Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Damselfly by Jennie Bates Bozic - Paul's REVIEW

*I received this book as an eARC from Jennie Bates Bozic LLC on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Title: Damselfly
Author: Jennie Bates Bozic
Year Published: 2013

Ashley's REVIEW


Synopsis: 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.


Review: I have really been enjoying books lately that walk that line between fantasy and sci-fi. This book does that with a story influenced by Thumbelina. It also even brings in a reality show aspect. The concept alone should be a good enough reason to pick this book up. And it definetely meets the hype. 

I am very surprised that this was self-published. I've read quite a few self-published works that just don't quite have the polished feel of more mainstream books. This book is well polished and written excellently. 

There are so many surprises throughout this book. I loved the way they were revealed. All the relationships also feel very real. 

There is just the right amount of science. I never like it when books try to sound more technical, but use terms incorrectly. The science just is the way it is and it is easy to accept for the story. 

I really enjoyed this story and would recommend it to fans of fairytale retellings set in futuristic worlds. I give this book a 4/5.


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