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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 spe 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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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 spe 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?

30 review for A Touch of Gold

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina The Trash Queen

    “I’ve only ever turned one person to gold, and that was an accident.” I had a lot of expectations for this. I mean I read the synopsis and all I could think was “thieves, pirates, curses and gold, is there any better combination?” , but this book just wasn’t for me. I found it lacking, the description of the world or of anything really, was almost never there, the romance was not good - the development of it was complete bullshit, she like someone and then bum suddenly she likes someone else, “I’ve only ever turned one person to gold, and that was an accident.” I had a lot of expectations for this. I mean I read the synopsis and all I could think was “thieves, pirates, curses and gold, is there any better combination?” , but this book just wasn’t for me. I found it lacking, the description of the world or of anything really, was almost never there, the romance was not good - the development of it was complete bullshit, she like someone and then bum suddenly she likes someone else, it made a bit of sense but it could have had a better development, and I’m sad about that because I love romance - the end left with a cliffhanger, at least of me, and has far had I know there isn’t a sequel. The writing was good, and I really like how the curse affected the people in a realistic way. I had very big expectations that, unfortunately - no one is sadder than me about this - it wasn’t meet. But overall it was an interesting read, with very good writing and I get why the main character was so dumb sometimes but even so it pissed me off. So yeah, I expect more. —— Thank you to Edelweiss for a ARC of this book for a honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Brigid

    I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review! What a pleasant surprise! I have this awful habit of reading the synopsis of books only once or twice, and having nothing more than a vague idea of what a story is about, before diving headfirst into it. There's romance, curses, pirates - *squeals!* - all wrapped up in a short, sweet plot with action and excitement. I've never had the pleasure to read a retelling of King Midas, but loved this spin on his tale. A charming debut I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review! What a pleasant surprise! I have this awful habit of reading the synopsis of books only once or twice, and having nothing more than a vague idea of what a story is about, before diving headfirst into it. There's romance, curses, pirates - *squeals!* - all wrapped up in a short, sweet plot with action and excitement. I've never had the pleasure to read a retelling of King Midas, but loved this spin on his tale. A charming debut by Annie Sullivan! Full RTC!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard

    OH!MY!GOD!I!LOVED!THIS!BOOK! The characters were all really cool! There was a lot more pirates and sailing than I was anticipating (which was a big wonderful surprise plus) and the betrayals! OMG poor Kora! Girl is gonna have some trust issues going forward! Especially for a stand alone, I'm really impressed with the world development, problems, amount of questing, plot twists and character development. I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for Annie's next work.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader

    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.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Glenn Marsh

    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!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Higgins

    Ah! Such a wonderful adventure!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Souza

    3 stars!!! I'm a huge sucker for Greek mythology and YA fantasy. So I was pretty pysched to get into this novel and I would say that I really liked this retelling of the King Midas story. However, there were many aspects of the story that just didn't pique my interest enough to give it a 5 star rating. Firstly, there was a lack of worldbuilding. The story wasn't immersive enough for me. From the descriptions, I had the sense that our characters lived in a medevial sort of setting where there were 3 stars!!! I'm a huge sucker for Greek mythology and YA fantasy. So I was pretty pysched to get into this novel and I would say that I really liked this retelling of the King Midas story. However, there were many aspects of the story that just didn't pique my interest enough to give it a 5 star rating. Firstly, there was a lack of worldbuilding. The story wasn't immersive enough for me. From the descriptions, I had the sense that our characters lived in a medevial sort of setting where there were kingdoms and fantastical creatures. We got the idea that magic played an integral part of the world but it wasn't explained or delved into too deeply. The descriptions and imagery used painted a picture without becoming lyrical or whimsical. Personally, I love novels that are wrought with emotive language as it lends a sense of escapism. This just played out like a story that needed to be told. Secondly, I liked the MC Kora. She was fiesty enough and rather independant. However, she was quite the usual YA protagonist who was misunderstood and was looking to change people's opinions of her. She has a tragic past and a special ability which I honestly found to be very cliched. Moreover, the romance aspect was just bland. I didn't like the so-called love triangle and I felt there was absolutely zero chemistry between any of the love interests for Kora. Plus, the idea of falling in and out of love so quickly with two guys is just so unrealistic. It made me laugh. I can't understand why authors make the girls so gullible and silly when it comes to love. Although, I would have to admit I still did enjoy the story. I especially liked Hettie. I found her to be more relatable and unpredictable. In addition, the side characters were pretty well rounded to create an engaging story. I especially found that the inclusion of pirates in the plot made for an interesting read. Overall, the story wasn't so bad. The structure flowed smoothly enough and the pacing was just right - not too fast or slow. There were enough action scenes to build up speed whenever the storyline was prone to lagging. I also liked the plot twists and revelations. They were surprising and I didn't expect them as much. The ending was not too predictable and had me raising my eyebrows. I liked how the author blended deceit, vulnerability, love and fantasy into the storyline. Even though, the language was simplistic, the story wasn't lacking in entertainment per se. I would suggest this story as a good one time read and I guess for a standalone it made it's impact albeit in a not so showy way.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lea (drumsofautumn)

