Thursday, December 13, 2012

Review: Fateful by Claudia Gray

Title: Fateful
Author: Claudia Gray
Publisher: HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers
Year of Release: 2011
ISBN: 978 0 7322 9428 1 (pbk.)
Source: Borrowed
The RMS Titanic might be the most luxurious ship in the world, but all passenger Tess Davies wants to do is escape her dreary existence as a maid. Trapped in a web of painful memories and twisted family secrets, Tess vows to make a run for it as soon as the ship reaches New York. A new world awaits... and a new life! 
Her single minded obsession shatters when she meets Alec. Handsome and mysterious, he captivates her immediately- but Alec has secrets of his own. As she uncovers the darkness lurking beneath his sophisticated surface, Tess discovers a horrifying truth. Werewolves, once only the stuff of nightmares, are real- and they are stalking Alec. Tess's love for Alec puts her in mortal peril, but an even greater danger lies in front of her before their journey on the Titanic is over.
This book was fantastic. Upon picking it up, I thought to myself, this book sounds a little weird, but I like weird so I decided to read it. I've read the Evernight series, Claudia Gray's other work, and came to the conclusion that I wanted to read more of her books. This one got a few good reviews and I am about to write another one. Claudia Gray has produced an incredibly original book. Werewolf novels have been written before, but ever heard of one set on the Titanic? It's refreshingly original and a nice plot twist. Even though you know that at some point the ship is going to sink, that's the only real obvious spoiler in the book. Most books, readers are able to predict what will happen, but this one was the opposite of an open book. (Of course, I don't mean that literally.) 
Common knowledge is that the Titanic sank on the 15 of April, 1912. Everything about this book was accurate to that era, right down to the language. The inequality between rich and poor, some technological inventions we have today weren't even incorporated into the book, giving us an insight as to how people lived back then. Think horse and carriage, the old irons. So not only was this book a great work of fiction, it can also be considered as educational. 
This book was a prime example of what YA Fiction is all about. With just the right mix of passion, lust, mystery, suspense, inspirational characters and set against a backdrop of one of the most iconic events in history, with a supernatural twist, the book hooks readers from the very first page. 

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