Fateful

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Werewolves on the Titanic! It sounds ridiculous (and make no mistake, it is), but fans of campy, swoony romances should find this mix of the historical and the paranormal a worthy guilty pleasure. Gray (the Evernight series) delivers a novel filled with soap operatic twists and turns, romance that bridges class boundaries, and lots of sharp fangs. Tess Davies has long been maid to the Lisle family, headed by the harsh Lady Regina. The family is aboard the Titanic, traveling from Southampton to New York City, where Tess plans to ditch the Lisles and start a new life. When Tess meets Mikhail, an evil werewolf, and gorgeous Alec, a werewolf fighting his violent nature, her voyage suddenly becomes about survival—but also love, her steamy relationship with Alec leading to such lines as "You can offer me tonight" in response to Alec's lament that he has nothing to offer Tess. Though the serious tone, extreme melodrama, and constant threats to Tess (a depressingly passive heroine) get to be a bit much, Gray's fans should find it a fast-paced, fun read. Ages 14–up. (Sept.)
L.J. Smith
Once I picked EVERNIGHT up, I couldn’t put it down! I can’t wait for Claudia Gray’s next book!”
Praise for STARGAZER
Praise for Claudia Gray:“If you like Twilight, this book has even more drama.”
Praise for the Evernight series
“Stephenie Meyer fans will find similar rewards in the flashes of humor; the terrifying battle between ancient, supernatural societies; and the steamy romance in which love bites aren’t just a euphemism.”
VOYA - Jeff Mann
Tess Davies's life is no picnic—she is stuck as a servant to the domineering and wealthy Lisle family, but her working life proves rather dull when the Lisle's book passage on the maiden voyage of a new luxury ship, the RMS Titanic. Once onboard, Tess quickly falls for a good-looking and wealthy passenger named Alec. The ship offers many new experiences, including a romance with the seemingly perfect Alec, and allows her to create a plan to quit her job and strike out on her own upon arrival in America. Yet her life becomes even more complicated when she uncovers a dark secret: that werewolves are not only real but they are on the ship and have targeted both her and her new love. Fateful is much like a locomotive—the story slowly chugs along at the start and continues to pick up steam throughout the novel as the plot twists and turns come faster and faster. Tess is an interesting character—strong willed, caring, and adventurous, all while maintaining the prim and proper behavior of a British servant in 1912. While her adventurous spirit is fun, her deep love for Alec seems at times improbable for a story that spans less than a week, but it is her love that propels her to make most of her decisions in the book. While many readers will see several of the plot twists coming, they will enjoy them nonetheless. An imaginative plot, a touch of action, a pair of star-crossed lovers, werewolves, and the Titanic all wrapped up with a touch of history make a recipe for which many teen readers will be hungry. Reviewer: Jeff Mann
Kirkus Reviews

It has come to this: werewolves on theTitanic.

As the paranormal-romance juggernaut continues, it seems as though authors wishing to sell books find themselves compelled into ever-more-outlandish scenarios. Hence this novel, which indeed should appeal to the Twilight crowd. Tess, a servant since the age of 13 to the arrogant Lisle family, joins them aboard theTitanic, where she and wealthy Alec, the good werewolf, fall madly in love while fighting Mikhail, the evil werewolf. The sinking of the ship, although vividly portrayed late in the story, serves mainly to resolve some issues and set up the ending. Fortunately, paranormal romance isn't the novel's only feature. Gray researched the conditions of servants in pre–World War I England and accurately portrays Tess' life as one of hardship, penury and, sometimes, abuse. The fate of some third-class passengers and the crew adds poignancy to the narrative. While most characters, including Alec, prove as multi-dimensional as anime drawings, Tess herself displays plenty of spunk and enough rebellious spirit to appeal to teens. A fellow passenger, Myriam, also adds some life to the proceedings. Dialogue and romantic encounters fit the usual overdone style of the genre. The author repeats most important points three times but keeps suspense high and paces the story well.