    A Touch Of Gold was so very different from what I thought it would be but in the best way possible. Maybe it's because I'm bad at reading synopses or remembering them but I really though that this was gonna be about a princess in her castle, dealing with her "curse", a swoon-worthy romance and a little bit of "I'm being rebellious and leaving the castle even though I'm not supposed to." But what I got instead was a sea adventure, including pirates and sirens, and if you know me just a little bit, A Touch Of Gold was so very different from what I thought it would be but in the best way possible. Maybe it's because I'm bad at reading synopses or remembering them but I really though that this was gonna be about a princess in her castle, dealing with her "curse", a swoon-worthy romance and a little bit of "I'm being rebellious and leaving the castle even though I'm not supposed to." But what I got instead was a sea adventure, including pirates and sirens, and if you know me just a little bit, you will know, that that is literally my favourite thing. So this book was honestly almost perfect for me. “I ask you, why can the sun rise and sink each day and not an island? For though the tides rise and fall, men say an island cannot. What fools men are.” As far as the world building goes, there's really not all that much to expect. It was good enough to get a feeling for the setting but there's really not a lot of explaining on the general world. I wasn't bothered by it and I feel like the story works well as it is but if you're a fan of intricate world building, this might not be the book for you. I love when books make you crave for it to go into a certain direction, then leave you hanging for a bit but ultimately go into that exact direction. I guess it wasn't exactly unpredictable but I did not dare to hope the storyline would go the way I wanted it to. When it DID, it left me with an intensely satisfied feeling. The romance was absolutely wonderful and right up my alley. And I wish I could talk much more about it but talking about its development would definitely be a spoiler, so as much as I want to, I can't. But just know, that this romance was my favourite part of the story, next to the general sea adventure setting. What I can say is that I loved how this book made use of the insta-love trope. Now I don't know if this was actually on purpose but I definitely noticed it in a positive way. I don't dislike most of the commonly hated tropes because I think there's always an interesting way to work with them and A Touch of Gold did exactly that. The insta-love made sense and it was used in a way that helped the main character's development in a lot of ways. “Then his lips are on mine. They taste like the sea breeze, salty and light. It's a kiss that says everything he couldn't.” In general, this had an interesting cast of characters. The main character wasn't my favourite but she was very well written and her thoughts and feelings made a lot of sense. Her cousin, Hettie, might have been my favourite of the characters. She is amazing and so much fun but also super passionate and stubborn. I'd read a novel from her perspective. I loved the rest of the cast and all their different quirks too and this also had some complex and interesting concepts for the villain. Overall I had an amazing time reading this book. If you like books set on sea, this is for you. While the crew were following is not exactly pirates, they definitely behave like it for a lot of the time, so if that's your thing, you're in the right place. ♦ Booktube Channel ♦ Twitter ♦ Instagram ♦ I received an ARC of this through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dani - Perspective of a Writer

    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 Building Thanks 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...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Meghan

    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.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    This was a pretty good retelling and a quick read. I liked Kora’s powers and the pirating around. I don’t think I’ve read a King Midas retelling before so it felt unique to me. The side characters were great and there was a pretty good twist that changed who I like and hated. 4 Stars!

  13. 4 out of 5

    The Book Valkyrie

    That was a weird ending for a stand-alone novel...

