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Fateful by Claudia Gray
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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 it, because I'm totally cool like that.

*drools just thinking about it*

Ahem......but anywayssss.... on with what this review should be about: the inside of the book!

Is it sad to say that I liked the male love-intrest a lot more than the MC? Because I really really enjoyed Alec a lot more than I ever expected to. I mean, it's about a werewolf. On the freakin Titanic. First off; Claudia Gray knows how to write a damn smexy character, and I could really picture his character and how he looked inside of my head. And I also loved his backstory; I just wanted to know as much about him as I could, and my heart always bled for him when we find out how much his curse has really destroyed his life. However, unlike a certain other character from Twilight a different novel that will remain unnamed, he just doesn't sit around twiddling his thumbs and feeling sorry for himself. He's actually trying to change and figure out a way to ease the pain and suffering that he has caused his father and, when he needs to, he'll put his love for Tessa aside in order to do what is best for the greater good, which is something rare that you don't see too often if the wild and dangerous world of YA novels these days.

And I did like Tessa. She's definitely not the most stand-out female MC that I've ever read, but she was... nice. She wasn't a total idiot and said some very funny things sometimes. I didn't like the insta-love that happened with her, though. I got the typical: a weird zing went through me, our eyes met, my heart got stuck in my throat, and I couldn't stop staring at him insta-love. Blah. I've had enough of that in the 180+ books I've read on Goodreads and the hundreds, if not thousands that I've read on my own, so she lost a bit of respect with me there. She did have a backbone for the most part through the novel, and it was nice knowing that she was going to leave their service as soon as she got to America, which was why she was trying to be good with her employers, and that at least she was thinking horrible things about them.

Also, the Brotherhood is freaking scary and messed up; I really like how Gray wrote them into the story. They were good suspense and really helped me connect to Alec's pain. Because Alec is just freaking awesome, and I love Alec.

Oh, and one of the biggies that really made me like this book is that they actually have sex! It wasn't descriptive, though, Grey just tells you through Tessa that they did, but that's a hell of a lot better than many authors I've seen. I really just don't get it. What's so wrong with sex, authors? Most kids in this day and age have heard about it by sixth grade , if not earlier, from TV or some other source. Hell, some kids are fucking selling pot to their peers at the ripe 'ol age of six. I guess what I'm trying to say is get over sex, authors! America at least and most people that read YA these days are practically desensitized to that touchy (he he I'm punny) subject, so either write about it, or make your MC a nun. Or make them a nun, have sex with the priest, and get kicked out or something, dammit!

Here's some of the things I didn't like, however. I really didn't like Tessa's family that she served, and not the hate dislike, I didn't like them because they weren't developed well by Gray. I felt like a lot of scenes with them were just re-recycled and just used over and over again. Tessa walks in. Tessa helps Irene. Lady Regina/Layton walks in and says mean things to Irene or Tessa. Tessa is frustrated. Tessa leaves. Tessa finds Alec. And it just goes on, and on, and on in the never-ending loop of boring repetitiveness to where I basically knew the nuts-and-bolts of what was going to happen before she even walks in.


And the ending was kind of......weird. I felt like that she just threw how Alec was able to survive because she needed to figure out somehow for him to come back. It didn't feel natural and the solution was basically thrown at me out of left field. I mean, the ending was cute that they could be together and all blah blah blah, but I feel like it should have happened differently than it did.

In the end this book is a nice, light read, with a freaking adorably smexy love interest and an interesting enough premise that just slightly fell through. The writing was never stellar, but it was good enough for me to give it 3.5 stars, so if you're looking for an easy read that's not a series, pick this one up and buy the freaking book so that you can pet it!!!

Ahem....I um... I mean..

Happy reading!

Yeah....that's what I meant.
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Reading Progress

July 25, 2011 – Shelved
September 14, 2011 – Started Reading
September 15, 2011 –
page 7
2.13% "Man, I'm liking this one, too! Two books in a row I'm on such a lucky streak!"
September 18, 2011 –
page 12
3.66% "I know that I should have mentioned this before, so I'll do it now: I fucking love the cover. It's all shiny and is textured and the picture is amazing. *whispers* Don't tell my boyfriend, The Night Circus, but..... we're dating!"
September 19, 2011 – Finished Reading

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Shannon I LOVED this one!!! I thought it was totally originala and it was full on in terms of action :-D

Cait Yeah; once I get done with The Night Circus, this is the one that I'll be starting! I'm excited! :D

message 3: by Cait (last edited Sep 18, 2011 10:49AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Cait Jordyn{readingmonster} wrote: "How do you like the night circus so far?"

Well, after going through about 260 of the 380 pages, I finally got to the plot! And I l-o-v-e love her writing, but all of the different characters POVs (about 14+), and the date jumping it's hard to keep up with.

Cait Jordyn{readingmonster} wrote: "Ya that gets kinda annoying. Hopefully the ending will be better for you. I'm still waiting for my copy :)"

It's a beautiful cover. You'll love it!

Cait Karen wrote: "The art of military strategy? Cait, you're killing me!
I'm glad I bought this book just yesterday, you're review is great."

Hahahaha why thank youuu *theatrical bow*
I'm glad you liked it! This one's kind of short and I didn't know if the pictures worked well, but I'm glad it works! :)

message 6: by Lea (new) - rated it 5 stars

Lea I absolutely LOVED this book :) And I found it ironic that, even with CG letting the characters have sex, it was not at all "dirty" like some make-out sessions in other YA books that make me want to vomit after (Freaking Sophie Jordan and her porn-o-rific draki lovin', Gawd Vanish sucked worse than Firelight) But yeah anyhoo... I'm completely in love with Fateful and want to see what else Claudia Gray has done now!

message 7: by r. (new) - rated it 5 stars

r. The cover is gorgeous. One of my favorites. So shiny.

message 8: by Dee (new) - added it

Dee Oh gosh..I enjoyed your review so much! You had me cracking up, really. :)

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