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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 t...more
Paperback, UK Edition, 328 pages
Published March 29th 2012 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published August 29th 2011)
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Cait
I rated this book 3.5 stars, and there are some slight spoilers, but they're not that huge. So read it now........if you DARE!

Let me start off this review by saying that I love love love love love the American cover for this book. It has everything I want: it's got raised lettering, different textures, and it's oh so tantalizingly shiny. I'm seriously obsessed with it right now. Sometimes I just sit in my room for hours just stroking and thinking about the many dirty things I could do with i...more
Rebecca
For years, Tess Davies has worked as a maid for the Lisle family at their manor house in England. But she has always dreamed of a better life, and now that she has saved up enough money, she has decided leave her job. And she gets the perfect opportunity when she is chosen to accompany the Lisles on an ocean voyage to New York. A new country is the perfect place to start a new life. And they are sailing on the maiden voyage of the largest, most elegant ship ever built, the RMS Titanic.

Shortly be...more
Dixie Marie
As if the movie didn't make ne cry enough! This book put me in constant tears near the end! I thought we were gonna have the Titanic movie all over again! Thank God we didn't.
Kristi-The Book Faery
THE FAERYS VIEW
Fateful was so much better than I thought it was going to be. Truthfully, I wasn't expecting it to be as thrilling or captivating as it was.
Just goes to show that you can't always 'judge a book by the ship it's about! My original thought was:
"Okay, Faery Chica-here's how it's probably going to go---Doomed Titanic + Lovely yet Helpless Servant Girl + Tortured yet Good-hearted Werewolf = Tragedy on the lower decks that only the werewolf can save the poor servant girl from".

I envisi...more
Lea
Hands down, this book was absolutely incredible.

Fateful was a retelling of Titanic's story combined with a unique paranormal twist-- it had my heart racing and left me speechless by the end. I burst into tears at multiple parts of the story, because it was that good at drawing me in and making me feel emotionally invested in the characters-- even the minor ones. The writing was both beautiful and powerful, and the story, despite being paranormal, was very true-to-life and accurately followed hi...more
Rachel
Now, in all fairness, I probably would've given this book four stars were it not for the Titanic setting. I rank it right at four stars story-wise, but the Titanic makes it solidly five. I've been fascinated with the story of the Titanic since I first saw the movie, which was at least ten years ago. Though James Cameron's movie incited my love, I went further and read several books on the ship. Needless to say, anything involving the Titanic catches my eye, though not always my fancy.

I liked the...more
~Tina~
I'm a huge fan of Claudia Gray and her Evernight books, but to tell you the truth I was a bit weary about going into this book. A book concept about the Titanic fascinated me since I have always been haunted and charmed by it's story. The idea of werewolves also fascinates me since it's well... werewolves and I'm a paranormal junkie. But. The Titanic and werewolves together? Really?

I shouldn't have been concerned since Gray did a terrific job. This is what storytelling is all about. Being creati...more
Lisa
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I fell in love with Fateful immediately - with the book and the original concept itself. Supernatural creatures, power struggles and tragic romances…. What's not to like? This novel was written exceptionally well, with a perfect balance of romance and action. Readers are constantly on the lookout for trouble as the sinking of the Titanic is inevitable. Will this standalone novel have a happy ending or be suitably tragic? You won't know until you re...more
Leah (Jane Speare)
As soon as that first sentence is read, you're unable to put down this book. It's a very unique genre. One would try to classify it as historical fiction, tantalizingly laced with paranormal aspects. While the story is being told, in present tense, reading it I sometimes forgot that the ship they were on was actually the Titanic, until some critical moments, and then suddenly you remember the big, almost silent part of the plot; the doomed voyage. My hands were literally so sweaty with anticipat...more
Maria
Jun 01, 2011 Maria rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone!!
Recommended to Maria by: Claudia Gray @ BookExpo
Claudia Gray has to be one of my favorite authors, period. She just has this way of writing that makes you never want to put a book down. Of course, most of you have read the Evernight series (and if you haven't, you should go do so right now!), and so you know how amazing Claudia's novels are. But this one, Fateful, has made it's way to the top of my list.

