Monday, December 12, 2011

Fateful by Claudia Gray

Fateful by Claudia Gray
Release Date: September 13, 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins

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.  - Goodreads.com

This has got to be one of the most unique ideas.  Who ever would have thought of having paranormal elements on board the Titanic.  When I first mentioned to a friend that I was reading this, and that werewolves were a part of it, she said, 'as if there wasn't already enough happening on that ship'.  Yes, there was enough, but werewolves just added something so interesting to an often-told piece of history.  When I first read the premise for this book, I thought the author was going to in a direction that would suggest werewolves had somehow caused the sinking, but she didn't do that.  The werewolf story is standalone, and it's just a coincidence that it happens to be taking place on one of the world's most famous boat rides.

First of all, Tess is a servant, but she was anything but timid.  She's definitely got that servants' persona, but when pushed, this girl can be brave and fierce, and it just made her so much more interesting.  She has plans for her future once they land in America, and you can't help but root for her, especially when she works for such a nasty family, the lone exception being the daughter.

Was there romance?  Oh yes there was.  And a very good one too.  I thought the love interest was a great character, and I really felt bad for him being stuck in the situation he was in.  Add to the mix a really creepy villain who wants to possess the hero and all his wealth, and wants to possess and maybe even kill Tess, and this book literally flew by.  When the actual events of the Titanic itself began to occur, it just made everything that much more suspenseful. 

I'm not sure what gave Claudia Gray the idea to marry these two elements, but it totally worked.  Loved this story.

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