A Touch of Gold
King Midas once had the ability to turn all he touched into gold. But after his gift—or curse—almost killed his daughter, Midas relinquished The Touch forever. Ten years later, Princess Kora still bears the consequences of her father’s wish: her skin shines golden, rumors follow her everywhere she goes, and she harbors secret powers that are getting harder to hide.Kora spends her days locked in the palace, concealed behind gloves and veils, trying to ignore the stares and gossip of courtiers. It isn’t until a charming young duke arrives that Kora realizes there may be someone out there who doesn’t fear her or her curse. But their courtship is disrupted when a thief steals precious items from the kingdom, leaving the treasury depleted and King Midas vulnerable. Thanks to her unique ability to sense gold, Kora is the only one who can track the thief down. As she sails off on her quest, Kora learns that not everything is what it seems—not thieves, not pirates, and not even curses. She quickly discovers that gold—and the power it brings—is more dangerous than she’d ever believed.Midas learned his lesson at a price. What will Kora’s journey cost?

A Touch of Gold Details

TitleA Touch of Gold
Author
ReleaseAug 14th, 2018
PublisherBlink
ISBN-139780310766353
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Retellings, Mythology

A Touch of Gold Review

  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    January 1, 1970
    I really loved this retelling of King Midas.I think it's best to go into this book without knowing too much.  I knew a little of the King Midas story, but not very much.  I had read the synopsis awhile ago, but I didn't reread it before starting the book and I'm glad I didn't.  I was just able to read and really enjoy the story.This is mostly Kora's story.  Her father, King Midas, turned her into gold by accident when she was young.  He was able to turn her back, but he didn't do everything he n I really loved this retelling of King Midas.I think it's best to go into this book without knowing too much.  I knew a little of the King Midas story, but not very much.  I had read the synopsis awhile ago, but I didn't reread it before starting the book and I'm glad I didn't.  I was just able to read and really enjoy the story.This is mostly Kora's story.  Her father, King Midas, turned her into gold by accident when she was young.  He was able to turn her back, but he didn't do everything he needed to do to break the curse.  Because of that, Kora became gold again.  But not as a statue.  Just her appearance.  She spent the rest of her childhood hiding from almost everyone.  She could also turn things to gold, but not in the same way her dad could.The gold items were tied to Midas and when they were stolen, he essentially falls into a coma.  Uncle Pheus had just introduced Kora to Duke Aris Wystilos that day.  Aris wasn't afraid of Kora and she liked him because of it.  Most other boys ran from her.  Aris offers to take Kora to find the gold.  She has a connection to it and can sense it.  Reluctantly, Uncle Pheus agrees.  While on the ship, they find that Kora's cousin, Hettie, sneaked on board.  The captain, Royce, was worried about the trip, but agreed to take Kora to find the gold.  Most of the men on board were worried.  Rhat was the only one who seemed okay with the journey.Kora starts having visions of the gold with a pirate.  His name is Captain Skulls because he has his men behead victims and bring him their skulls to collect.There are pirates, sirens, love, betrayal, friendship, fights, death, and adventures.  I don't want to give anything away, so I won't go into any more detail.  The writing flowed well and the pacing was great.I gave this book 5 stars.  Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss for giving me a copy for review.
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  • Wendy Higgins
    January 1, 1970
    Ah! Such a wonderful adventure!!
