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Born of Water: An Elemental Origins Novel (The Elemental Origins Series) Paperback – July 30, 2017
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Everything you thought you knew about mermaids is wrong.
Life for a small-town high school kid in Saltford should be simple and straightforward – for 17-year-old Targa MacAuley, it’s anything but. Navigating life with a supernatural mother is tricky enough, but dealing with the feelings of guilt that she’s never been able to ‘change’, and confusion that she doesn’t seem to be attracted to boys (or girls for that matter), Targa feels like she’s got more demons than the average kid.
When the opportunity to salvage a mysterious wreck in the Baltic arises for her mom, a professional salvage diver by day, Targa jumps at the chance to go abroad for the summer. But it’s when she meets Antoni Baranek, and a boating accident puts them both in danger, that Targa’s world turns completely inside out in more ways than one.
This YA book was such a fun read, I couldn't put it down (I read the whole book in a day).
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Reviewed By Sierra Edelen for Readers' Favorite
Targa is almost like any other teenager about to enter the summer before her senior year in high school except for one thing; she is half siren. Being born of a human father and a siren mother, Targa was destined to become a siren like her mother as the gene is passed through the female line. But Targa turned out to be a dud, and as such, since her father died when she was only eight, her mother, Mira, was forced to stay on land and get a job as a diver, searching the Atlantic and recovering lost items from wrecks. When Mira's company is offered a job in Poland for the summer to recover items from a ship that sank 150 years ago, Targa gets the opportunity of a lifetime, and one that will change hers forever.
Born of Water by A.L. Knorr is only the first in a number of titles in The Elemental Origins Series. It aims to capture the attention of young adults, as it has themes of fantasy, mythology and teenage love. It is beautifully composed and encourages readers to continue reading more books even after this story is finished. It also does well to keep things in perspective, showing not only the particular struggles that Targa is going through due to her siren heritage, but that she is also a teenage girl with normal teenage confusions and that makes her all the more relatable. This book was a joy to read. It is filled with mystery and intrigue and I look forward to finding other books in the series and reading them as well.
- Publisher : ISBN Canada (July 30, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 372 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1775067106
- ISBN-13 : 978-1775067108
- Reading age : 13 - 18 years
- Grade level : 9 - 12
- Item Weight : 1.07 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.84 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #620,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United States on August 27, 2017
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I really enjoyed this clean PG story. I like a break from my adult romances to get a touch of a little innocent romance story. This is a young adult story and very well written with surprises around every corner. Highly recommend.
I liked Targa a lot. While she wasn’t silly, she still was a credible teenager. The story is told from her point of view and she acknowledges that she is often the adult in this mother-daughter relationship (her father passed away years ago). This book gives a really original take on the mermaid mythology. I’m curious what the future holds for Targa and her mother, and there’s some mystery involving their ancestry that I’m hoping will be explored in later books.
After the book, The Wreck of Sybellen is included. It is a diary that Targa is given that gives some more perspective on the events of the book. It was a great addition to the story, and also added some clues and questions to the mystery surrounding the shipwreck and the people involved with the ship Sybellen. I’d like to see how Targa’s story continues.
This book itself started a little slow. I think it had a lot to do with Targa's personality and her introspection. But is was necessary as it sets up hers and to a small degree her friends' situations. Eventually it picks up and made it hard to put down.
I look forward to reading Georjayna's and Akiko's stories and hopefully how all four of them mesh together. The two I've read so far are too good to stop and have left too many things undone or dangling (no cliffhangers just life and potential for more.
I borrowed this book from the Prime Lending Library.
Definitely recommend this book
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I shall be reading the other volumes in the Elemental series.
The book itself was well written and intriguing, however there were some questions that were left open and never addressed about Targa's abilities as a mermaid and an elemental. Again i am guessing that this is to be addressed in another book in the series.
So as a standalone novel - the book was disappointing. As part of a series, it was ok. Unfortunately it didn't capture my interest enough for me to carry on with the series. I think it could have done if it had concluded with Targa returning to Poland to join Antoni and take up the mantle of an elemental.
Now and then I stumble on one book or series that does not disappoint. This is one of them and I am happy I decided to try it out. It was a very vivid experience with these modern mermaids in the ocean. I admire the imagination it involved, but also the language used. Very clean style.
I am ordering the next books on this series once I hit submit!
P.s. actually already did it yesterday when I emailed the author for the bonus chapter ;)