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Fearless

(Fearless #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  5,553 ratings  ·  387 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

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Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by Simon Pulse
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Sparker Pants
May 08, 2008 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
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Emily May
Dec 09, 2010 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
Emily
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fearless was filled with suspense and mystery. Francine Pascal created a story that is so detailed, the reader feels as if he/she is experiencing the story along side the main character.
Shelby
Mar 18, 2012 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.

Gaia
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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
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Queen Elsa
Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
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Jen
Dec 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Part of my 2014 rereading list and I loved it all over again.

Latest Reread:
Four years later and I still freaking loved it.
Gaia was born without the Fear gene which basically means that you can find her front and center of any trouble. As an orphan she thinks she has nobody, but unknown to her, there are forces working to keep her safe.
It's short yet it's packed with so much that I really really really want to keep going with the series... but you know... there are 36 and from what I remember
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Shelby Runnells
Sep 26, 2014 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".
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
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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
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Amy
Dec 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: pre-2013
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Leah G
Jul 17, 2012 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,
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Jerry
Jul 09, 2013 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
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PurplyCookie
I was looking forward to reading this book series which I read as I was growing up and promptly forgot about; now I know why. It was an intriguing concept, a girl who could feel no fear. But "Fearless (Fearless, #1)" amaze me in the level of repetitiveness and cliches it contained.

And can you say Mary Sue? Gaia has too many perfect things about her. She's drop dead gorgeous, secretly brilliant at chess, knew how to do complex algebra equations when she was in the third grade, speaks several lang
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Belle
Mar 12, 2013 rated it did not like it
The book was a disappointment at best. I loved the idea of it and thought (at first) that the author was genuinely good. When the main character meets a boy I thought it was just a bit of a crush. However, my hopes for this book were completely shattered when everything turned to the main character, Gaia, and her want--no, the incessant NEED--to lose her virginity. Why, you may ask? Just to get it over with because she didn't want to die without having lost it.



Now, I'll admit, I wasn't extremely
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Bel
Jan 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
The protagonist, Gaia Moore, is dull. Being born without a fear gene must mean you aren't born with a personality either.
I enjoyed Francine Pascal's 'Sweet Valley High' series, but I was disappointed with this book. The only similarity to 'Sweet Valley', is the description of Gaia, blonde hair and perfect figure like the Wakefield twins.
Not that I was expecting 'Sweet Valley High', but that series was engaging and it had less to work with - just identical twin sisters making their way through h
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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
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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.


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
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Laura
Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
AWESOME
Jessica
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wanted to reread this after reading it in 7th grade, and unlike a lot of middle school reads from the 90s, it holds up! I'm going to have to put the next book on hold now.
Abby
May 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
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Christy
Jun 29, 2012 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
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bea
Jan 11, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Hannahcs
Dec 31, 2012 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
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Mrs.Morgan
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
I have been meaning to read this book for a long time -- one, I LOVED Francine Pascal and her Sweet Valley High series when I was a middle schooler. I think I had them all! And two, surprisingly, my husband became enthralled in the Fearless series when he was in college, haha. I thought that meant I would have to thoroughly enjoy it. Sort of like a guilty pleasure.

But no. It didn't quite go like that. This book wasn't bad per se but I am not compelled to continue with the [overly large] series
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Diana
Mar 30, 2012 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
Amanda
Nov 27, 2008 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
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Emily
Feb 11, 2012 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
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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
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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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