Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Fateful- Review plus GIVEAWAY!


Goodreads Description:
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

My Thoughts:
Fateful is a book that you know going in isn’t going to end well for a lot of the characters. You know how the story ends, you know what’s about to happen, but you are powerless to stop it. All you can do is sit back and hope that somehow the story changes or at the very least your favorite characters find a way out of this predicament. And that’s what I was doing the entire time.
I loved Tess. She was strong and determined. She knew what she wanted and was willing to work hard to get it. She didn’t expect things to be handed to her, but she knew her own self value. She understood that even though she was a servant she deserved a better life than the life she was living.
I enjoyed watching Tess and Alec’s relationship grow, but there were a couple of things I didn’t love about it. The first is the way he treats her in the beginning. I know I’ve complained about this before in other books but it just bothers me when the main guy does it. I get WHY they do, I just don’t like it. Also, there is a reference in there that Tess makes about how they wouldn’t have been together if Alec wasn't a werewolf. While I understand that this is most likely true, they are after all from two very different social standings, it makes me sad. But again, I understand why the reference was made. An upper class person dating a servant was completely unacceptable in those times so it is understandable that Tess would think about it.
I think Claudia Gray does a wonderful job of painting a picture of what the life of a servant was like and what life on the Titanic was like. The details seem factual and well researched, and were flawlessly executed.
Fateful is by far my favorite book by Claudia Gray. I really enjoyed the Evernight series but Claudia Gray takes this story to a whole new level. This book will have you dying to skip to the last page just to find out how this beautifully tragic story ends and if anyone is granted a happy ending…
Grade: A
In honor of the release of Fateful I am giving away a copy of Evernight. Also, if I reached 150 followers by the end of the giveaway I will include a copy of the second book, Stargazer. To enter fill out this FORM. Giveaway ends on 11:59pm September 13 (the day Fateful releases).
Giveaway has ended and winner has been notified! Thanks to all who entered!

In case you don't know what Evernight is about here's the book cover and the description from GoodReads.

Bianca wants to escape.

She's been uprooted from her small hometown and enrolled at Evernight Academy, an eerie Gothic boarding school where the students are somehow too perfect: smart, sleek, and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn't fit in.

Then she meets Lucas. He's not the "Evernight type" either, and he likes it that way. Lucas ignores the rules, stands up to the snobs, and warns Bianca to be careful—even when it comes to caring about him.

"I couldn't stand it if they took it out on you," he tells Bianca, "and eventually they would."

But the connection between Bianca and Lucas can't be denied. Bianca will risk anything to be with Lucas, but dark secrets are fated to tear them apart . . . and to make Bianca question everything she's ever believed.


  1. I loved evernight and i am so excited for fateful claudia gray is just an amazing author

    I follow you on GFC and twitter & I retweeted http://twitter.com/#!/mel_91284/status/108606020363878400

  2. I really liked this series though I stopped reading halfway through the third book because things were happening (in the book) and I didn't want to have to wait until Afterlife came out. So I bought Afterlife than finished the third book.


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