By Claudia Gray
Sept. 13, 2011
HarperTeen, 336 pages
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.
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.
— Amazon.com description
When you just read the description of this book, easily summed up as “werewolves on the Titanic,” admit it, you were sort of like, “Seriously?!”
But no, stop and think about it. The Titanic, thanks to Leo & Kate, is engrained in all* our minds as a setting prime for adventure and steamy looooove. Add werewolves into the mix? Hello, murder! What up, drama!
And, truly, it all came together and just WORKED IT. This is my favorite of Claudia Gray’s books to date. I think it has something to do with how seamlessly the romance was blended with the historical setting and paranormal. Three genres in one, and fans of all three will probably be delighted!
*If you haven’t seen this movie, I worry for you. Do you have electricity? Cable? Okay, good. So turn on your TV and go to the search area. Titanic is bound to be playing sometime in the next 48 hours. Hit record. Trust.