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.
First Sentence: It’s not too late to turn back, I tell myself.
This book is about werewolves and the Titanic.
Werewolves and the Titanic.
Yes, you didn’t read wrong. That’s exactly what this book is about.
Honestly, I don’t think there is a more unique book than Fateful out there. I mean, how can you beat werewolves and the Titanic, together, all in one book? When I first heard about this, I couldn’t believe what I was hearing, that I had to double-check if I was reading things wrong. When I saw that Fateful is really about the Titanic with werewolves in it, I proceeded to order it asap, and devoured it when I finally got it in my hands. I am so glad I decided to take the chance on Fateful – it was a worthwhile read.
“If you value your life, keep your silence. That’s the only thing that will save you. Do you hear me, Tess?”
The romance between the two main characters, Tess and Alec, was cute. I do wish that their romance was done a little differently though. My main problem with the romance in Fateful is that the chemistry between Tess and Alec was described in the cheesiest way: Tess noticing how handsome Alec is, how gorgeous the color of his green eyes are, and how different yet connected she feels when she’s with him. This is definitely a romance that needs more showing and not any telling.
I do love how Fateful manages to incorporate historical elements in the story without boring me to death unlike another young adult historical fiction books I’ve read. Fateful tells the story of Tess and Alec who both happen to be onboard the Titanic (like I’m sure I’ve mentioned a million times already) – Tess is a poor maid, barely scraping by a living while Alec belongs to one of the top rich families. Just like the old times, Tess and Alec are forbidden from being together just because they come from different social classes. Back then, the rich just don’t mix with the poor and vice versa. The ending of Fateful doesn’t really solve this social class problem, but to me, it doesn’t really matter since it gave both Tess and Alec their well-deserved happy ending.
His name is Alexander Marlowe…His father is a steel magnate. Although this last fact makes it even more obvious that Alec can never, ever be mine, it is something else I can know about him. Knowlegdge is the only thing about Alec I can ever possess. (47)
However, some facts in Fateful about the Titanic isn’t accurate, but Claudia Gray explained why she wrote some inaccurate facts in the back of the book where the “Fateful Author’s Notes” section is. Claudia Gray’s exact words are that she chose “drama over accuracy” in her book and she rather not “fictionalize the life of an actual officer aboard the ship.” To me, the “Fateful Author’s Notes” proves to me that Claudia Gray did indeed do her research, but just didn’t use some of it.
I have mixed feelings on the ending of Fateful. I mean, everything that had happened at the end of Fateful is just too good to be true. I feel like the werewolf portion of the ending is a bit (okay, not “a bit” but really) exaggerated and goes beyond leaps and bounds of any other werewolf stories I’ve read. The ending just left a little too dumbfounded and skeptical.
“You have had your turn,” he rasps, looming over me. “Now I shall have mine. Blow by blow. Pain for pain.” (318)
Some scenes in Fateful reminded my of the Titanic movie so much. Remember when the elderly couple died together at the end of the movie, when they were in their top bunk bed holding hands, knowing that they’ll die but they might as well die together? Well, Fateful had a similar scene, although it isn’t written. However, I did imagine that certain scene happening to a certain couple from the book. Every time I think of it, I want to tear up because it’s just so sad. There was also this one other scene in Fateful that reminded me of the Titanic movie, but I’m not going to spoil anything.
I feel like I have to say this because some of you might want to know, but Fateful does have a sex scene in it. However, don’t worry, the sex scene is not explicitly described. Instead, it is implied that Tess and Alec had sex. It’s basically Tess telling Alec that she wants to give him everything and the next scene are them playing in bed, deed done.
Overall, if the words “werewolves” and “the Titanic” together in the beginning of my review didn’t capture your attention already, let me tell you this bluntly: Read this book now! I can guarantee you that you won’t regret doing so. In fact, Fateful is one of my favorite books due to the fact that it’s very unique and is simply a fun book.