  • Sabrina The Trash Queen
    January 1, 1970
    Thieves, pirates, curses and gold.What a combination!!! 🤩
  • Dani - Perspective of a Writer
    January 1, 1970
    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...What happened after King Midas relinquished his ability to turn all he touched into gold? We come in 10 years later when princess Kora must leave her insulated life to save her father… She still bears the consequences of her father’s wish: her skin shines golden, rumors follow her everywhere she goes, and she harbors secret powers that are getting harder to hide, but that won’t stop her from her quest! Add in a charming young duke, a sea adventu Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...What happened after King Midas relinquished his ability to turn all he touched into gold? We come in 10 years later when princess Kora must leave her insulated life to save her father… She still bears the consequences of her father’s wish: her skin shines golden, rumors follow her everywhere she goes, and she harbors secret powers that are getting harder to hide, but that won’t stop her from her quest! Add in a charming young duke, a sea adventure, superstitious sailors and thieving pirates and we have a retelling full up with the power of gold.The short review...King Midas is a fairy tale that I have long admired! It's a fable about family and the importance of it over economic concerns. So a retelling or rather a continuation of the story AFTER the whole turning to gold sounded like an adventure I wanted to be in on. After reading another retelling last month that I didn't enjoy nearly as much as this one I am happy to report it is fun and full of pirates and treasure!Kora is my kind of girl... she stays inside and spends a lot of time reading! She is also a bit naive being a princess that her people are frightened of and thus isolated. She lives in the classic European world where you would expect there to be Kings, treaties, pirates and old world sailing ships with cannons and swords. There is a touch of magic that empowers Kora and gives a touch of whimsy to the story.A Touch of Gold isn't a perfect book... but if you adore retellings and love King Midas' fairy tale this is fun and light. You may see a twist coming from a mile away but that's really quite okay... There is friendship, empowerment and learning to see things as they really are to fuel the story and urge you to witness how Kora fares from her adventure in the end.Cover & Title grade -> A-I quite like this cover and was attracted to it when I saw it. Upon further reflection it is quite odd how the hand is cut off and that an odd plant like thing rests in the palm. A coin would be more appropriate at the very least. Why may you enjoy reading A Touch of Gold?-Hettie and Rhat.Hettie is Kora's cousin who doesn't fit in any more than Kora does! She is a testament to friendship and is a great foil for Kora who is more restrained than Hettie could ever be. I found her relationship with Rhat to be quite fun! -Sirens!This is a favorite part of the book for me... There is this EPIC battle that Kora and Hettie must take on personally. No protection and a LOT of danger and possibly more curses. I won't give it away more but its a wild part of the entire adventure!-Curses...I loved this commentary on what it means to be cursed and how others don't understand and see you as someone to avoid rather than accept. This was quite a relatable part of the book even though Kora was too naive for me at times.As a Writer...The world building in this book relied quite heavily on already established worlds that we have read quite a lot already. This was perhaps the most disappointing part of the book besides Kora. I wanted to see Kora's world take on a life of its own! Since this was a retelling we don't need to stick with the same old boring kingdom, with only a touch of magic. I'm not reading this to get a feel for history and what it meant to live back in historical times. Expanding on other ways to add fantasy elements would have really made this story POP!I also struggled with Kora in the first half of the book. Just because a girl only reads books and doesn't actually experience things themselves doesn't mean they have to be naive! I would have liked to seen her suspicious and doubting... Today girls need to know that when an alarm is blaring in their head, especially about a guy that it may very well be for a reason! To have Kora so placid at this point in the story felt contrived.A Touch of Gold expands on King Midas' fairy tale in a delightfully fun and pirate filled way! Annie Sullivan's debut novel is perfect for fans of The Wrath and The Dawn and Flame in the Mist... I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!!⋆ ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐ Authenticity⋆ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Writing Style⋆ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Plot & Pacing⋆ ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐ World BuildingThanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. It has not influenced my opinions.______________________You can find this review and many others on my book blog @ Perspective of a Writer. See my special perspective at the bottom of my reviews under the typewriter...
