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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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Format: eBook ARC
Debut: November 11, 2013
Snuck from: YaBound
Read: Dec 31, 2013 - Jan 7, 2014
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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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 "playing for the cameras" part in the middle boring or unneeded. It was like someone singing happily before they smash in your skull.
This was a story full of tears, and although I was a little sceptical of Lina's simpleheartedness at first, I soon learned that there's more to her just as there's way more to her torment. Those tears needed to flow, made her more sympathetic, because she was mentally abused in a very cruel way, over and over again throughout the story. Her breakdowns were real, and it wasn't like she didn't get back up again afterwards -- she did, and that makes her a really great person. Thus, I almost cried when I read the happy breather at the end before the new threats were promised in the sequel.
Characters: The only one we really get to know all about is heroine Lina, she gets all the details, and she is a great one. She's a fighter against the wrong done to her and others, has a strong sense of right and wrong, while she's also still a girl with hopes, with dreams, who hates lying and hurting others. The fact that she is tiny, basically caged, and still tries to turn it all around makes her even more amazing. Yes, maybe some parts of her doing are selfish, but she has a good heart, and I think it's mostly due to her physical yearning of touch/closeness as explained way at the end.
The Toms were nice, although we didn't get to know too much about them yet, except for Row -- and boy, he was such a player. I really, really didn't expect that, and I don't know if it breaks my heart completely or if I think that maybe he deserved it a little bit.... Nah, 95% of the first. I'm looking forward to meet and get to know all the Toms better in the sequel, because I kinda have the feeling they'll really be Lina's allies this time.
George and Jack were both very great guys and totally worthy to be into Lina's life, and she in theirs. The family dynamic is a bit odd, but I think it's cute and have a bit of a lump in my stomach because I feel like they might be threatened in what's to come in the sequel.
As for the villains -- Jane wasn't much, but the white witch sure stepped up tp her name. I thought she was a cruel, ruthless, manipulative bitch all along, but she always came and did it again, shocking me. And she wasn't the only traitor to make my skin crawl!
In the end, I don't give an awesomeness rating, because the seperate parts are very mixed, as you can see below, but I still consider this one of my favorite reads, and I'm totally curious for more!
Area Scan: Idea: 5/5 -- Flow: 4/5 -- Vocab: 4/5 -- Plot: 5/5 -- Heroes: 5/5 -- Sidekicks: 3/5 -- Villains: 5/5 -- Romance: 3.5/5 -- Drama: 5/5 -- Suspense: 3/5 -- Humor: 4/5