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Fearless #15: Tears


Fearless #15: Tears

I'd weep if I could muster up any emotion for TEARS, Francine Pascal's 15th installment of the FEARLESS series. If you don't know the story at this point, don't bother to start now. OK, that's not fair, but honestly, who starts a series this late in the game? Well, if you are that type of daring reader, here's a little background. The main premise revolves around the trials and tribulations of Gaia, a girl born without the fear gene. Is fear even a gene? Who knows, but no matter, because whatever it is she doesn't have it. As a little girl, Gaia's secret agent father started training her in martial arts to protect her from what the lack of fear inevitably brings --- danger. But he didn't think about another thing it can bring. Loneliness. 

Her father disappeared after her mother's death when Gaia was just a kid, and since then she was left to fend for herself, drifting from one foster family to the next, becoming more embittered with every year. Throughout most of the series Gaia has fueled her anger and her talent into fighting evil (i.e., rapists, serial killers, criminals, hit men, deranged foster mothers, etc.), but at the start of TEARS, Gaia's life has been turned around. Her missing dad has returned! And there's a bonus --- she has a boyfriend too. Sam Moon, whom Gaia has had a crush on since Book #1, is smitten with her. That, combined with the surge of fatherly love and attention, has Gaia happier than she's ever been. Life can't get any better, so obviously, something needs to happen. Or maybe, if you're talking about the FEARLESS series, everything needs to happen. 

Often it's true that distress and calamity make a more interesting story than a happy joy-joy plot, but readers have already seen Gaia downtrodden and frustrated --- during the majority of the series. Her mother and best friend were murdered in front of her, her father went MIA, her foster mother tried to have her killed, the first guy she kissed turned out to be a deranged lunatic --- just to name just a few of the downs in this teenager's life. That's why it's simply redundant when Gaia's life spirals downward, yet again, in this book.

If you're already suckered into the series, as I obviously am, then by all means, go forth and read this. Despite the gloom and doom, there is an addictive quality to each of the books, and although it makes me roll my eyes to write this, they are "page-turners." What I'm truly looking forward to, however, is the end of this series because I know that, by then, Gaia's ridiculously bad luck will have to improve. I hope…

Reviewed by Gertrude Parker on May 1, 2001

Fearless #15: Tears
by Francine Pascal

  • Publication Date: May 1, 2001
  • Mass Market Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • ISBN-10: 0743412494
  • ISBN-13: 9780743412490