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4.15  ·  Rating details ·  19,784 ratings  ·  4,631 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 357 pages
Published September 1st 2020 by Wednesday Books
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
September FairyLoot. I don’t like the book over as much as original so now I have to buy that one! Click on the link after the pic to see the goodies. Not too happy with the stuff either but it’s ok, it’s a hit or miss sometimes



This cover is so freaking beautiful!!

That bastard was leaving me again.

That first sentence had me! Although, this being an uncorrected copy, that line might change.

Fable is one of my new spirit animals!! I love h
Mary S. R.
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: seekers of grim pirate tales
Recommended to Mary by: Helena of Eretz ✰
No, I wasn’t reading on bed for a day.

I was sailing the grim, deadly Narrows on the mainmast of a shadow ship, a spyglass sharpening my gaze; I was dredging the bottom of the deep blue sea, silence and chaos my companions.

Such is the way of books so atmospheric.

Isolde was the wind and sea and sky of Saint’s world. She was the pattern of stars that he navigated by, the sum of all directions on his compass. And he was lost without her.

Fable is not a fast paced, fun tale of adventure in line wi
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
AY took a fascination i had with pirates and turned it into a full-blown obsession. this story is EVERYTHING i need to feel like im living a stolen life on the open seas with the salty wind in my hair and a map in my hand.

this book holds masterfully built worlds and perfectly crafted characters. there is such a great balance between who the story is about and the places they navigate. i was constantly enamoured by each character and their motivations, as well as where each scene was set. i just
Miranda Reads
Fable has spent the last four years of her life trying to get off of the horrible trap on an island she was stranded on.

Stranded by her own father.

She's weathered storms, thieves and starvation until she finally saved up enough for passage off of the island.

But then, just when she feels like she can finally take a breath, the real adventure starts.

I know...don't judge a book by the cover but have you all SEEN THIS GORGEOUSNESS????

First time in a long time that I didn't even read the descripti
Vibur (hiatus)
Jul 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Well, I felt a whole lot of nothing.

First off, there's not… a lot happening to keep the plot afloat. Suuure, the protagonist sails to places, but that's. it. Hell, aside from all the sailing shenanigans, there's about buggerall going on.
"Butit'saboutagirlsearchingforherfather!"—again, the stupid romantic side of me pipes up that argument. Huh. You're telling me all that tired mishmash of angst is meant to... mean something to me?
Alright, I'll get straight to it. The plot's nothing more than a
Nenia Campbell

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DNF @ p.56

Practically all of my friends were singing this book's praises, so I was so happy when I was given an ARC of my own. But then as soon as I cracked open the book, I got a sinking feeling. I even put off reading the book and writing my review, despite my early copy, because contrary to popular belief, it doesn't really feel that great to be the only prominent one-star for a book that everyone loves. Not just on a guilty, personal
Helena of Eretz ✰
I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.


Well, this was a nice surprise!!! Until yesterday, this wasn’t even on my tbr, much less on my radar for books that I wanted to read this year, but how could I resist a fun adventure on the high seas???

I’ve never read a book by Adrienne Young before (edit: I just read Sky in the Deep and The Girl the Sea Gave Back because I loved this so much), but I’m glad that I finally have!


“Keep your knife where you can
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m so glad I judged this book by its cover. It is a beauty inside and out. Absolutely loved every bit of this story!Highly recommend this one to adventure story lovers.
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Now a Goodreads Choice finalist in Young Adult Sci-fi & Fantasy!

This was such a pleasant surprise! Maybe you’re looking at the reviews and the cover and thinking “Oh come on, it’s got a 4.27 star rating and the cover art is gorgeous, how could it not be good??!?” Well hypothetical person I’m responding to, I have been fooled before!! There’s no shortage of YA fantasy books that have striking artwork and a killer synopsis and the best reviews or blurbs, but then you actually begin *reading* s
Chelsea Humphrey
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Chelsea by: St. Martin's Press
I absolutely adored this story. Review to come!

