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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 discover ...more
Paperback, 242 pages
Published November 11th 2013 by Jennie Bates Bozic LLC
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Angela Oliver
Oct 06, 2013 rated it liked it
I am having mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, it is beautifully written with an interesting premise and a good general sense that thought has been put into creating the dystopian world of somewhere in the 2060s. On the other hand, the plot felt a bit weak at times, and certain events did not sit well with me. Why, for example, in a world where people are starving to death would lilliputan people - essentially faeries - be considered a sign of hope for the future? Unless they were ...more
Lilee White
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really and truly couldn't wait for this book to come out, I entered all the giveaways just to get it early but that didn't work. As soon as it was was available on kindle I snapped it up and let me tell you it was definitely not a disappointment.

Eagerly and impatiently awaiting the next book. XD
Aug 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
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**Actual Rating**: 3.5 stars
**Book Format**: eARC

First off, I want to make sure it's clear that this is a pure romantic chick-lit type book. It's not even as much chick-lit as it is fairy tale romance though, so lovers of Barbie and Disney will like it. It seems to be a middle grade book, but it's a really quick read (I finished it in less than 2 hours) and very HEA type.

This is a story that's more likely than not based on Thumbelina. Th
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I received a copy of this book for an honest review.

Damselfly is the story of Thumbelina, or “Lina” as she is known to almost everyone, a 16 year old human/damselfly hybrid. Created in the year 2066 by Dr. Christiansen, Lina’s entire existence is lived within a protective dome in Denmark. Most days she spends being trained to evade birds and other types of predators, working in her tiny garden or around her tree house decorated with
Virtual reality! Reality TV! And fairy tales! Oh my! Damselfly was really unique. It's 2081, the world has been devastated by civil wars and global climate change is taking its toll. But, there's the Lilliput Project, which has created Lina: a six inch tall girl with damselfly wings. Lina has lived under a dome in Denmark for her whole life, but she's turning sixteen and will finally be free. At least that's what she thinks, until her creator lets her know what the real plan is.

I loved the premi
Gabs {My Full Bookshelf Reviews}
**A free copy was received from the author in exchange for an honest reivew.**

Damselfly was a great book. It's a fairy tale retelling mixed with Dystopian, which may seem like an odd combination, but they complimented each other quite nicely!

I loved that the book was Dystopian, because it made the story so original. Also, the author didn't strictly follow the original story of Thumbelina. The Dystopian elements, the evil scientists, the cliffhanger (I'll have a whole other paragraph on THAT late
Oct 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Hunger Games meets Thumbelina. In all the right ways.
As a storyteller, I enjoyed the heck out of this book. Not just because of the Easter eggs dropped along the way for fairy tale-savvy people, but also because the measure of a good book is volume. As in, the volume of my voice as I yell "HOLY *****" at the book. It is an increasingly dark telling of the tale, which is why I am comparing it to the Hunger Games. I also found it extremely interesting how well the book portrayed a hopeless sit
Caro [The Book Rogue]
Cover & Title: Love the cover! The coloring, the shadow figure, and the spider's web are all very well picked for this story. The title Damselfly doesn't seem too significant at first, but it gets more meaning after you've discovered the why of it, and I like that as well. Plus, it fits the expression "Damsel in Distress".

The Book: Damselfly was an interesting sequence of professionelly delt blows below the belt line. Although the arc of suspense wasn't constant, I wouldn't exactly call the "pla
Lydia Bales
Nov 13, 2013 rated it liked it
This book was in no way what I was expecting. After reading the blurb I was not sure what the story was actually going to be about, was it dystopian, fantasy or romance? If anything it was all three and more. The phrase that best encapsulates this story for me is that it is more than meets the eye.

The story revolves around Lina. Lina is a six-inch tall 15 year old girl when we meet her, not to mention she also has wings. Lina was created by the Lilliput Project to solve problems in the world. I
Despite the fact that this book nearly killed me early on (death by sweet tea and a well placed screen name- what a way to go), I really enjoyed it. It was a light, quick, well-paced dystopian read. It was also a hell of a lot of fun.

The story centers around Lina (Thumbelina if you’re feeling formal) who is a six inch tall Lilliputin. Think pixie- wings and all. Her days are spent in lessons and training for survival with the scientists who are the only people she has ever been around. Her free
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was one of those books I just had to have. I have a love of fairy tales and I couldn’t wait to see what the author did with her world and her characters. The combination of fairies, Bachelorette-style reality TV, and a dystopian setting where starvation is looming, had me intrigued and I was curious to know how it all fit together.

I read Damselfly in one sitting, and although it wasn’t addictive at first, by the time I’d gotten halfway through, I was hooked. The author has a way of writing
Oct 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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An Odd1
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Enjoyed preview of ebook from Patchwork Press, who thrilled me, pre-approving for Netgalley, who goofed up (optimistically in progress of fixing). The heroine, a genetically engineered tiny winged girl, has a crush via internet, on full-size Jack from an Indian reservation. Bodes ill for happy-ever-after romance. Perhaps she could get a DNA sample for evil Dr C to clone and the sequel could question nature vs nurture?
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Grab-on opening, gotcha good!. Poor narrator with frizzy
Dec 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopian, fantasy, teen
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Date: November 2013

Genre: Fantasy/Dystopian

When and Where: 2065, Denmark

Protagonist: Lina, 16 years

The Story: For the past sixteen years, Lina has been led to believe that she is the star achievement and one-of-a-kind creation of the Lilliput project. At six inches tall and with the wings of damselfly, Lina has spent her entire life learning how to survive in a world where everything, from her creators to the wild things in
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I found that the writing flowed very well and I read through it rather quickly. The story really kept a hold of my attention and I read this in one sitting.

