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Monday, September 5, 2011

Jaime's Review of Fateful by Claudia Gray

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.

Jaime's review....

Let me start by saying when I read the synopsis for this book I was very worried for two reasons one I am a huge Titanic fan (not just the movie) I have studied the history, read many books, and seen many documentaries. Second I'm not really a big fan of werewolf books but, I love Claudia Gray's writing and her Evernight series so when I had a chance to read and review a copy of Fateful I jumped at the chance! I knew right away I was either going to love this book or hate it and I was happily surprised when I completely fell in love with the book and the characters! Just one quick addition about the Titanic part of the story not only was this story well thought out but Claudia must have done a good amount of research because what she does write of the ship is very detailed.

What I loved about this story was that the ship wasn't the main character the people were! The ship was always lingering there in the background but lets face we know what happens to the RMS Titanic it sinks! So I was blissfully happy that even though I knew what happened to the ship I did not know what was going to happen with the characters. Were they going to go down with the ship (like Leo did in the movie)? Were they going to survive (which I had my fingers crossed for)? I had no clue and that's what kept me on the edge of my seat reading much later than I should have. 

The love between Alec and Tess was intense for many reasons she was a maidservant he was first class, she was human he was a werewolf, he was being hunted down by his own kind to join some brotherhood, he could possibly kill her, and lastly the ship sinking. Through all that though their connection deepens to many of the other characters disapproval and scorning. It's like through everything they save each other (no that's not spoilery I didn't say if they die). I also loved the supporting cast of characters especially Alec's dad who has sacrificed so much for his son and Tess's new found friends in steerage.

Fateful comes out September 13th so go buy it! If you want to pre-order you can do so at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Happy Reading!


  1. Wow! I REALLY want to read this now. Great review, Jaime.

  2. Wait, the Titanic sinks? I thought that was just for that movie? LOL. JK.

    I love your review because you have totally teased me into wanting to read this NOW. Forget reviews, forget the blog, forget WORK. I want to stay up late and find out if they survive, if they can get past everything. If she's as selfish as Kate and refuses to move over and share that headboard with the werewolf she loaves.

    Ugh. I seriously need to read this one. Thanks for torturing me Jaime!

  3. Hehe you're welcome Rachel! That was the intent of this review ;)

    Thanks Patricia! I know you'll love it!


  4. YAY! I am really anxious to read this and am glad to hear you loved it!


  5. Wow! Great review. I was excited when I heard about this book because I loved Claudia Gray's Evernight series too! Now I am super excited to read it.

  6. Yay thanks Mindy! You're totally going to love it :D


  7. Great review Jaime!!! I'm reading this soon!! :)

  8. Thanks Jena! Yay you're going to love it :D


  9. We heard CG talk about this at the dark days tour, and I've been waiting anxiously since then! SO great to know I won't be disappointed!

  10. Great review, I am definitely going to check this out when it's released. I haven't read any of Claudia Gray's books before so this would be my first.


    Neri @ In the Name of books

  11. This is such a bizarre premise, I can't not want to read the book. I love the Evernight series, Claudia Gray created such a cool world there. This one is pre-ordered! Thanks for the review :D


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