Fable (Fable, #1)
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 (Fable, #1) Details

TitleFable (Fable, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 1st, 2020
PublisherWednesday Books
ISBN-139781250254368
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Young Adult Fantasy, Adventure, Pirates, Fiction, Romance, High Fantasy, Science Fiction Fantasy

Fable (Fable, #1) Review

  • jessica
    January 1, 1970
    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 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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  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 🖤🐶🐺🐾
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  • Helena of Eretz ✰
    January 1, 1970
    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 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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  • Vibur
    January 1, 1970
    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 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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  • Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell
    January 1, 1970
    I AM GETTING AN ARC!!!!A PAPERBACK ARC!!!!!!OMG SOMEBODY LOVES MEExcuse me while I scream shrilly into the void
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    A feminist YA fantasy + the most gorgeous cover of 2020 + an entire weekend indoors just being a superhero and not spreading Covid-19? It's like the universe is trying to tell me to neglect all of my responsibilities and binge read this book.*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy. A feminist YA fantasy + the most gorgeous cover of 2020 + an entire weekend indoors just being a superhero and not spreading Covid-19? It's like the universe is trying to tell me to neglect all of my responsibilities and binge read this book.*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
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  • Alaina
    January 1, 1970
    I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.First off, Fable is a freaking page turner guys. I couldn't put this book down even if you paid me to. It was addictingly fun to read about and I definitely enjoyed Fable's journey. Now she's lives a dangerous life but has had one thing on her mind: a reunion with her dad.If you've ever watched any of the Pirate of the Caribbean movies, you would know and love Jack freaking Sparrow. Fable kind of reminded me of him because I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.First off, Fable is a freaking page turner guys. I couldn't put this book down even if you paid me to. It was addictingly fun to read about and I definitely enjoyed Fable's journey. Now she's lives a dangerous life but has had one thing on her mind: a reunion with her dad.If you've ever watched any of the Pirate of the Caribbean movies, you would know and love Jack freaking Sparrow. Fable kind of reminded me of him because she found a way to give off an island. I wouldn't call her a pirate but she definitely knows how to take care of herself with all these thieves around her. Besides Fable, you meet the crew of the Marigold. Now I loved everything about this crew because they were one tight knit family. The only thing that they couldn't agree upon was having Fable on their ship but they had to accept her because she paid for her passage. Now I didn't expect so many secrets to come out in this book. Which is probably why I devoured it so quickly. I honestly had so many questions about so many things that were said or done.. and now after that cliffhanger, I have even more.Long story short, I'm dying for the next book. I need answers like SpongeBob needs Patrick.
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  • Alexandra Scarpello
    January 1, 1970
    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 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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  • Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!
    January 1, 1970
    ❝ 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 t ❝ 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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  • Isabel Ibañez
    January 1, 1970
    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. !!!!!!
  • Bitchin' Reads
    January 1, 1970
    I didn't know it was possible for me to love this story any more than I did previously. This was my second time reading it and it awes me how fleshed out these characters and their storylines are. They are so 3-dimensional and real that I feel I can touch them. And this world is equal parts thrilling and dangerous, a place that makes a great setting for hope and mayhem. I would never live there but I have loved following Fable, West, and the others on their journeys. I look forward to the conclu I didn't know it was possible for me to love this story any more than I did previously. This was my second time reading it and it awes me how fleshed out these characters and their storylines are. They are so 3-dimensional and real that I feel I can touch them. And this world is equal parts thrilling and dangerous, a place that makes a great setting for hope and mayhem. I would never live there but I have loved following Fable, West, and the others on their journeys. I look forward to the conclusion to this duology though--so many questions I need answered, so much so that I kinda worry if there will be enough space for Young to wrap it all up.
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  • Adalyn Grace
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Candace Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    ARC received via publisher!
  • Tani
    January 1, 1970
    I'm going to be broke on my birthday by buying all the books.
