Book Review: Fateful by Claudia Gray

 Book Review: Fateful by Claudia Gray

Published: 9/13/2011 by Harper Collins Children’s Books
From Goodreads:
It’s about a servant girl named Tess in 1912, who wants to escape from the house where she works, and most particularly the lecherous young lord of the manor. But that’s not her biggest problem. While on a voyage to America, where she plans to escape and start a new life, she meets Alec, who’s ruggedly handsome, fabulously wealthy, intelligent and yet so clearly troubled that she’d rather not fall for him, but she does. That also is not her biggest problem. Alec, it turns out, is a werewolf … one cursed to change every night, unless and until he surrenders his independence and joins the Brotherhood, a pack of violently misogynistic werewolves who have been tracking him for months. You’d think that would be their biggest problem, wouldn’t you?

But no. Their biggest problem — though they don’t know it yet — is that they’re aboard the RMS Titanic.
goodreads Book Review: Fateful by Claudia Gray

The Bookish Brunette thought:
WEREWOLVES? On the TITANIC??? Epic win!

Tess and Alec… no matter which way I look at it, or turn it around in my head- their relationship never felt REAL to me! I was never convinced of either of their feelings for the other. They fall “in love” like *BAM*, after a series of less than pleasant meetings and there is nothing supporting it!

Their relationship does become more plausible as the book continues, but only because we’re more invested in the story and the characters! There was still never any real basis for WHY she was suddenly so in love with him.

The several subplots in Fateful were VERY well done, and very, very exciting! The noble family of Lisle… PENNILESS! Their son and heir impregnating a lowly servant girl, and letting his parents cast her out to starve! Their meek and timid, but kind daughter in love with someone she can never have… These were FLAWLESS and I loved every second of them!

George and Myriam… I’d have LOVED to hear more about them!!! George is an officer on the ship and Myriam is a third class passenger, their insta-love connection NEVER felt forced! It was sweet, romantic and as simple as “hello”. *sigh*

You know… it’s not like I didn’t KNOW how this story would end. Obviously, the Titanic sinks… it’s still terribly tragic! Gray does a beautiful job of recreating these terrifying and heartbreakingly sad moments,

“As I look past him and realize there are no more lifeboats close by, I wonder if we’ve found each other too late.”
“Won’t you tell Myriam- I’m sorry not to have had more time with her.” -George (my poor, sweet George)
“When she takes my hand, I know it’s all been real- all of it- and the horror is even more powerful than the fact that I’ve survived.” -Tess

I had finally been completely won over by this story- I’m talking 4.5 stilettos, only knocking the .5 because of my initial reservations toward Alec and Tess.When I got to the very last few pages, I was completely disappointed! My heart was breaking into 1000 pieces (which is good… I’m feeling EMOTION for Tess, finally!) and NO, I’m NOT going to tell you how it ends!

I have NO doubt in my mind that a lot of people will probably love this ending- I, on the other hand was not a fan. So after much deliberation…

 Book Review: Fateful by Claudia Gray

 Book Review: Fateful by Claudia Gray 

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And HOW freaking gorgeous is this cover?! I absolutely LOVE it, the crimson dress she wore the day her and Alec had their date… her BLONDE hair (I wondered who the brunette chick was on the other cover!), the ice, the moon… everything is perfect! I loved the other one, but this cover is FAR more suited to the book!

             *Source: Thanks to HarperTeen!!*
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28 Responses to Book Review: Fateful by Claudia Gray

  1. I love endings that some people love/some people hate—it means the book was emotionally tugging and you cared what happened!Excellent Excellent review (and yes I meant to write excellent twice)!

  2. Jenny says:

    Ahhhh! SO EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK! Aside from the insta love, the rest of it sounds fantastic. And I'm already a mess over those quotes, it doesn't even matter that I know the Titanic sinks, I still go all blubbery over it anyway:)

  3. Lena says:

    I keep hearing mixed things about Fateful. I'm currently reading it, but only just started. I'm so glad to hear the George and Myriam relationship is well developed! Love those kinds of relationships in books! :D Thanks for the awesome review. And I love the quotes!

