Fateful | Claudia Gray


Fateful by Claudia Gray–Published by: Harper Collins–Publication date: March 29th 2012–Image sourced from Goodreads

The RMS Titanic is the most luxurious ship ever built, but for eighteen-year-old Tess Davies it’s a prison. Travelling as a maid for the family she has served for years, Tess is trapped in their employ amid painful memories and family secrets.

When she meets Alec, a handsome upper class passenger, Tess falls helplessly in love. But Alec has secrets of his own… and soon Tess is entangled in a dangerous game. A sinister brotherhood that will do anything to induct Alec into their mystical order has followed him onboard. And Tess is now their most powerful pawn.

Tess and Alec fight the dark forces threatening to tear them apart, never realising that they will have to face an even greater peril before the journey is over…

I have owned this book for a while but I wasn’t very tempted to read it because the copy I have the cover image has been torn off! I shouldn’t have let that put me off this amazing book and I wish I’d read it sooner.

Setting. The Titanic is such a romantic yet haunting setting and I loved it! There were a couple of chapters set on land, but the majority of the story occurred on board the ship. The detail the ship is described in is brilliant and I loved exploring all the different decks between First and Third class. The class distinction was also a great aspect to this book and really helped to drive the narrative.

Characters. My new OTP!! I love the two protagonists Tess and Alec and I love their love story. But it’s not just the romantic relationships that are beautiful but the relationships between friends and those that cross classes. One of the best characters was the villain and what made them even more terrifying than simply being a villain was 1) they are a werewolf, 2) they kill purely for the pleasure of it, and 3) the heroine is trapped on a ship with nowhere to escape to and nowhere to hide.

Plot. It was really interesting to read a book where you already know what is going to happen at the end *NON SPOILER* they’re on The Titanic—a ship doomed to sink… So as much as you didn’t want to fall in love with the characters because you know your heart will inevitably be broken, you just can’t help it!

Writing. I like my historical fiction to be realistic and written using the language and vocabulary of the time period the book is set in. Unfortunately with many YA historical novels, this isn’t the case and it was like that for Fateful. But this is my only complaint. I still really enjoyed Claudia Gray’s writing style and I look forward to reading more of her work.

5/5 stars

Recommended to: Romantics who are addicted to getting their heart broken.

Please Note: all opinions are mine and are not endorsed with any company or organization. 


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