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Namesake, by Adrienne Young

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erinpatreiss's review against another edition

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adventurous dark emotional hopeful inspiring tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

Namesake picked up immediately to follow through with the cliffhanger from Fable. The Fable is separated from her crew and forced to revert back to surviving on her wits with danger where ever she is. 

The second book focused less on the love story, because it was already established and flushed out, and more on Fable’s other relationships and the grief of losing her mother, which I found very satisfying! I wouldn’t have minded a little more getting to know you between Fable and West. Some more intimate dialogue between them… but I understand why it wasn’t done.

I feel like I wish that there had been more of a show of the relationships between Fable and her found family/crew mates. So many crew member characteristics were well founded in Fable, their histories explored in Namesake, but not as fully as I felt they could have been. The bond of their crew seemed to extend to Fable more by default of West than earning the individual friendships. It would have added depth. But I still enjoyed learning about a little of the crew’s histories. 

I think the least purposeful character was Holland. Her character seemed like a place filler. I wanted to see her deviousness and cutthroat business. I understand how Priest rose to the top, but Holland’s rise was less explored and more implied. She seemed like a petty old woman, easily pushed aside. I wanted more evil mastermind to explain why things played out the way they did. 

But I loved it all the same. I didn’t want to leave this world and was so excited to see that there was a stand-alone out there and The prequel, Priest, out in November of 2022!

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andromeda_1998's review against another edition

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adventurous tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

5.0

Like I loved fable, I love namesake. I’m not sure why but this series means the world to me. It has action, adventure and the seas in one book and well I’m here for it!

Characters
Fable is a girl that knows what she wants. The sea is in her blood and she needs the freedom it can offer her. She is willing to do everything to get back the kind of life she has before her mother died. The love she feels for the ocean makes you want to travel the seas and I’m kind of sad that we cannot join her on her future adventures.

I liked West more in the first book. He has always been protective but he’s more controlling in the second book.

Writing
The book is fast paced and full of adventure. The writingstyle is light and simple. I really like Adrienne Young’s writing, it makes her books easy and fun to read.

Worldbuilding
Even-though the books are fast paced, the writer still found the time to explain the world and she expanded her world in the second book. There is a lot to discover and I cannot wait to read the last legacy, which is set in the same book as fable and namesake.

Plot 
I really enjoyed that this book focuses more on her mother then her father and it was Interesting to learn more about Isolde’s past. It was a beautiful way to complete the story. 

I will recommend this series wholeheartedly, especially to readers between the ages 14-25. 

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mimccub's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging emotional hopeful mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0


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joricottone's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional hopeful medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25


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laurenjane's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

3.5


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erniedresser's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0


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sfbookgirl's review against another edition

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adventurous dark tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

Cue the Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack. I am obsessed with all things sea, pirates, and ships after reading Fable and Namesake. In case it wasn’t evident, these books go together and are best read back-to-back. The books tell the story of Fable, a seventeen-year-old girl who was dropped off on a mostly deserted island by her father after their family’s ship was destroyed during a storm. Fable wants to find her way back to her father with the hopes of finding a place on his crew. But she has to get there first… 
 
These books are perfect for both young adult and adult readers. While it did take a bit of time for me to familiarize myself with the characters in Fable, I really enjoyed Namesake because it allowed me to spend time with Fable and her crew. The world is corrupt and dangerous, but nothing can stop Fable from achieving her dreams. The duology is perfect for those looking to get a taste of the seas from the comfort of their couch and the chance to explore a new world of trade and secrets.

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kelseyholler's review against another edition

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adventurous medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5


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kenziewol's review against another edition

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adventurous fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes

4.0

“We were salt and sand and sea and the storm. We were made in the Narrows.”

I enjoyed this book even more than the last. I was hooked and kept telling myself just one more chapter — I ended up reading it in one sitting staying up till 3am to do so (I’ll regret this later). I feel like that’s one of the authors strong suits, she know how to keep you wanting to read the next chapter. I loved continuing Fables journey and learning more about her and her family. I love west, last book I still felt unsure but by the end of this one I loved him and their love story. Overall this was just a really enjoyable read for me and I loved the direction the author decided to take it in!

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