- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: HarperTeen; 1st edition (September 13, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062006207
- ISBN-13: 978-0062006202
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,545,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fateful Hardcover – September 13, 2011
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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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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. One set was incredibly realistic - there are some people who are that nasty and elitist - and the other set? Well, that's just the paranormal. Regardless, though, both posed a great threat to Tess that made me believe in the danger inherent to every moment she was on and off board the ship.
The Romance - Because even though it was intense and had some elements of paranormal romance that I don't like--i.e. references to their obvious connection--it still had me sold. I love their deep-seated belief in each other and the way they admired each other's strengths and weaknesses. More importantly, I understood why they ended up together, why they were attracted to each other to begin with. Gray is a master at spinning romance.
Accuracy - I mentioned this in both the protag. and world-building sections, but really it deserves its own section. The details of servitude and Tess's relationship with her employers, with the other passengers, even what happened when the RMS Titantic crashed--everything was vivid and done so well that I feel like Claudia Gray deserves extra props for her research.
The Ending - Was not expecting that to happen... and yet... it was wonderful! I can't say anymore because I don't want to spoil it for you guys... Still, let me just say that Claudia Gray is brilliant! There. :).
The Writing - The attire and dialogue and emphasis on class were all historically accurate not to mention the descriptions of the world as seen through Tess's eyes. In general, the writing was really fluid and evocative of a tragedy just waiting to happen.
the Pacing - The pacing was sort of neither here nor there. At one point, I had to put the book down to go to class, but even when class finished, I wasn't really thinking about it because I hadn't gotten a place that I absolutely needed to read, you know? The pacing seemed constant throughout, and even when the Titantic crashed, I still didn't feel the urgency. Though... I think that may be due to the fact that I already knew that was going to happen...
Thanks for reading my review :). Hope I was helpful.
The story basically tells of Tess, a maid of a rich family who boards the Titanic and drags her with them. Little do they know Tess is planning to leave them as soon as they reach America. Everything should be simple, but it's not once she gets involved with Alec, a werewolf and a son to a rich, American company owner. Soon, she's spiraling into a whole lot of problems (like being targeted and stalked by a creepy Russian werewolf) while juggling feelings for Alec.
Basically, I really liked the concept of this book. It had a fun storyline and most of it was real historical facts and it's an easy way to glance into what the Titanic was like. And Tess was a likable character. She was fun and determined and I liked that. Also, Alec is an AWESOME romantic interest. Hot, check. Caring, check. Thoughtful, double check. He's the dream guy, and he didn't have too much of the jerk-syndrome. If you like sweet romances, this is the book for you.
Now what I didn't like: Even if I liked Alec and Tess, the romance didn't do it for me. Yes, I know I said it was a sweet romance, but it was just that. Nothing more, nothing less. Frankly, I just wanted something a little more. It wasn't a romance that really made my chest ache or make my heart race. And not to mention, there was some serious insta-love going on. And I hate hate hate insta-love. But unlike most authors, Gray didn't immediately make a hot make-out scene shortly after the whole "love at first sight" thing. She let the relationship develop a little. But even so, I still hated the insta-love. Sorry *shrug*. I felt like the romance was almost too, how do I say it, polite. I'm not sure if that's the exact word for it, but that's the first word that comes to mind. But it's understandable since it's a romance that's supposed to develop in like five days. The insta-love's almost excusable. One other thing I didn't like was how repetitive Tess's services to Lady Regina were. Some of those scenes were unnecessary, and in their place there could've been more action or romance. Other than that, I pretty much liked everything else and the storyline.
Conclusion: I'd give it a try. Even if you're an insta-love hater like me, you might like it because it's not a typical insta-love. The history in this book is really good and so is the writing.
Claudia Gray's ability to write fantastic YA books was made clear by the popularity of her Evernight series and continues with Fateful. This fantastic story set aboard the ill fated Titanic is a must read. Fateful is filled with such amazing facts and surprising fiction that I had to keep reading through the night to see what happened next.
Tess Davies is an eighteen year old servant to the Lisle family. While on an errand, Tess meets up with unexpected danger. She is confronted with a black wolf that seems intent on hurting her. The only thing that saves her is a young man who steps between her and the wolf, telling the wolf to leave and strangely it does. Yet before she can thank the young man who saved her, he tells her that she must leave post haste or she will die. Frightened, Tess returns home.
When the Lisle family takes leave to New York aboard the Titanic, Tess again meets the young man. He is Alec Marlowe, heir to the Marlowe steel company, and although she knows nothing can ever happen between them, she can't help by be drawn to him. But Alec has a secret. He is a werewolf, and not the only one on board.
Can Alec be freed from the curse of changing each and every night? Can he escape the Brotherhood; a collection of werewolf thugs? Can the love that Alec and Tess have for each other overcome all the obstacles in their way and finally be together? You'll just have to read the book to get the answers.
Fateful is a fantastically written historical romance with a unique and original twist on the paranormal side. I just loved this book, and I hope that there is a second, third, maybe more. I see a great series potential here.
5 of 5 stars
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