by Claudia Gray


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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 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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ISBN-13: 9780062006202
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/13/2011
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: 770L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

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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Fateful 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 101 reviews.
Jaime13 More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
FuzzyCoffeeBooks More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.:(
HogwartsLUVR More than 1 year ago
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.
Some_Reading_Required More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I even thought the sample is something, I'm getting the book now. The only bad thing is that the description is in Spanish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its in a different language.
Novelsontherun More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Dementors-Kiss More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
skyla11377 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great story with unique characters and an awesome plot. I'll be reading this one again. Highly recommemnded.
thereaderbee More than 1 year ago
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!
BookHounds More than 1 year ago
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.
The_BookishType More than 1 year ago
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
ValerieStuckInBooks More than 1 year ago
Source: Purchased kindle version My Summary: Ever since Tess turned thirteen, she has been a maid for the Lisies family. Now eighteen, Tess is headed to America with her employer on the RMS Titanic. She has saved for two years to have enough money to give notice when the ship docks so that she can start a new life. But nothing comes easily for Tess and this trip is no different. Before she even boards the ship, she is attacked by a wolf and defended by the incredible Alec. Once aboard, the problems really start. As a third class passenger who serves a first class family, Tess struggles to push aside the feelings for Alec, who turns up again to help her. Their relationship quickly grows despite the difference is social status. But the wolf that plagues her on land has joined her on the ship. Trying to stay safe has become a full time job and that's without the destiny of the ship taken into account. My thoughts: 5 stars - a must read So let me start by saying that I'm not a Titanic fan. I really didn't like the movie and I really don't like reading something where I think everyone is going to die. Talk about depressing. But I picked up Fateful for the Dark Days Tour and I'm really glad I did. I've always liked Claudia Gray as a writer and this book doesn't disappoint. I love the 1912 atmosphere that she creates for this story. Tess's employer is disagreeable and difficult. It's clear why Tess would want a different kind of life. I love the way that the Titanic isn't the center of the story. Yes we get to see what it looks like and how grand it is but the ship is not the story. The social status is certainly an aspect to it but it too is not the story. Tess and Alec overcome that as easily as Alec not caring what others think. (Which I love about Alec). The story is a paranormal romance where a brotherhood of werewolves are all powerful and influential. They want Alec and they will stop at nothing to get him. Tess's employer has something else they want and Tess is something of a play thing for them. The complex drama of the story develops well before any events on the ship come into play. There were twists and turns as the brotherhood made their moves and Tess tried to stay away from them. All the while, Tess and Alec become close despite both of their efforts not to. The characters are rich and full of depth. Tess is strong and bold, putting up with only as much as she has to keep her position as a maid. It's clear what draws Alec to her. I particularly liked Alec. He was in a difficult situation that caused his family a lot of pain. He tried very hard to do the right thing at a high personal cost. It is obvious that he has feelings for Tess but he tries very hard to set them aside so that she won't be drawn into the mess that is his life. When it becomes clear that Tess is involved, he tries to keep her safe and he stands up to social pressure as he spends time with Tess. At every step he chooses what is right instead of what is easy. Love that about him. Now about the ending, I become very stressed as I reached the last fifty pages or so. I knew that boat was going to sink, even though the story didn't (thankfully) dwell on the events leading up to the impact with the iceberg. I clung to the idea that Claudia Gray is a masterful storyteller as I plunged on to finish the book. I cried. There were some really hard scenes for me to read but I also hoped. I wasn't di
tinalucy More than 1 year ago
Spoiler ALERT... I loved loved loved this book. I knew Tess and Alec would end up together but the way they did was surprising in a good way. This book was not predictable one bit. Claudia Gray did a great job at making you fall in love with the characters and hate the bad guys. I would recommend to anyone who loves supernatural romances.
Melissa Bush More than 1 year ago
This is a book you can't put down and keep wanting more. Claudia descibes the Titanic and events like no other author. The love between Tess and Alec is truely beautiful. I will recomend this book to all my friends and others. This is a Amazing book, it will be on my list of favorites.
