Reviewed by: ?wazithinkin
Genre: YA Fantasy
Approximate word count: 17,000-17,500 words
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Christine Rains loves to lose herself in paranormal romances. Her writing covers all genres of dark fiction and she has published several short stories. A stay at home mom, a writer, and a geek, Rain’s is a member of RWA and has four degrees which do not help at all with motherhood, but all that knowledge makes her a great Jeopardy player. Find out more at her website and her blog.
Abby White was seven years old when she killed the monster under her bed. That is when she became a member of the Fearless, a person chosen by the gods to protect the children from their fears made real. With the help of her guide, Tawa, who resides in her beloved stuffed hippopotamus, she is trying to make the world a safer place. The nightmares are spreading and the monsters are getting stronger. Abby needs to find out why things have changed. When she saves the life of a wild fae during one hard fought battle, he joins her quest.
Abby is one of the Fearless, she slays nightmare monsters turned real by the frightened imaginations of children. After a brief prologue, Rains starts chapter one in the middle of a battle in which Abby saves the life of a fae imprisoned in a trunk bound with iron. Demetrius is a fae from the Darkwood clan and now refuses to leave Abby’s side. According to the blood debt, his body and soul are hers until the debt has been repaid. So, with his shimmering bad boy tattoos and his devastating good looks, he joins Abby’s mission to slay these monsters.
Abby, Demetrius and Tawa, the witty and wise ancient spirit guide that resides in Abby’s childhood stuffed hippopotamus, set out to discover why children are disappearing and nightmares are turning into real monsters at an escalating rate. Abby works as a tutor to keep in close contact with the children who need help when their nightmare monsters become real. While parents tend to write off these nightmares as imaginary, Abby knows better. She has been chosen and given blessed weapons, magical sight, and superior strength to protect children from their fears. She is one of the Fearless.
I found it easy to suspend my disbelief with this well written story. The unique plot unfolds into an action packed monster slaying mystery with a little romance. I found the characters well rounded and their dialogue believable. It was entertaining to watch Abby try to ignore her growing feelings for Demetrius. She will not let herself be distracted from her monster slaying mission, and he doesn’t make it easy for her. The banter between the three main characters was full of sharp wit and innuendos. I found the protagonist ingenious and have to give the author kudos with the way she brought closure to the problem. Fearless is a fun, unique novelette filled with action packed monster slaying and a light-hearted romance.
No significant issues.
Rating: **** Four stars