The characters are all well developed, complex, and full of surprises. I never knew what would happen next, who Lina should trust or not trust, and (best of all) who she might end up with.

I was actually taken by surprise as the story reached it's climax. I had a suspicion that something was up, but for some reaso
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
This book is set in the near future. War has changed the world. People are hungry. Life as we know it has changed for humans. Lina was created as a viable option for the human race. She is 6 inches tall and has wings.

I debated classifying this book as fairy or sci-fi. Lina was created by scientists, so while it may have a fairy type main character, the story is based on science run unchecked.

Lina lives in a tree house in a forest in Denmark. Her life is lonely and relatively sheltered. She has a
K.C. Rivers
Set in the not-so-distant future, Lina is a six-inch tall winged girl who has lived her entire life in a science compound under the watchful eye of Dr. Christiansen. Her sole purpose is to learn survival skills, knowing that she might just be the future of mankind. Being the only one her size is tough, however. The one person that she has ever truly loved is Jack, a boy she met through a forbidden online encounter. His feelings for her are the same...only she’s never told him that she’s literall ...more
Sep 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
The author provided me with an ARC of this novel for an honest review.

At first, Damselfly is quite strange and I found it challenging to get my head around the concept that Jennie Bates Bozic introduces us to. However, as I read on, I became involved and fascinated by the world that she had created and it was difficult to stop reading, even when I had to.

Lina's character seemed to possess a genuine teen feel; rebellions, stubbornness and such. I enjoyed witnessing her growth as a protagonist as
Michelle Hauck
Oct 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I was given this book in return for an honest review.

Thumbalina goes on the Bachelorette.

Plenty of twists and turns and really a page turner.

This is a tribute to Thumbalina set in a future world where there is not enough food to go around. To save humanity, scientists resort to experimenting with creating tiny-sized humans. Tiny Lina is forced to participate in a round of dating with six men her own size, when all she really wants is full-sized Jack.

As a romance, I found this story to be satis
Paul Decker
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
*I received this book as an eARC from Jennie Bates Bozic LLC on NetGalley in exchange for an honest 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 t
Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Holy Perfect Protagonist Pixie Batman!! Seriously though, I received an e-book copy from the Author, Jennie Bates Bozic, in exchange for an honest reivew. And here it is: I HONESTLY LOVED this book!! I am sending out recomendations to EVERYONE I know!. This is a perfect blending of Dystopian Science Fiction and Fantasy Fairy Fiction. The writing drew me into the book from the first paragraph and just wouldn't let me go till the end! Wonderful twists and turns that keep the plot riviting. I frett ...more
Oct 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I won this book from Goodreads First Reads and I am so happy I did! This book took me away to another time in a very different world than I have ever been before! Lina's story was unique as was the life she was brought up to believe in. I fell in love with Lina, Jack, The Tom's and George and was carried off in directions I did not anticipate. It was beautifully written and appropriate for young girls as well as those young at heart. I really hope that Jennie writes a follow up because there see ...more
Rachel B
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
*Received an ARC from a Goodreads giveaway - MUCH to my excitement!*

It took me a little while to get into this one, but once I did, I really, really loved the sweet yet at times unsettling retelling of the Thumbelina story. The characters were truly likable/hate-able. The twist near the end was deliciously unexpected, and the actual ending left open room for the possibility of a follow-up without leaving me hanging TOO much. Overall, a very good read.
LeighAnn Kopans
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Damselfly is a unique gem of a book that perfectly captures the highs, lows, and heartaches of teen romance in a high stakes roller coaster of emotions. Lina's determination to discover more about herself and the project that created her keeps tension high until the very last pages. Wonderful - highly recommended.
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have decided that this is my new favourite book for now, no doubt about it. an awesome story, beautifully written, full of action and the kind of characters that make you fall in love with them. I literally could not put this book down once I started it, and I finished it within a few hours of picking it up. definitely recommend it.
Alicia Huxtable
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is most definitely a very different book..... in a very good way. A 6.5 inch girl who isn't exactly human, a group of wacko scientists who think they can create more of her, and an online love who knows nothing. I haven't read another book like this one and I loved it!!
Madison Louise
Aug 18, 2013 marked it as to-read
I loved Thumblina as a kid! This looks good!
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I really enjoyed this book. It was intriguing and captivating. I loved the characters, especially Blue. I hope there will be a sequel coming soon.

Review copy provided by the author for an honest review
Chris Bullock
Excellent story, excellent writing.
Nov 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. Also can be read at my blog, Novel Reflection.

When I originally read the premise of this book, I was a bit nervous. While it intrigued me, I wasn’t sure whether this Thumbelina retelling with a Bachelorette component would actually work. Unique, but maybe almost too much crazy for one book. Somehow, though, I was proven wrong — it was crazy enough that it actually turned out quite well. The book was definitely better than I originally expected, and it was a fun, albeit a bit short, ri
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