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    *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**

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    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! ✨

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

    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.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Christina (Ensconced in Lit)

    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!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    This was a fun YA fable reimagining and adventure story. Think Frozen with gold instead of ice.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Katie (Lost in Pages)

    *3.75* Because sometimes all it takes is knowing you're not in it alone, that you have a crew who's got your back. I got the chance to meet Annie Sullivan at BookExpo this past May, and she is a delight. In just the short 45 seconds or so that I had to chat with her while she signed an ARC of A Touch of Gold for me, I could tell she really loves what she does — she's super personable and extremely excited for this book! I was really excited, too, to get my hands on an early copy of Gold after read *3.75* Because sometimes all it takes is knowing you're not in it alone, that you have a crew who's got your back. I got the chance to meet Annie Sullivan at BookExpo this past May, and she is a delight. In just the short 45 seconds or so that I had to chat with her while she signed an ARC of A Touch of Gold for me, I could tell she really loves what she does — she's super personable and extremely excited for this book! I was really excited, too, to get my hands on an early copy of Gold after reading the synopsis for it months prior. It sounded like an adventurous pirate tale, and I was here for it. A Touch of Gold is a new take on the King Midas myth, one of which I'm not that familiar with. I knew the basics of the story going in, so I can't be a great judge on whether anything in this book is very accurate or not. Regardless, this story is about Kora, Midas's daughter, and her struggle with the aftermath of her father's curse. Her father's gold is stolen, and she teams up with some pirates to help get it back. I liked the aspect of her being able to "track" the stolen gold through her connections with it and the curse, it made the story more unique.  I'm happy to say that overall the book was quite enjoyable! I liked the twists and turns the plot took, even when some of it was slightly predictable. Some characters come across as being too good to be true right from the start, so it wasn't a surprise to me at all when their true colors were shown. Despite that, I appreciated Kora's growth throughout the story. She starts as a timid recluse, scared to show her true self and her potential risk to others. By the end of the story, she's come into her own and accepted her powers, and it was great to see her with confidence. I also enjoyed Royce and his journey. He seemed standoffish at first, but it was with good reason. I'm hoping there will be more to this world and Kora's story because I feel like I've barely dipped my toes in — which leads me to why I docked off a bit from the rating. I felt like everything was super rushed. As much as I was engaged throughout the story — which Sullivan's writing is good at doing — I felt like everything happened so quickly. Character relationships seemed to blossom from pure convenience, and plot twists were thrown at me so quickly, at times I had to reread parts to really understand what was happening. The ending wrapped up incredibly fast with a pretty drastic reveal occurring within the last 10 pages. Like I said before, I really hope there's a sequel or even a novella to continue this story because I do like the characters and the world, and I'd love to see more.  This is Annie's debut, so I definitely feel like she's got more coming for us! Overall, the adventure and obstacles Kora and her crew face in this story are entertaining, and I'd definitely recommend Touch of Gold for anyone who's looking for a quick, swashbuckling adventure! 

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jordan

    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!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    The story about King Midas’ golden touch was one of the most memorable stories I’ve learned when I was a child. It was a warning against greed and its consequences when you let it take over you. The end of King Midas’ story was pretty much a done deal, one where you could easily imagine him living a happy and contented life with his daughter after having learned his lesson. Annie Sullivan, however, breaks open that ending to bring forth an entertaining expansion of the old tale in her debut novel The story about King Midas’ golden touch was one of the most memorable stories I’ve learned when I was a child. It was a warning against greed and its consequences when you let it take over you. The end of King Midas’ story was pretty much a done deal, one where you could easily imagine him living a happy and contented life with his daughter after having learned his lesson. Annie Sullivan, however, breaks open that ending to bring forth an entertaining expansion of the old tale in her debut novel 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? I had a hard time deciding what I really think and feel about this book. I did like it - the thought of a book about King Midas' daughter was an intriguing concept - but somehow it just missed the mark and settled for ‘good’ instead of ‘great.’ A Touch of Gold continues King Midas’ story, putting his daughter, Princess Kora, at the center of things in a creatively expanded world built upon the original myth. Featuring cursed royals, pirates, sirens, a quest to retrieve stolen treasures, deception and betrayal, the book is an adventurous, twisty read. It starts out strong, opening the story with an attention-grabbing prologue. It has me eating it up. Then, the problems started to trickle in. The first half of the story moved too slowly especially for a standalone. The story’s secondary characters, meanwhile, annoyed and bothered me. Hettie, Kora’s cousin, got on my nerves. She made getting into the already dragged out first part even harder with all her whinnying and complaining. I seriously wanted to reach into the story and hit her with a pillow (or something). The insta-love between Kora and Aris, the Duke of Wystlinos quickly made me wary, though, this one I understand for reasons I will later explain. Still, I powered through, and was rewarded when I reached the last half. Action-filled and twisty up to the end, the last half of this book definitely held the story’s most interesting parts. Pirates! Sea adventure! Fighting off sirens intent to drown you! Who could resist those?!? I definitely couldn’t. Even this, though I enjoyed it, is a little bit problematic. It was rushed and predictable. There were key parts that could have been explored better, like Aris’ betrayal and the immediate shift of Kora’s affection from Aris to Royce. One thing I can’t fault this book for, though, is Kora’s character growth. Cloistered inside her father’s palace, only getting glimpses of the outside world through her books, Kora has grown full of fear and insecurity. She is scared of hurting people with her strange growing powers, scared of scaring other people away, and, most especially, she is scared of herself. Just like her father, she has let the curse define her and this is a blow to her self-worth, so when someone, a stranger practically, comes around and tells her all these nice things, she falls for it and later pays the price for her naivety. But she admits her mistakes and, more, she learns from them. Kora starts to trust herself bit by bit as her quest to retrieve her father’s gold progressed, and by the end of the book, she willingly accepts the challenge of becoming the princess her kingdom needs her to be – a capable ruler who has her own agency. Overall, A Touch of Gold was an interesting and enjoyable read so full of action and adventure. It just wasn’t compelling or engaging enough for me. I’d still recommend you guys give this a try especially if you’re craving for a pirate story with a bit of magic. ARC provided by the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest opinion. This review is also posted on my blog In Between Book Pages .

