Goodreads: 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.
Now what about that doesn't sound cool? Although, the summary says the the publication will coincide with the 100-year anniversary, which isn't until April 2012. It's okay, cause I wouldn't have wanted to wait any longer.
What I liked: 1) A paranormal story set on the Titanic. How clever of Miz Gray to even come up with that! I find the Titanic morbidly fascinating (even pre-Leo DiCaprio) so I was really excited to see where she went with this. 2) Alec - hot guy name alert! Alec was such a gentleman, it made me almost want to be there. (Until I remembered that they were on the Titanic, yikes!) Swoon-worthy? Yes. 3) You know how it ends! I didn't anticipate liking this part of it so much, but I really think that it shows off how creative Miz Gray is as a writer that she was able to fit this story into a little box, with a known beginning and ending. 4) I found myself rooting for Tess and Alec. The love story part of this book was very sweet, though it has to play itself out very quickly. 5) The supporting characters. I really liked the relationships between Tess and the supporting characters like Irene and the rest of the Lisle family and staff.
What I didn't like: Here's the thing. I liked the Titanic aspect of it. I really did. But it almost took away from the rest of the story. And it's entirely possible that this only happened to me, so take from it what you will. But I was anticipating the whole Titanic sinking thing so much, that it detracted from the other aspects of the story.
Overall thoughts: I'm a fan of Claudia Gray. And this was a good book. But I think I was a little...underwhelmed. Honestly, I feel like if the Titanic part of the plot was taken away, you'd just have an average paranormal story. The Titanic does make it unique though. I wasn't blown away by it, but she does get major points for being able to combine the history of the Titanic and the paranormal. I feel like I contradicted myself a lot with this review. But that's really how I felt about the book. Kinda conflicted. One thing is for sure: I would have been less interested if the Titanic had not been a major plot point of the story. If you're a fan of Miz Gray, you should try and check it out at some point though. Her creativity is the shining part of the book.
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