Fearless (Fearless, #1)
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Fearless (Fearless #1)

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Fearless introduces us to Gaia Moore, a girl born without the gene for fear. Gaia's mother was murdered, and her father, Tom Moore, a famous covert antiterrorist mastermind, is in hiding. Now 17 years old, Gaia is living in New York City with Tom's CIA friend, George, and his wife, Ella. Gaia is a prime target for terrorists and is in constant danger, but she is trained in

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Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by Simon Pulse
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Sparker Pants
May 08, 2008 Sparker Pants rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: anyone who wishes to laugh at late 90s pop culture references
I owned like the first 17 books or something ridiculous in this series in high school- I picked up the first one the last time I was home and I had forgotten how HILARIOUS it was; chock full of priceless late 90's pop culture references. I also dig that the main character (Gaia, just like the evil cat! I'd forgotten!) has a BFF in a wheelchair and he is all awesome.

After like book three or maybe around six or seven they stopped being as awesome and apparently I just kept buying them out of blin...more
Sarah
Gaia is THE SHIT.

Sorry for the outburst. But I forgot how much I loved these books. I first read the Fearless books by Francine Pascal when I was 12 or 13 – so over a decade ago. I remember devouring these books, up until at least book #17 – by then I had caught up with the books in the series already published, and after that I forgot about them and went and read other things. Of course, this was before I had the internet and could look up release dates for the books I liked

So, the Fearless bo...more
Shelby
Who just read the most awkward book of the 90s? *raises hand*

Yeah, so this was apparently published in 1999. This alone probably made the book more interesting because of all the beautiful pre laptop/Gmail/21st century pop culture references (e.g. LOL to the archaic forms of email). All these little moments of old 90s culture provided a minor form of amusement, but otherwise this book was basically pointless.

Gaia has what I call the "Alex Rider" syndrome: she is just so darned perfect at everyt...more
Emily May
A short, fast-paced book unlike any I've ever read before. It was so short and gripping I swallowed the entire thing in about the space of an hour. And when I went to buy the next one, I got parts 2, 3 and 4 at once. This series is seemingly endless but you find yourself praying that it will never end because you are so caught up in a flurry of adventure and excitement and passion... but never fear. Gaia is one of the coolest characters ever, you're immediate perception of her is that she is col...more
Merary
Just because I want to do something different I'm going to write the reviews in a Friends episode format. Enjoy!

Pilot/The One where Gaia Moves to New York

The story starts with a seventeen-year-old inexperienced in everything(except for kicking ass!), Gaia Moore. She is fearless. Literally. She wasn't born with the fear gene. Thanks to that, she was trained in martial arts. Her father, along with George, are in the CIA, and George decides to take Gaia in with him and her wife Ella in New York. O...more
Siobhan Parker
Jul 09, 2013 Siobhan Parker rated it 2 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Nobody!
A Quickie Review

Gaia was born without the fear gene, and happens to not only be quite tough, but also insanely brilliant. When a female classmate ends up hospitalized because Gaia, out of disdain, failed to warn her about impending danger, things get very dicey for Miss Fearless. Things are only going to get crazier for her, though.

What could have been a great action/adventure story was ruined by content--see below--and magazine-esque formatting that took up a lot of space, made the novel choppy...more
Emma
SPOILERS AHEAD

Once upon a time, there was a girl who was fearless. She walks around beating people up for "the greater good" and dreams of being a waitress. But she. She realizes that she MIGHT just die soon, so she decides that she HAS TO sleep with a guy. The guy she chooses happens to be good looking AND the boyfriend of her enemy. This guy gets kidnapped, the kidnapper makes the girl go through a whole bunch of tests, the guy is saved. End of story.

If you haven't read the book yet, I'm sorry...more
Amy
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Melanie Fair
Patience is a virtue...sadly, it's also one I'm lacking severely. The plot was sluggish and it was hard to follow (even with all the fancy font design). Even then, the intrigue of a girl without fear was enough to keep me for about a quarter of the book. I mean, with a name like Gaia, she has to be interesting.
No.
She had all of the elements of Cat from 10 Things I Hate About You (whom I love), but poorly executed. She's supposed to be this hardened bitch or something...but with this softer side...more
Diana
I was intrigued by the premise of this book when I read the back cover copy. I was doing lots of reading of YA books with non-traditional female protagonists, especially female protagonists who took on traditionally masculine actions - for an avenue of research I was pursuing. I liked Gaia as a main character (not to mention her name), and the story kept me interested enough to read the next 5 books in the series until I got too busy - and then decided I might eventually get back to the full ser...more
Laura
AWESOME
Emily
I bought the three in one version and Im lucky i got it. Fearless is superb!! What more can i say? It's full of action, teen angst, family drama and romance. And all of those are mixed perfectly to come up with this kind of story.

