Make sure you check back tomorrow (9/14) for my interview with Alec!
Author: Claudia Gray
Details: ARC, published in paperback, 356 pgs.
Published: Sept. 13th, 2011 by Harper Collins
Reading Level: Young Adult
Source: Publisher, for review
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.
I love a good romantic story. Throw in some paranormal, life or death, a bit of history- and wow, you've got a winner! This book totally drew me in and I found it impossible to put this book down. I actually had to force myself to not read it at night because I knew I'd be up all night to finish it.
We all know what happens to the Titanic, so I was curious as how much of the actual sinking of the ship would be involved in the story. Would half the book be about that? Well, it ended up being a very small part really, but I thought it was done perfectly. I liked that it wasn't drawn out and I still felt all the emotions and had tears my eyes. I watched the movie Titanic like 30 times so I had my own picture in my head which wasn't bad actually. I think that it really helped me feel the atmosphere of the whole thing. To really imagine what the people were going through. With the drama of the characters from the story thrown in I certainly felt the intensity, the fear, the frustration and anger. How things were done so horribly when it came to getting people out of there.
The characters... oh Tess... I loved her. I felt for her, I really loved how strong she was, how she dealt with things so well. She really was great. And Alec... what an amazing guy. He has a secret and Tess knows what it is and he finds himself protecting her as she's being hunted by a big scary werewolf. Alec hates who he is. Or rather, what he is. He's terrified and Tess is there for him. Encouraging him, helping him, showing him he is human and he is strong. And although the two have a very fast forming relationship I was okay with that. I think the situations they were put in over and over again made it so that a fast forming relationship wasn't so far fetched.
I was concerned with the ending. I was afraid I was going to be left bawling my eyes out. But I'll just say this, it's sweet. It turns out in a way that you'll be okay with it. Now, that's all I'm going to say about that!
I totally adored this book. I loved reading a book that takes place on the Titanic and had paranormal aspects, a super sweet romance and so much more! And it was a super fast read. I read it in a day and didn't have any problem sticking with it. I highly recommend!
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Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. I was not paid or influenced in any way.