Review: Namesake by Adrienne Young


Rating: ☆☆☆
Title: Namesake
Author: Adrienne Young
Series: Fable #2
Genre: Fantasy
Audience: Young Adult
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Emmy Lysy
Length: 9 hours (363 pages)
Publisher: Wednesday Books; Macmillan Audio
Release Date: March 16, 2021
Source: Library
Content Warnings: kidnapping, death of parent


Trader. Fighter. Survivor.

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 her mother was keeping secrets, and those secrets 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 went with the audiobook for the second book in this duology, and while I once again enjoyed it, overall this series didn’t wow me like I expected it to.

It was nice to learn more about Fable’s mom and her abilities as a gem sage, but the truth about Fable’s heritage was farfetched. West behaved like a completely different person. I didn’t think that all of the plot events were necessary or fit together cohesively.

Once again, Saint stole the show. He is by far the most fascinating character in this duology, and his arc is worth reading.

This had a really sweet and heartfelt ending, but for me, this book relied on too many typical YA tropes.

Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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