Thursday, January 19, 2012

Review: Fateful by Claudia Gray

Summary/Cover Image from Publisher's Website:
Eighteen-year-old maid Tess Davies is determined to escape the wealthy, troubled family she serves. It’s 1912, and Tess has been trapped in the employ of the Lisles for years, amid painful memories and twisted secrets. But now the Lisle family is headed to America, with Tess in tow. Once the ship they’re sailing on—the RMS Titanic—reaches its destination, Tess plans to strike out and create a new life for herself.

Her single-minded focus shatters when she meets Alec, a handsome first-class passenger who captivates her instantly. But Alec has secrets of his own. He’s in a hurry to leave Europe, and whispers aboard the ship say it’s because of the tragic end of his last affair with the French actress who died so gruesomely and so mysteriously. . . .

Soon Tess will learn just how dark Alec’s past truly is. The danger they face is no ordinary enemy: werewolves exist and are stalking him—and now her, too. Her growing love for Alec will put Tess in mortal peril, and fate will do the same before their journey on the Titanic is over.

In Fateful, New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray delivers paranormal adventure, dark suspense, and alluring romance set against the opulent backdrop of the Titanic’s first—and last—voyage.

I'm a sucker for anything Titanic related. I've seen the Titanic movie a least a dozen times (Who else can't wait for it to be released in 3D this spring?!), and every time I see a book about, I always give it a try, so it's no surprise that I read Fateful. What the surprise was, though, was just how much I enjoyed it. It was romantic, suspenseful, and well presented.

Fateful begins the story of Tess Davies, a girl who is planning to escape the controlling and demanding family she works for once they set foot off the Titanic and into New York. What she wasn't planning for, though, was catching the eye of Alec, a mysterious and handsome wealthy man, as well as Mikhail, a older gentlemen who seems to wanting not but death for Tess. Tess doesn't know what's inspired any of this, but as the clock ticks down and she begins to fall in love with Alec as well as fall into the dangerous path of Mikhail, secrets begin to reveal themselves...secrets that are even more deadly and disturbing than she could have ever imagined! What will happen next? Only more pages can tell in this great new addition to Titanic lit!

One of my favorite parts of this book was without a doubt the setting! I adored all the descriptions Claudia Gray used to bring the story to life, and I especially enjoyed how she altered some facts and events to make it even more fun and original.

I also really enjoyed the characters! Tess was someone I could automatically sympathizes with, because not only was the family she worked for truly horrible and demanding (save for Ned and Irene), but also her past wasn't the most pleasant thing out there. There wasn't a moment where I wasn't rooting for her to stand up for herself and get out of that toxic environment. What I loved most about her character, though, was how she truly found herself on the ship, even if it wasn't under the most usual circumstances. At the beginning, Tess was a bit weak and nimble, but by the end, she certainly wasn't someone you wanted to mess with. Alec was another great addition, and even though I sometimes wondered whether if he was a good or bad guy, I more than once found him to be a pretty great guy, especially when Tess was involved. Also, the bad guys in this one were great in the way that they were drop dead evil. From Mikhail and the family for which Tess worked for, all presented were pretty darn scary to say the least!

Lastly, I felt the plot and writing in this was decent as well! I have to admit that for the most part I saw where this one was going to end from the beginning but even with that, it still managed to surprises me occasionally. I also enjoyed the paranormal addition to this one. I felt like it was presented in an interesting way and it truly did work with the characters and such.

Romantic, fun, and suspenseful, Fateful by Claudia Gray is a great addition to Historical Paranormal. I can't wait to see what's up next for Claudia, especially if it's a sequel to this one!

Grade: A-

Fateful (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads) is now out!

Source: Publisher- thanks HarperTeen! 


  1. I am really looking forward to reading this one! Great review :)

  2. This sounds good. I do love books set on the Titanic.

  3. This was a great review. Gray always made the best descriptions in the Evernight series.


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