One wonders, why werewolves? At least it has some approachable history. And it will probably sell.(Paranormal romance. 12 & up)

School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Forbidden-romance clichés and heavy-handed class-system critiques run through this torrid tale of secrets, lies, and werewolves on the doomed Titanic. Pretty Tess Davies, beleaguered ladies' maid in a shallow and financially troubled English household, accompanies the family on the ill-fated voyage to New York, where she hopes to break free from service and start a new life. She finds herself a hunted pawn in the plottings of Mikhail, a powerful werewolf (an oily Count by day) who's onboard to steal an artifact in her employers' possession coveted by the evil international werewolf Brotherhood. Tess's only protection comes from handsome Alec—another gentleman werewolf, not yet committed to the Brotherhood, whose chestnut curls, muscled torso, and simultaneously frightening and protective air are too much for Tess to resist. Her account provides detailed descriptions of the ship itself, sometimes jarringly didactic details of 1912 life, and society's rigid and hypocritical customs. Her ostensibly defiant, spunky voice sometimes sounds like that of a modern American, and she's as astute about explaining complex social situations as she is foolish in her inability to figure out plot "surprises." With constant threats of physical or sexual violence, she's frequently a classic damsel in distress, flimsily clad and vulnerable, in need of instruction or protection. Fans of Gray and this ever-growing supernatural/romance genre will likely love this title, and Titanic buffs might too—but there isn't much substance here.—Riva Pollard, Prospect Sierra Middle School, El Cerrito, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062006202
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/13/2011
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 710,602
  • Age range: 14 years
  • Lexile: 770L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Claudia Gray

Claudia Gray is the pseudonym of New Orleans-based writer Amy Vincent, the author of the New York Times bestselling Evernight series. She has worked as a lawyer, a journalist, a disc jockey, and an extremely poor waitress. Her grandparents' copy of mysteries of the unexplained is probably the genesis of her fascination with most things mysterious and/or inexplicable.

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  • Posted September 5, 2011

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    Great Story!

    Let me start by saying when I read the synopsis for this book I was very worried for two reasons one I am a huge Titanic fan (not just the movie) I have studied the history, read many books, and seen many documentaries. Second I'm not really a big fan of werewolf books but, I love Claudia Gray's writing and her Evernight series so when I had a chance to read and review a copy of Fateful I jumped at the chance! I knew right away I was either going to love this book or hate it and I was happily surprised when I completely fell in love with the book and the characters! Just one quick addition about the Titanic part of the story not only was this story well thought out but Claudia must have done a good amount of research because what she does write of the ship is very detailed.



    What I loved about this story was that the ship wasn't the main character the people were! The ship was always lingering there in the background but lets face we know what happens to the RMS Titanic it sinks! So I was blissfully happy that even though I knew what happened to the ship I did not know what was going to happen with the characters. Were they going to go down with the ship (like Leo did in the movie)? Were they going to survive (which I had my fingers crossed for)? I had no clue and that's what kept me on the edge of my seat reading much later than I should have.



    The love between Alec and Tess was intense for many reasons she was a maidservant he was first class, she was human he was a werewolf, he was being hunted down by his own kind to join some brotherhood, he could possibly kill her, and lastly the ship sinking. Through all that though their connection deepens to many of the other characters disapproval and scorning. It's like through everything they save each other (no that's not spoilery I didn't say if they die). I also loved the supporting cast of characters especially Alec's dad who has sacrificed so much for his son and Tess's new found friends in steerage.



    Fateful comes out September 13th so go buy it!Happy Reading!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2012

    Amazing Book!!!

    I absolutely loved this book!! The Evernight series was a bit boring for me, kinda dull for my taste. I really wish there will be a series for this book! I am a Titanic fan. Love how Claudia combined forbidden love, action, tragity, and history into one book! Lucas and Bianca bettee watch out. Because Alec and Tess are stealing the spotlight!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 29, 2011

    Just okay...

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2011

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    Review from Worn Pages and Dusty Shelves

    I won't lie. The main reason I read Fateful was for the cover and for the werewolf factor. I stuck around because it was an easy read that was never too boring and I wanted everything to work out for Tess. I do give it 3 1/2 stars for being interesting. I'll admit, I'm still not fond of the story taking place on the Titanic. It just seemed unnecessary. If the Lisles were really short on money, I just don't think it'd be senseable to spend 'thousands' of pounds on tickets for themselves to board Titanic. Tess is a servant to the Lisle family, but she serves as a Ladies' Maid to Irene, the eldest daughter of the family. Right from the get go Tess is thrown into the crazy world of the supernatural, sort of, she meets her knight in shining armor the day before the board the Titanic. Convenient, huh? I didn't want to stop reading Fateful and I really don't have a truly bad thing to say about it- other than in the beginning Tess remarks several times how she is being 'hunted' which utterly made no sense. I couldn't figure out for the life of me what she meant and it lead me to believe she already knew about werewolves and such. Of course, I was wrong. I can say I immensely enjoyed our tormented Alec. This guy has everything going for him and everything against him. His character was really flaw-free (as was his dad). I'm not really sure what's holding me back from giving it a higher rating. I didn't enjoy it fully, or the bad guy for that matter and certain scenes seems anti-climatic, but overall I still liked it