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  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    *4.5 stars*I can count on one hand the number of books that I’ve read that are written so beautifully that you end up being completely enchanted and immersed into the world to the point that you don’t even notice how much time has passed by and this book manages to do it within the first few pages of the prologue. “A Touch of Gold” follows Kora, the daughter to the infamous King Midas as she struggles to come to terms with her curse that has been passed down by her father and when thieves storm *4.5 stars*I can count on one hand the number of books that I’ve read that are written so beautifully that you end up being completely enchanted and immersed into the world to the point that you don’t even notice how much time has passed by and this book manages to do it within the first few pages of the prologue. “A Touch of Gold” follows Kora, the daughter to the infamous King Midas as she struggles to come to terms with her curse that has been passed down by her father and when thieves storm the castle taking the remaining pieces of gold that have kept her father alive all these years she finds that she’s the only person with the power to reclaim them even if it means venturing off into a world she’s been kept away from with a power she has yet to allow her self to understand and right into the hands of pirates hellbent on using her to sustain their greed. Everything about this book and the language used draws you in to this world where you can all but smell the salt of the sea in the air and see the glow of the gold beneath the waves. There are some moments that are predictable but because everything else was so great you don’t really care. I enjoyed the pirate aspect a lot and it was nice to see so much life given to side characters so they did more than fill a minor purpose to the plot and then stand in the back for the remainder of the novel, and the antagonist was something a few shades darker than your average “Pirates of the Caribbean” villain who manages to carry the weight of the legends surrounding his name. The ending was a bit rushed to me and though it appears to be a stand alone it was left in a way that leaves the door open for more and I really hope we end up getting a few adventures out of these characters and seeing an expansion of this story outside of the classic mythology, but overall this is a solid story with everything you could wish for from curses, betrayal and pirates with a trickster god mixed in, it really doesn’t get much better.**special thanks to the publishers and edelweiss for providing an arc in exchange for a fair and honest review**
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  • Alexandra
    January 1, 1970
    I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. The story is a very, very well written kind-of sequel to the ancient Greek myth of King Midas, who wanted the power to turn anything he touched into gold. His greed had cost him his daughter and after praying to the gods, he was able to repent and get his daughter back."A Touch of gold" takes this myth places it into a different setting and continues with Kora, the daughter of Midas who despite having survived she is now...chan I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. The story is a very, very well written kind-of sequel to the ancient Greek myth of King Midas, who wanted the power to turn anything he touched into gold. His greed had cost him his daughter and after praying to the gods, he was able to repent and get his daughter back."A Touch of gold" takes this myth places it into a different setting and continues with Kora, the daughter of Midas who despite having survived she is now...changed. She feels the power of gold and dreads what she can do.When a murder, causes the King's life to be put into grave danger, Kora will embark on a journey to save him. Many parts were equally amazing, the writing is fluid with lots of descriptions and the story never makes you feel bored. If you enjoy myth retellings then this book is for you.
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  • Meghan
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book as an advanced reader's copy because the patrons in my library and myself included are die hard fans of modern versions of classic fairy tales. Sullivan examines a whole new range of conflict of the classic tale of King Midas battling his curse of the golden touch and how he turned his daughter into gold. Now with a whole new twist and a new story line added, Sullivan does a tremendous job taking the reader away to a side of Midas that not everyone has seen before and this b I received this book as an advanced reader's copy because the patrons in my library and myself included are die hard fans of modern versions of classic fairy tales. Sullivan examines a whole new range of conflict of the classic tale of King Midas battling his curse of the golden touch and how he turned his daughter into gold. Now with a whole new twist and a new story line added, Sullivan does a tremendous job taking the reader away to a side of Midas that not everyone has seen before and this book reminded me a lot of Cinder and the Red Queen and how the books modernized the tales of Cinderella and Snow White. A wonderful read that is sure to leave the reader intrigued.
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  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book. I had no expectations, but what I found was a creative spin on the Midas story. It started with the myth but then expanded quickly from there, focusing on Midas' daughter who was turned to gold and now has mysterious powers because of the curse. The book ended up being reminiscent of the daughter of the pirate king with its own spin. I enjoyed all the characters and the twists. While I called the twists early on, I still enjoyed how they played out. The characters wer I really enjoyed this book. I had no expectations, but what I found was a creative spin on the Midas story. It started with the myth but then expanded quickly from there, focusing on Midas' daughter who was turned to gold and now has mysterious powers because of the curse. The book ended up being reminiscent of the daughter of the pirate king with its own spin. I enjoyed all the characters and the twists. While I called the twists early on, I still enjoyed how they played out. The characters were three dimensional and the story was well told and paced. I'm definitely sticking around for the next book!
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  • Sarah Glenn Marsh
    January 1, 1970
    Official Comments: Utterly charming! This fresh take on a classic tale will be treasured by fans of myth and romance alike. Unofficial Comments: Annie's writing is gorgeous! WOW. This story is such a treat!
  • Dana
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fun YA fable reimagining and adventure story. Think Frozen with gold instead of ice.