anna-b More than 1 year ago
So I finished Fateful a couple days ago, but I've been putting of writing a review because I honestly don't know what to say. I LOVED this book. Way more than the Evernight series. I just... I don't even know. I don't think I've come across a book in a really long time that's touched me like this one, and I honestly don't know why. I think it's mostly to do with the romance and the fact that it's set on the Titanic. Coming in to this book, I set myself up for it to be a tragedy, hoping I would find some happiness in it. I did :) But I also found a lot of tears. I don't cry very often when I read books, it's a genetic defect or something. I bawled like a baby when I read Fateful. And I didn't just have wet eyes. This was major, sobbing, nose running, loud noise crying. My mom eventually came in my room and had to ask if I was okay. It was that bad. But the story was so good. I absolutely loved Tess. She's so practical and brave, but she spends the novel really finding herself. She's also pretty funny. And Alec is fabulous.. he's just so.. wolfish. He's pretty much the epitome of alpha male. If you've seen some of my future posts you know I love a good alpha ;) Their romance was absolutely remarkable. I honestly didn't know if they were going to work out or not. Not until the last 5 pages or so did I really get my answer. Gray kept me on the edge of my seat up until the very last word. The setting is also really fabulous, I mean, I werewolf romance on the Titanic?! How awesome?! I have never read anything else set amongst the Titanic, but I loved the movie. And I loved this story's setting. I was so heartbroken for Tess, living as a lowly servant with no fireplace in the winter, working for such a wretched woman. However, the contrast between upper and lower class really stood out. While the Lisle family had money and power, they were all miserable, but Tess enjoyed herself and Alec enjoyed being with the third class passengers much more. We all know how it should end, so no spoilers there. The Titanic sinks, but who lives and who dies is a real surprise :) I want anyone and everyone to read this book! It's absolutely wonderful! If I ever get the chance to meet Miss Gray in person I will hug her for writing this book! It's absolutely fantastic for laughs, cries, romance, paranormal, everything! Add it to your TBR list :)
Unwasted_Words More than 1 year ago
Faithful fans of the Evernight Series will be pleased with Claudia Gray's latest release Fateful. Readers like me who were disappointed in the lack luster conclusion of Afterlife will find Fateful a return to all the wonderful things that drew us into Evernight and Stargazer. Tess Davies is a woman of lower class and circumstance that has forced her to the employ of the Lisles. But Tess's current station hasn't dampened her determination to free herself of a life of servitude. She plans to strike out on her own in the new world. Before her journey can even begin Tess stumbles upon some supernatural trouble that follows her along her voyage and a mysterious handsome young man with a dangerous past who's quickly becoming Tess' personal knight in shining armor. If the bad guy doesn't kill her or the werewolves, the trip might do the trick, because this ship is destined to go down, the only question left is who's going down with it. Gray created some pretty compelling characters. Tess was interesting in the way she knew her place but also knew regardless of how society viewed her, she was worth more and patiently planned for a better future. Fateful was full of turn of the century socially imposed prisons and had a great cross section of women role models that spanned different classes and virtues. Tess being hardworking and patient, Irene kind, Myriam strong, fearless, self assured. There was also a great love story at the heart of this book, though it was a bit more progressive than most from this era, I personally don't mind the less than chaste version, it seems more accurate and is mostly used to point out the difficulties that faced young women at the time. I think my biggest gripe about Fateful is that it's only planned as a stand alone book. Not being able to visit these characters again is a great disappointment, the time period is always a great one to read about because of all the rules and social mishaps. Wonderful characters, a great setting, true love, and mortal danger, this has everything for the makings of a stellar series. Hopefully Gray will one day utilize the openings she left at the end of the book.
kristeny More than 1 year ago
I just read a night to remember for a school project and loved it i wasnt sure if i really wanted to read another titanic book but this was one of the best books i have EVER READ!!!!!!! I totally recomend it. I was about halfway through it when i had to go to a potlock . So dissapointed i had to leave. I read all of the 248pgs today and started at 1. READ THIS BOOK!!!!!
jenababy13 More than 1 year ago
Historical, stunning, and imaginative. Claudia Gray took a historical event and created a beautiful, thrilling story with werewolves, romance, and a tragedy. In April 1912, Tess is a servant to the Lisle family. The Lisle family has decided to voyage to the United States aboard the RMS Titanic, and upon arriving to the US, Tess believes she'll finally be able to gain some freedom. She never expects along the journey for fall for the handsome and rich Alec Marlowe. But Alec has a secret of his own, he's a werewolf cursed to changed every single night. For Tess and Alec that isn't their only problem. They're also being hunted by Mikhail, an extremely powerful werewolf. Being hunted, class-separated, and on a doomed ship these two must trust fate to guide them to what they deserve. I have to admit, I was a little skeptical about reading this one. Not because I thought I wouldn't enjoy it, but because (don't kill me...) I never really got into the whole "Titanic" event. I am SO, so glad I read it as soon as I did, because I absolutely adored this book. In my opinion, I don't think Claudia Gray could have made Fateful any better... it was brilliantly done. The writing was absolutely beautiful and perfectly written for the time period. The character were all perfectly developed and each had a role to play. And in regards to the Titanic, it was part of the story but it was left in the background... which I also thought was perfectly done! The story revolves around Tess and not the ship, and I couldn't have loved it any more. Tess is such a brave and admirable character. Yes, she is a servant and she knows her place, yet she does what she has to for herself and the people she cares about. She has a wise head on her shoulders, and is a protagonist you are sure to love. With the characters, I have to give a quick shout out to Irene. I loved Irene and her role in Fateful. I loved how she was the reserved girl, but could certainly stand up for herself and hold her ground. Finally, Alec. Oh Alec... with your chestnut waves, broad shoulders, and gold-green eyes... can I have you? Alec is the all-around perfect boy to fall for. He's wealthy, but is modest about it. He has the perfect father. And, Alec is so self-sacrificing and caring. I loved Alec so much, 100% one of my new favorite fictional boys. I am a huge fan of Claudia Gray's Evernight Series and Fateful in no way let me down. Honestly, I was not expecting it to have the ending it had but, I was so dang happy with it. With it's exquisite writing, flawless characters, and a brilliant story line, Fateful is not a book you want to miss! Five stars out of Five! *Side note! - The Fateful cover with Tess in the red dress standing on the boat, with her blonde hair whipping around and the moon and iceberg in the background is just STUNNING and perfect.