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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Review: Fateful by Claudia Gray

Fateful by Claudia Gray
Publication Date: September 13th, 2011
Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books
Page Count: 356
Format: ARC copy
Source: Received through giveaway from Read It, See It
It's about a servant girl named Tess in 1912, who wants to escape from the house where she works, and most particularly the lecherous young lord of the manor. But that's not her biggest problem. While on a voyage to America, where she plans to escape and start a new life, she meets Alec, who's ruggedly handsome, fabulously wealthy, intelligent and yet so clearly troubled that she'd rather not fall for him, but she does. That also is not her biggest problem. Alec, it turns out, is a werewolf ... one cursed to change every night, unless and until he surrenders his independence and joins the Brotherhood, a pack of violently misogynistic werewolves who have been tracking him for months. You'd think that would be their biggest problem, wouldn't you?

But no. Their biggest problem -- though they don't know it yet -- is that they're aboard the RMS Titanic.

So I finished Fateful a couple days ago, but I've been putting of writing a review because I honestly don't know what to say. I LOVED this book. Way more than the Evernight series. I just... I don't even know. I don't think I've come across a book in a really long time that's touched me like this one, and I honestly don't know why. I think it's mostly to do with the romance and the fact that it's set on the Titanic. Coming in to this book, I set myself up for it to be a tragedy, hoping I would find some happiness in it. I did :) But I also found a lot of tears.

I don't cry very often when I read books, it's a genetic defect or something. I bawled like a baby when I read Fateful. And I didn't just have wet eyes. This was major, sobbing, nose running, loud noise crying. My mom eventually came in my room and had to ask if I was okay. It was that bad. But the story was so good.

I absolutely loved Tess. She's so practical and brave, but she spends the novel really finding herself. She's also pretty funny. And Alec is fabulous.. he's just so.. wolfish. He's pretty much the epitome of alpha male. If you've seen some of my future posts you know I love a good alpha ;) Their romance was absolutely remarkable. I honestly didn't know if they were going to work out or not. Not until the last 5 pages or so did I really get my answer. Gray kept me on the edge of my seat up until the very last word.

The setting is also really fabulous, I mean, a werewolf romance on the Titanic?! How awesome?! I have never read anything else set amongst the Titanic, but I loved the movie. And I loved this story's setting. I was so heartbroken for Tess, living as a lowly servant with no fireplace in the winter, working for such a wretched woman. However, the contrast between upper and lower class really stood out. While the Lisle family had money and power, they were all miserable, but Tess enjoyed herself and Alec enjoyed being with the third class passengers much more.

We all know how it should end, so no spoilers there. The Titanic sinks, but who lives and who dies is a real surprise :) I want anyone and everyone to read this book! It's absolutely wonderful! If I ever get the chance to meet Miss Gray in person I will hug her for writing this book! It's absolutely fantastic for laughs, cries, romance, paranormal, everything! Add it to your TBR list :)


  1. Great review! I'm not that into werewolves anymore, but I love the Titanic and its history, so I might pick this up at some point.

  2. This is great, because I REALLY want to read this book!!!!!! I am so glad it's getting great reviews!

  3. Thanks for the review! Adding to my TBR list.

  4. I loved this book! Glad you enjoyed it.

  5. There aren't enough books about the Titanic. I'm interested in this just because of that. But the werewolf angle sounds great.

  6. Oh I loved the Titanic movie too! Must have watched it a million times. I have this on my TBR list and it sounds really good. I love the unique werewolf setting. I'll be getting to it soon. Great review!

    Xpresso Reads

  7. Well I know you loved it, but since you don't normally cry and you did during this makes me shy away. I cry over books all the time and then I get all stuffed up and red in the face...ugh! Otherwise the story sounds great, maybe I will have to read it in snippets so I can control it better. :)

  8. I've been hearing a lot about this book. Initially I wasn't too interested, but with all the rave reviews I'm really curious. I've added it to my wishlist.

  9. I've been wanting to read this book for a while, but think I'm going to have to get round to it ASAP.
    Great review.

  10. Yes, this book made me bawl like a baby, but it was SO GOOD! Don't let that stop you! Even if you have to read it locked in your room over the weekend so no one sees you! Please!


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