  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    4/5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐ | I loved this book! It was refreshingly different! I am a big fantasy reader and this was a nice break from what I have been reading lately. This is a retelling of King Midas and his golden touch. We have all heard this story growing up but Annie takes a fun and interesting approach to this story by following the cursed King’s daughter, Princess Kora. Kora has been locked up and hidden in her kingdom for years after suffering from the curse her father gave her. After a Duke arriv 4/5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ | I loved this book! It was refreshingly different! I am a big fantasy reader and this was a nice break from what I have been reading lately. This is a retelling of King Midas and his golden touch. We have all heard this story growing up but Annie takes a fun and interesting approach to this story by following the cursed King’s daughter, Princess Kora. Kora has been locked up and hidden in her kingdom for years after suffering from the curse her father gave her. After a Duke arrives, she starts to believe that she may not be alone and starts to think there could be more out in the world for her. But when her father’s gold is stolen, she takes it upon herself to find the gold and bring it back to her father. While she is on this crazy adventure, she discovers that everything she has known her entire life, could all be a lie. This story is more beautiful than its cover!Annie Sullivan knows how to write! My heart could not stop racing for the last 40% of the book! Even though the story wrapped up very well, I wish there could be a companion novel so I could continue exploring this world. This is a story I heard growing up and was always fascinated by it, but now I have a longing filled that I didn’t even know I had! I never knew I wanted to hear more to King Mida’s story until I read this! I can’t wait until this is published and we can get some beautiful fan art out! I’m looking forward to that since these characters were so unique and beautiful! I can’t wait to see how people will portray them in their art! This was a very fun and fast read that I highly recommend!! Please get it when it comes out this August!! You won’t be disappointed! ✨
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this book. I didn't expect the adventure but it was a nice surprise. I'll try to pen down a full review of this one come the weekend, but A Touch of Gold is an entertaining read and I recommend you give it a try.
  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent book. I love that the main character, who is female, grows as a character throughout the book and in the end is able to gain confidence to save herself.
  • LaRonda (Flying Paperbacks)
    January 1, 1970
    You can see my full review here!*I received an eArc of this book from the Publishers through Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review*I had some issues with the story for the first 50%. The instalove aspect of the romance, Kora’s cousin Hettie and the format in the sequence of events were flowing… but then everything flipped on it’s head. Plot twist, different aliases… new love interest… and it was great. Kora as the main character took some time to grow on me: she was sheltered and had her set You can see my full review here!*I received an eArc of this book from the Publishers through Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review*I had some issues with the story for the first 50%. The instalove aspect of the romance, Kora’s cousin Hettie and the format in the sequence of events were flowing… but then everything flipped on it’s head. Plot twist, different aliases… new love interest… and it was great. Kora as the main character took some time to grow on me: she was sheltered and had her set of views, yet her development was gold, no pun intended. The addition of her PTSD was also surprising. My biggest issue was the ending. It kind of ended abruptly and I can’t say it sets up for any kind of sequel since the brusque ending, but I'm here for it.07/25-- This book earned ALL OF MY RESPECT.
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  • Max Baker
    January 1, 1970
