Sunday, October 2, 2011

Fateful by Claudia Gray


For years Tess Davies has slaved away under the power of the Lisles. Finally, she has the opportunity to start anew, to run her own life, to have freedom... She's worked hard and knows that she can manage or at least try. She's been planning for years, and it'll all be in reach within a matter of days. A few days and she'll step onto the shores of the United states. All is as planned, until she meets the mysterious Alec. Her first encounter with Alec involved a near death experience and Tess knows that he's dangerous but for some reason she can't stay away. Alec's being followed, no worse than that he's being hunted... and the threat has just followed him aboard the Titanic. The magnificent ship has everything, squash courts, restaurants, Turkish baths but there's nowhere to run...

Fateful is just so beautiful! The scenes, the characters, the perfect romance... Titanic is a tragic love story and when I read the back of this book, I was worried that it’d just be a Titanic rewrite, and it is a rewrite in some ways but it also brings its own little surprise. Werewolves. Hah! This single word could changes the entire story, it adds a little danger, and little supernatural.

Tess Davies the servant of the Lisle house is one who is obedient; she’d have to be if she wants to keep her job. You don’t expect her to be rebellious or courageous but in some way she is. You can’t deny the fact that she’s willing to take the risks. As the story progresses, you pick up on the changes, a little humour here, some backbone there. I loved it! Tess Davies is a dreamer; it’s evident all throughout the book. She spends her days dreaming, dreaming of a better future, dreaming of love. She knows that many of her hopes are impossible, but in Fateful, maybe dreams do come true...

Alec is a werewolf. Ooooooh... As much as he wants to deny it, he can’t. He’s a monster, destined to change into his beast form everyday from dusk til dawn. Unless of course he joins the Brotherhood; a group of male werewolves that have joined forces to fight for complete dominance. They can help Alec control his shifting, but in exchange for this privilege they require complete obedience and they have ways to force it...

I love how this story takes place on the Titanic; I love the mood that it creates. It’s a bit doomed, if I do say so myself. The story is so intricately woven; everything is taken into consideration so that it can lead up to the perfect crescendo. The writing style is so easy to follow; you’ll be able to devour the book in a matter of hours.

Overall: Breathtaking!

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