I love the funny banter between the heroine and her bestfriend guy who's in a wheelchair. Unlike most stories with handicapped character who would make you feel sorry for them or make you cry for their "tragic" situation, this character--Ed--is totally different. Rather...more
Leah R
I read the first 3 books I think, all in one volume. The first seemed promising but it all went downhill from there. Gaia rattles off a long list of her skills- and the only one she ever uses in the book is martial arts. I mean, if she's so good at spy tricks, why can't she just pick Sam's lock instead of going through all that trouble to get hold of a key?
Also, the whole thing about having no gene for fear is done really poorly. She's afraid all the time- but "abstractly." so it doesn't count,...more
Ceecee
Ooh, I found this while I was re-arranging my bookshelf. Brings me back to the good old days.

Gaia (oh-my-god her name!) was born without the fearless gene. I don't know how true that is since I never got the chance to follow up on the series. So let's just stick with it. She was trained from a very young age in various fighting skills an 11-year old me would envy. I still would, actually. She roams around at night in the most dangerous part of the park just to see who would ambush her. But lo-a...more
Amanda
Nov 28, 2008 Amanda rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Amanda by: Found it on my sister's bookshelf. From the old days.
Hmm... Ok, this book wasn't awful. I was upset at first that the entire book wasn't in first person, but actually, Pascal switches back and forth between 1st and 3rd AND she switches between points-of-view of the different characters. Multiple POVs is one of my favorite storytelling vehicles!

I don't think I'd recommend this book for adolescent girls, because there is way too much value placed on sexiness and having boyfriends and stuff--it takes away from the storyline! The book is about a tough...more
Hannahcs
I loved this book. It has a lot of plot and was woven well into the story. At times there was a few boring parts that I think might have been better if the author had taken them out, but I feel that every book has a few of those.

A girl name Gaia is born without the gene to fear. At her favorite place, the park, there has been many people that have been slashed at night time.A girl who is rivals with Gaia goes into the park at night time. Gaia half heatedly tries to warn her, but when the girl d...more
Marianna Gleyzer
If this series had been published some decades back, it would be considered pulp ficition. Notwithstanding this point, I still believe this book series is very potent in its plot and main character, Gaia. A girl born without the fear gene and the life she struggles through, having tragedy upon tragedy thrown on her, and yet she persists. She is one of the most strongest female characters I have ever come upon, and often reminded me of a teenage version of James Bond, minus the part about being m...more
Rabbit {Pokemon Master}
I adored this series at 12/13. I wonder how badly I will cringe when I re-read them.


Edit:

Rating: 2.5

First of all, Gaia should be named Morgan after the goddess, Morrigan. More suitable.

My fave part is Gaia's fearlessness, especially when I was younger being an anxious kid.

I like the premise, but it's lacking something.

Gaia is a sue, I hate to say. She is perfect at everything. She is also judgmental as fuck.

What is it with Francine's fetish for blondes? Just sayin. Lol

It did make me super nosta...more
Jossaline
SO
I picked up this book at the library that looked pretty good. The
title? Fearless. Now, as I looked at the back of the book to see that
summary, an unpleasant feeling washed over me. First off, Gaia kind of
seems like a perfect girl. I do not like perfect girls.(
Beautiful...Brilliant... Can break codes in 4 different languages...
Reflex speed that's off the charts. What is this, a one man show of the
Gallanger Girls?. Also, the cliche plot line: Guy(Sam) that's unavailiable, And there, I kne...more
Bea Denise
SPOILERS AHEAD, PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK

I would have thought Fearless was going to be a thrilling read. I admit the whole aura of the book, from the cover, to the title combined with the awesome font raised my expectations quite a bit. In the end, disappointment does not even begin to cover it.