    Thank You Edelweiss for providing me a free review copy in exchange for an honest reviewThe Midas Touch has always been super interesting to me, so when I found out A Touch of Gold was going to not only center around the idea of The Touch, but follow Midas' once golden daughter as she tracks down missing gold stolen by a band of pirates, it rocketed towards the top of my TBR pile. However, the finished product was...well...let's just say it left a lot to be desired.A Touch of Gold suffers from Thank You Edelweiss for providing me a free review copy in exchange for an honest reviewThe Midas Touch has always been super interesting to me, so when I found out A Touch of Gold was going to not only center around the idea of The Touch, but follow Midas' once golden daughter as she tracks down missing gold stolen by a band of pirates, it rocketed towards the top of my TBR pile. However, the finished product was...well...let's just say it left a lot to be desired.A Touch of Gold suffers from a single major issue that sort of hangs over the story like a thick haze. It thinks that the story should be about Kora's insecurities and her romance with Aris instead of, you know, the actual treasure hunt. So much of the narration is Kora just being afraid and anxious about everything and it got on every nerve I have. And I get it, it's hard to have a coddled character like Kora be both realistically naive and have a backbone as well. But, it's like Sullivan just said "you know what, screw that" and just turned Kora into someone afraid of her own shadow.But what makes me the most upset is that it's obvious why Sullivan did this, making Kora a fearful, whiny girl who's internal desires never manifest outside a few lines meant to make it seem like she has depth. She did it so she can rely on Aris and eventually Royce to save her. See, Kora also has a form of The Touch, she can absorb gold from objects and transfer that to other objects. It's a power that could make her feared and able to protect herself, but she doesn't. Instead she waxes on how it makes her a monster, because of an accident during her childhood and the fact her father can't look at her despite the fact it's his fault. Everything surrounding Kora's power just felt contrite. It was a way to make Kora into how Sullivan wanted her to act then how she should have acted.Also, there wasn't a lot of world building. For a story based on a Greek myth, there isn't a single reference to Greek mythology or culture outside of it being the myth of King Midas and a few of the names of the gods. The world is just a sort of generic pirate fantasy and when I say generic, I mean generic. They go to a pirate hangout called The Island of Lost Souls and the antagonist is literally nicknamed Captain Skulls. And the plot twists? God, they were so obvious I was positive they were red herrings. But, no. They were 100% serious. I couldn't believe it, like I was physically shocked that it was so obvious and that they went with it! Like, seriously, we're not stupid. It was obvious that they were setting up a bait and switch and when they did, it was treated as his huge, mind shattering event when in reality it was basically the literally equivalent of a narcoleptic collapsing and then being surprised they collapsed. A Touch of Gold is a pirate fantasy with an identity crisis and poor plot twists. There's nothing that sets this book apart from so many other fantasies that try to accomplish the same thing.
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  • Jordan
    January 1, 1970
    I knew I had to request “A Touch of Gold” when I read the synopsis. And when I saw the cover it doubled my excitement. It’s stunning! I began this book with high hopes and wasn’t disappointed. A wonderfully new and thrilling retelling of King Midas; Annie Sullivan’s talent shines. Our main character, Kora, shows her wit and strength right away, which she somehow maintains after being a virtual prisoner in her own home. Silently feared and judged by her own people, Kora is the unspoken shame of I knew I had to request “A Touch of Gold” when I read the synopsis. And when I saw the cover it doubled my excitement. It’s stunning! I began this book with high hopes and wasn’t disappointed. A wonderfully new and thrilling retelling of King Midas; Annie Sullivan’s talent shines. Our main character, Kora, shows her wit and strength right away, which she somehow maintains after being a virtual prisoner in her own home. Silently feared and judged by her own people, Kora is the unspoken shame of her father, King Midas. Even knowing that her notoriously golden skin is a result of his carelessness, King Midas punishes his daughter by neglecting her. A life under a veil, Kora is made to be invisible, until one day she is the kingdom’s only hope of survival. And boy, does Kora take her shot! We get to follow her through land and sea, love and betrayal, all while on a dire mission filled with twists. Sullivan portrays Kora’s developing self confidence with sensitivity and great skill.That aspect made the novel touching; adding individuality and uniqueness.Against all odds our hero has “come a long way since then” and continues to make strides.With this book, it is easy to be reminded of how strong one can be when one is given the chance. Annie Sullivan wrote the type of story I love reading. “A Touch of Gold” kept my knee bouncing with anticipation throughout. This book is engaging and fun, while still maintaining a deeply powerful narrative. I am very glad I read this book. I can’t wait to read it again!I have recommended “A Touch of Gold” to friends.I also recommend this book to readers of ya retellings and fantasy. Thank You Blink, HarperCollins & NetGalley for this Advanced Readers Copy!