  • Celia McMahon
    January 1, 1970
    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 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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  • Dianne
    January 1, 1970
    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.She had no choice, she needed to become a survivor in a dangerous world where the sea and the profits to be made were part of the moral compass of the times. Fable survived a violent storm at sea, the death of her mother and the abandonment of her powerful father and now she is powerful in her own right, stron 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.She had no choice, she needed to become a survivor in a dangerous world where the sea and the profits to be made were part of the moral compass of the times. Fable survived a violent storm at sea, the death of her mother and the abandonment of her powerful father and now she is powerful in her own right, strong, self-reliant and determined to confront her father, once again.FABLE by Adrienne Young is a powerful tale of a girl’s coming of age, her strength and her determination to confront the man who left her behind. Did he do it to keep her safe? To create a strong and independent person? To learn who she can trust? Was there more than Fable could imagine?Strong characters, adventure, and an atmosphere that is rich in details. Feel the seas roll, sense the smell of the shore, the darkness of the times and the emotions of a young woman on the hunt, willing to risk everything for answers and to prove her own worth. Little did Fable know what she would discover, or what treachery would befall her.Absolutely engrossing reading. I was transported to another time, another place and a world I could never have survived in myself! Excellent reading with an edginess that is razor taut! I received a complimentary ARC edition from Wednesday Books! This is my honest and voluntary review.Series: Fable - Book 1Publisher: Wednesday Books (September 1, 2020)Publication Date: September 1, 2020Genre: YA Fantasy | ActionPrint Length: 368 pagesAvailable from: Amazon | Barnes & NobleFor Reviews, Giveaways, Fabulous Book News, follow: http://tometender.blogspot.com
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  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    January 1, 1970
    I love this author!Super excited about it!     I love this author!Super excited about it!    
  • Joleen (starlightbooktales)
    January 1, 1970
    ALL THE STARSYou know that feeling you get when you see a cover or read the synopsis of a book and you just know you are going to love it. It has been so long since I have experienced that feeling, but Fable did just that. I knew the moment I saw that cover, I was going to love this book so much. And guess what, I did love it. 10/10 would recommend.Speaking of cover, HOLY HECK it is beautiful! I just can’t stop staring at it. I can already tell, I am going to need several copies of this book. If ALL THE STARSYou know that feeling you get when you see a cover or read the synopsis of a book and you just know you are going to love it. It has been so long since I have experienced that feeling, but Fable did just that. I knew the moment I saw that cover, I was going to love this book so much. And guess what, I did love it. 10/10 would recommend.Speaking of cover, HOLY HECK it is beautiful! I just can’t stop staring at it. I can already tell, I am going to need several copies of this book. If anyone gets any news of special editions of this book, let me know. I need them all.Fable has absolutely been one of the best books of 2020 for me. One of the things I love most about Adrienne Young’s books is that she is so good at telling a story. From start to finish, I am instantly invested in the storyline and characters and Fable was no different. I found myself caring for Fable and West instantly, but also the rest of the Marigold crew. Each crew member was interesting and I loved getting little snippets of their backstories. I look forward to learning more in Namesake.If I had an actual issue with this book, its that I wish it was longer. I suddenly found myself 75% into the book and I was sad it was almost over. I had to stop reading a few times after that to get myself ready for the end. Because I don’t have Namesake to read after this. (hint hint) And with the way Fable ended, I need it asap! So fingers crossed the publishing gods love me because this wait will surely kill me.Do yourselves a favor and read this book! Adrienne Young has created a magical book and I need everyone to feel what I feel.Thank you, publishers, for an e-arc!
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  • ash | novelly rooted
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you St. Martin's Press/Wednesday Books for the arc through netgalley!
  • Patty (IheartYA)
    January 1, 1970
    I had low expectations because I didn't enjoy Sky In the Deep, but Fable WOWed me. Young's writing has grown a lot; what was once a weed is now a flower. The story was great but sometimes predictable. The world building and character development were fantastic. Still overly dedescriptive at parts but it didn't drag down the pace that much. I must read book 2, especially after that cliffhanger!! A solid 4 stars and a favorite of the year. Thank you to #netgalley for providing a copy to review.
