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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062006207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062006202
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #705,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Claudia Gray:“If you like Twilight, this book has even more drama.” (Praise for STARGAZER, Seventeen Magazine)

Once I picked EVERNIGHT up, I couldn’t put it down! I can’t wait for Claudia Gray’s next book!” (L.J. Smith, New York Times bestselling author of the Vampire Diaries)

“Stephenie Meyer fans will find similar rewards in the flashes of humor; the terrifying battle between ancient, supernatural societies; and the steamy romance in which love bites aren’t just a euphemism.” (Praise for the Evernight series, Booklist)

About the Author

Claudia Gray is the pseudonym of New Orleans-based writer Amy Vincent, the author of the New York Times bestselling Evernight series. She has worked as a lawyer, a journalist, a disc jockey, and an extremely poor waitress. Her grandparents' copy of mysteries of the unexplained is probably the genesis of her fascination with most things mysterious and/or inexplicable.


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Claudia Gray has worked as a lawyer, a journalist, a disc jockey, and an extremely poor waitress. Her lifelong interests in old houses, classic movies, vintage style, and history all play a part in creating the world of Evernight.

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Just like the Titanic movie, this book made me cry.
Vintage Bookworm
Fateful is a wonderful story for fans of historical fiction, romance, paranormal, and beautiful covers.
AboutToRead
I loved Tess - she was a super strong female main character, and just was awesome!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Christina Reads YA on September 17, 2011
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Wonderful. This is by far Claudia's Gray's best work yet. I hope you guys give it a shot.

Tess, the protagonist - Practical, smart, fiery, determined, strong. A great perspective to read. I LOVED that she was a servant--not that I enjoyed seeing her be treated badly or anything but just how often do you read a story from that kind of perspective? Historical romance & history itself are often written from the perspective of the victor, the rich, etc. etc. It was incredibly refreshing to have that other take on the story and one that was so heart-breaking. You'll really empathize with Tess. Plus, her reactions were always realistic, which is a nice touch for a paranormal world.

World-building - More than just one world to build -- Gray had to establish both the paranormal world and the historical world, and on both counts, she succeeded. I never once doubted that Tess was on the Titanic; Gray adds a lot of details that make the ship seem like an authentic setting. I also enjoyed her werewolf world. I want to know more about the Brotherhood--how did wolves become this way? I think there was a mention of it but I want more and I want to know how such... misogynistic opinions came to exist.

Relationships - Every relationship felt complex and well-developed .... LOVED MYRIAM. Ahem, and that's not just 'cause she's Lebanese ;p. It's mostly because the friendship between Tess and Myriam became authentic after only a few days... In general, I loved how Gray used all the pasts between the characters to form these dynamic situations layered with such incredible tension.

The Villains - Just as in her Evernight series, Gray has created two sets of villains.. a couple close to Tess and one newly met.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By J.J. Macken on September 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I think I would give Fateful by Claudia gray 3.5 stars, because while I didn't really *like* it, it was eminently readable.

Fateful centres around a seventeen year old british ladies maid who works for a cruel family from the peerage who boards the Titanic with every intention of ditching her terrible job for a new life in the new world. Onboard Tess meets Alec, a devastatingly handsome young millionaire from America whom she is utterly bowled over by, even though she is very aware that Alec hides a terrible secret.

On the plus side, the details about the Titanic and life for a ladies made in the early twentieth century were facinating and well done. Only a few times did the author slip up, memorably referring to one character indulging in a "pint of gin". That's like half a litre of spirits, he would die of alcohol poisoning half way through drinking his "pint". I think claudia Gray is a pretty good writer, easilly read but not amature in her prose... plus the present tense narration was new and well done.

Yeah, I just found large elements of Fateful to be formulaic and boring, werewolves are such a huge thing in fantasy at the moment, I didn't think it needed to be drawn out for so long just what Alec and his nemisis Mikhail are. Readers can tell pretty much instantly what's going on and I hate waiting for the protagonist to catch up.

This novel felt very much like a traditional romance just written for teens, so sans sex. It's a stand alone, which is a rarity in YA these days, and lends the book some cache. But I dunno, there wasn't enough time and buildup in Alec and Tess's relationship. They are in love really quickly and I wasn't really at all invested in their love.
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Format: Hardcover
I saw James Cameron's Titanic in the theaters at least two or three times, and after reading Claudia Gay's FATEFUL, I kind of feel like I've just watched it again. There's the first-class passenger aboard the ill-fated ship who falls for the third-class passenger, the girl being forced into an unwanted marriage, even a necklace. The big different between the two is that Leonardo DiCaprio never turned into a werewolf in the movie.

There are oodles of little historical details that bring this story to life. Titanic history buffs will no doubt pick up on more than I did, but it was clear that Gray did her research. And not just about the ship. The circumstances, mistreatment, and attitude towards servants was all captured in unflattering detail. I did have a few issues with what I considered to be more modern sensibilities with some of the characters, especially the female's attitude towards sex, but apart from that, everything felt very authentic to the early twentieth century.

The one big liberty that Gray took was with the werewolves. I don't believe they were on the original passenger's list, but their addition made this already infamous story all the more exciting and harrowing. It's not enough to read about the freezing cold water flooding the ship and learn that there aren't enough lifeboats, poor Tess has to go through all that with a werewolf after her. There are some interesting tweaks on the werewolf mythology too, but nothing too drastic.

Mostly FATED is a love story set against the back drop of one of America's greatest tragedies. Werewolves aside, there are perhaps a few too many similarities between this story and the movie for it to feel as fresh as it could have, but the writing is subtle but captivating, and the romance believable.
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