Monday, November 30, 2020

Fable - Adrienne Young

Summary: For seventeen-year-old Fable, the daughter of the most powerful trader in the Narrows, the sea is the only home she has ever known. It’s been four years since the night she watched her mother drown during an unforgiving storm. The next day her father abandoned her on a legendary island filled with thieves and little food. To survive she must keep to herself, learn to trust no one, and rely on the unique skills her mother taught her. The only thing that keeps her going is the goal of getting off the island, finding her father, and demanding her rightful place beside him and his crew. To do so Fable enlists the help of a young trader named West to get her off the island and across the Narrows to her father.

But her father’s rivalries and the dangers of his trading enterprise have only multiplied since she last saw him, and Fable soon finds that West isn't who he seems. Together, they will have to survive more than the treacherous storms that haunt the Narrows if they're going to stay alive.

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 takes you on a spectacular journey filled with romance, intrigue, and adventure. ( Summary and pic from

My Review: Oh how I love a good YA fic adventure story! There are a lot of things I love about YA literature, not the least of which is that they’re just easy and fun to read. Yes, I do enjoy my heavier books, and I really appreciate having a mix of reading available to me. I’m not always in the mood for a certain type of book, which is why I like to read several books at a time. Because they’re almost always really different from each other, I don’t usually get confused. This book fulfilled my I-need-to-escape-from-real-life-and-heavy-topics genre. Those are always good to have, especially in these Covid Times, right?

First of all, I would be remiss if I didn’t say that this book is swashbuckling! I feel that for a book of this ilk, if you don’t say it, it’s a huge hole in the review. This book isn’t about pirates, per se, but it is about seafaring people, some who are searching for treasure, some who are taking treasure, some who are buying various treasures, and the communities surrounding it. I’ve read quite a few books over the years, and several quite recently, actually that take place on the sea and involve seafaring communities and those that are particularly dependent on the sea. If you’re looking for more like this, check out Vanishing Point and also House of Salt and Sorrows.

I really enjoy reading about different cultures, and a seafaring culture is very different from my always-been-landlocked life. I live in the Rocky Mountains, and have for my whole life, and so I appreciate a book that can take me away and immerse me in a land and people that are unfamiliar. I liked the strong culture in this book. It had a Caraval meets Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows that I liked. It was mysterious and exciting, dangerous and enticing. The people were interesting and the secrets they hold were vast. I especially liked the interplay between Fable and the other main characters in the book (I won’t divulge what happens here).

Sometimes with YA I have the problem of it being too cheezy for me to handle. I purposely used a “z” there because I understand some cheesiness is just part of younger writing, and I’m okay with it. However, if it crosses over into cheezy wherein things are too stupid and the romance is just Too Much, my positive feelings start to go down. That wasn’t really the case with this book. There is some drama, of course, and we would be sorrowful without a whole bucketful of youthful lust, but I felt like although this book walked the line, it was okay and I wasn’t eye rolling too hard.

Fable is a diver, and she is a good one. However, after having just read Shadow Diver: The (I LOVED this book and highly recommend), I can assure you that Fable is indeed a fable in that no diver can do what she does, let alone do it without specialized diving equipment. It takes a whole oceanful of suspended belief to believe the kind of diving that Fable was able to do, but since it’s YA Fic I’m going to let it slide a little bit. But seriously? Come on, people.

If you like YA Fic adventures, especially pirate-y-typed YA, I think you might really enjoy this book. It’s a fast read and was a nice diversion from Reality.

My Rating: 4 Stars

For the sensitive reader: There is a little bit of mild language here and there, and there is a love scene that is not graphic but definitely implied.

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