ARC Review: Fable by Adrienne Young

Fable (Fable, #1)
Title: Fable
Author: Adrienne Young
Release Date: September 1, 2020
Pages: 368
Format: E-Galley
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy

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.

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. .
You know when you are eating a good piece of cake and you don't want to finish the last bite because you know nothing will ever be as wonderful as that last bite until you have more next time? That's how I felt while reading Fable by Adrienne Young, I did not want to finish this story at all.

Fable, the main character, is someone who had to adapt to her new surroundings, in four years she learned to survive, trade, and outsmart others, all with a goal of one day having enough coins to secure passage off the island. Things escalate faster than Fable had planned but she doesn't waste any time in getting things done. One of the things that stood out about Fable was her resilience, her mother died and her father left her there; life threw her curveballs and knocked her down but she still kept going.

I enjoy stories about crews so when Fable left the island with West and his crew I was beyond excited to see how the relationship dynamics between them all would be and I was not disappointed. Also have to mention that learning about the side characters and their stories was just as important as Fable's.

Adrienne Young is a pirate, there I said it, she captured the pirate life flawlessy, it never felt forced or fake, it was smooth sailing while I was reading. Fable is her best book so far and definitely my favorite, I couldn't get enough of the characters, the high stakes, and the sea.

Even though, the last page has a cliffhanger, I was left with a huge smile on my face, I really loved this story and hope that this year moves faster so I can get my grabby hands on the sequel, Namesake.

(Thank you Net Galley and Wednesday Books for providing me with an E-Galley)

ARC Review: Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles

Where Dreams Descend (Kingdom of Cards, #1)
Title: Where Dreams Descend
Author: Janella Angeles
Release Date: August 25, 2020
Pages: 464
Format: E-Galley
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy

In a city covered in ice and ruin, a group of magicians face off in a daring game of magical feats to find the next headliner of the Conquering Circus, only to find themselves under the threat of an unseen danger striking behind the scenes. As each act becomes more and more risky and the number of missing magicians piles up, three are forced to reckon with their secrets before the darkness comes for them next. The Star: Kallia, a powerful showgirl out to prove she’s the best no matter the cost The Master: Jack, the enigmatic keeper of the club, and more than one lie told The Magician: Demarco, the brooding judge with a dark past he can no longer hide Where Dreams Descend is the startling and romantic first book in Janella Angeles’ debut Kingdom of Cards fantasy duology where magic is both celebrated and feared, and no heart is left unscathed. .
Where Dreams Descend has to be one of my top 5 books that I read this year. The way Janella Angeles created this mysterious and magical world had me feeling like a kid and believing in magic again.

Although the story has 3 pov's, Kallia is front and center, she is the star and my favorite. I adored Kallia and the relationships she built throughout the story and how she never gave up even with the odds stacked against her. She always stayed trued to herself and never once hid had talented she was, and she was proud of it, as she should be. There are many exciting twist and turns in Where Dreams Descend but my favorite parts have to be Kallia’s practices and her performances; you feel them, as if you were actually there on stage with her and like I said before it’s pure magic.

From start to finish, Where Dreams Descend was a real mystery. All my theories were proven wrong and left me with many unanswered questions that I’m sure will be answered in the sequel.

That ending was super intense and I know the wait for the sequel is going to be torturous but I cannot wait to see how everything unravels. Overall I really enjoyed this story and the characters, thank you Janella Angeles for this spectacular show.

Also Thank you Net Galley and St. Martin's Press for providing me with an advanced e-galley.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books with Single-Word Titles

Top Ten Tuesdays (TTT) is a weekly event now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's TTT is: Books with Single-Word Titles. 
When I saw this theme, I had such a hard time coming up with any books off the top of my head that had one word in the title. But, when I started looking at my shelves, my list overflowed. I've picked five titles that I've read and highly recommend and five titles that I have on my tbr shelf.  

Single-Word Titles that I have read and recommend


Single-Word Titles that on my tbr


On Reading Slumps - Tips And Tricks To Get Out Of A Reading Slump

Hello again!

I think it's safe to say that all of us, as readers, have had at least one reading slump. 
(If you can't relate, tell me your tips and tricks!)
I've had my fair share of them. When I'm in one, I have a handful of things I do to try to break out of the slump. A few of these recently helped me, so I thought I'd share some tips and tricks that I use to help break out of a slump. 

Pick up a book by a favorite author
This could be a re-read or a new/backlist book by a favorite author. 

Get a recommendation just for you
It may be worth talking to a librarian or bookseller or friend to get a recommendation that is tailored to your tastes. Also, talking books is, for me, a good motivator for my reading life. 

Listen to/Watch people talk about books
This could be YouTube (booktube), podcasts, instagram, blogs, anything where people are talking about books. For me, podcasts are the best motivator. I get so excited to pick up a book after listening to people talk about and recommend books. 

Grab a stack of books and read a chapter of each until you don't want to stop reading one
I love this method; it's one of my favorite ones to do. I sit down with a stack of books and read a chapter until I want to keep reading or go back to a book I can't stop thinking about what will come next. Sometimes I have to grab a new stack. Sometimes there's two books pulling at my attention. But it is successful to get me reading. 

Surround yourself with books
If you can, go to a library or bookstore and just browse. Look around. Read some book flaps, read a few first lines. Just let yourself be surrounded by books. When I get the chance to do this, I feel re-centered and in love with books all over again. 

I would love to hear your tip and tricks if you have any!
As always, Happy Reading! 


Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.
We love getting new books and seriously can't wait to dive into them.
How about you? What new books did you get?

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The Unhoneymooners The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy, #1) Michigan vs. the Boys Hush, HushBalance (Off Balance, #1) All These Beautiful Strangers Tell Me Lies
Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know
Oksana, Behave! The Boy and Girl Who Broke the World A Trick of Light (Stan Lee’s Alliances, #1)
Room to Breathe

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Titles with Numbers 1-10 in Them

Top Ten Tuesdays (TTT) is a weekly event now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's TTT is: Book titles with numbers 1-10 in them. 
This was a fun challenge! I started this post by searching all books I've read and I had some blanks, so I dipped into my tbr pile to find the remaining books. 
Books I've read in this list: 
Just One Day - One of my favorite books!
The Book of Three - I read this in school and I loved it. I'm due for a re-read
I am Number Four - I read this years ago and don't remember much but it was entertaining.
Daisy Jones & The Six - Not my fave of Taylor Jenkins Reid but I liked it okay. 
Empress of the Seven Hills - Love this series!
738 Days - Different than what I normally read, but I liked it. 
The Woman in the Cabin 10 - I really liked this book a lot. I love Ruth Ware!

Books that are on my tbr: 
The Two Towers
The Fifth Season
Nine Stories


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