Title: Namesake (Fable, #2)
Author: Adrienne Young
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Themes: Trust, Honesty, Relationships, Courage, Betrayal, Deception
Anticipated Publication Date: March 16, 2021
Publisher: Wednesday Books – St. Martin’s Press
Thank you to the NetGalley and Wednesday Books – St. Martin’s Press for giving me the opportunity to read and review an ARC of Namesake.
Fable is ready to simply be a part of the ship, The Marigold, and out of her father’s hair. However, when she’s captured and is imprisoned by Zola, her world is turned upside down. Now, she must not only deal with this thug, but also a woman named Holland who is more deceptive than what she first appears to be.
Will Fable be able to save her beloved home and her one true love in this risky game of deception?
I really enjoyed reading Fable (Fable, #1), the first in this duology, when it was released last year, so when I saw this one on NetGalley, I knew I had to request it! I truly appreciate the publisher and NetGalley for giving me the chance to read and review an ARC of Namesake because I really loved reading it!
What I love when I read is to be able to escape into another world and visit someone else’s life for a while. I absolutely was able to do that here in Namesake. The world surrounding the sea, harbors, and ships is one that I don’t have any experience with, and yet, I love reading about being near the sea since I tend to miss it during the winter. It’s also a place that frightens me because I’m not a very good swimmer. Therefore, to read how natural it is for Fable and some other characters to be able to swim deep into the ocean without much fear, if any, is inspiring and motivating for me to try to be more comfortable swimming in the ocean.
Another aspect that I really enjoyed was the romance woven into the text. It is clear that Fable and West are in love and are rooted together no matter what. Their previous mistakes, the dealings they end up making to help each other out, family issues, etc. None of that matters as long as the two have each other. I found that the author described their love as a deeper, connected one and it was lovely to read how they both cannot stand to not be with the other and not know if the other is safe. Then, when the author chooses West and Fable to have certain drawbacks or silence between the two, it felt real and something I could imagine happening to those who are at high risk situations. As a side note, there is more than just kissing in certain scenes, but not over the top or too much (at least for me). The addition of these scenes were sprinkled in the book rather than taking over the story, which I found to be perfect in a story like this one.
The author also does a nice job in creating an exciting plot which kept me captivating the entire read. Adventures at sea, betrayals, questionable motives, backstabbing, and seeing the true colors of someone you thought you knew are some of the ways the author created an enticing read. It was one that I actually am sad is over and won’t see Fable again…
Speaking of Fable, she was one of my favorite characters in the duology. She is developed extremely well, portrays varying emotions without it being overkill, is loyal and considerate of others while being a strong-willed independent young woman.
Overall, Namesake is a fantasy that I loved reading and will be on the lookout for more of Adrienne Young books!
I would highly recommend this read to those who enjoyed the first one, and who enjoy to read a fantasy based on life on the sea and told by a strong young woman.
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