*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-read
**3.5-stars rounded up**

Four years ago, 17-year old, Fable, was abandoned by her Father on Jeval, a notorious island full of thieves.

Just prior that, her Mother, who taught her so much about hunting for gems, was killed during a terrible storm. Fable finds herself truly alone, with no one in the world who cares for her.

Her Father left her with nothing but the parting words that haunt her: You're not cut out for this life.

Fable disagrees, however, and has spent her time in the proceeding years t
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

3.5 Stars

This is such a simple story (maybe because it feels like an introduction, and we haven’t actually gotten to the meat of it yet) that pulls at your heartstrings and encompases a number of relatable YA themes, the most prominent ones being survival, abandonment, and found family. It is also rich in atmosphere and vivid in writing.

There’s nothing like the calm and lulling allure of the sea. The feeling of sands beneath your feet, the wind against your skin, the smell and taste of fresh and
Lucie V.
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Narrows were the edge of a blade. You couldn’t live here and not get cut.

This book is AMAZING. 😍
It’s been a while since I got lost in a book like I did in Fable. It is such a great adventure! Pirates, a strong heroine, and a bit of family drama, what’s not to like?

Fable has spent the last few years abandoned on an island full of thieves and criminals after her father left her there (because she needed to "learn how to survive" apparently) and now that she can finally pay her
Nilufer Ozmekik
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
It was a four starred reading but its cover deserves more than five stars! Quite perfect!

I’d like to talk about the heroine at first: I loved Fable! She is favorite kind of heroine: tough, resilient, warrior, loyal, easy to care and resonate!

She was only 14 she was abandoned by her own pirate father, exiled to live in island of Jeval because her mother has drowned aboard the ship and best way to bring out inner warrior of hers is leaving her in the middle of nowhere! He thinks it is the best
C.G. Drews
Dark fantasy and books about the beautifully wicked sea absolutely call to me. I want them all. This was my first time reading an Adrienne Young book and it really easy to read. And it was quite dark. It's set in this brittle, cruel world of ships and traders, knives and murder, and softness is not only unforgivable -- it'll get you killed. Fable is the kind of character thrown into situations where she should drown, but she just refuses to give up.

the story
Fable is a dredger, skilled at diving
Sheyla ✎
Mar 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly entertaining!

Fable has been left to survive on the island of Jeval. She was only fourteen when her father, Saint, the famous trader of the Narrows left her there. For four years Fable has been dredging to keep herself fed. Her intention has been to accumulate enough coin to ask for passage on a boat to take her back to her father and ask for what is hers.

During the last two years, she has traded her stones with West, the Marigold's trader. When Fable's life is in danger, she asks W
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
SO GOOD! Wow. It's no secret that I love my pirate romances and this one had so many elements I love about a pirate book. They're at sea, there are bad guys, and you never know who you can trust!

While the romance didn't really come in until the end, I really loved this book and that romance. I loved how Fable had spent years fending for herself and just surviving. The beginning is a bit slow, but once Fable gets off the island, this book is impossible to put down. I loved how she had to prove he
Sandra Hoover
I picked up Fable in a ho-hum reading state of mind hoping to be wowed. Young Adult Fantasy can be hit or miss for me, but I'd only read a few pages when I found myself being sucked in and down into the depths of a story consuming me in a torrential storm of emotion. In a sink or swim panic, I frantically turned pages in an effort to wrap my head and heart around this story while seeking answers. Fable is simply a stunning work of art, folks! Consider me wowed!

After her mother is lost to the sea
Lucy Langford

I really wanted to love this as lots of others have... but I just didn’t- It was pretty mediocre for me.
MissBecka Gee
This was spectacular!!!
A high sea, pirate adventure with a strong female MC?

I am so freaking excited that this is only the beginning for this motley crew of characters!!!
Much love to NetGalley & St. Martin's Press for my DRC.
💖 Love this cover 💖
My signed copy finally arrived, and with sooo many pretty accessories!!!
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a delightful mix of fantasy and adventure! My faith in the YA genre has been restored a little more.

Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

First off, Fable is a freaking page turner guys. I couldn't put this book down even if you paid me to. It was addictingly fun to read about and I definitely enjoyed Fable's journey. Now she's lives a dangerous life but has had one thing on her mind: a reunion with her dad.

If you've ever watched any of the Pirate of the Caribbean movies, you would know and love Jack freaking Sparrow. Fable kind of reminded me of him because
Nov 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
"You want something in this life? You take it, Fable."

In this Young Adult Fantasy novel, we are following Fable, the daughter of two famous members of the piracy world. She lost her mother to the sea, but can't seem to stay away from it. That's how she gets into an adventure to reconnect with her father, by joining the Marigold ship crew.

This is a story that grew on me as I read: I thought that the beginning was pretty average but, by the end, I was totally invested in these characters and
Phuong ✯
re-read March 2021: refreshing memory for Namesake

#1 Fable ↠ 3.25 stars
#2 Namesake ↠ tbr

I'm a ho for this cover …

… I wished I would've been more of a ho for what's inside as well.

↳  ✧ The plot ✧

Fable was left by her father on an island when she was only 14 years old. Since then she had to fight her way through everything every single day. Four years later Fable has finally enough money to get from that island and find her father. She makes a deal w
Cait (Caitsbooks)
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Thank you to Netgalley and Wednesday Books for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

Quick Stats:
3.5/5 Stars
Characters: 4/5
Setting: 3/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 3/5
Awesomeness Factor: 3.5/5
Review in a Nutshell: Fable is the start of an addictive new fantasy series that will have you dreaming of the high seas.

“Keep your knife where you can reach it.
Never, ever owe anyone anything.
Nothing is free.
Always construct a lie f
Apr 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
As a young teen, Fable is quickly rescued from a sinking ship that she once sailed on with her mother and father. After learning that her mother didn't escape, her father drops her off on the island of Jeval and tells her that this how it has to be.

“You weren’t made for this world, Fable. You want to prove me wrong? Get yourself off this island."

He abandons her on the island and expects her to figure out how to survive and essentially get back to him. Life isn’t easy for Fable. After losing her
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well, it only took me two days to slam this. Thanks to Wednesday Books and Goodreads for providing a free copy!

Sometimes, A book burns in your soul, leaving it raw upon it's exit. Fable was that for me. If pirates and seafaring adventures are the next trend in YA, I won't complain about this one leading the charge.

Fable takes place in a merciless, unnamed world of low fantasy where life at sea is seemingly normal for most people. Fable, at 14, is abandoned by her successful trader father. After
Sara ✨
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bookphenomena (Micky)
4.5 stars

I crushed this in a day, simply because I could not put it down. FABLE was the start of a strong duology, all at sea. It was a tale of survival, family and bonds stronger than family. Fable was a deep sea diver and everything about that was fascinating.

I’d dove almost every day since I was a child. The water was more of a home than Jeval ever was.

Fable herself was a strong young woman, almost feral but human under the shell. She had been abandoned in a place where food and resources wer
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Fable by Adrienne Young is the first book in a new young adult fantasy duology. This new fantasy series is one that immediately appealed to me as it’s one set on the sea with a strong female lead so with my attachment to all things pirate I went in with high hopes.

Fable is a seventeen year old who does whatever she needs to do to survive the harsh enviroment that surrounds her. Four years before Fable’s mother had died, drowning during a huge storm, and at that time her father, the most powerful
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New York Times and Indie bestselling author of SKY IN THE DEEP, THE GIRL THE SEA GAVE BACK, FABLE & NAMESAKE from Wednesday Books. Agent: Barbara Poelle, IGLA

Adrienne Young is a born and bred Texan turned California girl. She is a foodie with a deep love of history and travel and a shameless addiction to coffee. When she’s not writing, you can find her on her yoga mat, scouring antique fairs for o

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