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  • Amber ~ The Reading Addict
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.I've always been a sucker for myth and fairytale retellings, so obviously I was excited to get my hands on this version of the Midas story. Princess Kora has been haunted by her father's touch ever since he accidentally transformed her into a gold statue. Thankfully, she's now a living, breathing human, but her skin has always held onto the golden sheen it once acquired. Plus, she's got some magical powers, to boot. In ma I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.I've always been a sucker for myth and fairytale retellings, so obviously I was excited to get my hands on this version of the Midas story. Princess Kora has been haunted by her father's touch ever since he accidentally transformed her into a gold statue. Thankfully, she's now a living, breathing human, but her skin has always held onto the golden sheen it once acquired. Plus, she's got some magical powers, to boot. In many ways, this novel reminds me of that animated Sinbad movie. You know, the one with the snarky pirates and watery sirens? Imagine that movie, but with some extra mythology and a golden girl thrown in. You've got pirates, fight scenes, and plenty of stuff to keep you entertained.As great as the concept of this retelling was, there were a few things that bothered me. First of all, the romance was one of the most predictable ones I've encountered in a while, which bored me and left the story lacking. Secondly, Kora is kind of... uninteresting? I hate to say that, but truly, I just didn't see that much spirit or uniqueness in her character, other than the fact that she's been cursed since she was a small child. Still, I wouldn't say I disliked this book. I was intrigued by Sullivan's take on the Midas legend and happy to see that she wove some character development into the various magical scenes. I certainly don't regret reading A Touch of Gold, but I just wouldn't label it as one of my favorite retellings.
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  • Jaden Revis
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Stars! I really enjoyed this book! There is a great balance of action, romance with out overpowering Kora's strong feminine character! There was a plot twist I was not expecting and that never happens! I would recommend this book but keep in mind this is following mostly King Midas' daughter so it is not technically a retelling of King Midas but it gives off the same vibes!
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  • USOM
    January 1, 1970
    The premise entirely captivated me. The concept of a girl who was turned to gold because of her father who also has secret powers? Count me in. And the premise really delivers in a fun and unique way. It’s not only about Kora and her powers, but also about Kora learning to accept herself, of her realizing that she doesn’t need to push people away. She cannot remain an island, afraid of touch.full review: https://utopia-state-of-mind.com/revi...
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  • Britt
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this!Adventure, pirates, curses, romance, and gold.I was completely hooked after the prologue. This story is about the daughter that King Midas turned to gold and the after-effects the gold has left on her after she is brought back to life. The writing is beautiful and it’s a very original story. I couldn’t put it down and ended up finishing it that same day. Definitely recommend reading this fun, adventurous story when it comes out in August! Thank you very much to HarperCollins via Ede I loved this!Adventure, pirates, curses, romance, and gold.I was completely hooked after the prologue. This story is about the daughter that King Midas turned to gold and the after-effects the gold has left on her after she is brought back to life. The writing is beautiful and it’s a very original story. I couldn’t put it down and ended up finishing it that same day. Definitely recommend reading this fun, adventurous story when it comes out in August! Thank you very much to HarperCollins via Edelweiss.
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    When King Midas turned his daughter Kora into gold and the god told them how to reverse it, everyone thought the gold curse was over. They were wrong - Midas messed up one of the rules. Now Kora has permanently golden skin, although she can still move, and she has other abilities. Unfortunately, her appearance makes people flee in terror and her abilities make her a target for fortune hunters...A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan was a pretty interesting book. I would have never thought of having When King Midas turned his daughter Kora into gold and the god told them how to reverse it, everyone thought the gold curse was over. They were wrong - Midas messed up one of the rules. Now Kora has permanently golden skin, although she can still move, and she has other abilities. Unfortunately, her appearance makes people flee in terror and her abilities make her a target for fortune hunters...A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan was a pretty interesting book. I would have never thought of having a story about King Midas' daughter, and it was cleverly done. It is also important to mention that this book takes a turn of being a seafaring adventure, full of pirates, sword fights, treasure hunts, and the rest. I really enjoyed the story!There were a couple of major plot twists in this book. I guessed the truth from some of the foreshadowing, but didn't quite get my predictions right. So bravo Annie Sullivan!Another thing I liked was the twist on the typical "magical kiss." It was reversed from the usual fairytale kiss, and I loved it. Hilarious! Overall, though, I feel like this book was missing something. It was cleverly written with a lot of cool ideas. But despite everything, it was a little predictable. Or was it that it wasn't as can't-put-it-down-compelling as I had hoped? I can't put my finger on it, but it is definitely missing something. A Touch of Gold was a pretty interesting book, and I recommend it to YA fantasy readers.I received a complementary copy of this book. All opinions are my own, and I received no compensation for sharing them.