I think one of the best aspects of Fateful is that you already know one thing that's going to happen - I mean, they're on the Titanic - we al...more
Lissa Smith
Nov 21, 2011 Lissa Smith rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves supernatural werewolf love stories based on real fiction
Recommended to Lissa by: Books 4 Review Club
4 Wow Stars!

Although CG notes that she researched the Titanic while writing Fateful, at some point she choose to deviate from historical accuracy and chose a more practical route supernatural—drama. CG gives us for example in her Author notes, “Myriam would almost certainly have boarded the ship at Cherbourg rather than Southampton; servants traveling in third class was so unheard-of that I’m sure Tess’s handy key was unheard-of too; and the Titanic had no “seventh officer.” Rather than fictiona
...more
Alyssa
I adore Claudia Gray (a pseudo, in case you didn’t know), as both a person and a writer. I followed her blog up until it became the non-active type it is today, finding her to be sweet and generous, as well as incredibly personable and friendly. Her debut series, Evernight, is one of the only vampire texts that I can stomach nowadays, and trust me, that’s not a compliment I dish out to everyone.

The moment I’d heard she was working on something different, my excitement – as well as my guard – sh...more
Jess
The best part about the book--and the sole reason it gets 4 stars--is the almost-ending. I'm not going to put it under a spoiler tag, because everyone should know this already, but man, I could not stop crying when the ship was starting to sink, and Tessa was describing how there weren't enough lifeboats, and the overall feel when fifteen hundred people know they're about to die.
It's heartbreaking, really. I think that was the thing that made me cry during the James Cameron Titanic. Not Jack an...more
Kayleigh {K-Books}
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Fateful Review

I honestly had no idea how I was going to feel about this book. I instantly thought it would be something that I would enjoy. I am a huge fan of the story of Titanic and I love paranormal books so a story that mixed the Titanic and werewolves sounds like the perfect book for me. Yet I was still very reluctant to start this book. I think this is mainly because I have read the first 2 books in Claudia's Evernight series and I wasn't a big fan of them so I was...more
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
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Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
A compelling story with an enticing paranormal romance, an engaging story line and a beautiful retelling of the heartbreaking tragedy of the Titanic, Fateful is a book that I sat and devoured in one sitting. Claudia Gray has written a story that is captivating, well researched and incredibly written.

Aside from being a paranormal story, I loved the historical part of Fateful. Claudia did a brilliant job with her detailed writing and how she handled the entire voyage of the Titanic. Even though I...more
Heidi
Three stars: Set sail on Titanic with some werewolves.

Tess hurries down the cobbled street. Anxious to get to the shop to fetch the laces for the boots of her employer. The shadows are lengthening, it is a dangerous hour for a young lady to be on the street. Men leer on the corner and Tess is reminded, yet again, of her vulnerability as a maid. She scurries along, dreaming of her imminent freedom which will hopefully begin in a week's time. She is to set sail on the Titanic with her employers to...more
Christie
First sentence: "It's not too late to turn back, I tell myself."

There may be minor spoilers so beware if you are someone who hates spoilers so much you can't even read the synopsis of a book.

So I was excited about this book and I really wanted to love it. I mean it's Titanic with werewolves. Unfortunately, it was James Cameron's Titanic with werewolves. Let me explain:

Enter poor little rich girl/boy:
Rose...I mean Alec

Oh but it's different because he turns into this at sunset:


Ok, ok maybe i...more
Rachmi
Before:

I have this book for a while but always skip it to read another books. The blurb quite interesting but I don't feel I want to read it soon since its setting is based on original story. Who is in this earth never heard of Titanic? So I was kind of feel there will be nothing new in it moreover it's about werewolves. One of paranormal themes that is quite popular now. Those reasons make it less appealing to me, though it has a very good rating here. But I finally picked it up for the sake of...more
♫Rose4ever♫ ~ Katerina  Mikhailov  ~    (Team Dimitri/Gale/Jace)
Sounds awesome!!!!
oooo the TITANIC!!!!!!!!!!

two of my fave things
titanic
and WEREWOLVES

and of course Claudia Gray is a great author! :)
Jennifer
4.5/5 stars.

