Friday, December 9, 2011

Fateful By: Claudia Gray

Eighteen-year-old maid Tess Davies is determined to escape the wealthy, troubled family she serves. It’s 1912, and Tess has been trapped in the employ of the Lisles for years, amid painful memories and twisted secrets. But now the Lisle family is headed to America, with Tess in tow. Once the ship they’re sailing on—the RMS Titanic—reaches its destination, Tess plans to strike out and create a new life for herself.

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.

OK, so, the first thing I heard about this book was Werewolves on the Titanic.  I was sold! 
Tess, our main girl, is a servant for a distinguished family in England.  When they book passage to America on the Titanic she is ecstatic that she will be able to go as well. Strange things happen to her.... the night before boarding she is out on an errand and comes face to face with a wolf. In the City!  Luckily an attractive, wealty young man comes to her rescue.   The next day while boarding in the first class area she gets a strange feeling that she is being watched.   She is being followed and now she is on the ship with them and she is in the way of what they want.  Although there is a nice perk, the wealthy, attractive young man that saved her in England is on this ship as well and they seem to have a connection.....

I liked the characters.  Tess has goals and she is working very hard to go out on her own. She knows her station in life and is trying to change it.  Alec is constantly afraid for those around him.  He tries so hard to keep people from getting close so he lives a very lonely life with just his dad.  He tried to stay way from Tess for her safety and found that he couldn't, she did need protecting after all.  :-)  He was able to be himself and actually have fun and even the father mentions how much he is changing when he is around Tess. 

I really liked that at the end of the book there is a little history information about this book.  I liked that Claudia Gray wanted to tell a paranormal historical story but she wanted to maintain the story and didn't want to potentially hurt any memories of actual people on the ship.  I loved that she made up a job for one of the characters so that no one could confuse the fact with the fiction. 

This was a great book and I loved that she put a paranormal spin on a historical event.  I thought that she did a great job and I was actually involved in the story for the entire read.

1 comment:

  1. Claudia got her werewolf on the Titanic book published? I remember way back before she was published. We'd always chat on Absolute Write. I told her about my paranormal book with vampires during the Salem Witch Trials and she'd tell me about her plans for this one.
    It's so great to see it's out now. Good for her!