Oct 18, 2014

Review -- Damselfly

Author: Jennie Bates Bozic
Release Date: November 11th, 2013
Publisher: Self-Published
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 235
Format: ARC, won from giveaway

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In 2065, the Lilliput Project created Lina - the first six-inch-tall winged girl - as the solution to a worldwide energy and food crisis. Isolated in a compound amidst the forests of Denmark, Lina has grown up aware of only one purpose: learn how to survive in a world filled with hawks, bumblebees, and loneliness. However, on the eve of her sixteenth birthday, she discovers that she’s not the only teenager her size. Six 'Toms' were created shortly after Lina, and now her creators need to prove to the world that tiny people are the next logical step in human evolution. In other words, they need to prove that reproduction is possible.

Um. No thanks. Lina's already fallen in love with a boy she met online named Jack. Only he has no idea that thumbelina1847 could literally fit inside his heart.

When her creators threaten to hurt Jack unless she chooses a husband from among the ‘Toms’, Lina agrees to star in a reality TV series. Once the episodes begin to air, the secret of her size is out. Cut off from any contact with the outside world, Lina assumes Jack is no longer interested. After all, what guy would want to date a girl he can’t even kiss?

Slowly, very slowly, she befriends the six young men who see her as their only ticket to happiness. Perhaps she can make just one guy’s dream of love and companionship come true. But her creators have a few more twists in store for her that she never thought possible.

She’s not the only one playing to the cameras.

My Review:
I won this book quite a while ago and never was able to get around to it. I ended up reading other things even though I really wanted to read this. This book is actually the reason I started Swag September in the first place. I knew I would have to read it in this month!!

If you guys can't guess, I like Faeries. I found out about them about a year ago and have been hooked to reading about them every since. If you look at the cover above, you can see what drew me in. I see wings!!

This book doesn't exactly deal with Faeries, but I still really enjoyed it. A scientist finds a way to make small little humans, they ended up adding the wings of a Damselfly for them to be able to fly. There isn't the usually a Faerie can't tell a lie thing or anything like that. She is essentially a small flying human.

This is something I have never read about. I love science in general so it definitely sucked me in. I loved getting to follow Lina around and get to know her. I felt bad for all the things she had to go through. She doesn't have any real friends, she is treated horribly by the person who created her, and then worst of all, her creator finds out that she has fallen for a human that she met online. Did I mention she fell in love online when she wasn't even supposed to have a computer.

When Lina found out that Jack, the guy she loves, is being used as a weapon to get her to marry and reproduce with Toms I felt so bad for her. She finds out that she can no longer talk to Jack as well as there are 6 guys just like her in the same day. She also gets told that those 6 guys are being put onto a reality show with her to watch her date each one and at the end pick a guy she wants to try to be with.

I tried to get to know all the guys but the book doesn't give you too much inside on any of them. They live in New Zealand, Al can surf. Row is always smiling, Shrike seems kind of distant but also seems to like Lina. There is also Perry who you don't really learn anything about and Blue who seems to also like Lina and wants a real shot. Then there is Crane who other than hearing his name you don't get much from him either. I wish I could have gotten to know the others a little better.

I really liked Row. I feel like she wanted us to pull towards him quite a bit since he was the one you saw most. It was nice to get to know him. I felt a strong pull towards Blue though. There was something about him that I feel he could have fit well with Lina even though I didn't know much about him.

Then there is Jack. He seemed so sweet. When I got to read the part about him showing her his house, it almost made me want to cry. He obviously was very poor and had nothing really, but he still wanted her to see it. It felt so personal and sweet. He wasn't ashamed to show that side of him to her, he knew she would still care about him. I loved how he opened up to her so much. I was pulling for him through most of the book, I just didn't know how things could work out between a full sized human and a tiny 6 inch tall flying human.

I loved reading this book. I kept doing the one more chapter thing while trying to get ready for bed. The chapters were very short so it was easy for me to keep doing it and I ended up having to force myself to put the book down.

The book is set all over. Lina lives in Denmark, the Toms are from New Zealand, Jack lives in South Dakota, and they also had their constructs from their internet realm dates. Those were all over the place from South Dakota, to Hawaii, to historical places like the Sistine Chapel, Pyramids, and the Colosseum. I don't know much about history so it was nice to get a small little bit of information about the places as it went.

It was nice to read something so different. Sometimes most of the books I read all have a general similarity. This one obviously has some romance in the pages, but it was so much more than that, too. I was able to get the message to never give up, no matter how small you feel, you can always do something big in the world. I also felt the message of no matter what you have, you can always find happiness within it. I don't know if they were intentional messages, but I felt them all the same.

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