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A Touch of Gold

(A Touch of Gold #1)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  2,319 ratings  ·  575 reviews
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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Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a daring adventure, sailing the sea, scuffles with pirates, a touch of romance, and lots of gold. what more could i want?

this honestly hit the spot. although this is not without problems (there isnt any world-building present and the romance is very underdeveloped), i really enjoyed this for what it is. i was in the mood for something set on the open sea and this delivered. and i really liked how unique the story is - never would i have thought the legend of midas and his daughter would be somet
Apr 02, 2018 rated it liked it
“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 someon
Okay, so I dove into A Touch of Gold because I just got approved for the ARC of the second book. Weirdly enough I didn't even know it was the second book before I saw it on Goodreads. Thankfully, I didn't commit a horrible reader's crime and I started this series off in the right order!

I honestly loved this book. Even though it is available on Kindle Unlimited, I got the audiobook version. Not saying that I wouldn't have loved reading the book but I was so busy with work and chores that the audi
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
Reread: damn I loved this book even more the second time around.

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
2.5 stars
This had a great premise but the plot and romance were flimsy at best. However, I’m still reading the next book because I’m curious about how it will end.
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
Actual Rating: 2.5⭐️

This was yet another example of "cool idea, poor execution".
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,
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
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
Wendy Higgins
Ah! Such a wonderful adventure!!
Iryna KL
Apr 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc
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 waffled on 2 or 3 stars, but honestly I was bored out of my mind for the most part while reading this, so 2 stars it is. I liked the idea of a story focusing on King Midas's daughter, but everything with the pirates, the power of her touch, etc. just dragged. I think the world building could have been better (we hear about Dionysus, but what about the other gods) and also Kora's supposed power. The romances felt pretty weak too.

"A Touch of Gold" tells the story of what happened to King Midas
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Aug 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
I am not one who likes to give negative reviews, because I feel that each book holds something different for every reader. Just because I don't like a book, it doesn't mean that somebody else won't love it. Book reviews, like most other product reviews, are just opinions. However, since I was asked for my personal opinion of the book, I have to be honest about my thoughts. Keeping in mind that other readers may feel differently, here is my honest, personal opinion on A Touch of Gold.

A Touch of G
Anne Meester
Sep 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
Why are there dukes (and villainous archdukes, let's not forget) and pirates in this book? Why is there a pirate named Captain Skulls? Why are there cobblestone streets and taverns? This is supposed to be a continuation of a Greek myth, but there is no connection to Greek culture, or any ancient culture at all, here. How does an author forget the setting of her book? ...more
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
That was a weird ending for a stand-alone novel...
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
King Midas could once turn anything he touched to gold, but after he nearly killed his daughter, Kora, he relinquished the touch forever, but not without leaving his daughter with the consequences. Her skin shimmers gold and rumors follow her around everywhere. Kora tries to ignore the rumors and the looks she gets. She stays locked in the palace, hiding behind a veil and gloves. But, when someone steals gold from the palace and leaves King Midas vulnerable, Kora goes on a journey to track down ...more
Sep 13, 2019 rated it liked it

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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 advent
A Touch of Gold is a good story, entertaining with endearing characters. I did expect to enjoy it more though. It felt a tad bit predictable to me. I literally called some of the character motivations and actions before they happened, mostly in a joking sort of way, but then when it all went down, I was right almost to the detail.

Positives are watching the main character, Kora, grow and develop over the course of the story. The first-person narration is compelling, and I liked her as a character
Dec 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
While reading this I really enjoyed the adventure filled with pirates, mystery and deceit. But now that it's been a couple days since I finished, I can't say that I really remember anything special about this story. It was decent, Kora was a likable character. However, she was mainly afraid, afraid of the curse on her family and how that made people act around her, afraid of her power, afraid of being close to other people. While these are all normal and rational fears to have for someone in her ...more
Kate (Feathered Turtle Press Reviews)
The Good
– Interesting concept (Children impacted by parents' curses)
– Kora does have a character arc of sorts
– Once in a while, there is a decent line, albeit buried up to its neck in mediocrity

The Bad
– Creatively bankrupt
– Lack of nuance or depth
– Humdrum prose
– Boring characters
– Sullivan literally jumps through hoops to avoid developing the world and setting
– Sullivan goes out of her way to disparage at least four separate bald characters

Retellings, in general, are largely hit or miss, but A
May 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: retelling, fantasy, ya
*read it because I have book two as arc
* mythology retelling
Aug 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
4 stars

This book is so underrated! The writing was magnificent and detailed. The storyline was intriguing and I flew through the pages.

First, off Kora was such a cool main character. Doomed with golden skin and dangerous powers, she had spent her life in seclusion. That is until her father's cursed gold is stolen and she is the only one who can find it.

The book was filled to the brim with plot twists and game-changing revelations. I'm pretty sure I was holding my breath for the better half of th
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 a ...more
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
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
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.
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I remember the first time I heard of A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan. at the time I was extremely excited to read it. I mean, I'm pretty sure there hasn't been a YA King Midas adaptation ever, so this sounded like a wonderful reading opportunity. And I'll be honest, A Touch of Gold did get off to a really nice start. Unfortunately, much to my dismay, it didn't maintain that good throughout the course of the novel. And, in a weird turn of events, I found myself flashi
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