Review: Namesake by Adrienne Young

Namesake (Fable, #2)

Title: Namesake

Author: Adrienne Young

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Published: March 16, 2021

Pages: 368

Format: Netgalley e-arc. Thanks, Wednesday Books


I was sooooo excited to get my hands on a copy of this when it was a “Read Now.” I loved Fable and got it the same way last year. These covers are so gorgeous too.. wow!

Anyways, into the book now…

Saint was a bastard, but he was mine. He belonged to me.

I had a harder time getting sucked into the story with this one. It was still great and I enjoyed my time with it but it was a bit slower-paced in the beginning. We do start just where Fable left off and we don’t get recaps. I feel like there was a lot of set up and then the last 50% of the book was like BOOM! I’m a little bummed about some of the things that happened with the set-up. I wanted a little more from the characters and I’m not going to talk about this anymore because it would be major spoilers.

Fable is still just as amazing as she was in the first one. She’s not without her faults, being a bit impulsive, without regard to others. I love that she gets called out on it and she learns from it. I liked that she figured out who she was and what she stands for. We get her delving into the relationship with her father and I rather enjoyed that part of the book. Parents are with us always and it’s so hard to just let them go. They are hard not to love, even if they have a million faults. I do think I wanted a little bit more of an explanation for what happens but I’m okay with what I got. I know, this kind of confusing.

I do like all the trickery behind the scenes. We are kept in the dark, for the most part, to have some surprises at the end and I liked that. I am sure I could have figured it all out but I was enjoying my time with it and not trying to think ahead. There’s a lot of backstabbing and people doing their own thing to keep you guessing.

Besides the flow being a bit slower in the beginning, I missed a lot of our supporting characters from book 1. If you read Fable then it’s not a spoiler but she’s separated from her crew in this book. I love that crew and wish we got so much more of them.

It would be amazing to have a spin-off series bout Isolde. She sounded awesome and I wish we could get more of her story! Please, please make a spin-off!! haha.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one. It’s such a great adventure and full of pirate fun. I didn’t love it as much as the first one but I definitely loved the conclusion to this duology. I highly recommend picking this one up!!


10 thoughts on “Review: Namesake by Adrienne Young

  1. Happy to see you enjoyed it! I didn’t get that ‘Read Now’ offer so I’ll be picking it up after it’s published. I’m trying to decide if I should reread Fable before I read Namesake… I remember most of it, but I have forgotten a few things. Maybe I’ll just hunt down a detailed synopsis. πŸ˜‰

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