Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Review: Fateful by Claudia Gray

Fateful by Claudia Gray
Release Date: March 29, 2012 
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers 
Source: Library 
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 love all things that have to do with the Titanic. The story and the heartbreaking ending and the possibility of what could have been. It’s one of the saddest and most intriguing parts of history and I will devour any fiction book that deals with this subject. Perhaps that is why I was so interested in Fateful. The unexpected twist that Claudia Gray weaved into Fateful made me even more fascinated by it. Werewolves on the Titanic! How cool does that sound?

Y’all, Fateful is a book full of mystery and danger and romance and drama, which are the basic ingredients to an awesome story. From the moment the book beings, there is some sort of danger or a feeling in the air of danger. Tess is never really safe and is constantly looking over her shoulder. Though she is scared, she’s fierce too. She doesn’t want to die; she wants a life in America. Fateful was an engrossing roller coaster ride. Just when it seems that danger has been averted, it will sneak up on you. Plus, where can you go in the middle of the ocean? There’s minimal background for the cast of characters and it’s not an overload of info, which is good. The plot is fast paced and even though it’s a stand alone, the ending was a bit too pitch perfect for me. Oh well. Might as well enjoy it!

Tess was my kind of girl: not a damsel in distress but willing to ask for help when she knows she can’t handle what’s happening around it. I mean, not only is she a servant, she’s got some wacko guy after her! I’d be scared too. I liked Alec a lot too. He was sweet but not a wuss and he really did care for Tess. Plus, he didn’t mind hanging out with a girl who was below his social standing!

I loved the inclusion of the story of the Titanic. It really put a somber mood to the whole book and kind of gave it an eerie feel. Plus, you know the ending to the story. You know what’s going to happen. But even then, you don’t want it to. Your heart breaks when the accident happen and everything you know about the Titanic makes that aspect of the story break you heart.

But all that said, I did have an issue. Emotions. When it comes to a book like this, I wanted a lot of emotions. I just didn't feel that this book had that. There should have been plenty of emotions: sadness, fear, happiness. It was, for me, not there. It was as if she was scared about something but...it was just on paper. I was simply reading it and not feeling it. Even when all the chaos of the sinking was going on, I felt nothing. I've seen my fair share of Titanic movies and gone to exhibitions so I knew how harrowing it all would have been. I just didn't get that from Fateful.

Overall, I really enjoyed Fateful. I haven’t read anything else by Claudia Gray but I plan on it! Her writing was wonderful; she had that British/1912 lingo going on but it wasn’t completely heavy and unrealistic. The ending made me smile like a goofball and the events leading up to it made me stay up late at night.
Cover Comments: 
I'm actually a bigger fan of this cover than the paperback cover. It's shiny in real life but it does have that eerie feel to it, don't you think? 
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