*Warning: Minor spoilers may be sprinkled throughout review*
Tess Davies is a servant working for the wealthy Lisles in 1912 London, never before having seen anything outside of the city. She has always wanted to be from servitude, and gets her chance when the Lisles are planning to leave for America on the Titanic. There, she meets Alec and enters a world of dark secrets past and present that can eventually separate them forever.
Ohhh, the Titanic. The majestic ship which unfortunately sank from an iceberg. It's probably the 2nd thing in Historical Fiction that I somehow enjoy reading, next to the Holocaust (I don't know why I like tragedies... non-Romeo & Juliet style). I also found the author's notes at the end helpful, because without it, I'm pretty sure I would've mentioned that a few supposedly dead people in Fateful by the Titanic's journey were well... pretty dead – unless they were a vampire and
I have one word for most of the Lisle family (at least the ones we get to know throughout Fateful): snobby. Just plain snobby and nasty, even to a family member. Except for maybe two members, and one of them is as innocent as a teacup. They're also ungrateful. Even though Tess could've left them to rot away, she at least tried to warn them. But what I found most memorable, however odd it might be, is when Irene finally breaks out of her shell.
If I were less astonished, I'd never stop applauding.
Neither would I...Claudia Gray writes Tess's life as a servant in a realistic way during the 1900s in London, although there are some parts, as mentioned in the author's notes, that were made up for drama. However, I do pity Tess, Ned and the other servants (even the overly seemingly strict Mrs. Horne) and applaud her – however silent and virtually from the sidelines – for wanting to break free. But I do wish that the other servants and Irene would have survived such a tragedy as well with Tess.
|Too late to turn... sorry!|
Also, I never noticed the irony of Fateful's synopsis mentioning the journey as a "dangerous game" until I realized near the very end that Alec and Mikhail are basically colored like checkers when they're changed into wolves – no, really. Red and black? Very checker-ish. I thought it would be Chess101 in a way, not exactly Checkers101. Though I suppose there can be, well... red kings, queens, knights, pawns, etc. (I'm sorry for thinking of Breaking Dawn, folks, but is there another book or movie with Red and Black Chess?).
Rating: 4 out of 5 Owls