Slow-Burn Romance and Visual Storytelling: Fable by Adrienne Young Review


Expected Publication: September 1st, 2020 by Wednesday Books

Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Fiction

Recommended to: those who love adventures on sea



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.

RATING: ★★★★★

If you’re reading this review right now, I will waste no time and just tell you directly: READ THIS BOOK.

I haven’t read any books from Adrienne Young before this but when I saw the cover, I just couldn’t resist it. I mean, look at how pretty and tempting it is. But while some books are only beautiful on the outside, this book will not make you regret you ever picked it up.

Initially, I had a hard time reading this. It was difficult to imagine some scenes in my head because I wasn’t familiar with the technical terms about ships and navigation. I am a visual reader and when I read, a movie plays in my head. I need to understand the details so that I know what to imagine. If you’re like me and decide to read this, it really helps if you google the terms to see what they look like. But rest assured that you will eventually get the hang of it.

Aside from the minor “technical” difficulty I had, Fable was an easy read and I would have finished it in one sitting if I could. I really loved Adrienne’s writing style and it felt like I was there. I could almost feel the wind and taste the salt of the sea. And while I’m no expert when it comes to ships, reading Fable made me think that Adrienne knows what she’s talking about. It makes me wonder if she ever helmed a ship at one point in her life or she’s just a very convincing writer.

I think the best part of this book aside from the storytelling are the characters. I loved how the Marigold crew each had different personalities and although they are not a perfect bunch, you will find yourself drawn to them. When West first appeared, I instantly liked him although I couldn’t pinpoint why. Fable is also a strong and independent character which I love. The rest of the crew are interesting and I adored their camaraderie.

If you’re like me who loves a bit of romance, fear not for there is a “hint” of it here. It was slow burn which honestly made me want it more. I won’t tell you if the ship sailed (pun intended). It’s for you to find out. 😉

Never, under any circumstances, reveal who or what matters to you.

I already said it but I will say it again. Read this book when it comes out. Now, how do I skip to March 16, 2020 and read the sequel? 😭

A free copy was given to me via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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