Fable, by Adrienne Young, is the story of a girl who finds herself and her story while at Sea. In Fable, our main character is just trying to get back to her father but finds an entirely new family along the way.

Do you like slow-burn romance and found family books? Then this is the story for you. Do you like pirates and traders and dangerous streets and strong female characters? Then this is the story for you.

Seventeen-year-old fable is a free diver who gathers stones and gems from the reef. For the last four years, she has been trying to return to her father who abandoned her in Jeval, and claim what’s hers. With a dead mother, a father she isn’t allowed to claim, and a history of having to scavenge for what she wants- Fable learns that may she was meant for this world.

I loved this book. The way the story slowly built itself and the world up as you experienced it, instead of just explaining it in one go, really brought it to life. Fable is an incredibly interesting main character, who stays strong in who she is throughout the book. In YA, (I feel) often we see the female main characters throw their identities away for their romance interest- and this was not the case.

I know this is a duology, so I assume we will learn more about the crew in the next book. I really wanted more information on them. We got some in the last bit of the book, but overall, I would have appreciated learning more in general. We missed out on their personalities as we focused on West, Willa, and Fable. I understand this, as they were the main focal points of the book, but for a found family story I simply would have liked more.

The slow-burn romance that occurs in the book genuinely made me cry. I don’t like romance much, and find it unrealistic at best, but this was such an emotional experience. It was truly beautiful to read.

I cannot wait to read Namesake and find out what happens to Fable next!

Thank you to Netgalley and Wednesday Books for a copy of this ARC for an honest review.

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