Monday, January 6, 2014

TOUR STOP AND GIVEAWAY: Damselfly by Jennie Bates Bozic

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Damselfly (Damselfly #1) by Jennie Bates Bozic
Release Date: 11/11/13

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18216396-damselfly?ac=1

Goodreads Summary

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.

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Review

I was really surprised by this. I had expected a lot, but this was nothing like I expected. And I loved it. I could not put it down. I was confused for a few chapters because the back story wasn't clear to me for a while. There is still some stuff that hasn't been explained: Why exactly was creating tiny people/bug hybrids considered necessary? I'm still confused about that. But I can accept it. If you can't accept that, then you won't except the rest of the book. It's as simple as that. But I really liked it overall and I can't wait for more.

Characters

I was so indecisive in this book. Even worse than the MC, Lina. For this reason, I found her actions justifiable and her feelings totally relateable.
The main issue here is the forced romance. Literally. The woman who created her is trying to raise money, so she has this whole reality TV show where Lina has to choose a Tom to marry.
What are Toms? Well, the male hybrid. And she's the only female.
This may seem a bit far-stretched and I have to agree. But all things considered, I like how Jennie Bozic handled it. I felt for Lina, and I hated her creator: Dr. Christiansen. And I liked George because he was sympathetic to Lina. I felt for the Toms because they had no choice in this, either. (Honestly I was stuck between three of them and then there was Jack, of course. So I couldn't blame her for being as confused as I was.) Every time someone got betrayed or some big secret got revealed, I felt like yelling and crying in frustration and pain.
 
Plot

As far as the plot goes... Some of it I saw a mile away, other things I saw right before it happened. I don't think anything truly surprised me, but there were a bunch of twists and turns and I loved every single one of them. I just wanted more. It never did explain it all in Damselfly. They hinted at a bunch of wars and worldwide hunger, but I don't know what caused it all. I don't know why damselflies are the answer. I want to know.
The game show thing was out there, but it provided some nice pacing and set up the ending very well. Overall, I loved this.

Rating: 4 stars


Why: It was exciting and I totally want more

Recommendation: Those who want something a little different. This is a nice mix of sci-fi and drama, but at times it might seem unbelievable.



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                    About the Author

I'm a visual effects artist for film and television by day, and at night I don my author cape and pen stories for the YA crowd. I love a good fairy tale, especially if there's a creepy twist, so that's what I write.

I met my husband in the World of Warcraft and we live in Los Angeles with our cat. We spend our time playing video games, reading, hiking, sweeping up cat hair, and cursing the terrible traffic.

I have a bachelor's degree in Religion and Philosophy from Hillsdale College, and some of my past jobs have included: swimming lessons teacher, lifeguard, furniture salesperson, barista, and loan officer. I was especially terrible at the loan officer bit and that's what prompted me to make a major change and go off to Canada to get a diploma in 3D Animation and Visual Effects. After that, I moved to Los Angeles by myself and roomed with two crazy sisters I found on Craigslist. But that's another tale.

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10 e-books of Damselfly (INT)
 


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