The plot, at first, had me really hooked. Gaia sounded like such and engaging character. The fear gene was removed from her, parents are gone, master in spy stuff and martial arts, etc. That would have mad...more
Allie Lynn
This book was good but i didnt enjoy the series they were to long and all i wanted to do is find out if gaia ends up with sam and they just got sooo boring i couldnt keep reading them so i stopped at book 5
WatermeLoonie
This was really slow. Super slow. The only reason this book is big was because the author got basically every character to talk about everything, history, personality, opinions and all. Uuuuuuuugh, my favourite. *Sarcasm.*

I my opinion, Gaia wasn't "kickass," or "brave" or "badass." No. She was just an asshole, to me. There's not reason to be rude or such. Also, despite the blurb, they didn't talk about her fearlessness or even her uncanny abilities much. Rather, most of the book was about boys....more
Rennie Lee
I was drawn by the plot of this book as it seemed like something that would be pretty cool. However, I guess this book didn't really cut out for me.

A good, engaging introduction is really important for any novel, but the first few pages of this book really didn't manage to reel me in. I didn't understand what it was all about and got really confused as to what the whole novel was about. I had question marks all over my head as I was reading the first few pages.

So, I guess the introduction pret...more
Jack Frost (Jaquelyn, Jackie)) The empress of winter The lonly white wolf
This was really good I loved it!!
Kimberly
In need of an easy read that would fit in my coat pocket, I grabbed this book. I haven't read it for probably 10 years, but it was easy enough to remember everything that was going to happen.

So the book is about Gaia, a girl who can't feel fear, thanks to a genetic defect. The book is full of scenes of Gaia kicking the butts of various knife-wielding thugs, but it also has the typical teen mush: worries about boys and her looks, and run-ins with the most popular girl in school (who is mean, of c...more
Roslyn
“Fearless” tells the story of seventeen-year-old Gaia Moore-a girl with no mother and a father who left her behind in New York City. But Gaia is special. She’s a genius-knowing six languages and fluent in high-level mathematics. She is also trained in various forms of martial arts. And one more thing: she isn’t scared of anyone or anything. She can’t be; she’s fearless.
This book features your typical rebellious teenager that has a softer side she doesn’t want to show to anyone. However, you can...more
Pamela
The book I finished reading is called Fearless by Francine Pascal. It’s a nonfiction book. Its main central idea is how a girl named Gaia overcomes and goes though life without the fear gene. This means that she can’t ever be scared or be feared or have a fear of anything.
Gaia is the main character in the book. She feels like an outsider because of being born without this gene. It doesn’t really bother her because she likes being different. Only her mom and dad know this about her .She lives in...more
Katie
Someone deleted my alternate cover edition and, along with it, my review and rating. >:/ This is my attempt at reconstructing my review from my notes, but I don't remember how many stars I really gave it at the time.

In junior high, I was never able to read the first book in this series because the library didn't have it. The books I did read were out of order, but I thought that Gaia seemed like such a cool character, and I thought the concept for the overarching plotline sounded pretty cool...more
Lindsey
I happened to glance at this book at the library and had a vague recollection that someone had recommended it to me. The preface intrigued me, so I checked it out despite the fact that I had absolutely no time to read it. The premise seemed interesting--a girl born without fear? And such a strange name. Guy-Uh, as she says. Isn't that the Greek name for the earth?
So I had high expectations for this book that, unfortunately, were not met. I think this overview of my disappointments calls for bu...more
yyyasmin
Rereading this for the sake of reviewing it.

I still remember the plot now even when the last time I read it was around 8 years ago. I remember how I was so fascinated with the - albeit somewhat gimmicky - structure of the book; the different font sizes randomly scattered through out, the "caption/preview" of the chapter, the journal entries between the chapters. I remember how I loved Ed, and Heather (yes, Gaia's nemesis).

And oh, how I remember how I hated Gaia. But, I mean, I should've expecte...more
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Francine Pascal (May 13, 1938— ) is an American author best known for creating the Sweet Valley series of novels. In 1982 she created the characters and the stories for the first six books and her agent, Amy Berkower of Writers House sold them to Bantam Books. Book number one is mostly written by Ms. Pascal. From then on she wrote the stories for every book ever published in the series. After the...more
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“He slowed down a bit more. "Gaia, how do you know these things?" She shrugged. "I'm smart." "And modest, too." "Modesty is a waste of time," she pronounced. "I'll keep that in mind.” 76 likes
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