Saturday, January 14, 2012

Review: Fateful by Claudia Gray

Title: Fateful
Author: Claudia Gray
Published: September 13th 2011 by HarperTeen (first published January 1st 2011)

Book Description:

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.

My Thoughts:

The unsinkable ship sails its last journey
         But will their love also go down with it?

    This is the first book I’ve read where the setting is in the famous Titanic and I have to say that I’m really impressed with how Claudia Gray was able to come up with this story and add “Paranormal Romance” to the plot. I think it’s pure genius!
    I really love Tess. She’s strong, determined, and will do her best for what is right. I enjoyed reading about Tess and Alec. The romance between them was perfect and real. The way their relationship grew was carefully written and it’s not like some of the novels I’ve read where girl meets this hot, gorgeous guy and instantly falls for him. Not Tess. She’s always cautious about what might be the outcome of her actions, and I liked her for that, especially her boldness to take risks and fight for what she thinks is right.
    Fateful was wonderfully written, enchanting and a page turner. I definitely enjoyed reading about the lives of high and low social classes aboard the Titanic, and it took me back to those times where I watched the movie over and over again.
    Fans of Historical Paranormal Romance, and the Titanic will surely enjoy Fateful.

I give this book four whales.

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