by Claudia Gray
Pub. Date: September 13, 2011
Book received from: Purchased
Genre: YA Historical Paranormal Fantasy
Cover: Meh. Boooooorrrrriiiiinnnngggg. Writing out ‘boring’ like that was the most thrilling thing about the entire cover. *yawn*
Characters: Average. Great at times, frustrating at times.
Tagline: A doomed voyage, a love written in the stars. (UK tagline)
Quote: “Nobody else will ever be able to save me if I’m not fighting as hard as I can to save myself.”
For Fans Of: Twilight, Vampire Diaries, Titanic
Rating: 2 1/2 out of 5 stars
Worth the read? Not really. There are a lot of other books in the genre I would choose first.
From the Cover: 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.
The Short & Sweet of It: I probably never would have heard of or chosen this book to read if not for being interested in the read-along over at Just a Lil’ Lost. That being said, I am glad I read it, but not overly impressed. I don’t really have a lot to say, other than the writing was very fluid and the leading lady had her moments of fierceness. I was expecting more about the Titanic itself, which was not really discussed much throughout. Although, some of the imagery and suggestions of the real people that were aboard added to the atmosphere. I was disappointed that the author did not choose to flush out this aspect of the story more.
The story was a slow pace for the first two-thirds of the book- which was fine- but the ending was extremely rushed. I was just getting into the setup of it all and the action kicked in and- boom- the end. Which brings me to the perfect little package of an ending that just seemed out of place for the overall story and concept. Not the part where the boat sinks- I was expecting that. (Oops! Spoiler…) The rest of the ending was just a bit too tidy for what I was expecting.
Don’t misunderstand me. I did like the book. The story just needed to be allowed to grow a bit more and come into its own. Gray’s easy writing style definitely saved this from the DNF pile, and those who enjoy twists on history will most likely enjoy this for a quick read. I do plan on checking out other titles by Ms. Gray to find out of what she is truly capable.
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