Thursday, September 15, 2011

Fateful by: Claudia Gray

 Synopsis: 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.

Thoughts:  Historical, stunning, and imaginative. Claudia Gray took a historical event and created a beautiful, thrilling story with werewolves, romance, and a tragedy. 

In April 1912, Tess is a servant to the Lisle family. The Lisle family has decided to voyage to the United States aboard the RMS Titanic, and upon arriving to the US, Tess believes she'll finally be able to gain some freedom. She never expects along the journey for fall for the handsome and rich Alec Marlowe. But Alec has a secret of his own, he's a werewolf cursed to changed every single night. For Tess and Alec that isn't their only problem. They're also being hunted by Mikhail, an extremely powerful werewolf. Being hunted, class-separated, and on a doomed ship these two must trust fate to guide them to what they deserve.

I have to admit, I was a little skeptical about reading this one. Not because I thought I wouldn't enjoy it, but because (don't kill me...) I never really got into the whole "Titanic" event. I am SO, so glad I read it as soon as I did, because I absolutely adored this book. In my opinion, I don't think Claudia Gray could have made Fateful any better... it was brilliantly done. The writing was absolutely beautiful and perfectly written for the time period. The character were all perfectly developed and each had a role to play. And in regards to the Titanic, it was part of the story but it was left in the background... which I also thought was perfectly done! The story revolves around Tess and not the ship, and I couldn't have loved it any more.

Tess is such a brave and admirable character. Yes, she is a servant and she knows her place, yet she does what she has to for herself and the people she cares about. She has a wise head on her shoulders, and is a protagonist you are sure to love. With the characters, I have to give a quick shout out to Irene. I loved Irene and her role in Fateful. I loved how she was the reserved girl, but could certainly stand up for herself and hold her ground. Finally, Alec. Oh Alec... with your chestnut waves, broad shoulders, and gold-green eyes... can I have you? Alec is the all-around perfect boy to fall for. He's wealthy, but is modest about it. He has the perfect father. And, Alec is so self-sacrificing and caring. I loved Alec so much, 100% one of my new favorite fictional boys.

I am a huge fan of Claudia Gray's Evernight Series and Fateful in no way let me down. Honestly, I was not expecting it to have the ending it had but, I was so dang happy with it. With it's exquisite writing, flawless characters, and a brilliant story line, Fateful is not a book you want to miss! Five stars out of Five!

*Side note! - I posted two covers of Fateful because the one I read has the first cover, the dark one with Tess facing the moon but, I am IN LOVE with the second one. The Fateful with Tess in the red dress standing on the boat, with her blonde hair whipping around and the moon and iceberg in the background is just STUNNING and perfect.

- 5 out of 5 stars -


  1. Hehe you had trepidations because of the Titanic part and I had them because of werewolves. I'm so happy we both read it! Great review Jena!

  2. Awesome review!! (: I have this book on it's way to my house right now and am going to the Smart Chick Tour book signing that Claudia will be at in a few weeks! Cant wait to read this one! (:

    Haley from

  3. Eeeee, I'm reading this now and loving it!! I've always been really interested in Titanic. The movie has me in tears EVERY.DAMN.TIME, I did so many resarch projects on Titanic during school. And come on, Leonardo DiCaprio in his Titanic days? SWOON. I had a major crush (but it was love. Reciprocated love).

    Anyway, so happy you love this and that I can expect more awesomenes as I read on! I haven't read the Evernight series yet, but methinks I better. Fantastic review!

  4. I've been avoiding this one because of the Titanic part too. That didn't really interest me. I'm happy to hear its good though, I'd werewolves every now and again. I still haven't finished the Evernight series though. That seems to happen with me, I read book 1 in a series, buy all of the rest and just let them sit on my shelf. Anyway, thanks for the review, I'll check this out.

  5. Awesome review. I LOVED this book and it actually surprised me. I wasn't a fan of the Evernight series and I was ready to give up . . . but the author really nailed the awesomeness of Fateful.


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