Fable

Fable

Book - 2020
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Seventeen-year-old Fable joins the young, motley crew of the Marigold to escape the island where her father abandoned her, but she quickly realizes life off the island is more dangerous than she imaged.
Publisher: New York : Wednesday Books, ©2020.
ISBN: 9781250254368
Characteristics: 357 pages :,map ;,22 cm.

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I just did not engage with this story like I wanted to. Fable as a character is quite nuanced and interesting, with survival instincts that rival the best pirate around and a truly tragic past motivating her. I just never *felt* anything for her.

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Jello13091
Feb 17, 2021

Only two books out thus far.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Jan 08, 2021

Honestly, I picked this up for the cover. Serviceable teen fantasy. A seafaring grim-dark-y read. Light on the romance, heavy on the grit.

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pgardow
Nov 17, 2020

Left alone at 13 on an island filled with cutthroats and thieves, Fable did what she had to do to survive, knowing that one day she would escape. Four brutal years later she does, finding passage on a mysterious trading ship. She joins the crew and makes an enemy of the most treacherous trader in the Narrows, the man who abandoned her as a child. Her father.

I turned the pages breathlessly, hoping beyond hope that Fable would survive and find a home. But that's hard to do when everyone has secrets and nobody can be trusted. What a brilliant adventure!

TeensReadItFirst Oct 26, 2020

Reviewed by Trisha I.

I originally picked up Fable by Adrienne Young because of how beautiful the cover is.

However, the intriguing and adventurous plot along with the pirate lifestyles aesthetic of the book kept me going. After the first few chapters of the introduction, the plot was fast-paced but with intriguing details throughout the book. I was always eager to find out what will happen next, flipping pages after pages.

Fable should be the blueprint for other YA female protagonists. She is a smart and independent girl living in the vicious world of pirates. The other characters were also well written and realistic. They all have a certain edge of hardness to their personalities because of the environment they grew up with, looking out for their own people and minding their own business.

The book ended abruptly with a cliff hanger, not covering all the conflicts. They were so many interesting topics to elaborate on, such as the crewmates’ dynamic and Fable’s ability. This book is only the first part of the duology. I shall patiently wait for the next book with high expectations.

Fable is a sold 3.5/5 stars for me.

I’m quite disappointed in this one and I wish I could give it more, but overall, I just did not engage with the story like I wanted to.

After living on an island full of cutthroats and thieves, alone, for four years, Fable is ready to get off of Jeval. Dangerous situations result in her employing the aid of West, a captain who has traded with Fable for those four years, who grudgingly allows her onboard his ship bound for the mainland. But as the daughter of a powerful trader, Fable will encounter more on her journey than she could ever imagine, from storms to pirates to unexpected emotions, and no one can predict where it all might lead her.

I really like the idea of this one, and I'm still thinking about Sky in the Deep years later because of how original and captivating that story was. Hearing about this one made me SO hopeful for a new book by Adrienne; I read The Girl the Sea Gave Back, and though I found it pretty surface-level, nothing revolutionary, I did somewhat enjoy it. Unfortunately, for me, that trend continues with this book.

Fable as a character is quite nuanced and interesting, with survival instincts that rival the best pirate around and a truly tragic past motivating her. I just never *felt* anything for her. All of her struggles, all of her emotions for and around West and the crew, all of it just left me so lukewarm, and I wish I could change it so badly. The crew was colourful and intriguing, but again, nothing hit me with them. Fable finding family with them didn't have that emotional resonance that other books like this have. (i.e. Six of Crows)

I also got lost in the sailing lingo quite a few times. It was jarring to have a term used that I didn't know, then have to go and Google it, then come back into the story, and eventually, I didn't bother. I know these characters are sailors, and they wouldn't need a glossary, but I really do think this would have benefited from one for us lowly mainlanders.

I just found this one bland. For a book about cutthroat pirates surrounded by raging storms and trader clan drama, nothing ever felt like it had any real impact. The plot is so linear, despite the bumps along the way, and nothing took me by surprise. It was...fine. And I just want so much more than fine from my books.

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Like light cast over the morning water, it became new. Every moment that lay ahead, like an uncharted sea. this was a new beginning.

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