Fable by Adrienne Young (Fable #1)
Reviewed by Sam!
What I drank prior: I have had the week from fucking hell and its only Wednesday. So I had lots of wine. It’s also the first day of “Advent” and I picked myself up a wine advent calendar so I drank that.
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.
Drunk Overview: so i will be honest it has been a while since i read this so we’re going to do our best here. We meet our main squeeze Fable on an island where her father has abandoned her and he said “make it off the island and I will take you back” or some shit. When she pisses off the wrong people, she gets on a ship with a smexy pirate and heads back to her dad. Daddy dearest sucks but he gave her a legacy and basically this whole book is her running but also falling for a smexy pirate.
Spoiler-free Thoughts: this book was terrible. Like legitimately. Sober Sam gave it two stars but here I am a bit distanced from this book now and I swear I couldn’t even remember if the main character was named Fable… a book literally called Fable.
Characters: Just like most series like this one, the best part are the side characters. I love the crew of the ship. They’re great because their weirdo captain is all “we’re taking on this rando chick” and it’s clear he fucking loves her but they’ve never really talked ever, so of course the crew are skeptical. I will also say that her dad… her dad is awful. Fable is the worst. She’s supposed to be so independent and fierce and she’s just not. Not even a little.
Plot: What plot? Like… Leave island to escape scoundrel with another scoundrel to get back to a scoundrel and we’re mad he’s a scoundrel? I honestly don’t think anything happened in this book. Just a lot of running and sailing but for very little purpose.
Writing Style: not worth commenting on. It wasn’t bad but it clearly wasn’t great.
World Building: It really shouldn’t be this bad, but a pirate story should matter, and there should be some fucking dope pirates, but they’re not.
What to pair it with: Coors light. It’s just so blah
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,