Adventures on the High Seas and Pirate Politics... ARC Review: Fable

Tuesday, 11 August 2020
Author: Adrienne Young
Edition: St Martin's Press Netgalley e-ARC
Releasing: 1st September 2020
Series: Fable #1 (Duology)
Pages: 368 approx.

**Huge thank you to the publisher for providing me with an e-ARC (Netgalley) of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

As the daughter of the most powerful trader in the Narrows, the sea is the only home seventeen-year-old Fable 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 no one and rely on the unique skills her mother taught her. The only thing that keeps her going is the goal of getting off the island, finding her father and demanding her rightful place beside him and his crew. To do so Fable enlists the help of a young trader named West to get her off the island and across the Narrows to her father.

But her father’s rivalries and the dangers of his trading enterprise have only multiplied since she last saw him and Fable soon finds that West isn't who he seems. Together, they will have to survive more than the treacherous storms that haunt the Narrows if they're going to stay alive.

Welcome to a world made dangerous by the sea and by those who wish to profit from it. Where a young girl must find her place and her family while trying to survive in a world built for men.

I adored this book. I should start this review by saying I'm pretty obsessed with the sea and pirate-esque stories. I don't know where this obsession comes from but ever since I was little, I've just loved the water. One of my favourite memories is from when I was on holiday and I was just swimming and floating about in crystal blue water so clear, I could see all the way down to the white sand below on the sea floor (we were out at sea on a boat trip for the day). I just loved the feeling of how boundless the sea felt around me, water stretching out below and away on either side of me. So pretty much from Fable's first dive, this book hooked me in. 

A YA Fantasy Book Recommendation for Every Colour of the Rainbow!

Thursday, 23 July 2020

So I thought I'd do a fun wee post today - I'm going to recommend a book for every colour of the rainbow! I thought this would be a fun wee take on a recommendations post and who doesn't love adding even *more* books to their ever-growing TBRs?!? I'm also going to try and include as many underrated picks as I can. Before I get on to the post, I'd also just like to say: book bloggers, I see you, I appreciate you and you work so hard and deserve all the recognition in the world. Now, on to the post...

#WWW Wednesdays | 15/07/20

Wednesday, 15 July 2020

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly blogging meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words, where we discuss The Three Ws: 
  • What are you currently reading? 
  • What did you recently finish reading? 
  • What do you think you'll read next?

This is my first post for WWW Wednesdays so I'm pretty excited. It has been a looong time since I've taken part in any bookish blog memes and I've missed it! On to my Three Ws for this week!

A Lethal Warrior and a Spy Willing to Risk it All... Book Review: An Ember in the Ashes

Monday, 13 July 2020
Sabaa Tahir
Edition: HarperVoyager e-Book
Released: 4th June 2015
Series: An Ember in the Ashes #1
Pages: 465 approx.

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

An Ember in the Ashes has been skirting around in my periphery for a very loong time. I'm not sure why I put it off or didn't think to pick it up earlier. I knew a lot of people had read and loved it and I knew it sounded exactly like my kind of book. But for whatever reason, I just never found myself picking it up. Maybe the hype just made me a bit nervous. However, this all changed when I retweeted a tweet about needing to finally get on to reading it a couple weeks ago and my lovely friend, Finn, suggested a buddy read. And if it hadn't been for Finn finally giving me the nudge I so desperately needed, well I wouldn't have discovered a new favourite.

Info Dump Bookish Tag

Monday, 6 July 2020

Hey guys, the queen of finding book tags in which she has not been tagged (but is adamant she is doing  anyway *ahem*) is back! Are we shocked?? Hell no. Whenever I'm struggling to find the inspiration for blog posts, I always tend to try find a fun book tag. I came across this one, created by Books and Chocoholic. It looked like soo much fun and focuses on our individual reading habits. I always love finding out how everyone reads and what some of their favourite bookish things are so... if you'd like to find out how many books I read in a month, favourite romance tropes, the kinds of character archetypes I gravitate towards amongst other fun, bookish things (plus who I'm tagging), read on!

A Big Book Haul

Saturday, 27 June 2020

Okay, so I bought myself a lot of good books the last few weeks and I couldn't not write a post spotlighting them because I am SOO EXCITED!! So here we go...

Author Interview with Nia Lucas!

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Hey guys, today on the blog I have a great interview with author, Nia Lucas. In this interview, we get to find out more about Nia and her latest book, Choices Shape, Losses Break, as well as discuss her writing process, her favourite fictional world, what she wishes there was more and less of in the Young Adult genre and much more. Read on for the interview!