Review: Fable by Adrienne Young
Author: Adrienne Young
Type: Book 1 of the Fable Duology
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
"... and I think I've loved you since the first time we anchored in Jeval"
First of I think I need to begin saying that I am not a fan of maritime books, or at least I didn't think I enjoyed them until I read Fable. Now all I want is to dive into the sea and become a pirate. That's what Young did to me, as I read this book.
I am aware that Adrienne Young has a lot of books that are considered amazing, but I just had never had the chance to pick up a book by her and sit down and read it. Even reading the beginning of the book I was sure it was going to be an "okay" book for me. I was so freaking wrong.
I am not even sure if the story is good or not, but the writing is so vivid and lyrical that it makes the writing come alive in such a way that it is IMPOSSIBLE not to enjoy it. Even if you're just there for the writing. Now, I have a deep itch to go buy all her books that I have been avoiding for years, because I know that just like Fable's story I am going to be hooked and unable to move on.
Fable tells the story of a girl called Fable who was left by her father in a town, right after her mother drowns at sea (horrible father). Anyways, he promises her that if she is able to leave the town, he will give her what she deserves (which she translates to a place in his ship as he is a very famous Captain). Years pass and she becomes tougher and learns to trust no one but herself. That is until she needs a way out of the horrid town and has to rely on a very dysfunctional crew. As she reaches her Father's territory she realizes blood is not equivalent to family and she starts trusting herself and opening to those around her to really be able to save herself.
The story is narrated beautifully, the depth of the characters is expressed so well and I cannot wait to continue reading book 2 and dwell more into the character's life. I do wish we could have gotten a little more back story from West's other crew mates specially Paj. They were important in the story but in some ways I wish there would have been more scenes with them present, I just really enjoyed all the characters.
"Because home was a ship that was at the bottom of the sea, where my mothers bones lay sleeping in the deep"
The romance is tantalizingly good. It is very slow burn romance and I loved every aspect of it, from the forbidden side to it to the hardship that both feel opening up towards each other.
Lastly, the father and daughter relationship is described so well and heartbreakingly. I have never seen a book where you sympathize and understand both side, the abandoned daughter and the father who abandons her. One of the books that has used this issue in such a raw and real way, juxtaposing hate vs eternal love. It was really beautiful to see and experience those scenes though Fable's eyes.
"The trader who'd built an empire. The father who'd left me behind. The man who'd loved my mother with the fury of a thousand merciless storms"
*I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
--- 4.5 stars ---