Genre- YA (maybe historical fiction, maybe fantasy?)
POV- first person, past tense
Trope- parent/child relationships, sunken treasure, strong heroine
Similar Books/Comps– Fable, The Lost Apothecary
My emotions- super invested
West’s morally gray compass is done super well. The see-saw feelings about Saint are spot on. I loved that the antagonist was a bad ass woman, who mirrored the strong, assertive heroine.
With the Marigold ship free of her father, Fable and its crew were set to start over. That freedom is short-lived when she becomes a pawn in a notorious thug’s scheme. In order to get to her intended destination she must help him to secure a partnership with Holland, a powerful gem trader who is more than she seems.
As Fable descends deeper into a world of betrayal and deception, she learns that the secrets her mother took to her grave are now putting the people Fable cares about in danger. If Fable is going to save them then she must risk everything, including the boy she loves and the home she has finally found.
I liked this sequel a little bit more than the first because the last 100 pages were better in comparison compared to Fable. My favorite part is the vivid world Adrienne has built at sea with the crisp imagery.
What I’d change-
I still wanted a bit more umph/power to the romance but I guess YA can only take it so far.
Page 30- too many character introduced/too many names to track so quickly
Page 80- Clove- you better turn those dead eyes around and be good!
Page 90- how do I feel about Koy? We shall see
Page 95- ooooh I’m glad it was him instead. But who’s working with who? I’m totally in the dark.
Page 114- wish that happened sooner
Page 142- great cliffhanger
Page 255- I KNEW it
Page 330- Booyah, bitch! Deal with that!
Page 339- almost made me cry. So close.