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  • nora 🪐
    January 1, 1970
    3.9/5 ☆= 5-DISCLAIMER: I received a DRC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.After the death of her mother, Fable was abandoned on a dangerous island (Jeval) filled with malicious thieves by her father to fend for herself. The story follows Fable as she struggles on her journey to return to her father to claim her place at his side as one of his crew members. On the way, she meets menacing thieves and rivals, as well as the crew of the ship The Marigold, her o 3.9/5 ☆= 5-DISCLAIMER: I received a DRC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.After the death of her mother, Fable was abandoned on a dangerous island (Jeval) filled with malicious thieves by her father to fend for herself. The story follows Fable as she struggles on her journey to return to her father to claim her place at his side as one of his crew members. On the way, she meets menacing thieves and rivals, as well as the crew of the ship The Marigold, her only way off Jeval.At first, I was incredibly excited to start reading FABLE. I mean, a feminist pirate story with ounces of angst and romance? What more can you ask for?I found Fable to be an interesting and powerful character. She uses her wits to survive, as the harsh environments she grew up on has definitely taught her what it takes to live. She is determined as well as likable, and I found myself rooting for her most of the time. It's also quite amazing how she's able to see in saltwater. My eyes would burn as soon as it hit saltwater. And being able to see in the water. Wow.Also, I loved how the story focused on Fable. There's often other ya that fall into the category where the romance plot is more favoured than the actual plot and development of characters. In Fable, however, we follow our main character on her journey to find her place in the world.Moreover, some of the supporting cast definitely found a way to my heart. Willa and the complex character Saint really shone out to me. They had many layers and their personalities were among my favourites. I appreciated their connections and interactions with Fable the most, as I found them quite enthralling. Most of all, I love interesting dynamics. And that's exactly what Willa and Saint handed to me. The kind-of-friendship development between Willa and Fable, as well as the strained relationship between Saint and Fable.Unfortunately, some of the other side characters were doomed to be forgettable for me. Sorry to the other crew members of the Marigold that I can't remember the name of right now. Furthermore, let's talk a bit about West. He seemed like an interesting character, as he had his own ambition as well as need to protect others. To be honest, yeah - I liked West. However, I felt like the romance between him and Fable was a bit...underdeveloped. They didn't really have many conversations and I just felt their romantic scenes kinda came out of nowhere. Nevertheless, the romance didn't play such a big part in the book, so it's alright. I did swoon while reading some romance scenes, but in an afterthought, I realised the romantic relation lacked...something.Additionally, the plot was a bit thin. It was all just about Fable trying to get to her father. Of course, there were action scenes on the way across the Narrows. But it all seemed very short. Also, the worldbuilding was a bit lacking. I found it hard to imagine how the Narrows was and how it all worked together. But hey, maybe it's just me being stupid. Obviously, there's a sequel. But I really hoped the book was a bit longer. And I also found the plot quite predictable? I just, I wasn't really surprised when things happened. Not really. But I enjoyed it otherwise.In conclusion, I enjoyed this book. It was fast-paced, intriguing, and - dare I say - fun! To me, it was a relatively quick read, which I liked. Of course, there were some things I would like to see improved, but there were still a lot of good things about FABLE. Agh, I can't wait to read the sequel!Over and out. -Nora <3
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  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    This was so fucking good omg. I started this on a whim last night and I was thoroughly hooked from the first page. It was a character-driven, pirate-like adventure on the high seas, and I loved every moment of it. And I loved this small crew, this found family, that understood the cost of caring for one another but did it anyway because how could they not? They were all mistrustful, secretive people but they had each other, and this kind of bond won't be broken. That ending killed me, and I NEED This was so fucking good omg. I started this on a whim last night and I was thoroughly hooked from the first page. It was a character-driven, pirate-like adventure on the high seas, and I loved every moment of it. And I loved this small crew, this found family, that understood the cost of caring for one another but did it anyway because how could they not? They were all mistrustful, secretive people but they had each other, and this kind of bond won't be broken. That ending killed me, and I NEED the sequel RIGHT NOW.
