I'm not normally that into YA, but I do make exceptions occasionally, and I'm really glad I did with this series. Both books were enjoyable reads, with a great backstory for the main character, lots of adventure, and of course--pirates! I also really enjoyed how in both books, although there was an element of romance, it was not the entire story. The primary focus was on the relationship between the main character, Fable, and her father, and how the things he'd done impacted her life. It's a story of growth, both for herself, and for their parent/child relationship. In the first book, Fable is alone, trapped on an island with other pirates and must find a way to escape and find her Father, who abandoned her there. In the second book, Fable is a captive and becomes a pawn in a deadly plot. There's also a third book, which I believe is a prequel and her dad's story but I haven't read that one yet.
Here's the blurb for book 1:
For seventeen-year-old Fable, the daughter of the most powerful trader in the Narrows, the sea is the only home she 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.
Here's the blurb for book 2:
With the Marigold ship free of her father, Fable and the rest of the crew were set to start over. That freedom is short-lived when Fable 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.