Friday, May 4, 2018

Feature Friday ARC Review : A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan

*Feature Friday is a meme hosted by The Tattered Page to feature YA books that have not yet been released by reviewing them.

*Warning: This review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.


Release DateAugust 14, 2018
Pages: 320
Source: ARC

The Story:

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?
From author Annie Sullivan comes A Touch of Gold, the untold story of the daughter King Midas turned to gold, perfect for fans of Cinder and The Wrath and the Dawn.
This book features a beautiful, decorated cover.
via Amazon

My Review

First off, I want to thank Blink for sending me 
A Touch of Gold to read and review.

Tag Line:

Gold is wealth. Wealth is power. Power is a curse.
Opening Line:

Once upon a time, a little girl helplessly watched as liquid gold spun a web across her tiny frame, racing up to wrap her up in an icy coccon.


To be honest, I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into when I decided to read A Touch of Gold. One, because I decided not to read the blurb and two, because the first few pages told me the story was inspired by King Midas.

I love retellings of interesting myths and fables. But I didn’t know where there story was headed at all. And that definitely worked in its favor.

Gold. Pirates. A cursed princess. And a kingdom at stake.

Bearing the consequences of her fathers curse, Princess Kora spent many years hidden away at the castle while the kingdom crumbled around her. Until the last of her father’s Gold goes missing she is forced to leave the shelter of her castle and seek the gold before it’s too late.

The pacing of A Touch of Gold was a nicely tuned to the unfurling of the plot-line. While not terribly exciting -- considering it is also a pirate's tale -- or steamy -although there is a love-triangle, sort of -- Annie Sullivan'writing was interesting and did not drag. A Touch of Gold world-building was decent as well. I did not expect this to be a seafaring, pirates' tale. But, though not the most exceptional story, I thoroughly enjoyed A Touch of Gold.

"While we're vying for control, I wink at him. It's another trick I've learned from my cousin--she  has no qualms about using her femininity to distract Rhat when they fight.

The move has the same effect oon Royce. He pulls back just a little, and while he's distracted, I grab the smaller piece of wood tucked into the back of my shirt that's meant to represent a dagger. I ram it into his ribs." --pages 245

All in all, while I may not be obsessed with A Touch of Gold, I did quite enjoy it. It was a quick read and if you like mythological retellings, the story is definitely worth a read.

Meet the Author:

Annie Sullivan
Annie Sullivan grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. She received her Masters degree in Creative Writing from Butler University. She loves fairytales, everything Jane Austen, and traveling. Her wanderlust has taken her to every continent, where she’s walked on the Great Wall of China, found four-leaf clovers in Ireland, waddled with penguins in Antarctica, and cage dived with great white sharks in South Africa. You can follow her adventures on Twitter (@annsulliva) or on her blog:

***Check out Annie Sullivan's website for more information about her and A Touch of GoldHERE

Happy Reading!


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