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Mandina

    If you've followed my blog for very long, you know that I am a big fan of Fairy Tale retellings. And this book did not disappoint at all! It was quite a bit of a change in the story, maybe you could say an addition or expansion of the story and the characters in it. It was a pretty easy read, but had a lot of great world-building. I liked the ways the author changed or rewrote the whole curse of King Midas, as well as expanding it with the other curses often meted out by the Greek gods. I liked If you've followed my blog for very long, you know that I am a big fan of Fairy Tale retellings. And this book did not disappoint at all! It was quite a bit of a change in the story, maybe you could say an addition or expansion of the story and the characters in it. It was a pretty easy read, but had a lot of great world-building. I liked the ways the author changed or rewrote the whole curse of King Midas, as well as expanding it with the other curses often meted out by the Greek gods. I liked Kora, Midas's daughter. You could see how hard it would be for her to be kept so isolated, when all she dreamed of was getting out and exploring the seas. She has no hopes or dreams of actually finding a man and falling in love, not with how people react to her golden skin, and the fear of what her curse may be able to do. Then there is Aris, who comes along, and gives her hope that maybe someone could see past her skin, and potentially fall in love with her. When tragedy strikes, and they must go find the gold that has been stolen, Kora gets to realize part of her dream to travel the seas. But things won't be all as they seem up front, of course. Those she thinks she can trust will not be truly reliable, and others that seem to not have her best interests at heart may actually be the ones to come through in the end. I really liked the story, and loved all the different aspects of mythology and other tales that were woven throughout the plot. And while it had an ending that was mostly resolved, I can see that there could be a sequel to this, unanswered questions and other issues. I would say the characters would be good to read more about.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kasey Giard

    I can never resist an unusual myth or fairytale retelling, so when A Touch of Gold caught my eye, I knew I needed to get ahold of a copy. I found it to be a cool reimagining of a familiar tale. Right at the beginning, I wasn’t too sure about the book, though. The prologue is long and kind of confusing. It kind of sets up the story by recounting the story of Midas and introducing Kora, but I think a lot of that information could have been included in the early chapters instead. That would have mad I can never resist an unusual myth or fairytale retelling, so when A Touch of Gold caught my eye, I knew I needed to get ahold of a copy. I found it to be a cool reimagining of a familiar tale. Right at the beginning, I wasn’t too sure about the book, though. The prologue is long and kind of confusing. It kind of sets up the story by recounting the story of Midas and introducing Kora, but I think a lot of that information could have been included in the early chapters instead. That would have made the opening read more smoothly for me. Once I got into the story, though, I liked it a lot more. I wasn’t sure about Hettie, Kora’s lady-in-waiting, who at first seems super selfish and complains about EVERYTHING. Eventually she finds some things to be happy about and even stops seeming quite so selfish, which was great. She definitely grew on me as the story progressed. I worried a little bit as I passed the halfway point, that A Touch of Gold was going to be a straightforward, boring story where it came to the romance. And then, boom! PLOT TWIST! Everything changed. It wasn’t an unpredictable move, but it was a really satisfying one. I loved the story even more after that point. All in all, I’m glad I read this one. A Touch of Gold proved to be a quick read and an entertaining one at that. If you’re like me, and you can’t resist a retelling that’s a little more unusual, then resist no more – get you a copy of this book. You might also be interested in A Touch of Gold if you liked Whisper of the Tide by Sarah Tolcser or Goddess Tithe by Anne Elisabeth Stengl.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    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.

