Monday, 20 April 2009

Operation Retirement Rescue: Fearless by Francine Pascal

Adele at Persnickety Snark had a great idea called Operation Retirement Rescue.

Before May begins I would like you to post reviews for 1-2 YA titles that - 1) were published more than five years ago, 2) hold fond memories, and 3) post the icon somewhere in your review.


First UK publication: March, 2000.

I'm not very good at remembering books years after I've read them (unless they're amazing), but Fearless is a series that has stayed with me for almost nine years.

Seventeen-year-old Gaia Moore is not a typical high school senior. Her mother is dead, and her father, a secret agent, abandoned her years ago. But before he left, he taught her self-preservation. She's a black belt in karate, multilingual and has an extraordinary ability - fearlessness.

I adore everything about this series - all 36 books of it (38 if you include specials, 42 if you include FBI). The characters were all brilliant, especially heroine Gaia and her best friend Ed. The story was incredibly fast-paced and original, and always had me on tenterhooks.

The idea that someone could be born without the fear gene was, in my opinion, genius. It made for a very interesting read, and I honestly never knew what would happen next.

Fearless is one of my all-time favourite series, and Gaia remains one of my favourite characters. That girl could seriously kick some ass! I'm sad to say I've never met a single person who has read any of these books, but I hope that will change. There has to be another fan somewhere!


Adele said...

Thanks for becoming part of the mini-challenge! I have never heard of this series but having been a SVH fan I could imagine loving it.

It is a fabulous idea - to be born without fear would be very freeing, I would imagine. Might have a look for it.

Chicklish said...

Ah, Francine Pascal! I think "Hanging Out With Cici" was possibly the first teen chick lit book I ever read, back in the olden days! (I think it was even before SVH!)

Great post, and I love Adele's mini-challenge!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I've never heard of them before but they sound great!

Lenore said...

Haven't heard of it either. But it does sound like a kick a$$ concept. Did Francine actually write these, or did she have ghostwriters like for SVH?

MichieBee said...

I've read (sadly) only the first three books in this series, because I couldn't find any of the other ones (except the much much later ones) at the library, where I was getting them from. :( I guess they're also out of print (minus the FBI ones), because I can't even order them from the Chapters store I work at.

I did really enjoy the first three books though. :) I wish I could've read the rest of them.

prophecygirl said...

Adele - it's amazing what you can do without the fear gene. Gaia would literally walk into any situation, even if crazy knife-wielding guys were threatening to kill her.

Luisa & Sophie - It's such an amazing series! :)

Lenore - I honestly don't know! I always wondered if she wrote them all herself, as there were a lot of them. I wasn't aware that some of the SVH books were ghostwritten.

MichieBee - I think a lot of them are out of print, unfortunately. Maybe they'll reprint one day?

Sadako said...

This looks really cool--didn't know there were non SVH Francine Pascal books!

robin_titan said...

i've been having one of the books in the series for years but b/c i haven't come across the others i haven't started it it sounds really good though i didn't know what it was about.

Janice Robertson said...

I loved the series too!
But then I love stories where the female kicks ass. Some similar, but not identical stories that are currently in book stores are:
The Squad:Killer Spirit and The Squad:Perfect Cover by Jennifer Lynn Barnes,
the books by Ally Carter - I'd Tell You I love you but then I'd have to kill you, and Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy,
and The Specialist series by Shannon Greenland.
All great books that I CAN'T keep on the shelves.

Josette said...

Hi, I'm also a fan of the Fearless books by F. Pascal! I came to your blog when I typed in "Fearless books Francine pascal" in Google blog search. I'm trying to buy all 36 books in the series, second hand ones would be great.

Anyway, how are the FBI books? I've read somewhere that Gaia's love interest dies at the end. In fact, all her love interests died, right?

Ladytink_534 said...

Huh, well somehow I've never heard of this but it sounds really neat!

Laina said...

I love these, but I'm still highly annoyed at the librarian who told me it was fine to read them out of order.

Anonymous said...

I have read and reread and loved every single fearless book and i'm glad that there's someone out there who feels the same.

Nooreen said...

I love the Fearless series. Throughout my teens and later, Gaia's strong sense of femininity coupled with the potential to really kick-ass, inspired me. Really awesome to see people who actually have read and loved the series too. One of the coolest reads i can remember.