Book Watch: Fateful

Fateful by Claudia Gray will be released in the U.S. on September 13, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

Published by HarperTeen the print edition is 336 pages.


The other book releasing the week of September 13th that I would have wanted to spotlight was Frost, but as I reviewed it just this week it took the guesswork out of it for me. Because Fateful by Claudia Gray is definitely one worth highlighting.

I pretty much keep an eye on anything my favorite authors are up to, and Claudia Gray has been one ever since I discovered her Evernight series after I started reading young adult books. Since that series has ended, I’ve been wondering what was up next.

When I heard that she had a book coming out called Fateful I couldn’t wait to find out more. Anything involving fate absolutely intrigues me. And when I saw the cover, I thought it looked absolutely gorgeous and couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

Even after I had one sitting on my shelves, which I still plan on reading before release date, I hadn’t really bothered finding out what the book was about. I knew two things – author I love and cover I love – so no matter what, I was going to read it. But when another blogger told me it was about wolves on the Titanic I became skeptical for about a heartbeat, but then I thought that the idea sounded totally cool.

Especially after I read that the book’s release this fall would occur at the same time as the beginning of the publicity surrounding the 100th anniversary of the tragic sinking of RMS Titanic on April 15, 1912.

Aside from the fact that being on the RMS Titanic could mean that Tess and Alec are ill-fated lovers, the fact that they are from different classes in society – Tess is a girl working in the employ of a family heading to America and Alec is a first-class passenger – and that they are being pursued by werewolves, makes their relationship sound doomed.

With all these obstacles to their love story, I can only hope that they are among the survivors of the shipwreck, that the werewolves who hunt them are unsuccessful and that they don’t let societal labels stand in their way. But I tend to be an optimist, even when a book is titled Fateful.

I can’t wait to find out what happens with Tess and Alec and hope that this story doesn’t end in heartbreak.

Fateful is a book definitely worth spotlighting. It sounds like it has all the elements of an amazing young adult paranormal romance – danger, enemies, a tragic love story, and werewolves – with a well-known historical setting that is, well….fateful.

***The Goodreads description is much more spoiler-y than the back cover synopsis***

Goodreads description:

It’s about a servant girl named Tess in 1912, who wants to escape from the house where she works, and most particularly the lecherous young lord of the manor. But that’s not her biggest problem. While on a voyage to America, where she plans to escape and start a new life, she meets Alec, who’s ruggedly handsome, fabulously wealthy, intelligent and yet so clearly troubled that she’d rather not fall for him, but she does. That also is not her biggest problem. Alec, it turns out, is a werewolf … one cursed to change every night, unless and until he surrenders his independence and joins the Brotherhood, a pack of violently misogynistic werewolves who have been tracking him for months. You’d think that would be their biggest problem, wouldn’t you?

But no. Their biggest problem — though they don’t know it yet — is that they’re aboard the RMS Titanic.


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