when it releases and give it all of the hype that this wonderful novel deserves!!!
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  • This cover is so freaking beautiful!! That bastard was leaving me again. That first sentence had me! Although, this being an uncorrected copy, that line might change. Fable is one of my new spirit animals!! I love her so much! She went through a lot in her young life and she’s just trying to find her way. A few years ago, her father left her on this horrible island to fend for herself. There were other people there but it was a pretty bad place. At one point she leaves the island to look for her father. She makes a bargain with West, to ride out on his ship. Well, basically she has to but I can’t tell you why. I fell right in love with each member of the Marigold crew! This journey was not the best or safest journey and there were a few rough things that happen. And just when you think something good might happen, some twat messes it up!! That being said, there is a major cliffhanger, which is fine. I can’t wait to add this hardback to my collection! A beautiful, thrilling, evil, loving, sexy book! *Thank you to Netgalley and Wednesday Books for a digital copy of this book for review. Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾BLOG: https://melissa413readsalot.blogspot....AMAZON REVIEW:https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-re...
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  • Well, it only took me two days to slam this. Thanks to Wednesday Books and Goodreads for providing a free copy!Sometimes, A book burns in your soul, leaving it raw upon it's exit. Fable was that for me. If pirates and seafaring adventures are the next trend in YA, I won't complain about this one leading the charge. Fable takes place in a merciless, unnamed world of low fantasy where life at sea is seemingly normal for most people. Fable, at 14, is abandoned by her successful trader father. After the tragic loss of the ship she grew up on, her father slashes her arms and leaves her on an island of nomadic criminals. She spends years growing up on this island, surviving with bare minimum against all odds working as a dredger (essentially, someone who finds precious stones and ore under the sea) Evntually, she finally has enough coin to pay for passage off the island and search for her father.Fable is what I would call a "grimdark YA"- another trend I am seeing emerge. The first 100 pages or so are some of the most stressed out i've ever felt reading a YA novel. Fable isn't just left on any island, but an island where men sleep in shanty camps and can sniff out coin and success. Any stroke of luck can lead to ambush, death, or fates far worse as the local population mercilessly hunts you. Adrienne Young is a masterful storyteller, and encourages a powerful sense of empathy in the reader as you feel men watching our main character from every corner. In this universe, any sign of weakness can damn you, and I was surprised just how often I felt for Fable...this sense of fear never really leaves you through the book. When Fable has a stroke of luck, you are waiting for the other shoe to drop. When someone shows kindness, you are trained to question "why". When Fable is taken upon the Marigold for passage to her father, you meet West and his crew- a team of ragtag, morally grey, and utterly brutal traders. They crew is hellbent on keeping their secrets and moving Fable off of their boat as quickly as possible. Watching relationships develop in "Fable" is powerful, because every character is more guarded than the last...but ultimately, aside from being the epic heart pounding pirate style thriller you have dreamed up, "Fable" is about relationships, and the price you pay for opening your heart. The primary source of conflict in this story does not revolve around a save the world, chosen one, or magical item plot. Really and truly, this is a grounded low fantasy about money, power, and conflicts between monopolized businesses that act like mobs. It 's a conflict between rich and poor, debts and debtors, and the impact of climbing up the ladder of power. "Fable" is a slow churning story, having a few small climaxes, but not pushing for a lot of narrative moment as the few of the Marigold go on a number of smaller, but ultimately important adventures between sea and costal city. Despite this, these adventures are impactful and meaningful- any "filler" keeps you engaged and moves the plot along. Some cliffnotes on the hi lights of this amazing read:- Enemies to lovers slow burn romance that does not take up much real-estate in the series- Found family- horror/grimdark elements- emotional, high tension scenes- A YA novel with adult characters- a strong female character that survives largely on her brains/wits and doesn't represent strength in a masculine/feminine way.- Some LGBT rep.This has got to be one of- if not my favorite 2020 release and I can't wait for other people to go on the adventure I just got to experience. Bring on the angry swashbuckling trader boat wars!
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  • <3 4 stars <3Such a great read, I love this author and I find this one fantastic!It was fast paced and I was intrigued and excited while I was reading it!Loved the world build up! Fable is amazing, such a badass and strong heroine!There is action and I liked the romance a lot!I fall in love with the characters!Such a unique story!Looking forward for the next book!    
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  • Thank you Netgalley and the publishers for giving me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. ”And now this storm was going to make us pay for it.” This was the first book I’ve ever read by this author and all I keep thinking is WHY AM I SO LATE TO THE PARTY? And this cover is absolutely beautiful!Not only was the writing incredible but the world building was brilliantly done. I actually felt as if I was sailing the Sea’s. I loved Fable and I’m so glad I did. Usually when there’s a strong, bad ass MC I find things I don’t quite like about them(like their constant need to remind us they don’t need anyone) but nope. I absolutely loved her!This book had plenty of intense moments, and was raw and brutal in the best way if you ask me. (Nothing bad, this book is YA)My next book haul order will definitely include other books from this author and I highly recommend everyone read this book upon release!!!5/5 🌟’s
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  • Thank you Edelweiss and the publisher for the chance to review this title ahead of its release date.Like SKY IN THE DEEP, Adrienne Young presents a cutthroat sea adventure world where a young girl must survive after the death of her mother and betrayal of her father. After the death of her mother, Fable was left on an island named Jeval to fend for herself by her pirate father telling her that if she found her back to him, he'd give her what he owed. For four years, Fable spent her time dredging for gems for trade in a nearby port, trying to save enough to charter a boat to find her father. After an incident, Fable finds herself begging for passage on a vessel called the Marigold, helmed by West, a brooding young man with a similarly young crew. But a simple trip turns into something much more complicated when she finds herself intertwined with the ragtag crew while finding her place in the world.SKY IN THE DEEP introduced me to the author's way of drowning you in a story and keeping you under until you just can't take it anymore and come up for air only to find your heart is now wrenching forever and ever. Her world-building had me right there in these seaside towns, smelling the alleys and the fish and tasting the rye and standing in awe at the tall sails of the ships in port. I fell so deeply in love with Fable and everyone on the Marigold, even the moody West.My only gripe is that this book was too short and now that I've read an arc, like, a million years before the release I now have to wait for a billion more to read the sequel and I am DYING.For all the books, find me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/celiamcmaho...
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  • I absolutely adored this story. Review to come!*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
  • Official Blurb:Gripping, immersive, and absolutely masterful, FABLE reels you in with the promise of beauty, and holds you tight with Young’s signature grit. I couldn’t turn the pages quickly enough.
  • Guys. This book is WONDERFUL. I love every character, every word. I don’t want to give anything away except to say that this world is one I hated leaving. Get ready. !!!!!!