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Fateful: Review

Title: Fateful
Author: Claudia Gray
Release Date: September 2011
Published By: HarperCollins
Pages: 356
Goodreads Rating: 4.07 stars

Review: In 1912, the family servant girl Tess works for isn't the only one hoping for a change at the end of their voyage to America. She plans to run away once they reach shore, but not everything quite happens the way it's supposed to once they're on board. She meets Alec: ruggedly handsome, incredibly wealthy, in love with her, and... a werewolf. But that's not their biggest problem. No, their biggest problem is that they're on the Titanic.

It's no big secret that I'm not the hugest fan of paranormal romance, but in FATEFUL, I found myself really enjoying the romance aspect. Claudia Gray is excellent at weaving a hot romance that had me wanting Alec for myself, while still keeping it tasteful and without overwhelming the entire story. He was a sweet and kind person, and while he was protective of her, it wasn't overly so as is often portrayed in other books in the genre, which I really appreciated.

But though I enjoyed the romance, I did find the paranormal part a bit lacking. The werewolf mythology wasn't as developed as I would have liked, and some of that led to situations I had trouble believing, like the way-too-convenient ending. Although I like happy endings as much as the next person, the one in this book just had me raising eyebrows.

In FATEFUL, Claudia Gray shapes an engaging story sure to delight fans of paranormal romance, and possibly as well for those who don't typically enjoy this genre. The romance is certainly packed with swoons, and though the mythology could have been fleshed out more and the ending not quite as convenient, this is still a book fans of Titanic and werewolf stories alike could enjoy.

I received a free copy of this book for review. This is no way affected my review, which is 100% honest.


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