Claudia Gray
Review brought to you by OBS staff member Autumn


In Fateful, eighteen-year-old maid, Tess Davies, is determined to escape the wealthy, overbearing family she works for. Once the ship they’re sailing on reaches the United States, she’ll strike out on her own. Then she meets Alec, a handsome first-class passenger who captivates her instantly. But Alec has secrets….

Soon Tess will learn just how dark Alec’s past truly is. The danger they face is no ordinary enemy: werewolves are real and they’re stalking him—and now Tess, too. Her growing love for Alec will put Tess in mortal peril, and fate will do the same before their journey on the Titanic is over.

Featuring the opulent backdrop of the Titanic, Fateful’s publication is poised to coincide with the 100-year anniversary of the ship’s doomed maiden voyage. It is sure to be a hit among Titanic buffs and fans of paranormal romance alike. (Goodreads)


I knew this was going to be brilliant just by reading the back of the book.  I had to find out more and the story that unfolds was unlike anything else I have read.

Gray paints “Fateful” with atmospheric and heartbreaking stokes.  The main character, Tess Davies, is not your typical Victorian hothouse flower.  She is strong, tough and determined despite the circumstances that surround her.  She finds herself drawn to the handsome, enigmatic Alec Marlowe who harbors a secret that defies conventional thought and reason.  They meet on the ill-fated maiden voyage of the Titanic and find out that they are not so dissimilar at all.

The story sets an exciting pace and leaves the reader anxiously turning page after page just to see what will happen next.  The ending was unexpected and equally satisfying.

I would recommend “Fateful” to anyone who not only enjoys young adult or paranormal romance, but to readers who enjoy a bit of history thrown in for good measure.  I loved every second of reading it.