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A mysterious shipwreck could unlock ancient powers… or send her to a watery grave.

Targa MacAuley feels more at home on dry land than in the watery realm of her mermaid ancestors. After 17 years on solid ground, she fears she’ll never grow into the creature her mother hoped she’d become. To keep her mom’s homesickness and true identity under wraps, Targa signs on for a mysterious salvage dive in the Baltic Sea.

Her plan to blend in with the rest of the crew is spoiled when she catches the eye of a handsome local. A freak accident and a strange connection to the ancient shipwreck below attract even more unwanted attention. With both her mom’s secret—and her life—in danger, Targa must finally find the courage to unleash the currents surging deep within.

Born of Water is the first book in The Elemental Origins, a series of captivating YA urban fantasy novels which can be read in any order. If you like new twists on mermaid lore, simmering romance, and close-knit mother-daughter bonds, then you’ll love A.L. Knorr’s nautical adventure. Embark on a deeper dive into the story's lore with The Wreck of Sybellen, a companion novel included with the audiobook.

©2016 A.L. Knorr (P)2017 LMBPN Publishing

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Amazing!

This book was wonderful and a delight from start to finish. My teenage son and my 10 year old daughter both zoomed through it with complete enjoyment too. Thank you A L Knorr and Gabra Zackman!

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YA and Adult, Confusing and Great

I really like the personalities and the differences between species as to what is perceived as important and worth worrying about. I’m a fan of elemental-based stories. This is a great twist on water, and one I’ve never personally encountered. It was a fantastically engaging story! Now to the rest of my review subject...

The YA is due to the 17/18-year olds about to become seniors in high school. I totally appreciate the realistic reversal of roles between mother and daughter. It did cause some brain glitches occasionally, since Targa “read” like an adult, but wasn’t. Yet.

I get other cultures and species have different ideas about teens and intimacy, but if you’re going to blur that line, why not twist it to 2275 and recognize if you can do something that inherently requires responsibility just in case the consequences are expensive, then you can own a company. Why wait until 18 for one and not the other?

Totally dig the book on balance.

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started off great

book started off great but sizzled out towards the end. I do like how the author depicted mermaids

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Beautifully written story proving Mermaids are real.

Strong world and character development. Mermaid's must keep in contact with salt water, the saltier the better. This makes life difficult for them. Targa lives with her mother and her mother thinks her daughter will never make the change to Mermaid. On a trip to a restoration dive in the Baltic, she falls into the water and drowns. She awakens underwater able to breath hear and see perfectly. Her new life starts.

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Great listen

I am sure that it is a great read as well, but I enjoyed the listen! Thank you Gabra.

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  • 05-30-18

excellent story!

loved it, wish there was a second book to find out more about the characters and how they developed.