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  • Ashlee » Library In The Country
    January 1, 1970
    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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  • Jules ✨
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Netgalley, Wednesday Books and St. Martin's Press for the ARC.Oh thank you Loki, Prince of Asgard, rightful king of Jotunheim, God of mischief….Odinson. I have been interested in this author since Sky in the Deep but still haven't picked it up because... hype irritates my slytherin ass and wants me to stay away from books. No, okay it's just because i have hundreds of other books to read. But this title really called my attention with "a young girl must find her place and her family wh Thank you Netgalley, Wednesday Books and St. Martin's Press for the ARC.Oh thank you Loki, Prince of Asgard, rightful king of Jotunheim, God of mischief….Odinson. I have been interested in this author since Sky in the Deep but still haven't picked it up because... hype irritates my slytherin ass and wants me to stay away from books. No, okay it's just because i have hundreds of other books to read. But this title really called my attention with "a young girl must find her place and her family while trying to survive in a world built for men." YOU GO GIRL, YOU GO.And the sea/island setting always fascinates me. also yes, the cover is gorgeous. BY-BYE.
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  • Natalie
    January 1, 1970
    This book is fabulously written! If you love a good YA adventure/fantasy, you’ll love this. I literally stayed up all night to finish it. At the end, all I could say was, “it’s PERFECT! And when does the next one come out?!?”
  • AJ
    January 1, 1970
    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 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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  • Lindsay (pawsomereads)
    January 1, 1970
    this COVER omg it's so gorgeous
  • Gabriela
    January 1, 1970
    Fable was my first book by Adrienne Young. I had heard about her other two books, but they did not catch my attention as this one did. I love books set on the ocean or the coast, so I decided to give this one a try.Overall, it was a story that I did enjoy and would recommend. But, at times, it reminded me of why I am sometimes sceptical about YA books. They are fun but rarely satisfying. I adored the setting, and the atmosphere described made you feel like you were at sea. It was fast-paced and Fable was my first book by Adrienne Young. I had heard about her other two books, but they did not catch my attention as this one did. I love books set on the ocean or the coast, so I decided to give this one a try.Overall, it was a story that I did enjoy and would recommend. But, at times, it reminded me of why I am sometimes sceptical about YA books. They are fun but rarely satisfying. I adored the setting, and the atmosphere described made you feel like you were at sea. It was fast-paced and action-packed. My main issues were that I found the characters simple, and did not see any build-up tension towards the romance. Surprisingly, I loved the abrupt ending, and am already looking forward to the sequel.ARC provided by Netgalley and the publisher.
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  • Nastassja
    January 1, 1970
    **Many thanks to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book** Fable is more about love than adventures. It’s sweet and heartfelt but it lacked the drive I was hoping would color this book bright and agile, mixing the seemingly melancholic undertone. I wouldn't say it's a bad thing if you are in the mood for something slow and contemplative. The positive side of the story that it gives insight into the heart of our main character Fable. She is highly reliable and I could've easily **Many thanks to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book** Fable is more about love than adventures. It’s sweet and heartfelt but it lacked the drive I was hoping would color this book bright and agile, mixing the seemingly melancholic undertone. I wouldn't say it's a bad thing if you are in the mood for something slow and contemplative. The positive side of the story that it gives insight into the heart of our main character Fable. She is highly reliable and I could've easily imagined myself in her shoes. Secondary characters were also very nice. The romance part was great, and I am for sure going down with this ship, but I wished the development of said romance was more slow, so the reader could feel it and soak it and invest in it. I wasn't 100% invested, though I still ship the couple as I was saying earlier. There was also a secondary couple which was maybe even more curious for me to read about. There was a long, old story behind the romance, and I would love to see more of it in the sequel.Getting back to the plot, the story is about the 17-years old Fable, whose father dropped her on a small and unfriendly island to fend for herself for four long years. After that time Fable decided to get back to her father and ask for what is hers. She requests for help from mysterious West (I know right, it wouldn't be interesting if he wasn't mysterious, haha) and his crew. On their way, the whole crew will have to face danger but also their inner demons.All said and done, I highly recommend Fable because it is an entertaining story written in a very beautiful language. It makes you relate with the characters and hope for a happy ending for all of them. Also, it's got quite a few curious villains, and I am looking forward to their stories in the next instalment!
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  • megs_bookrack
    January 1, 1970
    The first thing that attracted me to this book was the gorgeous cover, but the synopsis sealed the deal. This sounds incredible!Thank you so much to Wednesday Books for the ARC. I am really excited to get into this seaside tale. The first thing that attracted me to this book was the gorgeous cover, but the synopsis sealed the deal. This sounds incredible!Thank you so much to Wednesday Books for the ARC. I am really excited to get into this seaside tale.
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