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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.

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Hardcover, 313 pages
Published August 14th 2018 by Blink
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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,
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Melanie
Feb 16, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: fantasy, arc, young-adult
ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
Kelly Brigid
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
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Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
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.
Wendy Higgins
Ah! Such a wonderful adventure!!
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
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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,
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Sarah Glenn Marsh
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-blurbed
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!
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
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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
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Meghan
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
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 ...more
Ashley
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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!
Jackie
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
*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
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Lauren
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Alexandra
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1018
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
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Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: publisher-sent
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 ...more
Dana
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
This was a fun YA fable reimagining and adventure story. Think Frozen with gold instead of ice.
Katie (Lost in Pages)
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
*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
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The Book Valkyrie
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
That was a weird ending for a stand-alone novel...
Jordan
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
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
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Lisa Mandina
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
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Kasey Giard
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
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Jennifer
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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)
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, ebooks
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
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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
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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
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Max Baker
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
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
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Jeanna
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, books-i-own, signed
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 ...more
Jaden Revis
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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!
Mandy
Entertaining, but predictable, quasi-retelling.

Check out my full review at Forever Young Adult.
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