Fateful by Claudia Gray

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FatefulTitle: Fateful
Author: Claudia Gray
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Release: September 13, 2011
Pages: 356
Series: None
In Fateful, eighteen-year-old maid Tess Davies is determined to escape the wealthy, overbearing family she works for. Once the ship they’re sailing on reaches the United States, she’ll strike out on her own. Then she meets Alec, a handsome first-class passenger who captivates her instantly. But Alec has secrets....

Soon Tess will learn just how dark Alec’s past truly is. The danger they face is no ordinary enemy: werewolves are real and they’re stalking him—and now Tess, 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.

Featuring the opulent backdrop of the Titanic, Fateful’s publication is poised to coincide with the 100-year anniversary of the ship’s doomed maiden voyage. It is sure to be a hit among Titanic buffs and fans of paranormal romance alike.

I have been on the fence about getting this book for quite some time now. I was hesitant because I worried about how respectfully written the book would be, but when I saw that it was in International Paperback edition at a bookstore, I decided to go for it. I have never read any of Claudia's other books though, so I had no idea what to expect. I found myself quite enjoying the book; I got wrapped up in the time and in the flow of the story, with one key exception: the end. I found the end to be too much wish fulfillment to be anywhere near believable or good for the story. I won't say anymore for the sake of avoiding spoilers, but I was not impressed with the ending at all. As for the characters, they were a little too dramatic at times, especially the family Tessa worked for. I found them often fussing over fairly insignificant things when much bigger and more important things were happening before them. The story kept moving at a fairly good pace, only at the very beginning did it ever feel too slow, but it soon got faster. Even though I knew one of the major events of the book, it did not really take away from the quality, so I give Fateful a 3.5/5 for being a mostly good read with some major flaws.

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  1. Excellent review!
    I kinda felt the same way about Fateful, it just didn't work for me the way I had hoped~

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  2. Great review! You really examined the book. :)

    I read Claudia's Evernight series up until the 3rd book, because her writing style and plots seemed to let you down, even though they could have been amazing. It seems it was the same way for this book.


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  3. Mocha- Thanks! Yeah, it just didn't quite work for me.

    Alexandra- Thanks as well :) I just started Evernight, but I do enjoy it more than Fateful so far.


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