Review: Fateful by Claudia Gray

fatefulFateful by Claudia Gray
Series: N/A
Published by: HarperTeen on August 29th 2011
Genre: Paranormal, Historical Fiction, Werewolves, Young Adult
Pages: 328
Source: Bought- Hardcover

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My Rating: 5 stars2

Eighteen-year-old maid Tess Davies is determined to escape the wealthy, troubled family she serves. It’s 1912, and Tess has been trapped in the employ of the Lisles for years, amid painful memories and twisted secrets. But now the Lisle family is headed to America, with Tess in tow. Once the ship they’re sailing on—the RMS Titanic—reaches its destination, Tess plans to strike out and create a new lifefor herself.

Her single-minded focus shatters when she meets Alec, a handsome first-class passenger who captivates her instantly. But Alec has secrets of his own. He’s in a hurry to leave Europe, and whispers aboard the ship say it’s because of the tragic end of his last affair with the French actress who died so gruesomely and so mysteriously. . . .

Soon Tess will learn just how dark Alec’s past truly is. The danger they face is no ordinary enemy: werewolves exist and are stalking him—and now her, 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.

In Fateful, New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray delivers paranormal adventure, dark suspense, and alluring romance set against the opulent backdrop of the Titanic’s first—and last—voyage.

Tess is 18 years old and is about to set sail on the Titanic working for one of the richest families in England– the Lisles. Usually people who work for these kinds of families, usually get to stay in the first class rooms or at least middle class, but the Lisles aren’t the nicest family.. They make  those that work for them, stay in the third class and bunk with others. But, Tess doesn’t mind this. As soon as the Titanic reaches America, she’s leaving the Lisles to find new work and start a new life.

She then meets Alec whom is a first class passenger and of course is expected to pay no attention to lower class people, but catches her eye.

Seeing as this is following the storyline of the Titanic, many terrible things go on throughout this story, but will it end well for Tess?

my thoughts 2

Okay, this was the first book I was reading for the 24 Hour Read-a-Thon I hosted on Sunday. I read this along with my friend Suna at kiwilover25. I was really surprised at how much I really enjoyed this book!
I had a feeling I’d enjoy it because I went through a phase when I was younger where all I did was study everything about the Titanic. I was COMPLETELY fascinated with what happened.. Even though it was INCREDIBLY tragic, I just thought it was so interesting to learn about! So of course, I had to pick this book up! I’m really glad I did!

Had I not have read this with Suna, I probably wouldn’t have picked it up as soon as I did. I’m so very glad I did. I enjoyed the whole story and there were some plot twists that I was definitely not expecting AT ALL. I was almost in tears at one point in the story. It was so intense and action packed. I really enjoyed that it’s not a normal YA book, this takes place in 1912 and during the journey of the Titanic.

I can not stress enough how much I really enjoyed this book! Such a great story, many plot twists that make you sit at the edge of your seat. Even though you know what happens to the Titanic, there were such great plot twists! It made me feel like I was in Tess’s life living through her experience on the Titanic!

favorite quotes

“What I feel for Alec– the depth of his desperation–moves me more than logic or caution or any thought of my own safety. Perhaps I should believe it has only made me insane, but down deep, I know: He has made me braver. Stronger. Someone who could do anything.”


“Nobody else will ever be able to save me if I’m not fighting as hard as I can to save myself.”


“You’re strong enough to stand up to anyone. Smart enough to do anything you want. Don’t sell yourself
short; don’t be afraid of what your new life is going to offer. Because I know—if there’s any justice in this
world, good things are going to come to you. Better things than you ever dreamed.”


3 thoughts on “Review: Fateful by Claudia Gray

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