BOOK REVIEW: Fable by Adrienne Young
Fable by Adrienne Young
Author: Adrienne Young
Published by: Wednesday Books on September 1st, 2020
Genre: Young Adult // Fantasy
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.
Get ready for a very unpopular opinion because I didn't enjoy reading this book at all. I REALLY wanted to love this book, as it mostly has five stars, but it turned out to be a very disappointing read for me. I read this book for two main reasons, the hype, and cover. And let me tell you, I regret picking this one and I dislike it very much.
I'm gonna make this review short and brief so you don't get bored. Let's start! Also 𝑺𝑷𝑶𝑰𝑳𝑬𝑹𝑺𝑺𝑺𝑺 🚨
𝗣𝗹𝗼𝘁: honestly I don't know until now what the plot is. Was it to get out of the island and for Fable to meet her dad? Is it a revenge story? Be a part of her dad's crew? Or maybe find her own family? OR WAS IT TO FIND THE SINKING SHIP? The plot was all over the place.
Also, I was bored out of my mind. Reading this book felt like a task, like a job I had to complete, and I read for entertainment and escapism, so when that happens it's never a good sign.
𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘀: They either bore me to death or made me feel nothing. The 2 who I absolutely couldn't stand are West and Saint (Fable's dad) and congrats to Saint for winning the worst dad award 👏🏻 A for the crew, and it gave me strong pirate vibes but there was hardly any bonding between the characters. Most of them faded into the background.
The only character that was fleshed out was our main girl Fable. West and Willa also got a bit of personality, but the rest of the crew (Paj, Hamish, Auster) didn't really have a distinctive personality and all of them sounded the same to me.
𝗥𝗼𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲: The transition in Fable and West's relationship was not natural. They barely have any scenes in the first half of the book. West basically ignores Fable for most of the time when she is on the ship or acts rather cold towards her. The next thing you know is that they're having an underwater kiss. Excuse me what?? It's epic and all but how did that happen? From ignoring her and being a cold dude to falling in love with her and kissing her all of a sudden? A girl needs time to process. I need more slow-burn. Where is the angst? Where is the development tho?
So yea I didn't like it at all, especially after reading amazing fantasy books filled with action and good romance. Will I read book 2? I don't think so, even though I already bought it. 👀
Have you had the chance to read Fable?
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