A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan

A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan
Publisher: BLINK
Release Date: August 14, 2018
Genres: Young Adult Fiction -- Mythology, Retelling

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?

Kora is cursed and not because of anything she did but because of what her father did. I felt so sorry for her character and the way other people judged her. She’s trapped in this life that she didn’t want and there is nothing she could do about it. I was thinking what would be like if she wasn’t a princess and protected. I like how she rises to challenges though. Almost heedless of her own safety and is willing to do anything to save her father. Even though he cursed her she can see what happened, how it happened, why it happened and have empathy for the situation.

King Midas is a Greek myth but I think I enjoyed this version more. A flushed out adventure that has us traveling across the sea and dealing with pirates! Of course Pirates I love a good pirate story. This a good one. I also loved all of the grew aboard the Swanflight, even the ones that weren’t originally supposed to be there.

There is love, loss, betrayal and twist so I won’t give away anything about the plot. Except that it’s well written and fast paced. I couldn’t put the book down once I started reading and I had those moments of oh wow I’m already this far. It is a really fun read.

So I really loved the book and I can’t wait for the next one. However, I have to say you could read this one and possibly be satisfied with the end but I can’t wait to see where the characters adventures could take them next.

Annie Sullivan is a Young Adult author from Indianapolis, Indiana. Her work has been featured in Curly Red Stories and Punchnels. She loves fairytales, everything Jane Austen, and traveling and exploring new cultures. When she’s not off on her own adventures, she’s teaching classes at the Indiana Writers Center and working as the Copy Specialist at John Wiley and Sons, Inc. publishing company, having also worked there in Editorial and Publicity roles. You can follow her adventures on Twitter and Instagram (@annsulliva).

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