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Fateful by Claudia Gray
356 pages
Published September 13, 2011
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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.


I won't lie. The main reason I read Fateful was for the cover and for 
the werewolf factor. I stuck around because it was an easy read that
was never too boring and I wanted everything to work out for Tess.

I do give it 3 1/2 stars for being interesting. I'll admit, I'm still
not fond of the story taking place on the Titanic. It just seemed 
unnecessary. If the Lisles were really short on money, I just don't
think it'd be senseable to spend 'thousands' of pounds on tickets
for themselves to board Titanic. 
Tess is a servant to the Lisle family, but she serves as a Ladies'
Maid to Irene, the eldest daughter of the family. Right from the get 
go Tess is thrown into the crazy world of the supernatural, sort of, 
she meets her knight in shining armor the day before the board the 
Convenient, huh?

I didn't want to stop reading Fateful and I really don't have a truly
bad thing to say about it- other than in the beginning Tess remarks
several times how she is being 'hunted' which utterly made no sense. 
I couldn't figure out for the life of me what she meant and it lead me
to believe she already knew about werewolves and such. Of course, I 
was wrong.

I can say I immensely enjoyed our tormented Alec. This guy has 
everything going for him and everything against him. His character was
really flaw-free (as was his dad).

I'm not really sure what's holding me back from giving it a higher 
rating. I didn't enjoy it fully, or the bad guy for that matter and
certain scenes seems anti-climatic, but overall I still liked it.

Not sure if I want to add the “recommended” category. If you’re wanting a story with some drama major I-didn’t-expect-that-to-happen drama, supernatural beings, and a little romance, this is for you.