Release Date: March 29th, 2012
Finished Date: May 30th, 2012
Source: For Review
The Review: “He frames my face with his hands as he says, "Tess. Only you could be brave enough to die with me. But I want you to live for me."
We kiss, as desperate as though we were drowning. When our lips part, Alec says, "Forgive me.” -Tess<
When I first found out about this book, I got really excited! A book set on the Titanic! I love everything Titanic, and the idea of a YA book set on it seemed amazing.
I really enjoyed this book. I thought it a little slow to start but it really picked up. Tess is our heroine and Lady's Maid. She's about to board the Titanic with the family she works for and head to America where she plans to quit her job and start a fresh. Easier said than done.
I'd not read anything by Claudia Gray before, but I have heard that she's a good writer, and this comes across in Fateful. Claudia Gray has managed to tell a story based on a true event and make it her own. Whilst also being historically accurate in places. Most of the reviews I'd read were good so I was super excited to read this. Claudia Gray managed to build mystery at the start of the book and continue it on through out the rest. I was completely (excuse the insensitive pun, I mean no disrespect) 'drowning' in the story. I loved every moment. Including the wolves. Yes, you read correctly. Claudia Gray created a paranormal romance meshed together with a historical time and although I did find it a little far fetched I thought it was executed really well and I ended up enjoying it. If you like paranormal and anything wolves and you enjoy historical romances then this is probably a good book to get started on.
Claudia Gray has written really well with regards to the divide in classes during the time, it's very difficult to know how it all truly worked, there's only so much people can record of history, but Claudia Gray has done really well in researching the divide in classes and you get the full effect in Fateful.
Now the ending. This is where a star drops. For me, I thought the book was wonderful, and completely different, but the ending just seemed all too convenient for me. Are we talking about a possible happy ending when dealing with The Titanic? I'll let you all decide for yourselves. I liked the ending but in way I'm not sure I did. I'm still on a mixed feeling about it. It just felt too convenient. But hey, maybe to others it really works. Although this book is written as a standalone, Claudia Gray left it, what I felt was open to a possible sequel. And I'd be happy with that.
So if you're looking for a fun and quirky read set on the R.M.S Titanic, then definitely read Fateful.