24 August 2020

ARC Review // Five Reasons You Should Read Fable

Title: Fable
Author: Adrienne Young
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Published: 1st September 2020
Pages: 368 [Kindle edition]
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.

Shall we try something different? ๐Ÿ˜Š Sometimes I like to revamp my reviews -- for some odd reason, it makes a daunting task as writing my thoughts about a book I adored less intimidating. Thus, today I'm sharing with you five reasons you should read Fable by Adrienne Young, a seafaring tale that bewitched me from the beginning.

The writing is lyrical. As in Sky in the Deep, Adrienne Young's debut novel, Fable's writing style is simply enticing. I was immediately captivated by the beautifully crafted descriptions -- from the navigated lands and seas and underwater landscapes to the spiral of emotions experienced by Fable at every step of her journey.
"The fish scattered like a rainbow breaking into pieces around me, and I came up out of the water, gasping. The clouds were pulling into thin strands overhead, but the darkening blue on the horizon caught my eye."

The poetic sentences wove a sombre and dangerous atmosphere that wrapped me in a whirlwind of sensations and vivid images. Moreover, these luring words built an emotional and epic narrative that I believe will not leave anyone indifferent. I was immersed in this secretive seafaring world from the very first moment.

Perilous and deep seas. Travelling charted waters is not easy as one might think when storms loom in the horizon, promising revolting waves and scintillating thunders. The high sea setting was so perfectly built that you could listen to the melody of the sea and taste the salty water on your lips. Furthermore, it was not only the ocean that was dangerous: the docks and seaside markets were no less menacing with treacherous crews stalking Fable and the Marigold crew.
Fable. My poor Fable. ❤️ She's a survivor! After being abandoned by her father on an island inhabited by ruthless men and thieves, Fable had to learn how to fend for herself. Working as a dredger (she actually has a knack for it ๐Ÿ˜‰), she collected gems and sold them to West, the henchman of Marigold, and saved every coin to pay her passage to return to the man that turned his back on her. Surviving four years among cold-hearted and greedy dredgers and sailors was not an easy task, but Fable never gave up -- even when she found herself scavenging for food, Fable prevailed through her own means. After all, she learned that nothing came free.
Throughout the story, Fable is so brave and determined. She is so strong and resilient, always beating the odds. Fable goes through a powerful emotional journey, every moment searing her soul and every step taking her closer to discover whom she wishes to be and her place in a harsh and vicious world.

The Marigold crew & their stories. The young crew of the Marigold has a mysterious past that haunts them every day, and yet they keep surpassing the challenges thrown their way. This bunch of misfits was able to build a family from the ashes of a hurtful past. I must confess I was charmed by these characters -- even though not every single one of them had the opportunity to reveal a piece of their soul. (Hopefully, we will learn more about them in Namesake.) Also, it pierced my heart all the pain they hid. I would have hugged every single one of them (plus Fable) if I didn't fear they would stab or drown me.

A slow-burn romance that does not overshadow the story. Will they or won't they? ❤️

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher/author for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

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  1. This sounds a great book, I don’t think I’ve read much in the way of seafaring stories at all so if I pick this up I may be the first!

  2. I have this one coming up! It sounds FANTASTIC. Now I'm really looking forward to reading it. :) I also totally understand wanting to revamp reviews and how you write them, because sometimes "just rolling with it" doesn't always work for me, haha. Lovely review!

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? ๐Ÿ’ฌ

  3. I really want to read this! Interesting question about seafaring books... Let me think... I loved Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier. Does that count. And Crooked Kingdom. Pirates.... So yes! I guess I do love it.

    Your review is awesome. Truly inspired me to get my hands on Fable.

    Keep well!

  4. This sounds awesome. And I liked Sky in the Deep a lot, so I definitely want to try this one. It sounds like she really brings the sea to life, as well.

  5. I'm glad you enjoyed this! I didn't love Sky in the Deep so I haven't read her last book, but this one does sound amazing.

  6. I love a five reasons to read review. Sometimes you don’t have an intricate analysis of a book for a review, sometimes you just want to shout about why you enjoyed it so much and enjoy it you did. I am a fan of a good seafaring story and this one sounds brilliant. Fable seems like a brilliant protagonist to follow and I can see why you liked her so much. She is strong and determined and I want to read this and get to know her as well.