Monday, 5 March 2012
Fateful - Claudia Gray
Fateful - Claudia Gray
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
The RMS Titanic might be the most luxurious ship in the world, but all passenger Tess Davies wants to do is escape her dreary existence as a maid.
Trapped in a web of painful memories and twisted family secrets, Tess vows to make a run for it as soon as the ship reaches New York. A new world awaits... and a new life!
Her single-minded obsession shatters when she meets Alec. Handsome and mysterious, he captivates her immediately - but Alec has secrets of his own. As she uncovers the darkness lurking beneath his sophisticated surface, Tess discovers a horrifying truth. Werewolves, once only the stuff of nightmares, are real - and they are stalking Alec. Tess's love for Alec puts her in mortal peril, but an even greater danger lies in front of her before their journey on the Titanic is over...(Description from Goodreads)
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There is something sort of depressing about reading a love story set on the Titanic, knowing that the future of most passengers is not favourable. There’s nothing we can do to prevent the characters from boarding or pushing them to be the first on lifeboats days later. You can’t help feeling sorry for them or becoming concerned when Tess notices patches of white in the water. We readers know the disaster that is about to happen and we can’t save them. And to top it all off, there’s a Werewolf war of wills being played out below deck. To say ‘Fateful’ lacks action and excitement would be a massive lie.
Tess Davis is a lucky girl. A maid in a high born family, she is given a chance to travel on the Titanic with her employers to spend the Season in America. Unfortunately her luck stops there. Forced into Third Class because of a lack of money on her boss’s side, Tess faces hardship after hardship to meet the demands of being a maid upon a fancy ship. I really liked Tess and definitely pitied her for having to put up with most of the Lisle family day after day. I would have wanted to slap Regina many times, or at least give her a piece of my mind. Tess shows she had a lot more patience than I could ever have, probably because of the lifestyle she’s been living for many years.
I found the beginning to be sort of slow for my liking. As a stand-alone book, I know it is extremely necessary for the book to have solid foundations at the start, and Claudia didn’t disappoint, setting up who Tess was from the get-go; introducing our main characters and then moving onto the main plot. Despite knowing what lay ahead in the novel, I guess I was a little impatient to reach the romance and action.
I love the supernatural elements of this story. The werewolf side had me desperate for more. I wanted to know everything about the Brotherhood and the pain felt by changing every night. I loved how there was so much we didn’t know about them, because we were only seeing it through Tess’s eyes, and I wish we’d been given the chance to explore more than the surface of the werewolf world, but unfortunately that wasn’t the main focus in the end.
And Alec, the source my fluttering heart throughout the book. Brave, tortured, dangerous and selfless Alec. Who wouldn’t want to be near him? I’ll just say this: days later and I’m still swooning when I think about him.
An amazing, romantic, supernatural tragedy. ‘Fateful’ should definitely be on your to-be-read list.
(Originally posted on Goodreads)