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Sunday, October 20, 2019

A Touch of Gold REVIEW

A Touch of Gold

Title: A Touch of Gold
Series: A Touch of Gold, book one
Author: Annie Sullivan
Publisher: Blink YA
Release Date: August 14th 2018
Print Length: 313 pages
Genre: Fantasy, Mythology, Young Adult, Retelling

Edition:  audiobook

BOOK LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon |  

Reason for Reading – My daughter is a part of Tome Society book club in school and read this book. I borrowed an audiobook copy of this novel from my local library via Hoopla app. All opinions are my own, any review is voluntary. 


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?

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Awesomeness Factor: 4 / ★★★★★

Main Characters

  • King Midas- the guy cursed with the ability to turn all he touched into gold
  • Princess Kora- golden skin with her father's affliction of turning things into gold that already have some gold
DYNAMIC: insta-love interests

Characters: 3 / ★★★★★


A Touch of Gold is all that is needed for Princess Kora to turn the whole thing into a golden statue. Good news is, her curse is reversable. Bad news is, she's been in hiding for a very long time because she's afraid to test her abilities. 

“I’ve only ever turned one person to gold, and that was an accident.”

When King Midas' few golden objects are stolen and he starts to wither from the loss, he literally can't live without them. Princess Kora sets off on a quest outside of the castle for the first time to get it back. On the way she must learn to trust others, be comfortable in her own skin, and escape from pirates trying to use her for their own gain.

Plot and Themes: 4 / ★★★★★


This is going to sound bad, but I'm writing this review quite late and I don't remember the setting... a castle, and then on a boat in the sea but I can't think of anything more specific

Setting: 3 / ★★★★★


Probably the theme of so many YA books- acceptance of self. The MC is a teenager with image problems and she has to overcome her insecurities and find her strength.

What did I like about the book?

Easy plot- the book was easy to read and follow. Sometimes you just need that in your TBR

Continuation of beloved classic- I never read the original story about King Midas but I know everything he touched turned to gold. This is a retelling starring King Midas' daughter and her living with being uniquely cursed too.

Ending- sure there is a cliffhanger but I believe it could still be read as a stand-alone

I recently read Tiger Queen (you can read that review HERE) , also a retelling. Both were fast reads
Comment below your favorite book retelling!

What did I not like about the book?

Insta-romance story- it was fun at first but ... its sad that she fell for the first guy that was half way nice to her. I did like the foreshadowing though presented during the courtship...

Super predictable, no plot twists that I didn't see coming from the get.

Date Started/Finished : September 30th- October 3rd 2019

Writing: 4/★★★★★
Story – 3 / ★★★★★
Romance – 3 / ★★★★★
Angst – 4 / ★★★★★
Content Flow – 5 / ★★★★★

Recommend? maybe

Recommend To – general lovers of retellings
if insta-love tropes are your favorite, pirates, quests, and coming-of-age stories are your jam then you'll probably like this. 

Would Read More from Author? probably. My favorite part about reading this was doing it with my daugther.

Overall Rating: 4/★★★★★

based off Goodreads' ratings: 4 stars – really liked it, really enjoyable. Definitely recommend and I like seeing it on my bookshelf or lending it out to friends.

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