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  • Sara Strand
    January 1, 1970
    I'll start by telling you I'm giving this one FIVE gold stars because any book that has me wishing for more five days later is worth every star I can give it. If you're familiar with the story of King Midas and his golden touch, then you'll love this part two almost. We know he turns his daughter gold but what happens after that is where this book comes in. Kora is still golden, but she hasn't ever left the palace but she has to now because only she can track down her father's stolen gold before I'll start by telling you I'm giving this one FIVE gold stars because any book that has me wishing for more five days later is worth every star I can give it. If you're familiar with the story of King Midas and his golden touch, then you'll love this part two almost. We know he turns his daughter gold but what happens after that is where this book comes in. Kora is still golden, but she hasn't ever left the palace but she has to now because only she can track down her father's stolen gold before he's too weak to survive. So off Kora goes, aboard a ship with her stowaway cousin Hettie, and the suitor who has come to court her but also offers his assistant, Aris. But it's not all smooth sailing because soon enough she realizes the danger she's in from the crew members but also the realization she will eventually have to face off with a pirate named Captain Skulls. There are SO MANY plot twists in this one that more than once I found myself saying, "SHUT THE FRONT DOOR" and I couldn't stop reading it. I finished all 300some pages in one sitting because I couldn't put it down. It's a YA book so it's got a little romance but nothing extends past kissing so this is perfectly OK for a kid to read it. In fact, my almost 13 year old has stolen it from my desk already. I am so impressed with this author and her writing style, it's just a smoothly written novel with a twist on a classic. Absolutely loved it.
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  • Stacey
    January 1, 1970
    I am going to state an unpopular opinion here. I always have at least two books going at once, one in physical form and one on my kindle. I thought "A Touch of Gold" sounded good but I was really excited to read "To Kill A Kingdom" which has received a lot more buzz. Both books have pirate themes and also Midas themes (much lesser extent in To Kill A Kingdom). I enjoyed both books, but I enjoyed "Touch of Gold" more. The story was so unique and I hadn't read a book about King Midas and his golde I am going to state an unpopular opinion here. I always have at least two books going at once, one in physical form and one on my kindle. I thought "A Touch of Gold" sounded good but I was really excited to read "To Kill A Kingdom" which has received a lot more buzz. Both books have pirate themes and also Midas themes (much lesser extent in To Kill A Kingdom). I enjoyed both books, but I enjoyed "Touch of Gold" more. The story was so unique and I hadn't read a book about King Midas and his golden touch before. And I actually grew to love the supporting characters on the ship where a good chunk of "A Touch of Gold" takes place. By comparison the supporting characters in the other novel did not feel as unique and real to me. This novel is about the daughter of King Midas who has been turned to gold by him years ago. She is sheltered by her father and uncle and the kingdom is afraid of her and her 'curse'. Now Princess Kora has started searching for a husband. She knows it won't be a love match because who wants to marry a golden girl who could turn them into a golden statue? When she meets a young duke and her father's treasures are stolen her adventure begins. She leaves her sheltered castle for the first time with the handsome duke by her side. They end up on the ship I mentioned earlier as they try to track down the missing treasure. This book gives the reader some great plot twists and mini adventures along the way to finding the treasure. We meet an outstanding group of supporting characters that will make you mad, steal your heart, and possibly make you tear up. This book isn't perfect (readers may guess a couple of twists) but it is a really fun page turner! I'd read a sequel if there was one to come. Annie Sullivan has a ton of potential as a YA author and I look forward to seeing what else she comes out with!