  4. I am so glad you liked this! I did, too.I posted my review last week but it was nowhere near as good as yours, dudette!Thanks for sharing, Chica and yes, this cover is soooo much better, it fits the story. The other one was like a mistake, lol, like 'oops, we put the wrong cover on the book'. I couldn't correlate anything on the cover with the book except for the moon.

  5. Great review! I want to read this book so bad! I used to be obsessed with the Titanic when I was younger and now a young adult paranormal romance on the Titanic! I can't wait :) Crystal @ Elegantly Bound Books

  6. Andrea says:

    I hate insta-love. Insta-lust, bring it on. But when characters are going on and on about someone they've just met, & there's nothing there to make you believe it, big problem. Im really wondering why you weren't a fan of the ending.Great review!

  7. Loving that other cover too. How do you get that one? This sounds like an awesome read. I will def have to read it when im ready for the waterworks thought because we know how sad the titanic is. So we will see. Great review girl. Def going to read this soon.

  8. I am looking forward to this book after taking the time to read your review. I would like to say that before that I was as well but it would not be the truth. The review has me interested and it will be added to my TBR list! Thanks

  9. Tee says:

    Interesting..I have been wanting to read this..your little comment about the ending makes me want to pick it up sooner, just to see what your talking about!

  10. *whines while jumping up and down*Me want! Me WAAAANNNNTTTTT! Uh, yea… I do want this book and now you have made me more curious because I want to know about the ending. You are evil… EVIL (but in a good way…). ;)

  11. Missie says:

    I'm still on the fence about this one, but your review does make me excited to give it a try. Lovely quotes.

  12. Oh my gosh, I am SO excited for this book to come out! I wanted to read it before, but reading your review only made me want to even more! :)Amazing review! You really know how to get someone excited for something!

  13. Jena says:

    I really enjoyed this book! My review goes up on thursday! :)And, I agree! I LOVEEEE the cover of Tess in the red dress it is SO freaken gorgeous.thanks for the great review :)

  14. Book Sake says:

    Very different covers, I do like the red dress one much better. Hmmm not sure if I could stick it out for an ending that wasn't loved.

  15. Kathy says:

    I am glad you liked it too. The love connection did feel very quick and not "real" but I loved so many of the sub-plots.Awesome review!

  16. It's funny because I probably would have gone into the book, even already knowing the Titanic sunk, and still hope for a better ending :) Great review!

  17. Me likey that second cover better. I'm fairly skeptical on this one. I really didn't like Gray's Evermore series. The whole slap-in-the-face surprise in the middle of book one killed me and all the stupid decisions she makes throughout the series made me want to slap her. It makes me weary of all Gray's books. I think I'll see if the library has this one. It sounds good…(is the ending going to break my heart though? – If so, I don't know if I can read it at all). Ashley, your review has me questioning my thoughts on Claudia Gray.

  18. StephanieD says:

    He's a werewolf trapped in the Titanic? – can't possibly end well. But I still love my tragic stories anyhow.

  19. C.J Duggan says:

    Ahhh so excited you reviewed this, I only purchased it last week and I can't wait to read it. I love Cludia Gray and hello! Werewolves and Titanic?? What a combo!

  20. Titanic + werewolves = can't be bad! Great review! :) Can't wait to read this!

  21. Sarah says:

    WEREWOLVES? On the TITANIC??? Epic win! Wow, for some reason even though I've been seeing this book float around the blogosphere, I had no idea that's what this was about. Very interesting and unique! I have this on my to-read list already, but I may have to move it up. Awesome review. :)♥ Sarah @ I'm Loving Books

  22. Carrie says:

    I have been excited about this book. So glad to hear you loved it! Now I just have to get my hands on a copy. :-)

  23. Ha! What a fun take on an old story! Too bad the ending didn't work for you. :O/

  24. Alexa says:

    I really need to get around to reading this one since I really did like the Evernight Series. On my blog you commented on Misfit and said you have never read a great review on it. Erica over at The Book Cellar actually loved it. Oh and I think everyone could do with a book ban especially as it gets closer for x-mas I start to think about the things I can wait to read and just put on that wish list. :)

  25. Hi chicken,I have this to read. I enjoyed Evernight series, just need to find some time to read this. Great review. I am looking forward to the Titanic and Werewolves:DMichelle

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