This book was part historical romance and part paranormal. A very interesting and unexpected combination.

I must say I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would from the description.

Tess is a servant in 1912 boarding the Titanic with her rich employers. She is staying in third class and they are staying in first class.

Tess meets a handsome stranger from first class, Alec.

I really liked Tess and Alec. I don't normally read historical romance. But since it was Claudia Gray I d...more
H.Lee
Not too many people know this about me, but I am fascinated by the Titanic. I love to research the ship and the tragedy online and I would love to see actual artifacts pulled from the ships wreckage. Of course, watching the movie over and over just so that I can fantasize about Leonardo helps also:D So when I found out that this is a paranormal book based off of the Titanic tragedy, I just had to read it!

All Tess can think about is getting to NYC so that she can branch out on her own and try to...more
Ashley - The Bookish Brunette
WEREWOLVES? On the TITANIC??? Epic win!

Tess and Alec... no matter which way I look at it, or turn it around in my head- their relationship never felt REAL to me! I was never convinced of either of their feelings for the other. They fall "in love" like *BAM*, after a series of less than pleasant meetings and there is nothing supporting it!

Their relationship does become more plausible as the book continues, but only because we're more invested in the story and the characters! There was still never...more
Haleema
To be more accurate, I would like to rate this a 3.5!

Okay, I'm pretty fascinated by the Titanic incident back in 1912. I've researched quite a lot on it. I've watched Titanic 17394840 times (the reason behind it being that it came on HBO so many times). I'm also fascinated by werewolves. So when Gray smashed these two together, I went ballistic.

I was just like...

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MAD.

Gray did a fantastic job with her research regarding the different classes on the Titanic. She did amazingly well on demonstratin...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
I have to admit that when I started this book, I was a little skeptical how werewolves in the Titanic would work. It worked. Ms. Gray wrote a compelling story that filled me with the history of the Titanic, it's passengers, and a love that I can read over and over again!



First off, the story line. I really love it. Like loved it so much I can't get enough of it. Once I stared the book I am immediately taken back by amazing writing, setting me in the Titanic. Ms. Gray did a great job in taking the...more
Cinnamon
This review may also be found on A Thousand Little Pages.

Tess finally has the chance to leave the Lisles she has served since childhood. Spoiled, demanding, and utterly obnoxious, the head of the Lisles family has decided to relocate her children, Tess, and two other servants to America via the Titanic. Tess is happy to oblige and plans on resigning the second she sets her foot down on American soil. But there are mysteries aboard the majestic vessel, mysteries that are somehow tied to the unkno...more
Kaysi
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Howdy YAL
Read full review which includes trailers from the two heinous animated Titanic films here: http://yalbookbriefs.blogspot.com/201...

This really should get 2.5 stars. It's not terrible. though it has it's faults.


As far as books go this one was a surprise to me. Honestly, I bought the book as sort of a joke. The summary seems ludicrous and I'm just not a big fan of Claudia Gray's writing-I only got through the second book of the Evernight series before I gave up. Despite some eye rolling cliches an...more
EsmeButterfly
Aguas oscuras ha conseguido emocionarme, atraparme y fascinarme en todos y cada uno de los sentidos. La autora consigue mezclar fantasía (hombres lobo) y realidad (Titanic) y crea una historia totalmente original y bonita. Con unos personajes entrañables a los que a más de uno cogerás cariño y una protagonista genial, valiente y decidida. El ritmo de la lectura no decae en ningún momento y no querrás parar de leer. Aventuras, hombres lobo, amor, amistad y un inevitable final. Si todavía no has l...more
Carolina Riojas
I just love Claudia Gray's books, this book was more than i expected and i really liked, but the sad things is that i started liking all the characters (expect Lady Regina) and well you OBVIOUSLY know what happens in the Titanic... But anyways i really like this book no, sorry, i really LOVE this book. 5starts
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