Friday, September 30, 2011

Review #23: Fateful by Claudia Gray

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  • Pub. Date: September 2011

  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

  • Format: Hardcover , 336pp

    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.

    My Thoughts/Review
         This book was so fantastic. I am so glad that I bought it on its release day and read it right away. This book is set on and in one of my all time favorite historical moments, on the Titanic. It follows a maid named Tess who wants to escape and quit the family she works for once the Titanic docks in New York City. Now, we all know what happens on the Titanic but what makes this book even more awesome is the paranormal aspects that Claudia Gray adds to this book. I loved all of the characters she created and her writing style is so easy to read. Tess and Alec are such great characters that you can't help but love them and feel for them from the beginning.
         This book literally had me on the edge of my seat. It was so suspenseful I didn't know what would happen next. It felt like darkness was lurking around every corner and I didn't know what would pop out at me next. At times it actually made me forget what I already new was going to happen and had me hoping that the outcome would be happily ever after. Even though I kept thinking there is no way Tess and Alec could survive the sinking of the Titanic, I still held hope.
         The background stories and all the details were really written fantastically. This book made me really invested in Tess Davies life. I loved all of the little shocking moments in the book. When you discover all the details and backstories of the characters and how it all goes down in the end. The one complaint I did have about this book is that the actual sinking of the Titanic was a little rushed. You spend the whole book leading up to this moment, putting extra detail into the story of Tess Davies and then rush through the actual sinking. I really just wanted a little bit more incorporation of the ship going down into the story.
          I really loved the ending of the this book. It leaves off on where you aren't disappointed in the end and you should be at peace with what happens but leaves you wanting more. I really really hope that a sequel will be made of this book telling what happens after. I feel so invested in these characters that I really want a whole other book. Here's hoping. =]

    Overall I give this book...

    5 out of 5 Stars

    I definitely suggest this book to anyone who loves young adult literature and paranormal books. If you liked my review or even the synopsis, you should definitely pick up a copy. This book is so worth the read, especailly if you like anything that has to do with the Titanic or Werewolves. It was such an awesome read. =]

    Links to check it out/Buy:
    Barnes and Noble

    Till next time,

    Thanks for visiting and Happy Reading

    Michael/Bookshelf Reviewer


    1. This sounds amazing! I love Claudia Gray and cannot wait to read this!!

      Great review!

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    2. This sounds incredible and I can't wait to get this book. I've always been interested in the Titanic, so this is perfect!

    3. I really loved the ending of the this book. It leaves off on where you aren't disappointed in the end and you should be at peace with what happens but leaves you wanting more. small business web design