Friday, November 1, 2013

Fearless/Sam/Run by Francine Rascal

Title - Fearless/Sam/Run
Author - Francine Pascal
Series - Fearless
Release Date - January 31st, 2012
Publisher - Simon Pulse
Format Acquired - Paperback
Gaia Moore is brilliant and beautiful. She's trained in three kinds of martial arts, has reflex speed that's off the charts, and can break codes in four languages.
She's also missing the fear gene.
All Gaia wants is to be like everyone else. Instead, she's left wondering about her past, her missing family... and the unavailable boy she's falling for. But everything changes when she learns that someone is hunting her down for her special skills, and they'll do anything to get to her.
But Gaia isn't worried.

There are times when you read the synopsis of a book and you're like "yeah, I know exactly how this is going down". That was my thought process for this bundle of the first three books of the Fearless series by Francine Pascal. I knew Gaia would be a great character who would kick-ass a lot more often than a regular teenager should feel the need to and she does. In all, I expected it to be a pretty easy read, something that I could breeze through in a day and be say, "alright, read that".

In a way, I was right. But these three books were more than what I was hoping for.

Gaia is someone that I would aspire to be. She cares about people even though she doesn't exactly like to be around them. She goes out of her way to ensure the safety of enemies (except for that one incident...). Not too mention that she's extremely strong, fast, and cunning. What makes a realistic and relatable person, however, is her insecurities. She doesn't have the fact that she has super abilities, but she wishes she didn't enjoy the thrill of fighting bad guys so much. She wishes she had been born more or less 'normal', and regrets the fact that she's never had a boyfriend.

Gaia is also witty and funny, which made this book so enjoyable to read! Her personality is stellar. Gaia becomes friends with a boy in a wheelchair who takes a liking to her because she doesn't care about his disability. He becomes a great asset to the story as you read through each volume in the series. Many other characters come into play to create MAJOR drama in Gaia's life; I mean, more drama than there already is with her father abandoning her for years and her every movements being watched by whoever.

Pascal's writing style when it comes to this series is somewhat simple but it works. The reason being that you get a sense that you really are in Gaia's head when she's narrating the story. And for a teenager, Gaia is very not-annoying because of the way everything flows. When you turn to another point of view, it doesn't stray far from what you were originally reading so, again, great flow.

All in all, this is one series that I'm looking forward to continuing, and I have plenty to look forward to since there are so many volumes!
Fearless / Sam / Run
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