  25. 5 out of 5

    LaRonda (Flying Paperbacks)

    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.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amber ~ The Reading Addict

    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.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Iryna Khymych

    I received an egalley of this title via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you publisher! 1 out of 5 stars What did I just read? When I first heard of The Touch of Gold, having just finished Circe by Madeline Miller, I was extremely excited. However, this book fell short, so short. A Touch of Gold is a story about Kora, the daughter of King Midas who has to save her father’s life. In order to do this, she sets out of a quest to find the pirates who have stolen the gold that keeps h I received an egalley of this title via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you publisher! 1 out of 5 stars What did I just read? When I first heard of The Touch of Gold, having just finished Circe by Madeline Miller, I was extremely excited. However, this book fell short, so short. A Touch of Gold is a story about Kora, the daughter of King Midas who has to save her father’s life. In order to do this, she sets out of a quest to find the pirates who have stolen the gold that keeps her father alive. And so begins the treasure hunt, full of whinny little girls, two hunks who save the princess and absolutely nothing about the Greek mythology but the name Midas in it. This is a generic YA fantasy about pirates – which I get it – it’s a trend, but honestly, enough. I have had my fill of pirates, and please don’t masquerade as a Greek mythology retelling and then throw pirates at me. The MC is whinny, naïve, a damsel in distress and relies on any male to save her. Way to show growing girls that they can take care of themselves. If you want an incredible retelling of a Greek myth – read Madeline Miller.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Raven_Blake (dreamy addictions)

    Same Review Also Posted On My Blog: Dreamy Addictions A touch of Gold was a unique retelling of King Midas and his golden touch. I've never read King Midas retelling and I quite enjoyed reading this book. The author did a great job on writing her own version of tale. It has sea adventures, pirates, magical curses, gold, and sirens. The whole journey was a magical ride. Even though the plot was predictable for me, I really had fun reading this book. It was really a great debut and I'll definitely Same Review Also Posted On My Blog: Dreamy Addictions A touch of Gold was a unique retelling of King Midas and his golden touch. I've never read King Midas retelling and I quite enjoyed reading this book. The author did a great job on writing her own version of tale. It has sea adventures, pirates, magical curses, gold, and sirens. The whole journey was a magical ride. Even though the plot was predictable for me, I really had fun reading this book. It was really a great debut and I'll definitely look forward to more books from Annie Sullivan. For now, it's a stand-alone novel but the ending felt like there might be a chance of another book in the future. King Midas has once had the ability to turn all he touched into Gold. His gift soon turns into a curse when he nearly killed his Seven year old daughter Princess Kora. Since then, he relinquished his touch, but the side effects of the curse were still remained. Her  daughter's skin was turned into a shining gold which changed her life forever. For Ten years, she was hidden inside her palace wearing Veils to cover her face. Soon rumors had spread across the kingdom and all her suitors have fled from her with fear after seeing her golden face. Since her curse, she was all alone her life and no one wants to befriend her except for her cousin Hettie, but it all changes when she meets the handsome Duke Aris Wystilos who doesn't fear her touch or her curse. Their courtship was disrupted when a thief steals her father's cursed gold. Even though the curse has left her father, he still needs the gold to survive. Thanks to her curse, Kora has the ability to track the gold, so with the help of Aris she sets on a journey to bring back her father's gold and then she meets the insufferable swanflight Captain Royce who isn't happy with involving in their dangerous mission. For years, Kora had thought her golden skin and her abilities as a curse but she never expected the amount of power it can bring and how dangerous it can be. Kora was a pretty likable character! She's innocent, sweet, and naive princess with a strong heart. She loves adventure but she was bound between the palace walls for her safety. I  really enjoyed her character development. Aris was a charming duke with hidden agendas and when his truth was finally revealed, I wasn't really surprised because I saw that coming from the start. Captain Royce was an aloof and broody captain, but he really cares for his crew. He's definitely my favorite character in this book. I actually loved his character from the start and I wanted to know more about him.  I really enjoyed the romance even though it felt a little rushed. To not spoil the story for you guys, I'm not going to say anything about it. As for the secondary characters, I loved Hettie and Rhat. Hettie started as a noble brat, but soon she warmed up to me and I can't help but like her. She was really fun and I enjoyed the friendship between  her and Kora. Rhat is one of Royce's crew and a man with a golden heart. He adores Hettie even though she acted like a pompous brat sometimes. I quite enjoyed the romance between them. It was super adorable. I almost forgot about the twins, Phipps and Thipps. They brought more humor to the plot. I like the villain Captain Skulls. He was creepy and somewhat disgusting. He has a nasty fetish of collecting Skulls *shudders*.  The plot was interesting and engaging! I love books with sea adventures and this book was a delight to read. It has everything I ever wanted in a YA fantasy. It was the perfect combination. Despite the predictable storyline, I wasn't bored at all. I really wanted to know how Kora's journey ends. The plot twists were pretty good. I actually figured them out early, but I enjoyed how they played out well in this book. Besides the creepy villain, the Sirens and the gold was a nice addition to the plot. The writing was Captivating. I loved it. The whole book was told from Kora's first person pov. The medieval setting was good, but honestly it isn't a unique world. The curses and magic seemed very interesting and I'd love to know more about them. Overall, I really liked this book! It was an easy read with an enjoyable plot. I'm not fan of the ending, but I really hope there's more of Kora's adventures. 