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2013

    Titanic books fan

    This book melted my heart.there is definitely somthing about this book that stands out to me when the charecter laughs you laugh when the charecters mad your mad and when they cry you want to cry as well ,just like in the movie titanic if youve watch that at some points i kind of felt like it was the movie like the girl is like the poor boy from the movie and alex is like the rich girl,and they both are really sad at parts but in this book the main charecter dosent die! So this is a very good book and i hope you read it and then watch titanic.:(

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2013

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    This was a great book. I wish it would have been longer because

    This was a great book. I wish it would have been longer because I didnt want it to end. If your thinking about reading it and your not sure, Id say go ahead and take a chance on this book. You wont be sorry.

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  • Posted November 10, 2012

    Fateful had two things working to it¿s advantage before I even s

    Fateful had two things working to it’s advantage before I even started it. One: I am a huge Claudia Gray fan. Another book series of her’s, perhaps what she is most-widely known for is the Evernight series. When those books came out a few years back, I couldn’t get enough of them. Gray has way of giving tired story elements new breaths of life (Fateful is no exception). Two: Some of my all time favorite authors; Kelley Armstrong and Cassandra Clare have endorsed the awesome that Fateful was said to be. These are two ladies whose judgement I totally stand behind. Besides these two “advantages” I just generally wanted to read Fateful because it sounded interesting. When I first read the synopsis for this book I thought: UM. That’s different… which was quickly followed by: GENIUS. Who’s ever heard of werewolves on the Titanic??!!! Needless to say, I was super eager to jump into this book!

    Our main character, Tess Davies, is a maid for the wealthy Lisle family. Seeing a trip to the U.S. as being advantageous, Tess happily boards the Titanic with the Lisles in hopes of resigning once they make dock. Having saved every penny she could manage, Tess just needs to endure a few more days of cruel servitude in order to start a new life. Besides the fact that this is the “Titanic” we’re talking about, Tess has a lot of other obstacles to overcome on this voyage, both good and bad. Alec Marlowe falls into both the good and bad category. Besides being swoon-y and an all-around perfect gentlemen, he’s got a lot of dangerously bad baggage that causes a lot of problems for those around him. There’s a lot of ups and downs in the Tess & Alec relationship-building process. On one hand Tess is third class compared to Alec’s first class which really puts a rift between the two. Alec also has a lot of secrets and repeatedly tries to convince Tess to stay away from him for her own good.

    This book was emotionally powerful. Though, how could it not be when dealing with one of this past century’s most horrific tragedies. The sinking of the Titantic, whether taught in school, featured on the history channel, or widely known by the super-long movie featuring the yum-tastic Leonard DiCaprio, is common knowledge in this day and age. Over two thousand passengers boarded the Titanic in April of 1912 with over half dying after the ship hit an iceberg and sank. Reading Fateful was like reading Romeo and Juliet, you already know the ending is tragic which makes you want to delay the reading journey. Although I was completely engrossed in Fateful it took me a couple days longer to finish it. I dreaded the inevitable ending and the pain and sorrow that I knew would come.

    I really liked and respected Tess while reading. Society forces the idea of some being better than others on people like Tess, but regardless, she knows that she deserves just as much as anyone else. Although she plays the part of dutiful maid she still has goals and is committed to living a more comfortable and fulfilling life. I also liked that she didn’t immediately fall in love with Alec. Insta-love is a total turnoff. Even though the two only knew each other for a short period of time it felt like their relationship progressed at a decent pace. A lot of trust-building and near-death experiences helped bring them closer together. They also were able to relate to each other on deeper level, one in which they haven’t been able to reach with anyone else. Alec was basically the perfect male lead, courageous, chivalrous and full of kindness; I fell for him almost instantly.

    I loved the ”Titanic” setting for this story. Aboard a ship and surrounded my hundreds of miles of ocean water, the danger ended up being always real and constant. You couldn’t run and most definitely would have a hard time hiding from the bad guys in this story. Fans of supernatural romances and James Cameron’s Titanic will love this book! Expect a lot of strong emotions especially sorrow along with sweet romance and mystery. There’s also a lot of great, new werewolf lore courtesy of Gray’s amazing imagination.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2012

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    I even thought the sample is something, I'm getting the book now. The only bad thing is that the description is in Spanish.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    Whats it about?

