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Fateful by Claudia Gray
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Aug 04, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011, historical-fiction, paranormal, young-adult
Read from October 03 to 04, 2011

i actually think that knowing what happens (clearly, this is the titanic) strengthened the suspense of the novel - how was it going to end? when? how was everything going to fit in there? plus, the details of the ship are incredible, and Gray goes out of her way to keep historical accuracy while not infringing on real life characters.

tess and alec really appealed to me. i wish irene and ned had more, and there were almost answers that were too easy (when tess dresses up to go on the first class deck, there is no problem finding a dress). the norwegian ladies broke my heart. myriam was interesting though i found her a little forced into the book . . . and the whole thing about beatrice.

mikhail was totally freaky. i was appropriately freaked out by him, and the brotherhood. i loved alec, and mostly, his father. i agree with another reviewer that lady regina seemed a little forced, but as always, i wish there was more space for more character reveal and development. (for example, i could have done without the whole daisy thing.) the servant culture was highlighted nicely though, and the history is really good.

definitely worth a read.
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