  29. 5 out of 5

    Max Baker

    Thank You Edelweiss for providing me a free review copy in exchange for an honest review The 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 review The 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.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jeanna

    Ever since the day her father turned her into gold, Princess Kora has been urged to stay inside the palace, where the guards and other staff can ensure her safety. However, the palace funds are dangerously low. Her uncle proposes marriage between Kora and a neighboring royal may be the best form of action. Except every suitor runs away screaming at their first look at the golden girl. Until Aris, that is. When the king’s gold is stolen right under everyone’s nose, it’s up to Kora and Aris—with h Ever since the day her father turned her into gold, Princess Kora has been urged to stay inside the palace, where the guards and other staff can ensure her safety. However, the palace funds are dangerously low. Her uncle proposes marriage between Kora and a neighboring royal may be the best form of action. Except every suitor runs away screaming at their first look at the golden girl. Until Aris, that is. When the king’s gold is stolen right under everyone’s nose, it’s up to Kora and Aris—with his fastest ship—to recover the gold and kill the thief. A Touch of Gold is a fresh new take on the King Midas tale. Kora is extremely headstrong, yet secretive. It takes a bit for readers to warm up to her and get to know more about her. Her secrets lie deep within the rumors strewn about her. It’s interesting to have the minor characters believe they know tons about Kora based on rumor when readers know very little about her, based on fact, until much later in the story. Kora’s intelligence and curiosity of the outside world gives her a certain edge. She is incredibly relatable. A lot of her powers when King Midas had accidentally turned her to gold is kept a secret. Each reveal is as surprising as the next. It definitely keeps readers on their toes, guessing where Sullivan will take it next. Aris' relationship with Kora seems way too insta-love. Since they hit it off quickly with their supposed similar family situation, Sullivan gives readers the impression that they've known each other forever when they've only just met. Since Kora is so isolated, she doesn’t have much experience in people showing an interest in her, thus the insta-love is to be expected. The romance does not take center stage, in A Touch of Gold, which comes at a surprise but serves as a breath of fresh air. It focuses on its fun adventure of gathering the gold to save Kora’s father. Almost every chapter ends in a perfect cliffhanger that makes it difficult to put down. It's a masterful story that weaves a retelling in a unique way. Sullivan, also, gives us some fantastic mythology along with the King Midas tale that I would have loved developed a bit more. Unexpectedly, the open seas and terrifying pirates make A Touch of Gold one amazing adventure. Going into A Touch of Gold, I wasn’t expecting a pirate book at all but was astonished to find Sullivan’s work leaning in that direction when Kora and Aris track down the stolen gold for King Midas. The writing is phenomenal. It’s fast paced in all the right places with nonstop action, unbelievable adventure and fantastic magic that keeps readers wanting more. The twists and turns measure in epic proportions. It’s one of those books that you could never guess what will happen next—who’s going to die, who’s going to get marooned, and who’s going to get the gold. The ending is a wild ride that will leave your heart in knots. Pirates make books 100 times better and A Touch of Gold is no exception as Captain Skulls, the villain of the story, takes over the plot with conniving schemes that will make you clutch the book in fright. Sullivan hints at a sequel in the acknowledgments which I hope comes to fruition. A Touch of Gold was such a fantastic adventure that I would love to join Kora on her next big journey. A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan is an adventure of a lifetime with scheming pirates, a girl of gold and twists that will leave you breathless. Fans of Blackhearts and Cinder will adore every minute of A Touch of Gold.

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