    Its in a different language.

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  • Posted July 7, 2012

    This was a most wonderful read. I totally enjoyed every part of


    This was a most wonderful read. I totally enjoyed every part of this book. I have always shied away from things to do with the Titanic, more from the fear of being on a ship and it going down. Also just knowing the Titanic was a real ship, a real story about real people who lost their lives, to drown, what a horrible way to die and not being able to save yourself. Men being told they had to leave their families and basically await their death as the ship went down. Well you get now why I have shied away from even seeing Titanic the movie with Leo and Kate. Just a sad , real story. Knowing the outcome is rather heart breaking.

    Well, I loved this book and it’s as close as I have come to voluntarily picking up something to read that talks about the Titanic.

    ......Back to ‘Fateful’.

    The story within these pages doesn’t focus on the Titanic, infact , sometimes I even forgot I was on the Titanic. It is the story of a maid, Tess Davies and the people she comes into contact with on the ship and how they affect her.

    Tess’ troubles start even before she gets onto the ship. She is a very intelligent, patient, strong character, and is thrown into this hide and seek game with Mikhail.

    Mikhail is a rather unsavoury character who taunts Tess , she is a means to an end for what he has come on board for. His ability to taunt her and try to get at her ends up a bonus, he wants to hurt her, he is a werewolf , a killer.

    Alec Marlowe is a swoon worthy character of first class means and the son of Howard Marlowe of Marlowe’s Steele. Tess is a maid of third class means and they make a connection. A trust is formed between them and a love. Class doesn’t stand in their way. Guilt does.
    Admittedly it was a quick love, but if this is a stand alone book, well it had to be. No dragging it out over a series.

    I really liked Myriam and her strength of character, she was very determined to get to America and make something of her life, meeting George was a wonderful thing for her on the Titanic.
    The voyage was such a hopeful trip for Myriam, Tess and the families that wanted a better life.

    Claudia gets the reader emotionally by getting us to meet some of the passengers on the Titanic...and we know why....* Kleenex, blows nose* .

    I was even getting a bit anxious reading as some chapters have the dates and you know you are getting close to D-Day.

    For a while you can forget what happens on the Titanic on that fateful day in 1912. Claudia has us following Tess around with her getting into trouble with Lady Regina and staying away and alive from Mikhail and learning that first class people also have skeletons in their closets.

    We spend some time in third class with the warm and friendlies who are making a racket with their singing and dancing, kids playing, all very lively. But then those chapters get closer to that day in 1912.

    The weather gets colder......

    You can’t help feeling sad for what is inevitable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2012

    ?

    Why on earth is the overview in spanish(it looks like spanish). I was looking at the overview and it turns out it is in another language. IRRITATING! Becuse of the freakin overview i have no idea what this book is about.

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  • Posted February 4, 2012

    must read for lovers of historic fiction and fantasy

    The first time I read the summary of Claudia Gray`s first book I was skeptical about it... It sounded like she was just another author trying to do the same thing that several before her had done. However, I decided to give her a try and I was rewarded! Bianca and her lovely man drew me into their world and I find myself a fan of Gray. When I saw that she had a new book on the shelves I immedietly became interested - and that interest turned into extreme excitement whewn I learned the subject matter.

    I absolutely adore historic fiction and perhaps my favorite thing out of history is the tragedy of the Titanic. Gray did her research while writing this book and it shows in her exqusite detail. People who don`t enjoy history and fantasy will not be all that interested in this story... but for those of you who do love them, this is a must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    Amazingly Unique

    This story was an impressive, paranormal account of what occurred on the Titanic. The author's ability to co-mingle the facts of a tragic historical event with the paranormal was quite brilliant. I don't think there are many authors who could successfully pull off werewolves on the Titanic. The characters are well presented and easy to relate to whether you are meant to love or hate them. Of course, the sad part as we all know is the fate of the Titanic which means that, inevitably, the majority of characters we come to love will die. Yet, just enough survive to give a little happiness at the end.

    I also enjoyed the romances. There was a lot of strength in the characters of Tess and Alec, Myriam and George, Irene and Ned. They all fight their own battles for themselves and those they love. They don't whine, complain, or brood. They accept and act as they must in order to be happy, to preserve life or to be honorable. Each is flawed but not in silly ways. The choices they must make are real and meaningful.