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  • Aila
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars “Once upon a time, a little girl helplessly watched as liquid gold spun a web across her tiny frame, racing to wrap her up in an icy cocoon.” And with that opening line, I was captured. A Touch of Gold is a lighter fantasy with familiar elements that readers will recognize, but it’s still enjoyable and an adventure to read. Kora displays great character growth and I can’t wait to see the next adventure that Sullivan has in store for us. While the ending of this book was pretty solid, t 3.5 stars “Once upon a time, a little girl helplessly watched as liquid gold spun a web across her tiny frame, racing to wrap her up in an icy cocoon.” And with that opening line, I was captured. A Touch of Gold is a lighter fantasy with familiar elements that readers will recognize, but it’s still enjoyable and an adventure to read. Kora displays great character growth and I can’t wait to see the next adventure that Sullivan has in store for us. While the ending of this book was pretty solid, the author leaves a few strings loose for future installments. A spectacularly placed twist in the middle kept me gripping until the end. I would recommend this to fantasy fans that are compelled by the blurb, because it delivers on the epic journey that you think of when you read it. If you’re not quite sold based on the synopsis and what I’ve discussed, it might be a fantasy you don’t need to put at the top of your TBR.TW: mild violence, blood/gore
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  • Sadie
    January 1, 1970
    Overall, the book was good. Not “great!” And not “really good!”. But good. I thought the plot was entertaining and the concept of King Midas’ daughter having to continue paying the price for the curse and his past mistakes was quite intriguing. One thing, however, that I do feel like this book lacked was character development. Now I understand it’s a stand alone novel and isn’t very long but the author could have attempted to add a bit more... flavor to each character to make them seem slightly Overall, the book was good. Not “great!” And not “really good!”. But good. I thought the plot was entertaining and the concept of King Midas’ daughter having to continue paying the price for the curse and his past mistakes was quite intriguing. One thing, however, that I do feel like this book lacked was character development. Now I understand it’s a stand alone novel and isn’t very long but the author could have attempted to add a bit more... flavor to each character to make them seem slightly more realistic. I also felt at moments that the plot was a bit rushed and some things could have had a bit more depth. Like the betrayal with Kora and Aris. That was kind of a big deal and I felt like when they came face to face again it should have been a much bigger moment. Also we don’t get much insight on the romance between Kora and Royce. It was like she was all in love with Aris and then BAM three days later she’s head over heels for Royce. All in all the book was good, just a bit choppy in some places.
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  • OutlawPoet
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this one!Kora is fun. Yes, she's a bit teen-angsty and I did think she had bigger problems than 'he likes me he really likes me!', but she's got a cool power, some attitude, and she's a good person. She's also pretty darned brave.And I loved her cousin (favorite character alert).At heart, the book is an adventure. You've got dangerous civilians, awesome pirates, love, betrayal, murder and even a few dangerous mythical creatures.Parent note: Aside from violence and some swashbuck I really enjoyed this one!Kora is fun. Yes, she's a bit teen-angsty and I did think she had bigger problems than 'he likes me he really likes me!', but she's got a cool power, some attitude, and she's a good person. She's also pretty darned brave.And I loved her cousin (favorite character alert).At heart, the book is an adventure. You've got dangerous civilians, awesome pirates, love, betrayal, murder and even a few dangerous mythical creatures.Parent note: Aside from violence and some swashbuckling, the book is super clean.Thoroughly enjoyed this read!
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  • Jeanna
    January 1, 1970
    An amazing adventure that fans of Cinder will be sure to love. Review to come.
  • Amanda (MetalPhantasmReads)
    January 1, 1970
    This was honestly so much fun! This is a good summer/vacation book with a fast paced adventure. I've always wanted a King Midas inspired story. I'm interested to see what will happen in the next one
  • Kaitlin Balcerak (somehowimanageblog)
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. In Annie Sullivan's debut novel, we experience mythology, pirate adventures, romance, and intrigue. I had been interested in this novel since I heard of it because of my love of mythology. While mythology is used in quite a few YA novels these days, I have never seen the myth of King Midas used before. An exciting concept, Annie Sullivan uses adventure and great character relationships to weave a beautiful story that I received a copy of this ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. In Annie Sullivan's debut novel, we experience mythology, pirate adventures, romance, and intrigue. I had been interested in this novel since I heard of it because of my love of mythology. While mythology is used in quite a few YA novels these days, I have never seen the myth of King Midas used before. An exciting concept, Annie Sullivan uses adventure and great character relationships to weave a beautiful story that kept me guessing at every turn. She writes her characters in a way that their every emotion and thought is not out there for you to see which adds to the pacing of the story. The pacing near the end of the story seemed a little forced and out of place but otherwise, his story moves along well. It was also difficult sometimes to read action scenes because it felt like we moved from scene to scene at a pace fast enough to give you whiplash. Overall, I really enjoyed this tale and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys mythology, and sea adventures. I can't wait to see what she writes next!
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