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Eighteen-year-old maid Tess Davies is determined to escape the wealthy, troubled family she serves. Its 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 theyre sailing on—the RMS Titanic—reaches its destination, Tess plans to strike out and create a new lifefor 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. Hes in a hurry to leave Europe, and whispers aboard the ship say its 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 Alecs 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 Titanics first—and last—voyage.

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"Werewolves on the Titanic! It sounds ridiculous (and make no mistake, it is), but fans of campy, swoony romances should find this mix of the historical and the paranormal a worthy guilty pleasure. Gray (the Evernight series) delivers a novel filled with soap operatic twists and turns, romance that bridges class boundaries, and lots of sharp fangs. Tess Davies has long been maid to the Lisle family, headed by the harsh Lady Regina. The family is aboard the Titanic, traveling from Southampton to New York City, where Tess plans to ditch the Lisles and start a new life. When Tess meets Mikhail, an evil werewolf, and gorgeous Alec, a werewolf fighting his violent nature, her voyage suddenly becomes about survival — but also love, her steamy relationship with Alec leading to such lines as 'You can offer me tonight' in response to Alec's lament that he has nothing to offer Tess. Though the serious tone, extreme melodrama, and constant threats to Tess (a depressingly passive heroine) get to be a bit much, Gray's fans should find it a fast-paced, fun read. Ages 14 — up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Claudia Gray is the pseudonym of New Orleans-based writer Amy Vincent, the author of the New York Times bestselling Evernight series. She has worked as a lawyer, a journalist, a disc jockey, and an extremely poor waitress. Her lifelong interests in old houses, classic movies, vintage style, and history all play a part in creating the world of Evernight.

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Lieder Madchen, March 16, 2012 (view all comments by Lieder Madchen)
I love Claudia Gray's writing style. It grabs you and immediately pushes you into whatever world she is trying to portray, whether it be the dark halls of Evernight Academy, or, in the case of Fateful, 1912 England. Right before the Titanic sails. The history was what I loved most about this book. The sinking of the Titanic is such a fascinating, tragic event for anyone who loves history, and this book perfectly shows the many things that might have happened to people on that ill-fated voyage. (Except for the werewolves, of course.) You see the hope of so many as they travel to America to make new lives for themselves, the decadence of the first class passengers and the bravery of the crew. Ms. Gray invented the entire principal cast of players, yet they are all very believable as people of the time.

Tess Davies, our heroine, is a lady's maid traveling with the somewhat dysfunctional Lisle family. Being an enterprising sort of miss, Tess does not plan to be a maid forever but rather start anew in America. Her plans are disrupted by mysterious gentleman and wolves even before the ship sets sail. She meant to just quietly go about her duties through the trip, but finds herself embroiled in a battle of wills between two werewolves. Alec and Mikhail. To complicate things further, she finds herself falling in love with Alec, though she knows nothing can happen between a servant girl and a first class passenger, even without all the supernatural goings on. I do love Tess; every inch the proper maid, she keeps secrets and faces the most shocking discoveries with a complete lack of hysteria. Her sensible beliefs are turned upside down and though she knows she shouldn't get further involved her heart won't let her start.

Alec is a dreamer whose future fell apart when he was bitten. While a dangerous pack of powerful werewolves want him and his father's influence at their control, he is determined to retain his freedom, but freedom can come at a terrible cost. I love his bravery and stalwart determination as he tries to protect everybody without losing himself.

The minor characters in this novel are as wonderful and well-developed as the main ones. Alec's father is wonderful; strong and supportive while so scared for his son. Tess shares a room with a Lebanese woman named Myriam and two elderly Norwegian ladies who speak no English. The ship is full of passengers from everywhere in the world. The crew is represented by one Seventh Officer Mr. George Greene, and unflappably English gentleman. The Lisle family are as different from each other as family members can be with kind Irene, pasty Leyton and overbearing Lady Regina. These are just a few of the lovely minor characters and you can't help but become involved in their fates, though you know they won't all survive the end.

My one disappointment in this novel was that in Ms. Gray's other books there was always some magnificent plot twist that you didn't see coming (read Evernight and you will see what I'm talking about) and in this one there was not. However, that only barely diminished my overall enjoyment of the story.
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Sara Gundell, September 21, 2011 (view all comments by Sara Gundell)
Whether or not you’re a fan of Claudia Gray’s Evernight series, you will find plenty to love in the author’s new standalone novel, Fateful.

Fateful is a thrilling paranormal story set on the Titanic. It follows Tess Davies, as she sets out on that fateful voyage in 1912 with the family she’s been working under for most of her life. But Tess has a secret plan. When the Titanic gets to America, she’s leaving the family. She’s going to take her meager savings and strike out on her own. Then she meets Alec, a charming first-class passenger who confuses her in every way �" right down to the secrets she knows he’s keeping. But Tess can’t stay away, and she soon finds herself at the center of a an ongoing battle for power amongst werewolves. In the midst of werewolf drama and falling in love, Tess’s plans for freedom are also crumbling. And then, the Titanic hits an iceburg, and Tess isn’t sure if she, Alec or anyone else will make it to America at all.

Gray is already a master of writing difficult romances and paranormal adventures, and her skills shine in Fateful �" as she weaves together mystery, intrigue, romance, werewolves, and the most infamous voyage of all time. The result is a fast-paced story that’s simply fun to read.

What’s really so spectacular about Fateful is that it offers SO MUCH within its 300 some-odd pages. There are so many elements that Gray could have easily written three or four different books, yet she weaves them together so perfectly that what you have is a lush, multi-layered book. Every aspect of this book works: the romance, the story of social struggle, the fateful voyage of the Titanic, the werewolf saga.

This seamlessly woven together saga is held together nicely by a wonderful cast of characters. Tess and Alec alone are characters worthy of following �" yet, there is a whole cast of characters worth caring about. From Alec’s well-meaning father, to Tess’s colorful and spirited roommate on board the Titanic. Even the less savory characters are intriguing and engaging.

Fateful will quickly and easily sweep you up. And while I enjoy the rare treat of a standalone paranormal novel, part of me wishes there was more. What happens after the voyage on the Titanic? Well, that’s what our imaginations are for, aren’t they? (Well, imaginations … and fan fiction.)
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780062006202
Author:
Gray, Claudia
Publisher:
Harper Teen
Subject:
Horror & Ghost Stories
Subject:
Children s-Scary Stories
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20110931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
6 x 6 in 22.80 oz
Age Level:
from 14

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Product details 336 pages Harper Teen - English 9780062006202 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Werewolves on the Titanic! It sounds ridiculous (and make no mistake, it is), but fans of campy, swoony romances should find this mix of the historical and the paranormal a worthy guilty pleasure. Gray (the Evernight series) delivers a novel filled with soap operatic twists and turns, romance that bridges class boundaries, and lots of sharp fangs. Tess Davies has long been maid to the Lisle family, headed by the harsh Lady Regina. The family is aboard the Titanic, traveling from Southampton to New York City, where Tess plans to ditch the Lisles and start a new life. When Tess meets Mikhail, an evil werewolf, and gorgeous Alec, a werewolf fighting his violent nature, her voyage suddenly becomes about survival — but also love, her steamy relationship with Alec leading to such lines as 'You can offer me tonight' in response to Alec's lament that he has nothing to offer Tess. Though the serious tone, extreme melodrama, and constant threats to Tess (a depressingly passive heroine) get to be a bit much, Gray's fans should find it a fast-paced, fun read. Ages 14 — up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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