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Friday, February 3, 2012

Fateful by Claudia Gray

Published September 2011 by HarperTeen
Format: Hardcover
ISBN 9780062006202
325 Pages
Series? Nope
Source: Library
Challenges: 2012

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 am so excited about reading this book. I liked Titanic the first few times that I watched it and I really like werewolves. That fact that they are in the same story but hopefully a different story line is so awesome. Squeee!


Yay, I finished in time for a Friday posting. I almost thought that I would not have read the book in time but not only did I finish reading the book and writing the review but I also finished my homework for English. I just need to print it up but we ran out of black ink when my sister decided to print a butt-load of junk. She always ends up in the classes that want you to print out entire books from the web.

When I first heard about this book I believe Titanic with werewolves was the way that it was described. I liked the Titanic and I really like werewolves. Then I saw it at my local public library and I checked it out. Then I read it.

During the time that I was reading Fateful I saw many similarities to the movie. I was looking for them and I liked how subtle some of the similarities were. On the other hand I also appreciated the ones that hit me over the side of the head.

Tess is an interesting character because she is a servant but she is not new to her job. She knows what she is doing and where she is going. Once Titanic docks in America she is going to take the money that she had saved for the last two years and run with it. She is practical and knows what needs to be done. I liked that about her. She was very different from many YA heroines because while she sometimes does the impractical chose she was able to realize that what she chose was not necessarily the smart thing to do.

Alec was interesting too. I liked him because of the fact that he was the love interest for Tess but I could not really get a very good idea of who he was. He did too much brooding and tries to scare Tess off too much for my liking.

The story while similar to the Titanic is very much different. The werewolf and maid twist give the story something that just works with the story.

I have a dirty mind. I know this because there are so many scenes in the book between Alec and Mikhail that can be misconstrued as homoerotic. I giggled during every scene. How many people have a dirty mind too and which scenes made you laugh the most.

I did not like:

  1. Tess's sister, Daisy. I got the impression that she did what she did on purpose. She was only trying to get to a better station in life and how she did it disgusted me. The plan ended up backfiring on her and I felt that she deserved it for being so conniving. I was not sad about what happened to her later on in the book.
  2. Having the phrase equivalent "woman are weak, worthless, and suck" repeated on every page. Yes, we get it the Brotherhood does not want woman in their stupid club. Not even their own mothers. And my English teacher thought that when a book we were reading called a woman a b**** was the height of sexist.
  3. The self-sacrificing males in the book. I don't care but if I was on the Titanic and the person that I loved was with me and we were both about to die and he refuses a seat because he wants to save someone else: I would have killed him.
  4. How Tess is afraid of Alec at the same time that she gets her crush on him. I don't like it when female likes someone that they fear at the same time. I like for those kind of relationships to grow slowly. The fact that she went from calling him a monster to calling him really sexy and tingle inducing bugged me because it made my number two on this list seem almost correct.

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