Monday, September 12, 2011

Review: Fateful by Claudia Gray

Hardcover, 336 pages

To be released: September 13, 2011

Publisher: HarperTeen

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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.

My Rating:  3.5 / 5

My Thoughts:

I have to admit that I was super excited to read this solely because I loved Claudia Gray's Evernight series, but I was not sold on the premise. I was nervous to see Titanic and werewolves together. Thie idea of these two things together reminded me of a mashup, and to be honest I'm being picky on reading weres/vamps these days (overkill?).

This is the story of two people, on their way to American for a better life. Tess and Alec are leaving very different different lives behind: the one Tess was born into and the one forced upon Alec. Tess is a servant with the American dream, she hoped to quit her job and stay in America, having saved up money to start her new life. Alec, on the other hand, is the son of a millionaire, heir to an American steel company run by his father, who was bitten and turns werewolf every night. After possibly killing his friend one night as a wolf, he wants to hide away in America and live a quiet life where he won't harm anyone. There is another way that could change all this, with the help of a Brotherhood, but it's basically selling his soul.

Tess and Alec meet for the first time in England, where he saves her from being attacked in an alley. They notice each other again after boarding the Titanic, but she never suspected anything would come of them. This is, afterall, a time when wealth and class meant everything and she was only third class, Alec was first...but he was different. Aboard the ship, Tess also sees her attacker, whom she comes to know as Mikhail. It becomes apparent that it was not a random attack, there was something he wants from the family she works for and he'll stop at nothing to get it. She see's the hate between Alec and Mikhail and when she discovers what Alec is, the pieces fall together.

I enjoyed being transported back in time, when you either had it or you didn't; money and power were everything. Mixed in with this is the werewolf story. Although he could have everything, that was taken away when Alec was bitten. It was his circumstance and yes there was some action, but nothing too intense. Rather, I found myself wondering how Alec and Tess would make it, what they would do so that they could be together causing the werewolf angle to become more of a background story. I think the idea of power, as shown by Mikhail and the Brotherhood, was undeveloped. This could have been great if expanded on, I mean, who doesn't like a secret society?

The Titanic was a great setting for this story. We see the good life, dreams and we know how it ends. I wish we got to see more of the ship in all it's glory. For a majority of the book,  this story could have taken place on any ship. It was not until the end, with 50 pages to go that we are reminded we are on the Titanic. It was this anticipation of the dreaded iceberg that had me flipping the pages eager for more, hoping that after all they had been through they would be amongst the few survivors and finally be together. A story of power struggles, secrets, and love with an unbelievable ending that sadly fell short for me.

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  1. Oh, wow, this is a werewolf book? The Titanic aspect sounds so intriguing, but I'm definitely getting burnt out on paranormal books...

    Thanks for the honest review, Mel! :)

  2. I am not a fan of werewolves. Not at all. But when I found out this book was about the Titanic I freaked. I desperately want to read this simply because of the Titanic aspect. I am glad to hear that for you the werewolf aspect fell into the background because that means for me it might do the same. I am even more eager to get my hands on this book now. Thanks for the review!

  3. YA Book Queen ~ Yes, hence the full moon on the cover! I find myself there too, but I did enjoy her Evernight series.

  4. YA Book Lover ~ Yes, I was more excited for the Titanic aspect too and I think the ending is played out a point. I wish she was more descriptive about the scenery though, I bet it was beautiful. Now I wish I had seen the exhibit that CLaudia Gray saw twice!

  5. I haven't read this but when I saw the description it felt like there was to much going on.

  6. Cari ~ I think you nailed it! It seems like too much happened that you didn't get enough depth in anything :(

  7. I'm reading Fateful right now and the premise had me hooked from the beginning. I'm coming up on the end (and the sinking) so hoping it gets more and more exciting.