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Knowledge really is power when you don't know who you are.

Jane Doe. It was all Della ever knew of her mother. No identification. No family to tie her to. Then, on her 18th birthday, Della's life was flipped upside down by one thin manila folder. 

Growing up in the foster system, she never really had anything to call her own, not even a last name. Now, the truth was exposed, but there was still so much she didn't know. 

Hoping to learn more about the mother she never knew and maybe discover a bit more about herself along the way, Della travels across the country seeking answers - and finds far more than she bargained for. 

An unimaginable world - one on the brink of war - is pulling her in and making her claim a birthright she never knew she wanted. 

There's a storm brewing on the horizon, and as the pressure builds, it will take everything Della has not to drown in a destiny she didn't choose.

©2014 Regan Claire (P)2018 Regan Claire

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  • Pam C
  • Wolfforth, TX
  • 10-03-18

Unique!

Loved it! This reminded me much of what XMen is about...pulling from the universe to control what gifts have been given to them. I didn't much care for some of the characters, which is the point of a protagonist and really liked other characters, which, of course is, again, the point. I definitely think I will want to read book 2
Jennifer Swanepoel is the narrator and LOVED her voice. The timber is perfect and the ebb and flow of the narration is spot on. I felt like I was being told a story rather than being read to.
I recommend this book!

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Funny

I love books that have funny moments and this book does, it had me smiling quite a lot. I liked the herione but she is nothing knew but I did like the plot, I thought it was different and the author had me intrigued to see where the story would go. I would recommend this book to everyone since it is a clean read and I can't wait to read the next book in this series.

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I'm hooked on this series

The world building in this book is fantastic, it's so realistic I feel like I could walk out the door and be in it. The characters are also well crafted and feel as real and the world.

It was a little slow to start for me, by about 30% I was wondering if I'd made a mistake with this book, but not long after that it took off with a bang and by the time I reached the end I wanted the next book which unfortunately isn't available on audio yet.

Della is a great character to get to know, she comes across as both vulnerable and strong. The glimpse of the foster care system I got through her is both sad and hopeful. Della seems to take whatever life throws at her and makes the best of it, I love how she's portrayed.

The character voices were interesting and distinct, they worked well with the different races of characters. The narration style worked well with the story, conveyed emotion and carried the mood of the scene.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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Wow...Just.Wow! What a book!

I wasn't sure what to expect with this book but so glad that I went outside of my comfort zone and listened to it. Della's mother died in childbirth and she grew up in the foster care system. On her 18th birthday, her social worker hands her a manilla folder and drops the proverbial bomb...Della learns the identity of her mother and has an inheritance. She travels from CA to an island in the Outer Banks, NC to claim her inheritance. What she finds will blow you away...not only does she have family, but there is a HUGE family secret. Being the evil person that I am...I will not share that secret...just know that it is AWESOME!! This book is about discovering oneself, trusting oneself, and learning to discern good from evil. I really enjoyed it and, since it IS a trilogy, there is a cliffhanger...so now I need to get my hands on book 2! Narration was on point.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Had Me Hooked!

Della Doe spent her life in the foster care system after her mom passed away during childbirth, unidentified as a Jane Doe. For eighteen years Della was shuttled from family to family, never finding a home, never quite fitting in. On her 18th birthday, Della learns her mother's name and where she came from, and travels to the small seaside town in North Carolina to claim her inheritance.

I really enjoyed this coming of age supernatural YA! There's a lot to love here, a strong heroine just discovering her family and her powers, a smart alec best friend who puts a smile on your face, a great small town setting, and a unique take on supernatural powers. Della was portrayed really well, I felt like I got to know her. She's so detached in the beginning but gradually loses that reserve. I liked the slow reveal of her powers, I thought it was built up well. This was a clean read I'd recommend to young teens on up. It definitely had me hooked and waiting for the next one!

The narration was well done, with separate voices for each character and a voice that fit Della perfectly. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.

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Loved it. Enjoyable for all ages.

Jennifer Swanepoel, narrator, does an excellent job. She made the story an easy listen. I would listen to other books she narrated.

Regan Claire, the author, wrote an excellent book. Although it is a young adult book, us old people can enjoy it too. A good story with twists that are not expected. A start of a great series. I look forward to book 2.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Far more than expected!

I didn't see the entire fantasy take on this. The plot is really clever and I adore how the author made the world she designed seem so natural. Della spent her life as a ward of the state. She'd never even met her parents so on her 18th birthday its a shock to know she has family and a house waiting for her. At first she and family don't mesh but soon enough she's learning to trust them and enjoying her time with them.

When she starts developing "powers" her family takes her under their wing as they all have powers similar to hers. Della soon finds that her family along with the elves are partners against a most menacing race of supernaturals. The plot moves along at a steady speed and the suspense ramps up as it builds. Both narrator and author do a lot for building the characters. I love character driven stories and this is a good one.

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Great story!

I love a great story that is both realistic and fantasy based. This had both. No sexual scenes, no f bombs and very easy paced. Could be for both young adults or fantasy readers. Did kinda leave you hanging at the end not in a bad way but definitely in a way you wanted more. I received this book at no charge in exchange for an honest review. Definitely recommend it.👍🏻

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Great Read

Gathering Water was a great read by Regan Claire. Della Doe Deare hasn't lead an easy life. She has been in foster care since the day she was born. At eighteen she finds one foster care parent who actually cares. When she turns eighteen she finds out the identity of her mom and that she has an inheritance from her grandmother. Little did Della know, her life would drastically change forever. She not only gains family but also gains powers she would never imagine. I absolutely loved reading Della's story and can't wait to read more in this series.

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Loved this book!

I loved this story and it caught me from the very beginning. The narration was great and the writing is excellent. I was gifted this book in exchange for a review but I would have been happy to provide it anyway. I can't wait for the next book to come out.

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  • Tony Bough
  • 09-01-18

A must-read!! VERY good!

From the start you slip into the main characters life and it just pulls you into the book. I won't deliver any spoilers and you can read the synopsis for an overview of the story.

We have some really great characters with some really great relationships. Della and Cash were by far my favourite characters but I also really like Luke. We have a strong female character in the lead who has had a tough start in life. She's turning out great and developing through her relationships with others.

The story rolls along at a nice pace that makes this really easy and very nice to listen to.

The narration was perfect. Especially for the main characters. A great voice that I also found added to the story through being very nice to listen to. It helped to further craft this very good story.

I'm really looking forward to the next book as it ends at a really good point that makes me want more!

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.