Trader. Fighter. Survivor.
With the Marigold ship free of her father, Fable and its crew were set to start over. That freedom is short-lived when she becomes a pawn in a notorious thug’s scheme. In order to get to her intended destination she must help him to secure a partnership with Holland, a powerful gem trader who is more than she seems.
As Fable descends deeper into a world of betrayal and deception she learns that her mother was keeping secrets, and those secrets are now putting the people Fable cares about in danger. If Fable is going to save them then she must risk everything, including the boy she loves and the home she has finally found.
Filled with action, emotion, and lyrical writing, New York Times bestselling author Adrienne Young returns with Namesake, the final book in the captivating Fable duology.
~Special thanks to Netgalley and Wednesday Books for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!~
(I almost forgot that part. Oops. *snort*)
Actual rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟⭐ 4.0
*looks at camera*
*places hands in an evil person pyramid*
See, this wasn't bad. But it wasn't GREAT. And that hurts my heart. What's left of it, anyways.
It had pirates, a strong female main character, and treason. Still, it didn't like... hm... it didn't leave me absolutely devastated and unable to continue life because SURPRISE, I couldn't find the will to move on with my frivolous reading existence. Which we alllll know, is the best thing that could happen in a book. #whyarereaderssuchmasochists
Y'all see why I concern myself? Okay, now that we got that out of the way (we literally got nothing out of the way, unless you count me explaining why I'm like I am), let's dive in headfirst into an ocean (hehe, get it? Dive, ocean, pirates? Hehehe) of mini spoiler-free rants that my 3:00 am self thought would be a good idea to write. And yes, I do have multiple self's, each one for a different time of day. The dawn self is the most... how shall I say it? Oh yes, mentally and emotionally unstable. *smiles for the camera*
Since it is physically demanding for me to write a spoiler- free review (as many of you know, but since I have the attention span of a blade of grass (blade? Piece? Strand?) I shall repeat so because OBVIOUSLY, it needs to be repeated. For myself, I mean. Like a mantra) I shall divide this as follows.
Hello, and welcome to Booksy Rants, at this moment we will be touching on the topic of the writing in this novel. Okay, I will admit that Adrienne Young is an amazing writer, periodt. The way she describes things is not overly detailed, but it doesn't leave you hoping for more, it's there. And it is MAJESTIC. I enjoyed it, very much so. Unsurprising, since you know, one of the loves of my life is Sky In The Deep which halloooo, the sequel was a parody, and I'm over here waiting for the real thing. Will any future books of this author ever compare to that previous masterpiece? Not yet, no. It is not to mean her books since then have been BAD, per se, they just haven't been as GOOD as my bookish soul would've dreamed of.
Overall? Writing gets an 8.5 out of the scale of greatness.
You know what wasn't great? The secondary characters. I know, I know, nowadays, authors focus so much on the main tea that they forget to add the sugar (a LOT, if I may say so myself. Enough to give me a threat of Sugar crash porfavor) to it, and it ends being bittersweet. Which of course, is not the worst. Still, I want my tea to taste SWWEEEETTTT. You know? The fact that I only cared about oh, about... hm... four people in this book is a lot to say. Like, seriously, I needed FOUNDATION, needed someone to tear my soul out of its rusty hinges and stomp on it repeatedly in hopes of feeling SOMETHING.
Something like this, perhaps
Alas, two of those people were (I say two because if I say more I may spoil something and the only thing I want to 'spoil' is the romance in this book, teehee):
The MC, Fable, which again, was gorgeous and amazing, and astounding, and so many more GOOD things. Until, you know, she would get together with the love interest. Interesting MC? Yes, absolutely. A little forgettable? That too, yes. And that's slightly depressing. Like, she was very much a kick-butt female protagonist, she just lacked... personality. A concrete personality, I mean. Only thing I know? She had a mother, who died. (Which she let us know about in every page) and her love for the sea was insurmountable, immeasurable, in- introverted? The fuel to my boat of synonyms has depleted itself, forgive me (the number of puns I'll subtly throw here will make waves across my sanity).
Which brings me unto the NEXT character, dear love interest. West, y'all! *Automated applause with shrieks added for emphasis*
He was quite the specimen *giggle giggle* Also? He was too protective, and felt the need to save everyone, go figure! Any time the MC tried to do something on her own, he would stop her and force her to accept help. Like, BRUH, I believe the chick can hold a napkin to clean the tea spilled by moi. You don't have to get the mop. And geez Louise, did he make me angry when he made a certain decision like oh, (and this is not a spoiler, it legit happens in every book) SACRIFICE EVERYTHING FOR HER. I wouldn't sacrifice a french fry unless, UNLESS, someone was in peril of starvation. And even that depends.
(I was low-key jealous, but we won't talk about that). His personality only got better because he was a 'pirate', with a 'conscience'. Ew.
The romance~ *nod* *stares at camera* It was there. I appreciated that it tried. It was just... there.
The world-building was absolutely pretty good (between decent and AMAZING), the way things worked, and THE DREDGERS???? I need a moment.
I also needed a moment with the 'plot twists', so okay, I wasn't exactly in the state of mind to want to unravel anything so yes, they mildly took me by surprise. My eyes widened slightly (kind of like that fish who messed up the fish formation and all of them got caught in the net because that puny little fish couldn't contain its craving of 'UP THERE ON LAND, THEY UNDERSTAAANNDDD, AND THEY DON'T REPRIMAND THEIR DAUGHTER-' I'll stop now) and I became a squealing mess. Once. I repeat, ONCE.
The plot was okay, I enjoyed it. It didn't blow my socks out of the water *smirk*, but it left me satisfied in how it all came together at the end. (Ugh, such a basic description, alas, my brain cannot do spoiler-free mode anymore)
On a closing note, multiple someone's should've died (not because they were villains just because of convenience and like, time), the plot could've been a little more... intense. And the MC should've punched West in his face and make his ego go South real fast. With Hades, if you will. Ooo! How about you eliminate the whole romance??? See, that is a very nice idea.
I would recommend this to people who have obviously read book one and know where the deepest end of the pond is (at this point, I'm throwing random water related things out there. I'm so sorry), to readers who want a strong female character and a love interest that is swoony once in a while. Oh! And those other two characters I didn't mention back there? You should just read it for them. And the ship related puns. Those are a definite must.
*shuts down camera*
Oh crap, GUYS I DON'T THINK I RECORDED ALL THAT.
( I have actually been practicing my growl because somehow, all these characters know how to growl. I want to growl tooooo)
P.S: Please ignore those last few sentences. 3:00 am self took the reins again.