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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Review: Fateful + Giveaway



Title: Fateful
Author: Claudia Gray
Publisher: Harper Collins
Published: 13th September 2011
Source: Harper Collins Australia for review

It's about a servant girl named Tess in 1912, who wants to escape from the house where she works, and most particularly the lecherous young lord of the manor. But that's not her biggest problem. While on a voyage to America, where she plans to escape and start a new life, she meets Alec, who's ruggedly handsome, fabulously wealthy, intelligent and yet so clearly troubled that she'd rather not fall for him, but she does. That also is not her biggest problem. Alec, it turns out, is a werewolf ... one cursed to change every night, unless and until he surrenders his independence and joins the Brotherhood, a pack of violently misogynistic werewolves who have been tracking him for months. You'd think that would be their biggest problem, wouldn't you? But no. Their biggest problem -- though they don't know it yet -- is that they're aboard the RMS Titanic.


I fell in love with Fateful immediately - with the book and the original concept itself. Supernatural creatures, power struggles and tragic romances…. What's not to like? This novel was written exceptionally well, with a perfect balance of romance and action. Readers are constantly on the lookout for trouble as the sinking of the Titanic is inevitable. Will this standalone novel have a happy ending or be suitably tragic? You won't know until you read it!

Tess Davies works for the Lisle family in Southhampton, keeping the eldest daughter, Irene, looking her best whilst dodging the tongue lashings of Lady Regina, the wife of Viscount Lisle. Out of everyone in the family, Irene is the only one who treats Tess with any respect or gratitude, with others such as Layton, the only son and heir, taking advantage of their power and so-called position in the upper class. It was difficult to watch Tess struggle with these insolent characters as she's kind at heart, emotionally strong and innocent. The divide between classes is massive, and it's all you can do to cheer on the workers and hope the Lisle family (sans Irene) fall overboard into the freezing ocean! The friendship between Tess and Irene is very sweet, even more so when you see the sacrifices Irine makes for her maid.

Tess can't help but continuously run into the same two men, Alexander and Mikhail. Mikhail is a predator, dead set on recruiting Alec into the Brotherhood and terrorising Tess for his own twisted pleasure. With his dangerous werewolf curse, Alec initially tries to stay away from Tess but the inexplicable attraction between them grows quickly, with neither able to resist the other. Even as a wolf, Alec finds himself unable to hurt Tess, his human self overpowering the beast. It was exhilarating to see them discover each other and overcome the many obstacles onboard the Titanic. Cruel families, scary stalkers, hungry wolves and icebergs - run!! Sweet, powerful and all-consuming is how I'd describe their relationship. I loved it! They're always there for one another and nothing can tear them apart. You really don't know what to expect from this story. Anything can happen!

I won't spoil the ending, but I will say that it is perfect for this story. Fateful with stay with me for a very long time and I'll only be continuing it in my mind. Stand-alones drive me insane because I always want more! Brilliant writing from Gray - I'm looking forward to more from her!
Who's read Claudia's Evernight series? Any good? Should I give them a go?

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