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Fearless (Fearless #1)

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,839 Ratings  ·  346 Reviews

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

Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by Simon Pulse
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Sparker Pants
May 08, 2008 Sparker Pants rated it it was amazing
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
DNF 7%

Looks like I picked up some real gems a while ago, but I need Dr Cox to help me with this one.
“When I first heard the word existential, I didn’t know what it meant, so I never used it. But then I found out that no one knows what it means, so now I use it all the time.”

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"I am seventeen. The good thing about seventeen is that you’re not sixteen. Sixteen goes with the word sweet, and I am so far from sweet. I've got a black belt in kung fu and I've trained in karate, judo, jiujitsu, and mu
Emily May
Feb 09, 2011 Emily May rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, sci-fi
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
Jul 19, 2015 Shelby rated it it was ok
Who just read the most awkward book of the 90s? *raises hand* This certainly does NOT stand up to the timelessness test.

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. I laughed at all the mentions of 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.

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
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
I adored this series at 12/13. I wonder how badly I will cringe when I re-read them.


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
Shelby Runnells
Oct 06, 2014 Shelby Runnells rated it it was amazing
This was such a great book! The book is a trilogy. I finished "Fearless" and now I'm reading "Sam". Right when I had an idea of what was going to happen next, BAMM! I'm always wrong. There are so many surprises in this book and it really keeps you on your toes. I can't wait to finish "Sam".
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
Jul 09, 2013 Jerry rated it it was ok
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

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
Nov 23, 2014 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: pre-2013
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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.
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
Oct 05, 2015 Christy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Young Adult, Mystery
Gaia Moore is a seventeen year old girl. She seems normal, but she's far from it. Her dad had her trained in most all the self defense things you can think of. She has a black belt in almost everything as well.

She hasn't seen her dad since she was twelve years old. Her mom was murdered at about the same time and she has bounced around a lot from one home to the next. She is now living with a CIA mentor of her dad's named George and his wife Ella. Gaia and Ella do not like each other.

Gaia is gre
Queen Elsa
Jan 31, 2014 Queen Elsa rated it it was ok
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
Mar 30, 2012 Diana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 30, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing
Mar 17, 2012 Emily rated it it was amazing
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
Leah G
Apr 24, 2013 Leah G rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewes
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,
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
Nov 28, 2008 Amanda rated it liked it
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
Dec 31, 2012 Hannahcs rated it it was amazing
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
claire elise
Let me just start by saying Gaia is probably one of my favorite main characters ever. EVAAAH.
Not only could she kick some SERIOUS ass, but she managed to be hilarious, witty, sarcastic, beautiful, level-headed, oh and did i mention she's literally fearless . Like dayummm ma you really got it all.

This book was 580-something pages. And I read it all in a day (view spoiler). It was action packed and had a pretty intense plot. My only issue was I felt like th
Jun 03, 2012 Matthew rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
Ooops! I think I got another favorite book. I think I'm sick now because this book just gave me what I really deserve. Crave for action and wrong-time romance. I read this, Sam and Run and they were all great! I never did imagined that Pascal love to get straight into her words that it overwhelms me (so much) that until now, I'm craving for this (even though I read it recently).
I recommend this books to everyone who loves full-packed action and breathtaking imaginary stunts and fight scenes. Wel
Marianna Gleyzer
Sep 15, 2010 Marianna Gleyzer rated it it was amazing
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
Renette Julius
Feb 20, 2016 Renette Julius rated it liked it
Firstly a note on the synopsis: is it possible to be both famous and covert?

I recently reread the first 3 books in the series, both for nostalgic reasons and because I often read teen and children's books to recommend for my nieces.

I loved the idea of being fearless at the age of 15 when I first read this - and I still do - but it seemed to me that Gaia wasn't truly fearless. Yes, she wasn't afraid of physical danger (which could just as easily have been because her life sucked and she didn't fe
Nayeli Carrillo
Dec 11, 2015 Nayeli Carrillo rated it it was amazing
Fearless by Francine Pascal, is about a girl named Gaia Moore. From the outside she seems like a normal, shy girl. She lives in New York and has never been kissed. Gaia lives with her father’s old coworker along with his wife who still thinks she is 26. But little do people know that she is missing the fear gene and knows three different types of martial arts. She has a reflex speed and can break codes in four different languages. Aside from her abnormal abilities that she retained from excessiv ...more
Emily (Infinite Lives, Infinite Stories)
When I first read the synopsis, I was deeply intrigued. Experiencing life without fear and highly trained in hand-to-hand combat, high school is the least of Gaia's problems. Literally out looking for trouble a few times a week, Gaia is addicted to the thrill of allowing her body to completely take over. An outcast and introvert, Gaia is friendless in the Big Apple. Until, Ed, a fellow classmate confined to a wheelchair, attempts to rescue Gaia from a potential stabbing. Ed is more keen on befri ...more
May 21, 2015 Abby rated it did not like it
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Sailor Moon
Dec 26, 2014 Sailor Moon rated it liked it
~3.5 stars~
I was looking for a heroine who kicks ass literally and this book proved to have it
I really thought it would be a kick ass book too but I got confused like way too much while reading.
The way the book went from pov to pov confused me. It took me a while to realize it was a third person view I think. The attraction Gaia had with sam felt, um I don't know, kind of forced, not too forced. Or maybe it was because it was rushed.

Then the cliche part of him being heathers boyfriend, the girl
Devin Ripley
Jun 07, 2014 Devin Ripley rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
This book reminds me of when a deaf person compensates for the lack of hearing with an enhancement of other sense. Gaia is so easy to relate to, she makes up for her lack of fear with everything she has. Its very typical that she does not accept her fate as a gift or an advantage its a disability in her mind and the way she experiences other emotions is that much more intense for her. She suffers from terrible heart breaking loss in her lifetime and yet that does not interfere with her passion f ...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.” 78 likes
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