    The author has very descriptive passages which, at times, make the reader feel what is happening. The imagery and sounds come to life. I admit I teated up more than once because I knew how it would end and the nobility portrayed in the story is as its portrayed in history as well. There were those on the ship who stayed out of duty, loyalty and honor. That bravery and the acceptance of the fate that comes with those choices is amazing and heart wrenching.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Interesting read

    Tess and alec or alexander have you at the edge of your seat on whether they end up together or not, in addition it leaves you in a cliffhanger leaving you hungry for more. Meanwhile alec's enemy mikhail is on their tails every step of the way.
    If you read this, and you love wolves it will leave you hungry for more.

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  • Posted December 17, 2011

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    Review Of ARC Fateful By Claudia Gray

    OMG, this book ROCKED. Ever since I saw the movie Titanic with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet I was intrigued by what happened to the RMS Titanic. I LOVED how Claudia did the reverse of what the 1997 movie Titanic did, which is by having Alec be rich and Tess be poor. I also enjoyed how she placed real elements along with her imagination and characters.

    Tess Davies is a maid in the wealthy household of the Lisle's. Tess longs to get away from her life of servitude. The Lisle's are heading to America aboard the RMS Titanic which gives Tess a way to escape her life and start over.

    Alexander Marlowe is the heir to Marlowe Steel and just as trapped in his life as Tess is. Alec is trying to escape his demons and hide himself away back in American. He came to Europe with a personal mission, which by all accounts, he has failed at. He is struggling with what he is and what he wants in life.

    When Alec and Tess meet again on the deck of the RMS Titanic they are drawn to each other by an inescapable force. But since this is 1912, and servants and the upper class don't mix EVER, they try to deny the growing attraction between them. But that is easier said then done when werewolves are thrown into the mix. Now it's a race against time to make it to America and escape their enemies and come away with their lives.

    There are tons of things I want to say about this book but I don't want to ruin it for anyone. When I was told "If I love Werewolves and the Titanic than I would love this book" I was so determined to get my hands on it. I never wanted this story to end. Claudia is a fantastic storyteller with amazingly gripping characters. The way she tells her story I could almost feel like I was on the deck of the RMS Titanic. This is definitely a MUST READ book. On a scale from 1-10 I give Fateful a GINORMOUS 20. Yes, I know it is off my scale but this is just one of those books that I feel everyone needs to experience for themselves. It makes you believe in love and hope. It also teaches us that love trumps all social classes. If you love history, the Titanic, love, werewolves, danger, intrigue, secrets, and betrayal then Fateful IS THE BOOK FOR YOU. EVERYONE needs to pick up a copy of this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2011

    Great read

    This was a great story with unique characters and an awesome plot. I'll be reading this one again. Highly recommemnded.

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  • Posted November 26, 2011

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    Wonderful read!

    Fateful drew my interest the moment I read the synopsis for the book. Seriously, imagine werewolves on the Titanic. Can you see why I was so interested in seeing how that would play out? I was even more interested in the ending of the book. We all know how that the Titanic had a very tragic ending.

    Let¿s start off with the characters. Tess Davies is a ladies maid for the Lisle Family, particularly for the daughter, Lady Irene. I liked Tess. She was kind hearted, but still strong willed. She has big dreams for the future, and she keeps a hold of those dreams throughout the novel. She never gives up on them. I think that¿s very admirable. Alec is the son of a wealthy steel magnet, and also, a werewolf. They couldn¿t be more wrong for each other, but it works. I love their relationship. Alec is so sweet, caring and very protective of Tess. They are definitely a great couple.

    The secondary characters were well written as well. There are ones that I love; Irene, Myriam, Mr. Marlowe, Ned, George. I really loved and enjoyed reading about all of these characters. There are also ones that I love to hate; Mikhail, Lady Regina and Layton. These are characters you can really hate with a passion.

    I used to be a huge history buff growing up, and I¿ve always loved to read about the Titanic. I love how Ms. Grey wrote her fantasy around the events of the Titanic. It made for a really great read. The storyline was very creative, and was also well paced. I loved the descriptions of the ship, and of the time period. I was really anxious to see how the book was going to end, I just couldn¿t imagine it. I was, however, very satisfied with the ending.

    As stated in the Authors Notes at the end of the book, Ms. Gray did take a few liberties with the book to make it more dramatic than accurate. Instead of fictionalizing some of the people that were really on the ship, she chose to invent new characters. We do have a scene with one person that was really on the ship, and that is Mr. Andrews, who helped design the Titanic.

