Monday, 2 April 2012

Review: Fateful by Claudia Gray

Fateful by Claudia Gray
Published by HarperCollins

A tragic tale about falling in love on the world’s most infamous ill-fated sea voyage as heroine, Tess, discovers darker secrets that lie beneath the doomed crossing… and a hidden brotherhood that threaten to tear her lover from her forever.

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…

New York Times best-selling author Claudia Gray delivers adventure, dark paranormal suspense, alluring romance, and a truly surprise ending, set against the opulent backdrop of the Titanic's first — and last — voyage.


***

I think my friend Vicki summed it up when she said in her review that this book was part Brilliant and Part plain silly as that is totally how I feel about this book.

What I liked
I loved the main character Tess and enjoyed getting to know her as a character. She is one of those character you really want to root for as she really has it tough. I loved finding out more about the world she lived in and the things she dealt with on a daily basis.

I loved the main setting of this book (how could the historian in me not?) and I loved getting to know the Titanic through Tess's eyes.

I loved the relationship that developed between Tess and Alec and loved seeing that actually at the end of the day they really had this real connection despite being told they shouldn't by the society they lived in.

What could have been better

The werewolf story was just plain silly. I thought it made what could have been a really nice story really laughable in place where I don't think the author intended it to be.

The ending started off being really fitting to the entire book but then was spoiled by the last chapter ... thinking cynically as a way to spin out another book or two in the series.

So all in all not a bad read but I'm not sure I'll continue on with the series any further.

1 comment:

Jesse Owen said...

Oh! A werewolf? really lol

I'm intrigued enough by the Titanic part - I've had a lingering interest about the Titanic since as far back as I can remember so would be fab to see a characters point of view of the ship!

Fab review :)