Well, I achieved the unexpected people. I finished this book in a few days. I am quite impressed with myself. However, I managed to achieve nothing else so… I suppose that evens out my slow reading abilities.
Fable is the main character, abandoned on a island of cut throat thieves and desperate starving people, trying to find a family. Her mother dies at sea. Her father survives and abandons her the day after the event with the promise that he will give her what is owed to her if she, one survives, and two keeps a secret. The secret being that no one knows she is his daughter.
While surviving on this island, not on purpose, but she ends up in trouble and has to seek the aid of a trader that she has been trading with for two years. Reluctantly, he agrees to get her off the island and this is where the main adventure of her life truly begins.
Er, what can I say. I loved it. I really loved it. I loved the characters, I loved the world, I loved the relationships. I loved it. I actually didn’t put it down. I got so fed up with work that I broke my rule of reading between calls. (More because I am struggling emotionally to cope with them, but that is another issue) And let’s just say I got really frustrated when I was interrupted by the calls. Every time I put this book down I ached to pick it back up again. I was reading until 4:30am after work last night I was enjoying it that much. I finished it this afternoon just before work and let me just say I am going to die. I am going to die. It is killing me that it is a cliff hanger and the second book does not come out until March 2021… that is not soon!
I did find a couple of typos in there. Nothing too serious that you wouldn’t know what was being said and very easy to miss. Other than that everything was perfect and precise. The world was built excellently, and the characters were so fleshed out. I have to disagree with the BookTuber that I posted in my Blood & Honey post. I think all of the characters had back stories, they were all fully fleshed out. I loved West. And the BookTuber’s comment about the romance kind of not being there to being there I think I disagree with as well. Just because from the get go, West shows the signs of a man in love but trying to hide it. The twitchy jaw, the not wanting anyone to hurt her, the over exaggerated rage to get her off his ship while at the same time doing everything in his power to make sure no one hurts her. The signs for a typical YA male love interest was definitely there from the beginning. But I loved it.
I do agree with what the BookTuber said in some aspects. Like feeling like you were actually there with the characters. Struggling on the ship through a storm. Swimming in the open sea. I would also definitely agree that the main character showed strengths and vulnerability rather than just two much of one or the other. What is interesting though is throughout the journey you start to realise that the secrets and lies that these traders lived to keep were what was slowly breaking apart the system of traders.
Helmsmen went through crews like McDonalds goes through staffing members. There was no trust and baring in mind on ships you are practically living with these people. Could you imagine living with someone and never knowing if they are helping you or slowly planning your demise. Whether that be career wise or quite literally life. That would be disgustingly unbearable. However, the crew that the main character joins completely shatters that idea, they honestly know each other’s secrets, the key is that no one outside of the ship knows them. They trust each other and those secrets are known but they aren’t spoken about.
I loved it. I loved it and I really really hope the second one is as good as the first book. I am also preying to the author writing book god out there that the author doesn’t do a Sarah J Maas on me and finds a way to cut off the main love interest and change to someone else that will kill me. I am already in panic that Sarah J Maas is going to do it for the second book of Crescent City so much so that I have threatened to boycott the second book if she dares! I don’t want to have to worry about getting my heart broken in another book series. It’ll be too much and I just might not recover.
There was another small thing I noticed that I had to question. I completely understand needing to know the backstory of the characters as it is what builds them. And it is only a small thing that I would have done differently. I wouldn’t have repeated the main characters backstory as often as the author had. It didn’t take away from the story, I still loved it, just there was a point in which I was sat there reading thinking… we know this already… But that is it. It was brilliant.
I would recommend reading it!
What I am Reading next?
After not really much thought if I am honest. I have decided to read a book a got quite a while ago. I say a while ago. It was a couple of months ago, and the book was only recently released this year. But it has been sitting on my bookcase since I bought it is what I mean.
Seasons of the Storm by Elle Cosimano. I bought this book because as you all already know I am a sucker for romance. And given that the back of this book literally states that it is about a forbidden love. I bought it. I hadn’t heard anything about it. I found it browsing through book websites, and this came up as a recommended for me based on previous purchases, so I had no idea what this was until I read the blurb.
One cold, crisp night, Jack Sommers was faced with that choice – live forever according to the ancient, magical rules of Gaia or die. Jack chose to live, and in exchange, he became a Winter. Like the other seasons, Jack must hunt and kill the one before him. Gaia’s rules are pretty straightforward. Winter kills Autumn. Autumn kills Summer. Summer kills Spring. Spring kills Winter.
But when Jack and Fleur – Winter and Spring – fall for each other against all odds, the true brutality of their eternal lives becomes all too personal and all too painful. And Fleur is on the brink of being Purged forever. Unless they can come up with a plan to stop the cycle.
Cutting that off early.
OK, that blurb was long. And honestly unnecessary. The blurb has already said what it needed to in those two sections so I won’t bother typing out the rest. I have high hopes, this sounds like my cup of tea. I haven’t picked up a YouTube video review this time just because they seemed very negative about it, and they literally went straight into the negatives of this and I don’t want to be put off before I even begin. Or put any of you off before I write about it. So, I am thinking maybe this time we will go off just me this time.
Thank you so much for reading. Write again soon! Bye!