    Overall, I thought this was a really great read, and it will definitely be a welcome addition to my collection. One note- Try not to think of the movie when you read this. Otherwise, you may have the music from the movie stuck in your head while reading it, as I did.

    Happy Reading!

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  • Posted October 22, 2011

    BookHounds

    Tess is young enough to not exactly know her place as a servant in the Lisle household, so when the family leaves on the Titanic for America, she is traveling in third class, but has no fear of first class and moves effortlessly upstairs from downstairs. She is also mature enough to know when she is being taken advantage of, so she makes plans for her future when she gets to America. While she is tending to her employers, she meets a man, Alec, that has a secret that he would rather not share. Well, you already know the outcome of the Titanic, so the story is based around the facts and what it was like to be a servant during this time period. Everything is historical spot on and you will even learn a few things about this era, which for me was perfect.

    Alec is a mystery, even after you know his werewolf secret, I found him very the perfect foil for Tess. As an American millionaire, there was less of a class divide between the two of them, so the romance part of this story worked and was more believable. Even more believable was the creepy description of the actual sinking of the Titanic. This is no gloss over. You can imagine the exact feelings of the passengers and the horror they witnessed as this ship went down. I am really impressed by the historical detail that is built into this world of both historical and paranormal situations. It is hard enough to get one of these right and Gray nailed both of them. Obviously, I cared more about Tess since she is so feisty. I am trying not to giveaway the finale, but well, you already know the ship sinks and I will leave it at that.

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  • Posted October 21, 2011

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    Lush world, lackluster characters

    Gray constructs a lush world, equal parts historical Golden Age & paranormal darkness. The lilt of the formal prose transports readers to a time of ladies & gentlemen, grandeur & industry, while the ominous opening sets the stage for a tale of intrigue. The Titanic itself is shrouded in infamy, & readers will begin the novel prepared to be swept away on its fateful tide.

    The wolves of this world live in darkness, the minions of a Brotherhood whose power seems infinite. The allure of secret societies & blood rituals is almost irresistible when combined with the Titanic's inevitable doom. Yet, though there were several adrenaline-fueled scenes of danger, Fateful only skimmed the surface, leaving the apparently rich backstory obscured. Their massive forces are represented by just one man, who is almost melodramatic in his villainy. Though the mythology immediately piqued my interest, it failed to deliver on this brilliant setup.

    Tess is an admirable heroine, a servant girl determined to escape her old life & the miserable family for whom she works. It takes nerves of steel to start anew, completely alone in a foreign land, & it's impossible not to cheer for such an underdog. However, Tess's narration becomes grating as the novel progresses. She frequently explains things that should be obvious to the reader, which is rather off-putting & comes across as condescending.

    Alec is a quintessential tortured soul, & readers will find his wolfish charm captivating. Though this kind of supernatural angst is commonplace these days, in this novel it works. This is a dark & unjust world, & Alec's fight for his freedom & the safety of everyone he loves is heart-wrenching. However, his star-crossed romance with Tess moves rather quickly, & is a bit predictable -- the millionaire's son, plagued by his past, falls for a lowly servant girl but must stay away "for her own good." Though they face immeasurable odds, many of their obstacles seem to be created by the lovers themselves.

    The secondary characters are some of the best in the novel. The scandalous secrets of the many rich & famous on board is a tantalizing detail, adding finesse to the world-building & tying nicely into the development of the plot. Even Tess's employers are not free from stain. Her mistress Irene is beguiling, hiding a surprising flame beneath her delicate surface, while the rest of her family make for compelling lesser villains, since much of their cruelty arises from pitiful circumstance. Ned, Tess's fellow servant, is passionate, strong & loyal, worthy of his own tale. Thankfully, the story also features at least one admirable parent: Alec's father is a great man who cares deeply for his son, despite his haunted existence, & thinks no less of Tess for her difference in circumstance.

    Though the Titanic element was what initially drew me to the book, at times it was easy to forget they were on board. I expected the legendary ship to play a larger role in the plot, but except for a few brief moments, readers will forget the lovers are at sea until they strike the iceberg. In a historic tragedy where the reader knows how it must end, the conclusion is a bit too tidy and the resolution rather deus ex machina. Though it might be what some readers hope for, it felt inauthentic and ultimately left me unsatisfied.

    ~Review from thebookishtype[.]blogspot[.]com

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  • Posted October 17, 2011

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    Love the story!!!!!!!!!!!

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